|Optical Table Selection Criteria
Better built through better design to provide you with performance matched to your application
Whichever model you choose, our tables are manufactured with the same precision tooling, and high-quality materials. The tables differ only in the amount of internal damping. We use a modern aerospace epoxy laminated steel-and-honeycomb structural sandwich beam design concept adapted to produce highly rigid optical tables and breadboards. The high stiffness and structurally efficient light weight of the honeycomb design makes it ideal for optical tables, resulting in a significantly high natural frequency (and therefore less vibration) than possible with the same size solid granite or ribbed cast iron designs. All our standard honeycomb optical tables have ferromagnetic stainless steel top skins; carbon steel bottom skins and sides; a high shear modulus, corrosion-resisting, plated steel, hexagon cell honeycomb core; and a proprietary damped epoxy formulation. We manufacture our own precision honeycomb core. For added stiffness and damping,we add steel C-channels treated with a damped laminate to form the side and end panels of each table.
Epoxy-lamination is performed under pressure with the top skin against a precision master tool plate. When the epoxy cures, the precision flatness of the master tool plate is effectively “frozen” and transferred to the top skin, or working surface, of the honeycomb optical table or breadboard.
Each top skin can receive mounting holes over the entire tabletop on a grid pattern of 1" or 25mm spacing. Prior to assembly, topskins are drilled and tapped using our custom designed CNC drilling machines. After all chips are removed, the top skin and SPILLPRUF core are completely cleaned using a high pressure, high temperature, neutral detergent spray thus assuring a chip-free tabletop.
Finally, the steel side and end panels are mechanically attached using a proprietary method to the top and bottom skins for increased strength. The top surface is lightly sanded to provide a smooth, non-reflective finish and the sides are laminated with a scratch resistant, high pressure, granite-look laminate trim. The bottom surface is treated with a scratch-resistant, nonreflective black polyurethane finish. Before shipment, tables are checked for dynamic compliance, natural frequency, damping, and flatness.
All KSI Tables Feature:
KSI Optical Table Damping Options
The tables’ dynamic compliance, modal frequencies, and damping properties are obtained with state-of-the-art instrumented impulse force hammers, accelerometers, and an FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) program in a portable computer for storage and graphical presentation. 3
Flatness is measured with an electronic level with a resolution of ±1 arcsec or 4.8 microinches per inch. Flatness readings are computer-recorded along 8 lines comprising the perimeter of outside holes, principle diagonals and centerlines of the table, and then graphed in “Union Jack” format. Standard flatness for all tables is ±0.005 in. (±0.13mm) in the measured perimeter. Breadboard flatness is ±0.004 in. (±0.1mm) per 24 in. (610mm.)
For Special Requirements
Ask our applications engineers about the numerous available skin and core material options, including aluminum, nonmagnetic stainless steel and Invar. All KSI Optical Tabletops can be customized for length and width and can include special shapes, cutouts, and notches.
2 DEN HARTOG, J.P. “Mechanical Vibrations,” Chapter 3, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1956
HALVERSEN,W.G. and D.L. Brown, “Impulse Technique for Structural Frequency Response Testing”, Sound and Vibration, November, 1977