ADC has designed an optical table that will be used by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to both support and accurately position research equipment. The optical table is 204” x 42” with a load capacity of 1500 lbs, and sits 29” off of the ground. The overall dimensions of the table, as well as the features machined into the surface of the table, have been custom designed to support SLAC’s microscope, chambers, and related components. Additionally, the optical table has been engineered to support the load of the microscope and its related equipment without any significant deflections, helping to ensure the accuracy of the table.

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 High Precision Motorized Optical Tables are being used in many different applications. In order for ADC’s engineers to develop a proper proposal we require specific information from the end user. If you have any written specification requirements, please send them to us. If not, please print and fill in the Questionnaire Form on the following pages. You can return it to ADC using any of the following three methods below. ADC will provide a customized quote based upon the provided requirement details. 

​Additional details are provided for calculations, FEAs, frequency response, repeatability measurements, loading, testing, quality control, electronics instrumentation, and controls are available for each application on request. We hope you find our product line exceeds your needs and our friendly staff willing to satisfy your specific requirements.
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CHESS Optics Table

SLAC Custom Optical Table with Encoder

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These high tech systems are the new generation precision motorized system with the flexibility to adapt to demanding customer requirements and environments. In today’s rapidly evolving science and engineering landscape, engineers and researchers need to manipulate and move large and heavy equipment with micron precision. ADC’s High Precision Motorized Optical Tables are being used at many of the world class research facilities around the world. This list includes: NASA, Los Alamos National Lab, Argonne, Brookhaven, SLAC, CHESS, CAMD, ELETTRA, BESSY, MAX Lab, CLS, Spring-8, DLS, DESY and many other world class facilities around the world. These tables are custom design and they are tailored to customer requirements including; Two, Three, Five and Six degrees of freedom.  


A new load frame / diffractometer has been commissioned at CHESS for X-ray diffraction experiments on engineering materials during in-situ mechanical testing. The system was designed with flexibility in mind, allowing for X-ray diffraction experiments to be combined with a wide suite of mechanical tests. Loads are applied to samples by a Bose 3330 testing system capable of applying a max 3000N at a frequency of 100hz for high-cycle fatigue testing. 250lbs (1112N) and 1000lbs (4448N) load cells are available for high and low load amplitude loading. Fixtures are available for tensile, compressive, and fully reversed loading. A furnace capable of heating samples to 1000°C during mechanical loading is also available.

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