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Air Tables & Faraday Cages

Physiological experiments, such as electrophysiological recordings and imaging experiments, are susceptible to environmental factors that introduce noise to the signals. Predominant noise sources are mechanical vibrations and, in the case of electrophysiology, electromagnetic interference (EMI). The cleanest way of dealing with noise of any modality is to avoid it at the source rather than attempting to remove it from a noisy signal after the fact. This strategy avoids the risk of introducing filter artifacts or other unwanted effects. Air tables and Faraday cages are proven ways to eliminate noise caused by vibration and electromagnetic fields, respectively. Sutter Instrument now offers a series of vibration isolation tables from TMC Vibration Control with feature sets tailored for scientists who perform electrophysiological recordings, including patch clamp, microinjections, or imaging experiments that require the utmost stability.

Each air table comes with a state-of-the-art stainless steel, magnetic breadboard tabletop in either metric (M6 tapped holes on 25 mm centers) or imperial (¼-20 tapped holes on 1” centers) versions. Custom configurations and additional options are available on request. Please contact Sutter to discuss your specific requirements.

Electrophysiology and Microinjection Workstations
Patch clamp and other electrophysiological techniques share the same requirements for vibration isolation with most microinjection techniques. The AT-3036 Air Table will meet the needs of most electrophysiology and microinjection applications, providing excellent vibration isolation across the entire relevant spectrum. A perimeter enclosure prevents one from accidentally pushing the tabletop and carries a practical sliding shelf just above the work surface for easy access to control devices. Optional padded armrests conveniently attach to the front guardrail and provide support for the researcher who prefers using the eyepieces of the microscope over camera-and-monitor operation. If more space is required, e.g., if voluminous imaging equipment needs to be installed for combined patch clamp and imaging experiments, the AT-3648 Air Table offers additional room for these complex applications.

Options and Accessories
A set of retractable casters helps move the table during relocation or facilitates clean-up in the event of a spill. For most electrophysiology applications, the Faraday cage with wire mesh roll-up door is strongly recommended. An optional overhead U-shaped rear shelf is available for the cage to accommodate the components of a gravity perfusion setup or to provide storage for items that need to be easily accessible during the experiment.

Optical Tables
Imaging experiments, such as two-photon microscopy using Sutter’s MOM™ Moveable Objective Microscope®, typically require larger vibration isolation tables, but rarely need electromagnetic shielding. Three configurations of optical tables are available for these types of experiments: the models AT-48, AT-58 and AT-510. Each version is available as a stand-alone table or with casters.

    Applications
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cellular and subcellular microinjection
  • Photomicroscopy
  • Videomicroscopy
    FEATURES
  • Provides a stable, level base for your experimental setup
  • Active air suspension maintains leveling
  • Vertical and horizontal vibration isolation
  • Available with metric or imperial tapped hole pattern
  • Optional Faraday cage for low-noise electrophysiology applications
  • Optional casters facilitate relocation and cleanup after a spill
  • Optional accessories to meet your individual needs

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All Air Tables come with a state-of-the-art stainless, magnetic breadboard tabletop in either metric (M6 tapped holes on 25 mm centers) or imperial (¼-20 on 1 inch centers) versions.

Custom sizes, configurations, or additional options are available upon request. Please contact Sutter for details.

PATCH CLAMP | ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY | MICROINJECTION AIR TABLES
Model AT-3036 Model AT-3648
Dimensions1 36 in x 30 in x 28.5 in
91 cm x 76 cm x 72 cm
48 in x 36 in x 28.5 in
122 cm x 91 cm x 72 cm
Load Capacity2 500 lbs / 227 kg 700 lbs / 318 kg
Table Thickness 2 in / 5 cm 2 in / 5 cm
Table Construction Honeycomb core with magnetic, stainless steel top layer
Table Hole Pattern3 M6 on 25 mm centers or ¼-20 on 1 inch centers
Faraday Height 40 in / 102 cm 40 in / 102 cm
Faraday Cage
Cable Pass-through
Three circular openings with diameters of 2 in / 5 cm
Sliding Shelf Width 8 in / 20 cm 8 in / 20 cm

IMAGING | OPTICAL AIR TABLES
Model AT-48 Model AT-58 Model AT-510
Dimensions1 96 in x 48 in x 36 in
244 cm x 122 cm x 91 cm
96 in x 59 in x 36 in
244 cm x 150 cm x 91 cm
120 in x 59 in x 36 in
305 cm x 150 cm x 91 cm
Load Capacity2 1500 lbs / 680 kg 1300 lbs / 590 kg 1200 lbs / 544 kg
Table Thickness 8 in / 20 cm 8 in / 20 cm 8 in / 20 cm
Table Construction Plated steel honeycomb core
Table Hole Pattern3 M6 on 25mm centers or ¼-20 on 1in centers

AIR SUPPLY
Source Compressor (Sutter AT-COMP-xxx or equivalent), house air or air cylinder
Pressure > 30 psi - max. 80 psi, depending on payload
Quality Dry, oil-free (in-line filter comes installed)
Fittings 1/4 inch press-lock (quick-fit), or threading for 1/8 or 1/4 inch NPT fittings (adapters included)


1 Length x width x height. Height to top of table surface.
2 A high center of gravity may reduce the load capacity
3 Smooth top layer available on request

US Prices > AIR TABLES
International prices vary by country due to associated importation costs. Please contact your local distributor or Sutter Instrument for a quotation. Prices subject to change without notice.


STANDARD AIR TABLES

AT-3036
30 in x 36 in x 2 in thick (75 cm x 90 cm x 5 cm thick) table top, perimeter enclosure, and sliding side shelf
Catalog Number Description Price
AT-3036-ST 30 x 36 in Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top $ 4,985
AT-3036-M6 30 x 36 in Air Table, M6 threaded top $ 4,985
AT-3036-ST-F 30 x 36 in Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top, Faraday cage with roll-up door $ 6,635
AT-3036-M6-F 30 x 36 in Air Table, M6 threaded top, Faraday cage with roll-up door $ 6,635

AT-3648
36 in x 48 in x 2 in thick (90 cm x 120 cm x 5 cm thick) table top, perimeter enclosure, and sliding side shelf
Catalog Number Description Price
AT-3648-ST 36 x 48 in Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top $ 5,610
AT-3648-M6 36 x 48 in Air Table, M6 threaded top $ 5,610
AT-3648-ST-F 36 x 48 in Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top, Faraday cage with roll-up door $ 7,525
AT-3648-M6-F 36 x 48 in Air Table, M6 threaded top, Faraday cage with roll-up door $ 7,525


OPTICAL AIR TABLES

AT-48
4 ft x 8 ft x 8 in thick (122 cm x 244 cm x 20 cm thick) table top and legs
Catalog Number Description Price
AT-48-ST 4 x 8 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top $ 10,715
AT-48-M6 4 x 8 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top $ 10,715
AT-48-ST-C 4 x 8 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 11,350
AT-48-M6-C 4 x 8 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 11,350

AT-58
5 ft x 8 ft x 8 in thick (152 cm x 244 cm x 20 cm thick) table top and legs
Catalog Number Description Price
AT-58-ST 5 x 8 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top $ 11,675
AT-58-M6 5 x 8 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top $ 11,675
AT-58-ST-C 5 x 8 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 12,310
AT-58-M6-C 5 x 8 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 12,310

AT-510
5 ft x 10 ft x 8 in thick (152 cm x 305 cm x 20 cm thick) table top and legs
Catalog Number Description Price
AT-510-ST 5 x 10 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top $ 14,175
AT-510-M6 5 x 10 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top $ 14,175
AT-510-ST-C 5 x 10 ft Air Table, ¼-20 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 14,810
AT-510-M6-C 5 x 10 ft Air Table, M6 threaded top, leg braces, and casters $ 14,810

US PRICES > ACCESSORIES

FOR ALL AIR TABLES

Catalog Number Description Price
AT-ARM Padded arm rests - qty 2 $ 120
AT-CASTER Casters for non-optical air tables (set of 4) $ 525
GP-17 Ground point, accepts banana plugs and clamp wires up to 10 gauge $ 250
AT-COMP-110 Air compressor - 110V, 60 Hz $ 1,130
AT-COMP-220 Air compressor - 220V, 50 Hz $ 1,130

FOR AT-3036 30 X 36 IN AIR TABLE

Catalog Number Description Price
AT-30-OSF U-shaped shelf (for Faraday cage) $ 265
AT-30-FC1 Faraday cage $ 1,160

FOR AT-3648 36 X 48 IN AIR TABLE

Catalog Number Description Price
AT-36-OSF U-shaped shelf (for Faraday cage) $ 295
AT-36-FC1 Faraday cage $ 1,915

1 Must use with perimeter enclosure (included in metric or imperial AT-3036 or AT-3648. Phone sutter for information on options or configurations.


US PRICES > FARADAY CAGES - BENCH TOP

Stand-alone cage with stainless steel base plate. Breadboards with threaded or tapped holes sold separately. Phone Sutter for detail.

Catalog Number Description Price
AT-3036-FCB Faraday Cage, 30 x 36 in solid stainless steel $ 1,860
AT-3048-FCB Faraday Cage, 30 x 48 in solid stainless steel $ 2,030
AT-3648-FCB Faraday Cage, 36 x 48 in solid stainless steel $ 2,200
 
AT-MOUNT-ST Mounting kit for stand-alone cage - imperial $ 95
AT-MOUNT-M6 Mounting kit for stand-alone cage - metric $ 95

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