Vibration Isolation Accessories

  • Air Filter/Regulator Removes Moisture & Particles Down to 5 µm
  • Air Compressor with 2 Power Supply Options
  • Foot Pump for Passive Isolation Systems




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Air Compressors (PTA512 and PTA513)
These air compressors create up to 8 Bar (116 psi) of air pressure and are self contained, lightweight, quiet, and compact. Each compressor ships with a bottle of compressor oil, which is also sold separately below (PTA1006).

Air Filter/Regulator (PTA013)
The PTA013 filter removes potentially damaging contaminants from the compressed air used in vibration isolation systems. The unit also regulates the pressure in the air line.

Foot Pump (PTA127)
The PTA127 is a manual foot pump that can be used to pressurize passive vibration isolation systems where a constant supply of air is not necessary.

Posted Comments:
hoangpa  (posted 2016-10-22 12:10:28.93)
Is PTA 513 shipped with air tubing? If not could you give me part number that compatible with PTA 513 and T1530QK table?
msoulby  (posted 2016-10-25 08:00:31.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The active supports that are part of the T1530QK bundle ship with 20m of 6mm outer diameter tubing.
user  (posted 2015-11-29 10:10:55.577)
Hello, I must replace the connector at the end of the PTA127 foot pump. I this part available from Thorlabs or what kind of product (type, size) should I look for? Thanks, Dan
rcapehorn  (posted 2015-11-30 08:09:00.0)
Response from Rob at Thorlabs: The connector on the end of the PTA127 is a standard schrader valve connector found on most bike and car pumps. Unfortunately we do not sell this component separately, however the part can easily be sourced from most hardware stores.
k.neuhaus2  (posted 2014-03-02 00:58:28.713)
Does the PTA513 ship with an air filter regulator and a 1/4"OD adapter? Thanks, Kai.
msoulby  (posted 2014-03-03 07:12:10.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The compressor is supplied with an air filter regulator and there is already a 1/4" OD adapter fitted to the compressor.
haitham_muhamed  (posted 2013-12-08 09:26:30.92)
Is the air compressor PTA514 compatible with the vibration isolation table PTR52509 ? If Yes its ok, and if No would you please send me the specifications of a compatible one. Thanks.
msoulby  (posted 2013-12-10 06:19:50.0)
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The PTS514 is compatible with our active isolation supports PTS602 or PTS603 which in turn can be used to support your table.
oropeza.laura  (posted 2013-07-08 13:10:50.147)
Hello, I recently bought an air compressor #PTA512, a table PBI12116 and the PBI12116 frame. This system will support a 1 micrometer resolution optical lithography system. I'm planning the layout of the lab, and I'm wondering how much vibration do the compressor add to the system?, it sould be placed far away? Any comments on this would be more than welcome. Thanks Laura
jlow  (posted 2013-07-10 08:24:00.0)
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: Ideally the compressor should be placed as far away as possible. From experience, we have placed the compressor underneath the table and have had no issues with it.

Air Compressors

Item # PTA512 PTA513
Max Duty Cycle 50%
Max Air Pressure 800 kPa (116 psi)
Air Delivery 14.8 l/min at 800 kPa
(116 psi)
12.8 l/min at 600 kPa (87 psi)
Air Tank Sizea 3.5 L (0.92 US Gallons)
Voltage 115 VAC,
50 - 60 Hz,
US-Style Connector
220 - 230 VAC,
50 - 60 Hz,
UK-Style Connector
Power 159 W 135 W
Noise Level 30 dB (A) at 1 m
(H x W x D)
340 mm x 350 mm x 340 mm
(13.4" x 13.8" x 13.4")
Weight 17.0 kg (37.5 lb)
  • Inner Diameter <6"
  • Delivery Pressure up to 8 Bar (116 PSI)
  • Air Tank Size: 3.5 Liters; ID <6"
  • Two Voltage Options: 230 V @ 50 Hz or 115 V @ 60 Hz
  • Integral Pressure Regulator and Filter
  • Low Noise Operation: 30 dB at 1 m

The PTA512 and PTA513 are high-performance air compressors designed for applications demanding the highest quality air supply. They are self contained, lightweight, and compact, with minimal vibrations due to the very low noise emitted (30 dB at 1 m) from the compressor. The oil-lubricated pump unit is fitted with piston rings, thereby eliminating oil carryover to the air supply. These compressors deliver 50% more air than other silent compressors. One common application of these compressors is to provide a constant source of compressed air for active vibration isolation systems, such our active optical table supports or our active ScienceDesk™ tables.

They accept standard 6 mm outer diameter tubing, include an air regulator, filter, receiver tank with pressure gauge, safety valve, drain, line pressure gauge, and a 1/4" OD adapter. They are shipped with a power cord for the appropriate territory, together with a bottle of compressor oil (PTA1006).

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PTA512 Support Documentation
PTA512Air Compressor, 115 VAC Power Supply with US Plug
Lead Time
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PTA1006 Support Documentation
PTA1006500 mL Bottle of Compressor Oil
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PTA513 Support Documentation
PTA513Air Compressor, 230 VAC Power Supply with UK Plug
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Air Filter/Regulator

Item # PTA013
Filter Efficiency 5 µm Particles
Max Inlet Air Pressure 1034 kPa (150 psi)
Outlet Air Pressure 34 to 689 kPa (5 to 100 psi)

Water and particles commonly found in compressed air can be damaging to a vibration isolation system. This compact filter/regulator is recommended for use with all Thorlabs active isolation breadboard support frames. It regulates the air pressure supplied to the isolators while removing moisture and particles down to 5 µm. The fittings are compatible with the 6 mm diameter plastic tubing supplied with the active isolator frames and with the air compressors sold above. Each filter/regulator is shipped with a wall mounting bracket and two 1/4" to 6 mm outer diameter tubing adapters.

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PTA013 Support Documentation
PTA013Air Filter / Regulator

Foot Pump

Item #PTA127
Maximum Pump Pressure 100 psi (690 kPa)
Hose Length 2 m (6 ft)
  • 2 m Hose for Use with Passive Isolation Products
  • Connects to a Standard Schrader Valve
  • Integrated Pressure Gauge

The PTA127 is a manual foot pump that can be used to pressurize passive vibration isolation systems where a constant supply of air is not necessary. The foot pump comes with a Schrader-type connector, pressure gauge, and 2 m of hose to allow convenient positioning of the foot pump. Our passive breadboard frames, passive ScienceDesks™, and passive tables legs can all be used with the PTA127 foot pump. 

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PTA127 Support Documentation
PTA127Customer Inspired! Passive Isolation Foot Pump