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Laser Safety Curtain System


  • Construct Custom Laser Safety Curtains Using Standard Parts
  • Options for Wall, Floor, and Ceiling Mounting
  • Modular Components Allow for Customization

Curtain Tracks Available in Seven Lengths

Wheel Runners for Mounting Curtains to the Tracks

Post for Attaching to Floor Mounting Column

Track Connectors are Used to Attach Two or More Curtain Tracks Together

Laser Curtain System Constructed Around a ScienceDesk Workstation

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Laser Curtain System Component Selection Process

Step 1
Measure Space Dimensions
Step 2
Select Tracks and Track Connectors
Step 3
Select Laser Curtains
Step 4
Select Floor/Wall Mounting Elements

Common Configurations

The modular design of Thorlabs' laser safety curtain allows them to be easily configured to fit most labs.
To see more configurations, please see the Common Configurations tab.

Features

  • Flame Retardant Laser Curtains with Magnetic Connectors for Simple Light-Tight Seals
  • Curtain Tracks and Track Connectors Create a Path for Laser Curtains to Follow
  • Individual Components for Mounting System to Walls, Ceilings, and Floors Using Mounting Brackets or Floor Columns
  • Wheel Runners Allow for Quick and Easy Curtain Panel Adjustment
  • Floor Mounting Brackets and Columns for Mounting the Curtain System in the Lab
  • Curtain End Stops Provide a Hard Stop Along Tracks

Thorlabs' Laser Safety Curtain System provides a modular assembly that imparts the ability to fully customize a system to fit most lab spaces using a standard system of components. This system features laser curtain panels, curtain tracks, track connectors, and floor mounting adapters that are each sold individually. The flexibility inherited from using standard components makes it easy to augment an existing Thorlabs laser curtain system or replace specific parts in it.

The laser curtain system can be used at an entrance way, as a barrier around an optical table or workstation, to cover windows, or as a barrier for any other laser-controlled area. For example system configurations with part lists, please see the Example Configurations tab above. Please note that these laser curtains are not intended to be used as long term beam blocks and are rated for short term exposures. The curtain materials have been tested individually by a third party using EN specifications; see the Certifications tab above for more details. For terminating a pulsed or CW laser, see our selection of beam blocks and traps.

To begin constructing a laser safety curtain system for your lab, simply follow the steps outlined in the Component Selection Process to the right. Curtain tracks are available with seven length options to choose from, including a curved, 90° track. Various track connectors are provided to connect two, three, or four tracks together. Most track connectors also include mounting slots or additional brackets to help attach the curtain system to a wall, ceiling, or floor element. Dedicated wall, ceiling, or floor mounting adapters are also provided to secure the system in place. When mounting a curtain system, we recommend installing track supports for every 1 m of track for ceiling supports and every 1.2 m of track for floor supports. Please contact Thorlabs Tech Support with any questions about how to configure a system for your lab.

Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, we do not include any hardware needed to mount the system to floors, ceilings, or walls. Please be aware of the overall weight of the mounted system and choose screws and fittings that are suitable and have enough holding strength for use in your wall or ceiling. If you are uncertain, please consult a specialized retailer.

Laser Safety Curtain Kits are also available that include all components needed to mount laser curtains to a Nexus®Optical Table Workstation Frame, which has an overhead shelving unit installed, or directly to our Free-Standing Shelves. Kits that fully enclose a 1 m x 2 m, 1.2 m x 2 m, or 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table are available. Each kit provides approximately 2.2 m (7.2') of overhead clearance when mounted, has continuous tracking for uninterrupted movement of the curtains, and includes enough laser safety curtains to fully enclose the optical table.

DISCLAIMER

These Laser Curtain materials have been tested individually by a third party using EN specifications. Due to manufacturing variances, mechanical wear, and laser damage, Thorlabs assumes no responsibility for laser curtain failure. Please consult your laser safety specialist before purchasing to ensure that these barriers are suitable for your application. To minimize risk, inspect each curtain before each use and ensure that it is in excellent condition.

EN Certification
Certification Requirements Test Parameters Damage Threshold Maximum Spectral
Transmittance Ratio
Certification Levela
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 180 - 315 nm Range 266 nm, 3 ns Pulses (FWHM), 50 kHz 1 x 107 W/m2 1 x 10-10 D AB10
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 180 - 315 nm Range 266 nm, 240 ms Pulses (FWHM), 10 Hz 3 x 106 J/m2 1 x 10-5 I AB5
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 180 - 315 nm Range 266 nm, 5 ns Pulses (FWHM), 10 Hz 3 x 105 J/m2 1 x 10-4 R AB4
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 180 - 315 nm Range 266 nm, 800 ps Pulses (FWHM), 20 Hz 3 x 1014 J/m2 1 x 10-4 M AB4
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 315 - 1050 nm Range 532 nm (CW) 1 x 107 W/m2 1 x 10-7 D AB7
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 315 - 1400 nm Range  1064 nm / 532 nm, 10 ns Pulses (Square), 5 Hz 5 x 103 J/m2 1 x 10-6 R AB6
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 315 - 1400 nm Range 1064 nm, 300 µs Pulses (Square), 20 Hz 5 x 105 J/m2 1 x 10-8 I AB8
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 315 - 1400 nm Range 1064 nm / 532 nm, 500 ps / 400 ps Pulses (Square), 20 Hz 1.5 x 104 J/m2 1 x 10-8 M AB8
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 1050 - 1400 nm Range 1070 nm (CW) 2.5 x 106 W/m2 1 x 10-5 D AB5
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 1400 - 10 600 nm Range 10.6 µm (CW) 1 x 107 W/m2 1 x 10-4 D AB4
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 1400 - 10 600 nm Range 10.6 µm, 100 ms Pulses (Square), 10 Hz 1 x 107 J/m2 1 x 10-5 I AB5
EN 12254: 2010 (E), 1400 - 10 600 nm Range 10.6 µm, 100 ns Pulses (Square), 1 Hz 1 x 104 J/m2 1 x 10-2 R AB2
  • These certification levels are reproduced from EN 12254: 2010(E) and are included on the back of every curtain.
Other EN Certificationsa
Certification Type Test Wavelength Pulsewidth (FWHM) Comments
Mechanical Strength N/A N/A UV-Exposed Protected Fabric. All samples meet requirement.
Resistance to Ignition N/A N/A Flame does not reach the test mark with the burner in position, and self-extinguishes after removal of the burner.
Material does not continue to glow for more than one second after removal of the burner. 
Spectral Transmittance 200 nm - 50 000 nm N/A Samples do not exhibit transmission windows from 200 nm to 50 000 nm.
Stability to Temperature Various Various No degradation was observed in any AB level for any sample.
Stability to UV Radiation All 10 ns - 20 ns Samples do not exhibit any cracking, peeling, or degradation. For laser wavelengths, samples do not exceed maximum
spectral transmission for scale number. Samples maintained optical density using both laser and spectrophotometer.
  • These certification levels are reproduced from EN 12254: 2010(E).

The modular design of Thorlabs' laser safety curtain system allows them to be easily customized to fit into most labs. Example configurations are shown below with links that provide information about which Item #s are used. Examples 1-6 assume a 2.13 m (7') tall laser curtain is used, while examples 7-10 assume a 2.44 m (8') tall laser curtain is used and that bases are bolted to the floor. Depending on the room design and ceiling height, different or additional mounting hardware may be required; please contact Tech Support if assistance is needed. 

When constructing a curtain system, we recommend ordering enough curtains so that the curtains' combined width is roughly 7-10% longer than the overall length of the curtain tracks. This allows the curtains to be draped along the length of the track, ensuring that the lab area will be properly enclosed. The curtains have a magnetic strip sewn along each edge allowing them to be attached to one another with a light-tight seal. When mounting a curtain system, we recommend installing track supports for every 1 m of track for ceiling supports and every 1.2 m of track for floor supports.

Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, we do not include any hardware needed to mount the system to floors, ceilings, or walls. Please be aware of the overall weight of the mounted system and choose screws and fittings that are suitable and have enough holding strength for use in your wall, ceiling, and floor. If you are uncertain, please contact a specialized retailer.

Example 1: Corner of Lab - Ceiling Mounted

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Mechanical Diagram   
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Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP1072Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCC90190° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1631.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC013Track Connector Kit
Mounting Accessories
LPC032Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
LPC0231.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used in the corner of a lab. This specific example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 2: Corner of Lab with Stepped Ceiling

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Mechanical Diagram  
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtain
LPCP1072Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL1631.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90190° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC013Track Connector Kit
Mounting Accessories
LPC031Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
LPC083Ceiling Mounting Bracket, 6.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
LPC0221.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used in a lab that has a stepped ceiling. This specific example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 3: Covering a Window and Door

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram   
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP771Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
LPCP1071Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL0610.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL0810.8 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1411.4 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90290° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC014Track Connector Kit
Mounting Accessories
LPC0211.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
LPC031Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
LPC143Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Track, 138 mm From Wall
LPC051 Curtain End Stop Brackets (Pack of 2)
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used in a lab to cover both a window and doorway. The track is laid out such that the door has room to open and close freely behind the curtain. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 4: Central Area in Lab - Ceiling Mounted

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram  
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP572Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
LPCP1072Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL0820.8 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1041.0 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90490° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC0110Track Connector Kit
Mounting Accessories
LPC0251.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
LPC051 Curtain End Stop Brackets (Pack of 2)
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be configured to encompass a central area in the lab. This specific example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.0 m optical table. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly. A version of this configuration is also available as a kit if you own a Nexus® Optical Table Frame and Overhead Shelving Unit. See our laser safety curtain kit page for complete details.

Example 5: Split Lab Space into Three Sections

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Mechanical Diagram  
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP572Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
LPCP774Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
LPCP1071Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL1681.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC012Track Connector Kit
LPC1023-Way (T-Joint) Track Connector with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
LPC123Track Connector Kit with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPC0281.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
LPC034Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be configured to divide a lab into three sections. Each of the three sections in this example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 6: Split Lab Space into Four Sections

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Mechanical Diagram   
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP776Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL1041.0 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1211.2 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1631.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC011Track Connector Kit
LPC1114-Way Track Connector with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
LPC124Track Connector Kit with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPC0251.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
LPC034Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be configured to divide a lab into four sections. Each of the four sections in this example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table. The complete parts list is provided above.

Example 7: Central Area in Lab - Floor Mounted

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP783Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
LPCP1081Laser Curtain Panel, 2.90 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL1061.0 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90490° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPCFJJ6Track Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
LPC014Track Connector Kit
Track Supports
LPCFJS2Curtain Track Support with Post for Floor Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPCFC88Mounting Column for Floor Mounting, 2.44 m
LPCFB128Base for Floor Mounting
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used to isolate a central area in a lab. This specific example is designed to fit around a 1.2 m x 2.5 m optical table. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 8: Surrounding a ScienceDesk™

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP783Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL0810.8 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1041.0 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90290° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC012Track Connector Kit
LPCFJ90290° (Corner) Track Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
LPCFJJ3Track Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
Track Supports
LPCFJS1Curtain Track Support with Post for Floor Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPCFC86Mounting Column for Floor Mounting, 2.44 m
LPCFB126Base for Floor Mounting
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used to surround a ScienceDesk™ workstation. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Example 9: Dividing a Lab

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP581Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL1411.4 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
Track Supports
LPCFJS2Curtain Track Support with Post for Floor Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPCFB122Base for Floor Mounting
LPCFC82Mounting Column for Floor Mounting, 2.44 m
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used to divide sections of a lab. This specific example shields an entryway from a work area. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used
in this assembly.

Example 10: Corner of Lab - Wall and Floor Mounted

laser safety curtain
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Mechanical Diagram
View Product List
Item #QtyDescription
Laser Curtains
LPCP581Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
LPCP781Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
Laser Curtain Tracks
LPCL0810.8 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCL1221.2 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
LPCC90190° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
Track Connectors
LPC011Track Connector Kit
LPCFJJ2Track Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
Mounting Accessories
LPC032Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
LPCFC82Mounting Column for Floor Mounting, 2.44 m
LPCFB122Base for Floor Mounting
The above example configuration is provided to show how our modular laser curtain system can be used in the corner of a lab. Click the "View Product List" link above to view all of the items used in this assembly.

Laser Safety and Classification

Safe practices and proper usage of safety equipment should be taken into consideration when operating lasers. The eye is susceptible to injury, even from very low levels of laser light. Thorlabs offers a range of laser safety accessories that can be used to reduce the risk of accidents or injuries. Laser emission in the visible and near infrared spectral ranges has the greatest potential for retinal injury, as the cornea and lens are transparent to those wavelengths, and the lens can focus the laser energy onto the retina. 

Laser Glasses Laser Curtains Blackout Materials
Enclosure Systems Laser Viewing Cards Alignment Tools
Shutter and Controllers Laser Safety Signs

Safe Practices and Light Safety Accessories

  • Thorlabs recommends the use of safety eyewear whenever working with laser beams with non-negligible powers (i.e., > Class 1) since metallic tools such as screwdrivers can accidentally redirect a beam.
  • Laser goggles designed for specific wavelengths should be clearly available near laser setups to protect the wearer from unintentional laser reflections.
  • Goggles are marked with the wavelength range over which protection is afforded and the minimum optical density within that range.
  • Laser Safety Curtains and Laser Safety Fabric shield other parts of the lab from high energy lasers.
  • Blackout Materials can prevent direct or reflected light from leaving the experimental setup area.
  • Thorlabs' Enclosure Systems can be used to contain optical setups to isolate or minimize laser hazards.
  • A fiber-pigtailed laser should always be turned off before connecting it to or disconnecting it from another fiber, especially when the laser is at power levels above 10 mW.
  • All beams should be terminated at the edge of the table, and laboratory doors should be closed whenever a laser is in use.
  • Do not place laser beams at eye level.
  • Carry out experiments on an optical table such that all laser beams travel horizontally.
  • Remove unnecessary reflective items such as reflective jewelry (e.g., rings, watches, etc.) while working near the beam path.
  • Be aware that lenses and other optical devices may reflect a portion of the incident beam from the front or rear surface.
  • Operate a laser at the minimum power necessary for any operation.
  • If possible, reduce the output power of a laser during alignment procedures.
  • Use beam shutters and filters to reduce the beam power.
  • Post appropriate warning signs or labels near laser setups or rooms.
  • Use a laser sign with a lightbox if operating Class 3R or 4 lasers (i.e., lasers requiring the use of a safety interlock).
  • Do not use Laser Viewing Cards in place of a proper Beam Trap.

 

Laser Classification

Lasers are categorized into different classes according to their ability to cause eye and other damage. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is a global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. The IEC document 60825-1 outlines the safety of laser products. A description of each class of laser is given below:

Class Description Warning Label
1 This class of laser is safe under all conditions of normal use, including use with optical instruments for intrabeam viewing. Lasers in this class do not emit radiation at levels that may cause injury during normal operation, and therefore the maximum permissible exposure (MPE) cannot be exceeded. Class 1 lasers can also include enclosed, high-power lasers where exposure to the radiation is not possible without opening or shutting down the laser.  Class 1
1M Class 1M lasers are safe except when used in conjunction with optical components such as telescopes and microscopes. Lasers belonging to this class emit large-diameter or divergent beams, and the MPE cannot normally be exceeded unless focusing or imaging optics are used to narrow the beam. However, if the beam is refocused, the hazard may be increased and the class may be changed accordingly.  Class 1M
2 Class 2 lasers, which are limited to 1 mW of visible continuous-wave radiation, are safe because the blink reflex will limit the exposure in the eye to 0.25 seconds. This category only applies to visible radiation (400 - 700 nm).  Class 2
2M Because of the blink reflex, this class of laser is classified as safe as long as the beam is not viewed through optical instruments. This laser class also applies to larger-diameter or diverging laser beams.  Class 2M
3R Lasers in this class are considered safe as long as they are handled with restricted beam viewing. The MPE can be exceeded with this class of laser, however, this presents a low risk level to injury. Visible, continuous-wave lasers are limited to 5 mW of output power in this class.  Class 3R
3B Class 3B lasers are hazardous to the eye if exposed directly. However, diffuse reflections are not harmful. Safe handling of devices in this class includes wearing protective eyewear where direct viewing of the laser beam may occur. In addition, laser safety signs lightboxes should be used with lasers that require a safety interlock so that the laser cannot be used without the safety light turning on. Class-3B lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 3B
4 This class of laser may cause damage to the skin, and also to the eye, even from the viewing of diffuse reflections. These hazards may also apply to indirect or non-specular reflections of the beam, even from apparently matte surfaces. Great care must be taken when handling these lasers. They also represent a fire risk, because they may ignite combustible material. Class 4 lasers must be equipped with a key switch and a safety interlock.  Class 4
All class 2 lasers (and higher) must display, in addition to the corresponding sign above, this triangular warning sign  Warning Symbol

Posted Comments:
user  (posted 2019-06-04 07:48:04.817)
Hello, I would like to place an optical table with some low-power Vis and IR lasers (5 mW) in the corner of an existing lab. I need laser safety curtains to "isolate" this corner from the rest of the lab, where people are working without laser safety glasses. My question is about the curtain height: should the curtains extend from the floor to the ceiling or is a 2.2/2.4 m height enough? Also, keeping in mind the low power of the lasers in use, is a blackout curtain enoguh protective? Thanks
AManickavasagam  (posted 2019-06-05 06:56:44.0)
Response from Arunthathi at Thorlabs: Thanks for your query. The blackout curtains are not certified to provide laser protection, so we could guarantee a light tight set up but not to be laser-safe. The height you would require would depend on the direction of your beam path and the reflective surfaces you will have in your setup.
user  (posted 2019-04-18 07:13:23.74)
Hello, I am Min of ITI. I am writing to ask something about Laser safety curtain. We need 2 curtains. When we checked the details of that, The size of Laser safety curtain is 2.9 x 2.4m. (https://www.thorlabs.com/thorproduct.cfm?partnumber=LPCP108) But we need 2.9 x 2.7m size. Please let me know whether you can produce this size of Laser safety curtain or not. I am waiting for your reply. Thank you for reading.
YLohia  (posted 2019-04-18 10:46:24.0)
Hello Min, thank you for contacting Thorlabs. For custom item inquiries, please click on the red "Request Quote" button above. We have reached out to you directly to discuss the possibility of offering this.
ivan.skachko  (posted 2019-01-28 12:28:02.07)
Can the switches for an interlock system be installed on the curtains somehow? Thanks Ivan
AManickavasagam  (posted 2019-01-28 10:22:15.0)
Response from Arunthathi @ Thorlabs: Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately at the moment we are unable to support an interlock laser curtain system but we aim at looking into this for future. I have contacted you directly for further details.

Laser Safety Curtain Panels

Curtain Material Certifications
Wavelength Certificationa
180 nm - 315 nm D AB10
I AB5
R AB4
M AB4
315 nm to 1050 nm D AB7
315 nm to 1400 nm R AB6
I AB8
M AB8
1050 nm to 1400 nm D AB5
1400 nm to 10 600 nm D AB4
I AB5
R AB2
  • These certification levels are reproduced from EN 12254 and are included on the back of every curtain. See the Certifications tab above for complete details.

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Wheel runner shown being added to a curtain track. Each curtain includes one wheel runner for each eyelet.
  • Certified to EN 12254: 2010(E)*
  • Flame Retardant
  • Magnetic Strips Connect Curtains for Light-Tight Seal
  • Document Pocket and Protection Level Information Provided on Curtain
  • Wheel Runners Included (Replacements Available Below)

Thorlabs' Laser Safety Curtains are certified to EN 12254: 2010(E); certification levels can be found in the table to the right. Each curtain is made using a rubber compound fabric and includes a 380 mm x 280 mm document pocket on the front of the curtain. The back of the curtain includes the Item # as well as a red label detailing safety compliance information, manufacturing date, and protection level information. The panels can be connected to each other using magnetic strips that are sewn along the vertical edge of each curtain, providing a light-tight seal. Curtains are available from stock in two lengths (2.13 m and 2.44 m) and three widths (1.45 m, 2.14 m, and 2.90 m).

The curtains include one wheel runner for each eyelet. To mount a curtain onto a track, available above, simply insert the wheel runners into the track's bottom channel, as shown in the image to the right. When choosing a laser curtain, we recommend ordering enough so that the combined width is roughly 7-10% longer than the overall length of the curtain tracks. This allows the curtains to be draped along the length of the track, ensuring that the lab area will be properly enclosed.

*DISCLAIMER
The curtain materials have been tested by a third party using EN specifications; see the Certifications tab for details. Due to manufacturing variances, mechanical wear, and laser damage, Thorlabs assumes no responsibility for laser curtain failure. Please consult your local laser safety specialist before purchasing to ensure that the curtain is suitable for your application. To minimize risk, inspect the curtain before each use and ensure that it is in excellent condition.

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LPCP57 Support Documentation
LPCP57Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
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LPCP58 Support Documentation
LPCP58Laser Curtain Panel, 1.45 m x 2.44 m (W x L)
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LPCP77 Support Documentation
LPCP77Laser Curtain Panel, 2.14 m x 2.13 m (W x L)
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LPCP78 Support Documentation
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Curtain Tracks


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Each track contains a top channel for mounting adapters, two side channels for end stops and T-nuts, and one bottom channel for wheel runners.

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LPCC90 Curved Track
  • Straight or Curved Tracks to Support Laser Safety Curtains
  • Combine Tracks to Create Custom Configurations
  • Top Slot Enables Wall, Floor, or Ceiling Mounting Using Accessories Below

These aluminum tracks are designed to support the laser safety curtains sold above. Straight tracks are available in six lengths, while a curved, 90° track allows the system to wrap around corners. Track connectors (sold below) allow sections of track to be combined to create customized curtain systems in a variety of sizes (see the Example Configurations tab above). Dowel pin holes at ends of each track accept dowel pins included our track connectors, ensuring proper alignment.

The bottom of each track provides a path for the curtain wheel runners, while a slot in the top of the track allows the system to be mounted to the wall, floor, or ceiling using the accessories sold below. LCP05 curtain end stops (also sold below) can be added to the system using the side channels in each track.

When mounting a curtain system, we recommend installing track supports for every 1 m of track when using ceiling supports and every 1.2 m of track when using floor supports. Please contact Thorlabs Tech Support with any questions about how to configure a system for your lab.

Track Options
Type Straight Curved, 90°
Item # LPCL06 LPCL08 LPCL10 LPCL12 LPCL14 LPCL16 LPCC90
Track Length 0.6 m 0.8 m 1.0 m 1.2 m 1.4 m 1.6 m 0.64 ma
  • Arc length. For more information, please see product documentation.
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LPCC90 Support Documentation
LPCC9090° Curved Track for Curtain Panels
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LPCL06 Support Documentation
LPCL060.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$51.94
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LPCL08 Support Documentation
LPCL080.8 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$56.81
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LPCL10 Support Documentation
LPCL101.0 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$65.74
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LPCL12 Support Documentation
LPCL121.2 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$70.62
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LPCL14 Support Documentation
LPCL141.4 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$77.65
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LPCL16 Support Documentation
LPCL161.6 m Long Track for Curtain Panels
$84.41
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Track Connectors

Various track connectors are provided to connect together two, three, or four curtain tracks (sold above) with our various floor, ceiling, and/or wall mounting elements (sold below) for construction of a curtain system. Most track connectors include mounting slots or additional brackets to help attach the curtain system to a wall, ceiling, or floor element. The tables list the track connectors, the type of track connection they provide, the mounting elements with which they are compatible, and additional information needed to decide the appropriate component needed for your setup.

Track Connectors
Mounting N/A; Track Connector Only Wall Floor
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LPCFJJ Rail Joiner
LPCFJ90 Corner Joint
LPCFJT Joint
Item # LPC01 LPC15 LPCFJJ LPCFJ90 LPCFJT
Track Connection Two-Way 90º (Corner) Three-Way (T-Joint)
Additional Details
  • Please see each items' respective manual for detailed mounting instructions. M6 Cap screws require a 5/32" (4 mm) hex key while M8 cap screws require a 6 mm hex key. Hex keys are not included.
Track Connectors
Mounting Ceiling
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Item # LPC12 LPC13 LPC09 LPC10 LPC11
Track Connection Two-Way 90º (Corner) Three-Way (T-Joint) Four-Way
Additional Details
  • Please see each items' respective manual for detailed mounting instructions. M6 Cap screws require a 5/32" (4 mm) hex key while M8 cap screws require a 6 mm hex key. Hex keys are not included.
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LPC01Track Connector Kit
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LPC15 Support Documentation
LPC15Track Connector Kit with Two LPC03 Wall Mounting brackets
$42.75
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LPCFJJ Support Documentation
LPCFJJTrack Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
$108.21
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LPCFJ90 Support Documentation
LPCFJ9090° (Corner) Track Connector Kit with Post for Floor Mounting
$124.13
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LPCFJT Support Documentation
LPCFJT3-Way (T-Joint) Track Connector with Post for Floor Mounting
$130.49
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LPC12 Support Documentation
LPC12Track Connector Kit with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
$28.95
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LPC13 Support Documentation
LPC13Track Connector Kit with Two LPC04 Ceiling Mounting Brackets
$57.08
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LPC09 Support Documentation
LPC0990° (Corner) Track Connector Kit with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
$37.87
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LPC10 Support Documentation
LPC103-Way (T-Joint) Track Connector with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
$43.56
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LPC11 Support Documentation
LPC114-Way Track Connector with Slots for Ceiling Mounting
$53.84
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Floor Mounting Post and Base

Included Hardware
Base Columns
M8 Cap Screw (x2) N/A
M8 Washer (x2)
  • Mounting Base to Affix Curtain System to a Floor
    • Painted Red to Increase Visibility When Working
  • Mounting Columns for Floor Mounting Curtains
    • LPCFC7: Compatible with 2.13 m Long Laser Curtains
    • LPCFC8: Compatible with 2.44 m Long Laser Curtains
    • Attach to LPCFB12 Base Using Included M8 Cap Screws
    • Mount LPCFJS Track Support and Select Track Connectors
  • Hardware Used to Fix Mounting Base to Floor Not Included*

The LPCFB12 Mounting Base is used to mount the modular laser saftey curtain system to the floor. Each base accepts an LPCFC7 or LPCFC8 mounting column,
which can be used with a 2.13 m or 2.44 m laser curtain, respectively. They can then accept a track support or track connector to start forming the frame of your
laser system. The mounting column attaches to the mounting base using a 6 mm hex key (not included) and included M8 cap screws and washers.

We recommend a support column and base for every 1.2 m of track.

*Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, hardware to mount this system to floors is not included with any of our curtain system products. Please choose screws and fittings which are suitable for use in your floor and have enough holding power. For reference, chosen hardware should be able to withstand shear forces of approximately 30 N (6.7 lbf) and tensile forces of approximately 440 N (98.9 lbf). If you are uncertain, please contact a local specialized retailer. It is not recommended to use this system before bolting the base plates to the floor.

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LPCFB12 Support Documentation
LPCFB12Base for Floor Mounted Curtains
$201.57
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LPCFC7 Support Documentation
LPCFC77' Mounting Column for Floor Mounting Curtains
$74.26
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LPCFC8 Support Documentation
LPCFC88' Mounting Column for Floor Mounting Curtains
$79.57
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Dedicated Track Support for Floor Mounting


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LPCFJS Support Shown Attached to a Curtain Track
Included Hardware
M6 Cap Screw (x2)
M8 Cap Screw (x2)
M8 Washer (x2)
Half Joint Plate
  • Supports a Single Curtain Track
  • Attaches Directly to a Mounting Column Using Included M8 Cap Screws
  • Attaches to Top Channel of Curtain Track for Support Using Included M6 Cap Screws

The LPCFJS Rail Support is used to provide additional support for the tracks. The LPCFJS attaches to a
mounting column (sold above) using a 6 mm hex key (not included) and included M8 screws. It then attaches to a curtain track using a 4 mm hex key (not included) and included M6 screws.

When floor mounting a curtain system, we recommend the use of a floor mounted support every 1.2 m.

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LPCFJS Support Documentation
LPCFJSCurtain Track Support with Post for Floor Mounting
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Ceiling Mounting Brackets


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The LPC04 and LPC16 allow vertical adjustment of the track, when using the LPC02 rod, by an amount equal to or less than the track-to-ceiling separation of the bracket.

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LPC04 Mounted on a Track so that it can be Attached 14.0 mm from a Ceiling

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LPC08 Mounted on a Track so that it can be Attached 6.0 mm from a Ceiling
Included Hardware
LPC08 LPC04 LPC16
M8 Countersunk Cap Screw (x1) M8 Cap Screw (x2)
M8 T-Nut (x1) M8 T-Nut (x2)
M8 Washer (x2)
  • Mounting Brackets for Attaching a Curtain Track to a Ceiling
    • LPC08: 6.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
    • LPC04: 14.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
    • LPC16: 55.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
  • Can be Attached to a Ceiling Using the LPC02 Mounting Rod (Available Below)
  • Attaches to Curtain Track Using Two Included M8 Cap Screws and T-Nuts
  • Hardware Used to Fix Brackets to the Ceiling is Not Included*

These mounting brackets are used to attach a curtain track to a ceiling. Each bracket attaches to the top-located channel of the curtain tracks using a 6 mm hex key (not included) and included M8 cap screws and T-nuts with the center through hole. This allows the track to be positioned before it is secured in place. Three versions are available, each offering a different track-to-ceiling separation: LPC08 (6.0 mm separation), LPC04 (14.0 mm separation), and LPC16 (55.0 mm separation).

The LPC08, LPC04, and LPC16 each have two through holes, offset from center, that are used to attach the brackets directly to the ceiling. These through holes can also be used with the LPC02 Off-Ceiling Mounting Rod, available below, which allows the curtain track to be mounted up to 2 m below the ceiling. Additionally, when the LPC02 is used with the LPC04 and LPC16, the tracks can be vertically adjusted on the rod by an amount equal to or less than the track-to-ceiling separation of the bracket, without interfering with other components mounted on the track. An example can be seen in the photo to the far right. This adjustment range can be used to level the system or change the height at which it is mounted.

Please note that we recommend adding a ceiling support for every 1 m of track to create a more stable system.

*Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, hardware to mount these brackets to ceilings is not included. Please be aware of the overall weight of the mounted system and choose screws and fittings that are suitable and have enough holding strength for use in your wall or ceiling. If you are uncertain, please contact a specialized retailer.

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LPC08 Support Documentation
LPC08Ceiling Mounting Bracket, 6.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
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LPC04Ceiling Mounting Bracket, 14.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
$24.02
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LPC16 Support Documentation
LPC16Ceiling Mounting Bracket, 55.0 mm Track-to-Ceiling Separation
$30.30
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Wall Mounting Brackets


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The LPC14 is used to hang a curtain track 138.0 mm from a support wall.

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The LPC03 is used to hang a curtain track so that it can be flush with a support wall.
Included Hardware
M8 Cap Screw (x1)
M8 T-Nut (x1)
M8 Washer (x1)
  • Mount Curtain Tracks Directly to a Wall for Support
    • LPC03: Track Mounted Flush with Wall
    • LPC14: Track Mounted 138.0 mm from Wall
  • Attaches to Curtain Track Using M8 Cap Screw and T-Nut (Included)
  • Hardware Used to Fix Brackets to a Wall is Not Included*

The LPC03 and LPC14 Mounting Brackets are used to attach a curtain track flush with or
138.0 mm from a wall, respectively. Each bracket attaches to the top-located channel of the curtain tracks using a 6 mm hex key (not included) and included M8 cap screw and T-nut, allowing the track to be positioned before it is secured in place. See the images to the right for details.

The LPC03 bracket includes three Ø6.8 mm x 10.0 mm through slots and the LPC14 includes two Ø9.0 mm through holes so that they can be mounted to a wall*.

*Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, hardware to mount these brackets to a wall is not included. Please be aware of the overall weight of the mounted system and choose screws and fittings that are suitable and have enough holding strength for use in your wall or ceiling. If you are uncertain, please contact a specialized retailer.

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LPC03 Support Documentation
LPC03Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Tracks, Flush with Wall
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LPC14 Support Documentation
LPC14Wall Mounting Bracket for Curtain Track, 138 mm From Wall
$22.94
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High-Ceiling or Off-Wall Support Rods


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An adapter is included so that the two rods can be attached. This is ideal when the system needs to be attached to higher ceilings.

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An M8 threaded T-nut is included so that the rods can be directly attached to a curtain track.
Included Hardware
M8 Cap Screw (x1)
M8 Nut (x5)
M8 T-Nut (x2)
M8 Adapter Nut (x1)
M8 Washer (x4)
  • Ideal for Mounting Curtain Tracks to High Ceilings
  • Prevent System Sway when Used with Curtain End Stop Brackets
  • Two Externally M8 x 1.25 Threaded, 1.0 m Long Steel Rods Included
  • 24.0 mm Long, Internally M8-Threaded Adapter Included to Connect Rods
  • Hardware Used to Fix Rods to the Ceiling is Not Included*

The LPC02 Mounting Rod is designed to mount curtain tracks to a high ceiling for support. It can also be attached to a curtain end stop bracket to attach to a far wall to prevent system sway. Please note that the rod is only designed to hold axial loads and should not be used to support loads when mounted horizontally. The LPC02 includes two 1.0 m long steel rods, one 24.0 mm long thread adapter to connect the rods, and mounting hardware, listed in the table to the left, to attach the rod to a curtain accessory.

When mounting to the ceiling, the LPC02 can be attached directly to the top channel of the curtain tracks using the included M8-T-nut or it can be attached to an end stop bracket, available below, using the included M8 lock nuts. When mounting to a wall, the LPC02 will need to be attached to a wall mounting bracket, available above, using the included lock nuts. Please see the manual for detailed wall and ceiling mounting instructions.

Please note we recommend adding a ceiling support for every 1 m of track to guarantee a stable system.

*Due to different building codes, material types, and room designs, hardware to mount these rods to walls or ceilings is not included. Please be aware of the overall weight of the mounted system and choose screws and fittings that are suitable and have enough holding strength for use in your wall or ceiling. If you are uncertain, please contact a specialized retailer.

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LPC02 Support Documentation
LPC021.0 m Long Mounting Rod for Ceiling or Wall Attachment, M8 Threaded (Pack of 2)
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Curtain End Stop Brackets


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End Stop Shown Attached to the Side of a Curtain Track to Stop the Movement of the Wheel Runners

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The LPC05 shown attached to the top of a track with an LPC02 to create a horizontal restraint that prevents swaying of the system.
Included Hardware
M4 Cap Screw (x2)
M4 Drop-In T-Nut (x2)
M4 Washer (x2)
  • Provides a Hard Stop for Curtain Panels
  • Attaches to the Side Channels of the Curtain Track Using the Provided M4 Cap Screw and T-Nut
  • Can be Placed at Any Location Along the Curtain Track

The LPC05 is used to provide a hard stop for a curtain mounted to a track. As shown in the image to the right, it is designed to attach to the side channel of the curtain track using the provided drop-in nut and M4 cap screw. The drop-in nut can be placed into the channel from anywhere on the track; it does not need to be slid in on the end of the track.

When the curtain's wheel runner is in place, the end stop can be positioned with the bottom slot around the hook of the wheel runner. The end stop and held wheel runner can then be adjusted along the length of the curtain track by loosening the M4 cap screw that secures the end stop in place.

The LPC05 can also be attached to the top channel of the curtain track to provide additional wall support for the curtain system. See the image to the right for details and the manual for specific, step-by-step mounting instructions.

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LPC05 Support Documentation
LPC05 Curtain End Stop Brackets (Pack of 2)
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Replacement Wheel Runners


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Wheel runners shown being added to a curtain track. Each laser curtain includes one wheel runner for each eyelet.

The LPC07 contains a pack of 10 replacement wheel runners that are used to attach the laser safety curtains to a curtain track. First, insert the wheels of the LPC07 into the bottom channel of the curtain track. Then slide the hook of the wheel runner into the eyelet of the laser curtain.

Please note that Thorlabs' laser safety curtains come with one wheel runner for each eyelet in the panel.

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LPC07 Support Documentation
LPC07Wheel Runners for Curtain System (Pack of 10)
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T-Nuts


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M8-Threaded T-Nuts are Used in the top Channel of the Curtain Tracks to Attach Mounting Adapters and Track Connectors

The LPC06 contains a pack of 10 T-Nuts that can be used in the top channel of the laser curtain tracks. These T-Nuts effectively add M8 tapped holes to the laser curtain track, which allows the track connectors, mounting rods, and wall/ceiling mounting brackets in our modular curtain system to be mounted. They can also be used to replace the T-Nuts included in our Laser Curtain Kits to connect the tracks to the main support frame.

Please note that T-Nuts are provided with each laser curtain accessory.

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LPC06 Support Documentation
LPC06Curtain Stop T-Nuts for Curtain System, M8 Tapped Hole (Pack of 10)
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