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Optical Tables Shelves, Free-Standing


  • Stable, Free-Standing Shelf Unit
  • Shelving Spans the Length of the Table
  • Versions for 2.0 m, 2.5 m, or 3.0 m Long Optical Tables
  • Complete Line of Accessories Available

Cable Racks Available Separately

PTA280

Overhead Shelving Unit
(Optical Table and Supports Not Included)

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Features

  • Stable, Free-Standing Design Does Not Interfere with Vibration Isolation
  • High-Load-Capacity Shelving Spans Table Length
  • Shelf Height is Adjustable from 1.098 m to 1.96 m (43.21" to 77.28")
  • Through Holes in Frame Allow for Easy Cable Management
  • Compatible with 24-Outlet Power Distribution Strips

Thorlabs' Free-Standing Instrumentation Shelves provide two levels of storage space or mounting surfaces for instruments, power supplies, and other accessories. As a free-standing unit, the operation of the table's vibration isolation system is not affected. Three shelving units are available for compatibility with 2.0 m (6.5'), 2.5 m (8.2'), or 3.0 m (10') long optical tables. The shelf units are also compatible with all of our table supports, including our optical table workstations. The PTA280 and PTA281 each come with two 598 mm (23.5") wide Melamine-faced MDF (medium density fiberboard) shelves (one per level) that can each support up to 135.0 kg (297 lbs). The PTA282 comes with two 598 mm (23.5") wide Melamine-faced MDF shelves per level; each level can support up to 122.0 kg (269 lbs).

The vertical steel support struts feature a range of mounting points to allow height adjustment, and through holes are included in each corner of the frame for easy cable management. The shelves can be replaced with solid aluminum breadboards when using the optional mounting brackets (detailed below). Furthermore, the underside of each shelf is fitted with threaded inserts to allow our power distribution strips, LED light strips, and cable racks to be attached. Lean bars and a post-mounting adapter also facilitate the attachment of post-mounted accessories, such as a monitor mount. These accessories are shipped with all necessary hardware and are described in detail below.


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Posted Comments:
Poster:loic.morvan
Posted Date:2015-06-16 12:25:00.07
Hi, Do you provide custom free-standing shelves? Our optical table is 1800 mm long. Thanks
Poster:bhallewell
Posted Date:2015-06-19 06:31:31.0
Response from Ben at Thorlabs: Thank you very much for your feedback here. Unfortunately we are unable to supply custom length free-standing optical table shelves at this time however I will log your request in our internal product idea forum. I would advise considering use of our 2m long PTA280 option.
Poster:ruben.criado
Posted Date:2014-05-28 13:52:23.81
Hi, Do the power strip have any kind of protection? If so, what fuse is used? What is the recommended section of the cable to the power strips? Thanks. Regards
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2014-05-28 10:05:43.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The power strips are designed for indoor use and are housed within an impact-resistant, sturdy metal case and offers a built-in circuit breaker. The UK versions of the power strips are rated to 16A (2576W) the EU version is rated to 13A (2184W) both and have a surge protection of 1.75kA for 8/20µsec. The US versions is rated up to 15A (1800W) and is a 6G99 surge protective device. All versions use a 1.5mm diameter cable.
Poster:daniel.o-connor
Posted Date:2014-01-20 09:26:26.887
Is there a possibility to make one of these with a length compatible with a 3.5m optical table?
Poster:msoulby
Posted Date:2014-01-21 11:05:25.0
Response from Mike at Thorlabs: The longest shelf we are able to provide is 2790mm. Unfortunately we are unable to make larger shelf of this design due to concerns over stability and load capacity.
Poster:k.worrall
Posted Date:2013-05-13 10:33:33.827
Can you tell me what material the shelves are made of? As I want to use in a Cleanroom. Also do the shelves attach to the optical table?
Poster:jlow
Posted Date:2013-05-13 12:46:00.0
Response from Jeremy at Thorlabs: The shelves are Light Grey U112 Melamine Faced MDF and the sides are 1mm PVC. The shelves do not attach directly to the table.
Poster:tcohen
Posted Date:2013-01-15 16:23:00.0
Response from Tim at Thorlabs: This shelf system would not be stable without the lower fixture. The shelf can be removed but the bars are needed for stability.
Poster:david.n.hutchison
Posted Date:2013-01-15 15:28:05.6
Hi, I have the same question as Azhar: Is it possible to have it without the under table shelf? and is it stable without it? The reason is, we have something immovable under the table.
Poster:azhar.zam
Posted Date:2012-09-12 10:43:13.0
Hi I am from NUI Galway Ireland. Is it possible to have it without the under table shelf? and is it stable without it? Thanks Azhar
Poster:
Posted Date:2011-11-30 14:48:02.0
A response from Tyler at Thorlabs: Since the BS 546 power outlet isn't one of our standard options I have passed this on to the technical support group so that they can contact you with information about whether we can offer this outlet type as a special item. Thank you, Tyler
Poster:asharma
Posted Date:2011-11-29 03:45:48.0
Hi In south africa we use the BS546 plugs type http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BS_546 Can out power outlet incorporate these plugs? Thanks Regards Ameeth

Free-Standing Optical Table Shelves

Item #a Shelf Length Compatible Table Length Shelf Width Frame Height Max Shelf Height Max Load per Levelb
PTA280 2.04 m
(6.7')
2.0 m
(6.5')
598 mm
(23.5")
1.97 m
(77.68")
1.96 m
(77.28")
135.0 kg
(297 lbs)
PTA281 2.65 m
(8.69')
2.5 m
(8.2')
135.0 kg
(297 lbs)
PTA282 3.10 m
(10.2')
3.0 m
(10')
122.0 kgc 
(269 lbs)
  • Please note that these shelves are delivered in a package that is at least 2.16 m (7.1 ft) long and weighs at least 196 kg (431.2 lbs).
  • The maximum load is measured using an even distrubution across the length of the unit.
  • The PTA282 comes with two MDF shelves per level as opposed to the PTA280 and PTA281, which each have one MDF shelf that spans the length of each level.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
PTA280 Support Documentation
PTA280Optical Table Shelf, Free Standing, for 2.0 m (6.5') Long Optical Tables
$1,946.00
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PTA281 Support Documentation
PTA281Optical Table Shelf, Free Standing, for 2.5 m (8.2') Long Optical Tables
$2,079.00
Today
PTA282 Support Documentation
PTA282Customer Inspired!Optical Table Shelf, Free Standing, for 3.0 m (10') Long Optical Tables
$2,295.00
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Side Lean Bars

  • Protect the Work Area from Accidental Knocks
  • Allows for Compatibility with Our Nexus Frame Accessories (See Table to the Right)
  • Span the Width of the Optical Table
  • Fit to the Free-Standing Shelf Unit Support Struts
  • Supplied in Pairs to Fit One End of the Workstation

These Side Lean Bars span the entire width of the optical table on the right or left side. They are sold as a package of two to fit one end of the table. The bars bolt to the support struts of the overhead shelf described above and shield the vibration-isolated tabletop from accidental contact. Once fitted, they allow our selection of our post-mounted Nexus table frame accessories to be used (see table to the right).

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
TFB10 Support Documentation
TFB10Nexus Table Frame Side Lean Bars, 1 m (3') Wide, Set of 2 for One End of the Frame
$150.00
Today
TFB12 Support Documentation
TFB12Nexus Table Frame Side Lean Bars, 1.2 m (4') Wide, Set of 2 for One End of the Frame
$165.00
Today
TFB15 Support Documentation
TFB15Nexus Table Frame Side Lean Bars, 1.5 m (4.8') Wide, Set of 2 for One End of the Frame
$180.00
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Post Adapter for the Free-Standing Optical Table Shelves

Overhead Shelf Clamp
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PSY121 Monitor Mount Shown Mounted on the TFA4 Adapter

The TFA4 Post Adapter allows you to attach post-mounted accessories to the free-standing overhead shelf's uprights. As shown in the photo to the right, the adapter is bolted to one of the uprights using two supplied M8 bolts. Once connected, the 75 mm (2.95") long Ø1.5" post can be used to attach various accessories, such as, such as our monitor mount, instrument shelvesbreadboard brackets, or component trays.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
TFA4 Support Documentation
TFA4Ø1.5" Post Adapter for TFS201, TFS251, PTA280, and PTA281 Overhead Shelving Units
$65.01
Today

24-Outlet Power Strips

Item #HDPS24-USHDPS24-EUHDPS24-UK
Electrical Specifications
Voltage Rating 125 VAC 220 to 250 VAC 250 VAC
Current Rating 15 A 16 A 13 A
Frequency 50/60 Hz 50 Hz 60 Hz
Power Rating 1800 W 3680 W 3120 W
Full Surge Protection 3 kA for 1 µs 1.75 kA for 8/20 µs
EMI / RFI Filtering Yes
CE Approved Yes
Physical Specifications
Cord Length 9.83' (3.0 m) 3 m (9.8')
Cord Gauge 1.5 mm(16 AWG)
Number of Outlets 24
Body Material Aluminum
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
(68.27" x 2.46" x 1.77")
1734.0 x 62.5 x 45.0 mm
1717 x 67.5 x 58.0 mm
(67.6" x 2.66" x 2.28")

Attention:
These power strips are designed for indoor use only. These devices should not be installed in wet or damp areas exposed to moisture. They are not recommended for use with aquariums. We do not recommend plugging one HDPS24 into another HDPS24 or similar surge-protecting device.

  • 24-Outlet, Surge-Protected Power Strips
  • Three Outlet Types: US, EU, or UK
  • Electrically Grounded Outlets

These 24-outlet, power strips are available with US-, EU-, or UK-style outlets. Each is designed for indoor use and is housed within an impact-resistant, sturdy metal case. They are fitted with clearance holes for standard 1/4"-20 or M6 cap screws for direct attachment to the underside or side edge of the shelving frame. The units are turned on and off with a rocker switch.

HDPS24 in the Lab
The HDPS24-UK 24-Outlet Power Strip is installed on the front of the overhead shelf of a free-standing shelf unit. It can also be installed to the underside of the shelf.
Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Imperial Price Available / Ships
HDPS24-US Support Documentation
HDPS24-US24 Outlet, Surge-Protected Power Strip, US Plugs
$120.00
Today
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Metric Price Available / Ships
HDPS24-EU Support Documentation
HDPS24-EU24-Outlet, Surge-Protected Power Strip, EU Plugs
$120.00
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HDPS24-UK Support Documentation
HDPS24-UK24-Outlet, Surge-Protected Power Strip, UK Plugs
$120.00
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LED Light Strips

Item #PSY240TFA2
Brightness 1530 Lumens 3600 Lumens
# of LEDs 51 120
Powera 15.3 W 36 W
Voltage 12 VDC (Power Supply Included)
Dimensions 850 mm x 17.4 mm x 8.2 mm
(33.46" x 0.69" x 0.32")
1828.5 mm x 17.4 mm x 8.2 mm
(71.99" x 0.69" x 0.32")
  • Power usage per LED is 0.3 W.
  • 850 mm (33.46") or 1828.5 mm (71.99") Long
  • ON/OFF Switch
  • Sturdy Aluminum Base Resists Warping
  • Frosted Plastic Cover Ensures Even Spread of Light
  • Shipped with 3 Spring Clips, 3 M6 Screws, and a Power Supply

These rigid LED light strips are available in two lengths: 850 mm (33.46") or 1828.5 mm (71.99"). They are held in place by three spring clips that are easily fitted to a rack or a shelf, such as our Free-Standing Overhead Shelf or our Nexus Table Frame Overhead Shelves. The strip lights can also be mounted over a bench for general laboratory use.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
PSY240 Support Documentation
PSY240850 mm (33.46") LED Light Strip
$95.00
Today
TFA2 Support Documentation
TFA21828.5 mm (71.99") LED Light Strip
$100.00
Today

Cable Tray

TFC series cable racks
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TFC100 and TFC200 Shown Fitted to a Nexus Table Frame and Being Used to Redirect Cables from a Power Supply and Oscilloscope
  • Attach Underneath or to the Front of the Overhead Shelf Frame (Shown in Photo to the Right)
  • Ideal for Keeping Electrical Cables and Fiber Optic Patch Cables Out of the Way
  • Maximum Load Capacity (Evenly Distributed)
    • TFC100 and TFC125: 5 kg (11 lbs)
    • TFC200 and TFC250: 10 kg (22 lbs)
  • Four Lengths Available:
    • TFC100: 1.0 m (3.29')
    • TFC125: 1.25 m (4.1')
    • TFC200: 2.0 m (6.56')
    • TFC250: 2.5 m (8.2')

These cable trays are designed to be attached either underneath or to the edge of the overhead shelf frame, using the M6 bolts supplied. They are made from 3 mm (1/8") thick steel wire with a powder-coated plastic finish. Measuring 92.0 mm (3.62") high by 109.4 mm (4.31") deep, they are offered in four lengths: 1.0 m (3.29'), 1.25 m (4.1'), 2.0 m (6.56'), and 2.5 m (8.2'). The two shorter trays are supplied with two mounting brackets, while both the longer racks are shipped with three brackets.

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
TFC100 Support Documentation
TFC100Nexus Cable Tray, 1.0 m (3.29') Long
$98.00
Today
TFC125 Support Documentation
TFC125Nexus Cable Tray, 1.25 m (4.1') Long
$134.00
Today
TFC200 Support Documentation
TFC200Nexus Cable Tray, 2.0 m (6.56') Long
$142.00
Today
TFC250 Support Documentation
TFC250Nexus Cable Tray, 2.5 m (8.2') Long
$153.00
Today

Breadboard Mounting Brackets

Typical Application
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Solid Aluminum Breadboard fitted to the overhead shelf frame and viewed from the underside.
  • Supports Solid Aluminum Breadboards 300 mm to 600 mm (12" to 24") Wide
  • Fits Over The Overhead Shelf Support Frame (Shown in Photo to the Right)
  • Strong, All-Steel Construction

These brackets allow any of our solid aluminum breadboards with a width from 300 mm to 600 mm (12" to 24") to be fixed to the frame of the overhead shelf mentioned above. Four brackets are supplied that attach to the underside of the breadboard using standard M6 or 1/4"-20 bolts (not supplied).

Based on your currency / country selection, your order will ship from Newton, New Jersey  
+1 Qty Docs Part Number - Universal Price Available / Ships
TFA1 Support Documentation
TFA1Breadboard Mounting Brackets (Set of Four)
$40.00
Today
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