Light tables are humble but extraordinarily useful devices. Tools that laboratories, art studios, and similar places would be extremely unwise to go without. Though there are, of course, variations between one kind of table and another. Some may come equipped with special features that make them better suited for some tasks rather than others. However, the basic concept that underlies them all is simplicity itself. At the bottom, they are often just tables that emit evenly distributed light across their surfaces from a light source found below.
And yet these simple tools can be indispensable to many. Including scientists, lab workers, industrial workers, artists, and all manner of professionals across a wide variety of fields. Once you have them in your lab or studio, you won’t want to go without them. You will be able to examine anything you place onto them with as much care and rigor as your project requires.
Here is some crucial information about what these implements can do for you and why they are so important.
What Can Light Tables Be Used For?
Precision is essential in all laboratory work. To be confident that you or your researchers are always performing your experiments and other laboratory tasks with the requisite precision, everything in the lab should be clearly and consistently illuminated. This is especially true in cases where the work in question is delicate.
In a chemistry lab, for instance, where precise quantities of potentially volatile chemicals must be mixed or reacted with other substances, there is simply no room for error. The value of good lighting in such cases cannot be overestimated. But relying on light bulbs or other overhead sources to provide that lighting can sometimes be inappropriate. Often, overhead bulbs are the only light sources to which you can turn on in the lab. That light source, just might not be enough when it matters most. You may find yourself pulling bulbs closer to you or otherwise manipulating them into shinning light precisely on those areas where it is needed. This is obviously inconvenient, and may sometimes even be dangerous. A source of light coming from below can offer an easy solution to such problems.
For engineers and architects who need to examine schematic diagrams to plan out their work, an illuminated inspection table can simplify and speed up work enormously. Just lay the schematics out flat on the table, switch on the light, and any and every important detail becomes immediately visible. For engineers and architects who need to draw up their own schematics, inspection tables are of obvious value as well.
A factory direct and industrial quality light table fromRDM Industrial Productscan be a stupendous tool in these and similar situations.
Some Key Features and Benefits
To further flesh out what RDM industrial light tables can do and how they can help you, it’s useful to go over some of their most salient features. It’s also worthwhile to mention some of the variations in these features that you’re likely to find between the models sold by RDM:
- Design Styles: The three most common design styles are those of a standard table, a workbench, and a panel. The standard style is simply that of an ordinary rectangular table. Depending on the model, you will either have to stand over the table, sit by it, or slide a chair underneath it and sit down as you work. The workbench style is designed much like the standard table, only it also comes with an overhead rack. If needed, you may hang certain objects from the rack, which would allow you to easily access them later. Like standard tables, there are versions where you must stand over them or sit next to them, and version which let slide a chair underneath. Lastly, there is the panel design. These are vertical and can be placed up against a wall. However, RDM light panels can also be titled or flipped and made to function effectively as tables.
- Lighting Types: Tables, workbenches, and panels all use either LED or fluorescent lighting. Lights also come with dimmer switches. This feature allows you to regulate the intensity of the light in line with your needs. Light can either come from light boxes underneath the table or, in the case of tables made in the workbench style, from an overhead light attached to a rack.
- Light Colors: Usually, our models emit white light, but if you require light of other colors, like red, you may request it from us.
- Surface Types: The standard surface on our models is flat, rectangular, and stationary. However, you may request specially-designed tilting light tables that can be made to tilt by anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees.
- Surface Materials: RDM Industrial Products manufactures tables from all kinds of surface materials. Plastic laminate or glass may be sufficient for most ordinary uses. But in laboratory settings where there are hazardous or caustic chemicals, you may also request tables with surfaces made of wood, stainless steel, chemical-resistant materials, or ESD static-control materials.
- Cover Types: Tabletop covers are typically made of translucent white plastic. If you desire, you may also get glass top covers for your tables that are either 1/4” or 3/8” thick.
- Sizes: RDM Industrial Products manufactures tables, workbenches, and panels of various sizes. Some models come in a series of standard dimensions, but we can also make customized in whatever size you need.
- Miscellaneous Features: For your added convince, we also manufacture lighted workbenches with things like lower shelves or file drawers if you need them.
The Industries That Need Them and Love Them
A light table can find uses in all sorts of fields and industries. Here are just a few of them:
- Art and Architecture: A artist who needs the use of an illuminated surface to create his work or an architect who is drafting plans for his next building can both make use of light tables for drawing. Filmmakers can also use them in the editing stage of their work.
- Science and Technology: Scientists working in the lab with sensitive materials will often need to see precisely what they are doing. Having access to chemical-resistant and bright surfaces is thus very important for them.
- Industry and Engineering: Like artists and architects, engineers, surveyors, and other industry professionals will need to carefully inspect plans and schematics of all kinds in the course of their work.
- Medicine: Doctors, radiologists, medical assistants, and medical technicians will often handle sensitive patient data. Data like x-rays, that they will need to read carefully. Well-designed inspection light tables can be especially valuable to them.
With these and many other kinds of uses, light tables are versatile tools whose wide applicability makes them fundamental to efficient lab work and too many other kinds of endeavors.
Have a look atsome of the tables RDM Industrial Products can offer youto help bring your lab up to the next level.