Base Tables

These days, humans have so many machines and equipment to help with the work that would otherwise take us a long time to accomplish. For example, a filling machine has the ability to fill out thousands of products per hour, but it will take several days for people to fill out the same products. Another notable example is the grinding machine. Back in the old days, if people did not like a part of the product, they had to remove it manually. That is no need to say how arduous such work was.

Today, if we do not like the part of the product, we can use the grinding machine to grind parts off. All these machines have helped the industries progress even further. However, some of this equipment is very heavy, so in order for them to perform smoothly, we need something to serve as a base and support them. That is where the base tables come in.

Base Tables

The machine base tables, or sometimes referred to as machine supports have the ability to provide a relatively stable foundation for machine tools, dies, tooling, precision instruments, or other industrial equipment. The base tables are the type of device that can be applied to many different types of self-leveling machinery and equipment. There are some machine base tables designed to support the processing of hazardous chemical or petrochemical devices which may involve the processing of dangerous or corrosive materials. The other machine base tables are designed to support equipment such as the grinding machines, the scroll saws, or the drill presses that can be found in the field of manufacturing or industrial applications.


It is very common to utilize the base tables in the field where heavy-duty operations take place and processing large workpieces is required. For example, in the industry of mining, and offshore oil and gas production where large precision equipment is implemented. In mining and oil refining, it is important for the equipment to work on a relatively stable base so that the machinery can function smoothly. It is also possible to utilize the base tables in the petroleum industry and manufacturing industry. Its ability to provide a stable foundation helps support the work that requires accuracy and precision machining, such as the process of grinding and the production of steel.

The Foundation

As mentioned earlier, the base tables provide a safer foundation for the machine or heavy equipment to work. When it comes to the foundation, there are actually several types to discuss.

Block Type Machine Foundation

This is the type of foundation which consists of a pedestal resting on a footing. It has a huge mass and a relatively small natural frequency.

Box or Caisson Type Machine Foundation

This is the type of foundation made of a hollow concrete block. The mass of this foundation is not as much as the block-type machine foundation due to the fact that it got a hollow center. 

Wall Type Machine Foundation

A pair of walls with a slab resting on top is the special trait for this type of foundation. This type of foundation is built by homogeneous materials. Smaller machines usually utilized this type of foundation. And the machine is rested on the top slab.

Framed Type Machine Foundation

vertical columns accompanied with the horizontal frame at the top is the striking mark for this type of foundation. Larger machines usually utilized this type of foundation. On the top of the frames, there is a place for the machine to rest. Different materials are used to build the vertical and horizontal parts of this foundation.

Besides all the foundations discussed above, there is also a type of foundation that is not as common. It is called the non-rigid or the flexible type of machine foundation. It is important for all these foundations to carry the heavy load without crushing. It is also very important for the center of gravity of the machine to be kept as far as possible from the foundation.

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