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Term: Vacuum table (scanning)

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Term: Vacuum table (scanning)

A flat printing base with a series of small, finely spaced holes in its bed attached to a vacuum system. Works, such as photographic prints or maps, are placed on the table to make them lie flat. Vacuum tables used for this purpose often allow the user to adjust the level of vacuum to accommodate the object being scanned. Conservation practices often prohibit or restrict the use of vacuum tables in order to reduce the risk of accidental damage.
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