Sample Preparation

   

Cutting

Standard rough cut devices

 

Remet TR80 metallographic saw

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FEATURES:

  • Powerful  (2200 Watt) motor, 2800 rpm and 9.8″ (250mm) blades for quickest cut.
  • Twin hose jets apply coolant to both wheel and sample during cutting operation
  •  The sample holder is designed for muonting any shape and dimension sample

 

Buehler Isomet 4000 Automatic Precision Saw

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FEATURES:

  • Automatic System (cut without operator assistance)
  • Linear feed mechanism feed rate cutting
  • SMARTCUT system automatically adjusts feed rate to eliminate sample, machine, and blade damage
  • 2µm sample positioning for highest precision applications
  •  Simple operation Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) and controls with last settings retained programmability
  • Powerful 1.25HP (950 Watt) motor, full 5000 rpm and 8″ (200mm) blades for quickest cut
  • Operator can change the feed rate and blade speed during operation

 

Fischione Ultrasonic disk cutter Model 170

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FEATURES:

  • A method for producing disk specimens from hard and brittle materials as thin as 10 mm
  • This model utilizes an electrical continuity detector for automatically determining the completion of the cutting process
  • Alignment microscope
  • Automatic termination

 

Reichert-Leica Ultracut

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FEATURES:

  • Ultramicrotome designed for routine ultra and semithin sectioning
  • Three light sources: incident light, darkfield and specimen transillumination
  • 200 µm of automatic ultrathin and semithin feed from 5 nm to 5 µm
  •  ACCESSORIES:
  • Glass knife maker

 

Moulding mounting press

  

Buehler Simplimet 2000 mounting press

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FEATURES:

  • Operation: Automatic, air-assisted hydraulics 
  • Molding Pressure: Up to 310 bars (up to 4,500 psi) 
  • Preload Pressure: 3 to 30 bars (50 to 440 psi) 
  • Molding Temperature: 50° – 180°C (122° – 356°F) 
  • Heating Time: 1 to 30 minutes 
  •  Cooling Time: 0 to 30 minutes 
  • Mold Diameters: 25mm, 1″, 30mm, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 40mm, 50mm, and 2″ 
  • 25mm to 2″ Duplex Mold Capacity  
  • Full 2″ (50mm) mount capacity accommodates large samples 

 

Thinning

SBT Model 900 grinding and polishing machine and the newer Hitech MP 21V

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FEATURES:

  • The Model 900 8″ Grinding /Polishing Wheel is designed for surface preparation of small metallographic specimens.
  • The Model 900 is a variable speed unit with an operating range of 0-1725 RPM. This allows for high speed rough grinding and low speed final polishing.
  •  Coolant is applied to the wheel through an adjustable, flow controlled goose-neck spout.
  • Because of the available high wheel speed, a removable rubber guard completely surrounds the wheel to eliminate coolant splash.

 

Hitech MP 21V    polishing machine

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FEATURES:

  • It is designed for surface preparation of small metallographic specimens.
  • It is a variable speed unit with an operating range of 0-600 RPM. This allows for high speed rough grinding and low speed final polishing.
  •  Coolant is applied to the wheel through an adjustable, flow controlled goose-neck spout.

 

Buehler Minimet 1000 grinder/polisher

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FEATURES:

  • Single mount semi-automatic grinder/polisher that prepares a wide variety of materials
  • It can be used for precision thinning and mirror polishing required for different applications
  •  The user can control the speed of the arm motion from 0 to 50 rpm, the force of the arm from 0 to 10 lb, and the polishing/grinding duration
  • A variety of diamond grinding disks, abrasive papers, polishing powders and suspensions, lapping films, and polishing cloths are available

 

SBT Model 590 Tripod Polisher TEM / SEM Sample Preparation

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FEATURES:

  • It’s used to prepare accurately micro sizes of TEM and SEM samples.
  • It can be used to prepare both plan-view and cross-sections from a variety of sample materials, such as ceramics, composites, metals and geological specimens. 
  • For TEM samples, this technique has been used successfully to limit ion milling times and, in some cases, has eliminated the need for ion milling.

  

Fischione Dimpling Grinder Model 2000

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FEATURES:

  • A mechanical dimpling microprocessor instrument designed for the complete preparation of high-quality TEM specimens; indispensable when ion milling is required as the final specimen thinning step
  • Programmable grinding rate
  • Grinding force adjustable with   micrometer counterweight system
  •  Motion providing for standard dimpling and for simultaneous rotation and oscillation
  • Programmable size of electron transparent area produced 
  • Independent control of wheel rotation speed
  • Independent control of stage speed
  • Grinding rate, oscillating stage length and speed, and specimen thickness displayed

 

Fischione automatic Twin-Jet Electropolisher

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FEATURES:

  • Electrolytic thinning of conductive materials is an effective method of quickly producing specimens for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) without any induced artifacts.
  • twin jets simultaneously polish both sides of the sample, creating electron transparent specimens within a few minutes

 

 

Sample Metallization – Coating

Emitech k550 sputter coater

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FEATURES:

  • The Emitech K-550 is a high resolution sputter coater which utilizes noble targets such as gold, gold/palladium and platinum. The chamber size is 165mm in diameter x 125mm in height.
  • Target: 60mm (Dia.) x0.1mm (Thick) (Gold fitted as standard)
  • Specimen stage: 60mm (Dia.) Adjustable height spacing to target 25mm to 45mm
  •  Vacuum Gauge Range: ATM ­1×10-2 mbar
  • Deposition Range: 0-50mA
  • Deposition Rate:0-25nm/minute
  • Sputter Timer: 0-4 minutes
  • Fully Automated Control
  • Low Energy “Cool” System
  • Low Voltage Sputtering
  • High Resolution Fine Coating
  • Even Thickness Deposition
  • Modular Control Electronics
  • Clean Line Design 

 

Emitech k250 carbon coating attachment

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FEATURES:

  • The K250 uses several Carbon Fiber types to cover a range of deposition thickness operating at rotary vacuum pressures utilizing the chamber of the Sputter Coater.
  • Carbon Source: carbon string, carbon cord 
  • Ammeter Gauge: 0-50 A 
  • Low Voltage: 25 volts
  • Protection Shutter
  • Reproducible Coatings
  • Even thickness deposition over a range of coatings using string or cord
  • Spring loaded ‘Quick Load’ electrodes
  • Modular control electronics 
  • Clean line design 
  • Attachment to K550 with interlock 
  • Safety shield made from polycarbonate 

 

Other

Bal-Tec critical point dryer cpd 30

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FEATURES:

  • This instrumentation, by increasing the pressure and temperature of the specimen, permits to dry it without crossing a phase boundary.
  • The specimen is first treated in a transitional fluid (CO2) and then processed at 228 bar and 374°C 
  •  Specification
  • Cooling capacity: 85W 
  • Cool down time: 2°C/min. 
  • Heating time normal: 3.2°C/min.
  • Highest permissible pressure: 150 bar