Posts from August 2010

New PP3000T cryo preparation system launched

Building on their position as market leaders in cryo-SEM, Quorum Technologies has launched the PP3000T - a totally new, automated cryo-SEM preparation system that combines the highest performance with unparalleled ease of use.

With the market for cryo-SEM seeing steady growth over recent years, the simplicity and ease of use of the new PP3000T Cryo-SEM Preparation System looks set to establish cryo-SEM as a standard, everyday process for SEM specimen preparation.

“Cryo-SEM is the optimum preparation method to obtain superior results for ‘wet’ or beam-sensitive specimens, including biological systems, foods, polymers, pharmaceuticals, oils, foams and many other materials,” explained Sales & Marketing Director Mike Wombwell.

While earlier cryo-SEM systems were seen as labour intensive, the PP3000T has been designed to make the whole process much simpler for the operator, with automation of processes such as transfer device pumping and on-screen ‘help’ videos for each process step.

Mike continued: “One of the main design principles is ease of set-up and use. Control is via a large intuitive touch screen mounted on the spacious Prepdek™ workstation, giving the operator instant access and control of all the key operating parameters.”

The PP3000T is fully automatic and built around a low mass preparation chamber, which includes tools for specimen fracturing and fully automatic sublimation and sputter coating. The preparation chamber is attached directly to the microscope, and the SEM stage and cold trap are gas-cooled with a temperature range down to -192ºC.

Chamberscope images from the preparation chamber and the SEM are displayed on the control screen, and multiple viewing windows give unsurpassed visibility of the specimen and chamber interior.

The PP3000T is the third product to be introduced to the Quorum Technologies’ range in the past year.

Like all other Quorum Technologies products, the PP3000T comes with a generous three-year warranty and specialised support.

Click here for further information on the PP3000T.

2010 Microscopy and Microanalysis Meeting

Quorum Technologies fielded a strong team at the 2010 Microscopy & Microanalysis (M&M) Meetingearlier this month, taking the opportunity to launch new products into the North American market.

Managing Director Kevin Breen, Sales and Marketing Director Mike Wombwell and Director - Integrated Systems Bob Morrison attended the conference and exhibition, which took place 1-5 August in Portland, Oregon. Supporting them on their exhibition stand was Mike Dufraine from Energy Beam Sciences, distributor for the US.

“This is the major annual North American meeting of the microscopy-related industry,” explained Kevin. 

“It’s supported by the Microscopy Society of America, Microbeam Analysis Society and the Microscopical Society of Canada. As such, many key people involved in specifying and buying new equipment attend to see the latest and best equipment.

Kevin continued: “M&M was a key part of our new products launch strategy and the ideal opportunity to introduce them to the large North American market.”

The products on show included the PP3000T Cryo-SEM Preparation System and Q300TD Dual-Head Bench-Top Sputter Coater - capable of accommodating and coating 6” specimens. Also debuting were the Q150T Turbo-Pumped Sputter Coater/Carbon Coater and Q150R Rotary-Pumped Sputter Coater/Carbon Coater

With over 1,500 delegates attending each day, it was great to see such a high level of interest in these products - with a steady stream of SEM users looking at demonstrations of the PP3000T in particular.

“Based on very positive feedback, we think the PP3000T will be chosen for a number of new installations in North America over the coming year, and look forward to a busy time fitting these units at key sites. Between ourselves and Energy Beam Sciences Inc, we took a record number of leads and felt this was one of the most successful overseas shows we have attended!

“We will next be demonstrating the PP3000T and Q150 range at the JAIMA EXPO 2010 Conference in Tokyo in September, supporting our Japanese distributor Elminet Corporation with the Asian launch of these products into this major geographical market."