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Quorum Technologies spreads Christmas cheer with Demelza House

Instead of sending Christmas cards, we're making a donation to a charity that supports children's hospices.

Demelza House offers support to children and young people who are not expected to reach adulthood and their families.

Children's hospices provide the necessary short breaks and a range of specialist services benefiting the children and young people themselves and their wider family, which are simply not available elsewhere. “We are delighted to once again be supporting Demelza House over Christmas as it makes such a huge difference to children affected by life-threatening conditions and their families,” said Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies. For more information about Demelza House and to find out how you can support this worthwhile cause, please visit Demelza House website

Quorum Technologies goes mobile

You can now view the Quorum Technologies website from your smartphone.

The Quorum Technologies website has now been optimised for viewing on mobile devices, making it easier for users to access information about our products on the move. 

The mobile site is available with pages in English, French, Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish, making it easier to find what you need, wherever you’re based. 

“We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Quorum Technologies mobile site and hope that this will make finding our products and getting in touch with us easier for our customers around the world,” said Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.  

“We’ll be posting updates and additional translated content to the mobile in due course, so watch this space,” he added.

 

Introducing the PP3010T

Quorum Technologies launches new cryo preparation system for SEM and FIB/SEM.

Quorum Technologies is pleased to introduce the PP3010T: a state-of-the-art, highly automated cryo preparation system for scanning electron microscopy (SEM), FE-SEM and FIB/SEM. Building on the success of the market leading PP3000T, the new PP3010T combines the highest performance with unparalleled ease of use.

Cryo-SEM is the optimum preparation method for a wide range of “wet” or beam-sensitive specimens, including for lifesciences, foods, polymers, pharmaceuticals, oils, foams and many other materials.

At the operational heart of the PP3010T is the new gas cooled aQuilo cryo preparation chamber, which includes tools for specimen fracturing and manipulation as well as fully automatic sublimation and sputter coating. Gas cooling ensures unsurpassed thermal efficiency and - along with the SEM stage and cold trap which are also gas-cooled – gives an impressive system temperature capability of down to -190oC or lower.

Cooling works on a simple ‘fill once and forget’ principle, with the remotely positioned cooling dewar/heat exchanger typically giving runtimes of up to 24 hours between fills of liquid nitrogen.

To ensure optimum performance and simplicity of operation, the aQuilo preparation chamber is attached directly to the microscope - but with turbomolecular pumping and the SEM cooling systems conveniently mounted remotely from the microscope.

The PP3010T is controlled using a large intuitive touch screen panel PC mounted on the spacious Prepdek™ workstation, giving the operator instant access and control of all the key operating parameters, data logging and system diagnostics.

CCD images from the cryo system are displayed and can be recorded on the control screen and multiple viewing windows give unsurpassed visibility of the specimen and chamber interior. The Prepdek™ also houses the freezing system and a unique pumped storage tube for the cryo transfer device.

Installation to the microscope has also become easier with the introduction of a compact, single port interface (dependent upon microscope geometry).

Like all other Quorum Technologies products, the PP3010T comes with a generous three-year warranty and specialised support.

To download more information about the PP3010T click here

Max Planck Institute Martinsred installs Quorum PP3000T

The world famous German institute of biochemistry called Quorum Technologies' PP3000T system "well designed" and "easy to use".

Scientists in the department of molecular structural biology at the renowned Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsred, Germany, used the PP3000T system as part of a study on cryo-electron tomography.

The PP3000T played a key role in the development of a new breakthrough technique that enables visualization of the interior of thick eukaryotic cells in their native hydrated state.

Dr Alex Rigort of Max Planck Institute said: "The PP3000T system is a well designed, easy to use system that enables an efficient transfer of cryogenic specimens for FIB processing. It is great in terms of stability and cooling efficiency. 

"The software interface and touchscreen that comes along with it is straightforward to use and gives you an excellent overview of the different system parameters in use".


Olympic torch passes Quorum Technologies HQ

Olympic fever reached Quorum Technologies’ offices this week as the torch was carried past our site in Ashford.

The flame was carried by 44 year old Alison Bullock from Chislehurst, who is a volunteer at the local Demelza Hospice.

Leader of Ashford Borough Council Cllr Peter Wood said: "It is a great honour to have the Olympic flame pass through our borough and we are thrilled such inspirational people were selected to represent Ashford on part of the route."

Phil Missing, Technical Director for Sample Preparation Products at Quorum Technologies commented, "we were thrilled to see the flame pass by our offices today. Like many local businesses, we play an acive part in our local community and it's a great honour to have so many people gathered to watch the occasion."

Quorum Technologies offices are on the route of the flame's procession towards Dover, where there will be a relay and fireworks display on the Prince of Wales pier, which is expected to attract 30,000 people. 

Distributor of the Year 2011

Quorum Technologies is delighted to announce that Tescan Korea Ltd. has been named our distributor of the year for 2011.

“The continued growth of Quorum Technologies is based on a number of key factors, but the strength and dedication of our worldwide distribution is critical,” explained Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director. 

“This year we are thrilled to recognise the impressive achievements of Tescan Korea Ltd., a company that has achieved a constant high level of sales over many years, culminating in a record performance in 2011.”

Bob Hennig, General Manager of our EM preparation division presented the Distributor of the Year 2011 award to Jae Whan Kim, Managing Director at Tescan Korea Ltd. at the company’s sales meeting in May.

Jae Whan Kim commented: “We are very pleased to receive this award. Our good results have been made possible with the excellent support of Quorum Technologies. We hope to continue working together to improve and grow the market in Korea.”

Mike added: “As well as impressive sales, Tescan Korea Ltd. has also continued to offer truly excellent after-sales support and has a very active programme to promote our products in Korea.”

Founded in 1991, Tescan Korea Ltd. specialises in the sales and support of Tescan SEMs and electron microscopy preparation instruments in Korea.

Click here to visit Tescan Korea Ltd.’s website, or click here to visit the English version.


Competition winner announced

Following our recent competition to find the best short application note and/or image series completed using Quorum Technologies preparation instruments, we’re pleased to announce we have a winner!

The winner is Guohui Lin, a senior electron microscopist working at the Experimental Centre of South China Normal University, located in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

His specimens were part of a study looking at the effects of anti-cancer medicine, using a Quorum Technologies K750X Peltier-Cooled EM Freeze Dryer and a Q150T ES Turbo-Pumped Sputter and Carbon Coater.

Living mammary cells were cultured on polystyrene plates and the cells infected with bacteria. The cells were then chemically fixed in 2.5% gluteraldehyde in a fridge for six hours. 

After this, the specimens were rinsed in changes of phosphate buffer and rapidly frozen in slushy liquid nitrogen, generated in the K750X. Specimens were then freeze-dried in the K750X for six hours.

The dried specimens were mounted on stubs and sputter-coated with platinum (Pt) using the Q150T ES. Observation and imaging was then carried out using a Carl Zeiss ULTRA55 Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM)..


The competition marked forty years since the launch of Quorum Technologies’ first sputter coating and critical point drying systems in 1971. Other image submissions will be available in the Image Gallery soon. Guohui's images above show tumour cells infected with bacteria, freeze-dried and sputter-coated.

Quorum Technologies wins Achievement in International Business award

Quorum Technologies was honoured with the Achievement in International Business award at the Kent Invicta Chamber Business Awards 2012.

The event was held on Wednesday 28 March at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, set within the precincts of the famous Canterbury Cathedral. 

It celebrated business excellence in the county and awarded local companies in five categories: Business of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, Most Promising New Business, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Achievement in International Business. 

Quorum Technologies beat off competition from finalists DDS (International) Ltd and Kemet International Ltd to receive the Achievement in International Business award, which was sponsored by HSBC.

“We are very honoured to receive this award as it recognises the effort and commitment of our entire Ashford team,” said Technical Director Phil Missing, who collected the award with Finance Controller Sarah Hall. 

“I think a key reason for our success is that our strong programme of innovation and development has given us a range of products that are very attractive to customers around the world,” Phil added. “We have enjoyed strong sales of our Q series of coating systems in established markets, such as Europe and North America, but also in rapidly growing economies such as China and India.”

All the winners and finalists will now go forward to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) National Awards, which take place later this year.

Click here to watch Phil and Sarah collecting the award (featured at 2:40).