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Quorum Technologies shares the festive spirit with St Peter and St James hospice

This Christmas we’re not sending out cards – instead we’ll be making a donation to a charity that helps people with progressive, life limiting illnesses.

St Peter & St James hospice in West Sussex provides specialist care, meeting the needs of each patient and their family. They aim to encourage and enable all patients to live their lives to their full potential, despite their illnesses.

“We’re proud to be able to make a difference to people with serious illnesses this Christmas. It can be a difficult time of year if you’re unwell, so we hope that our donation will support the hospice in making patients as comfortable as possible,’ said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director and Quorum Technologies.
 
For more information about St Peter & St James hospice and to find out how you can support this worthwhile cause, please visit: www.stpeter-stjames.org.uk

New product videos now live

Visitors to our website can now get closer to our products thanks to new videos of our market-leading Q series of coaters and the PP3010T cryo preparation system.

The videos offer a closer look at our innovative products, with a guide to the key features and specifications.

“With these videos we hope to give our customers a better insight into how our instruments work and how they can be used to get the best images and data from their specimens,” said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

Click here to visit our product videos page and see them for yourself. 

Quorum Technologies has moved

Quorum Technologies has recently relocated to a new, purpose-built factory and offices in the village of Laughton in East Sussex

The move has united the specimen preparation division (previously Emitech) and cryo preparation division in a single modern facility shared with Quorum’s sister company UHV Design, although both companies will continue to operate as distinct and separate businesses.

“This superb new state-of-the-art facility has been designed and built to meet the specific needs of both companies” explained David Barnbrook, Managing Director of Quorum Technologies. “Built to the very highest design standards, the modern production area is fitted with an ISO clean room” continued David. “An attractive demonstration suite houses our market-leading cryo-SEM and coating products and presents an attractive environment for our visiting customers”.

In addition to being Managing Director at Quorum Technologies, David is Director and Chief Operating Officer at Judges Scientific plc - the parent company of Quorum Technologies and UHV Design.

Judges investment of nearly £3 million in this site and new factory shows its continuing commitment to develop and expand its existing businesses and ensure they have the premises and facilities needed to keep them at the forefront of their respective fields.

Combining both companies into this new facility provided a unique opportunity to improve the working environment for the employees and provide the necessary space for future expansion.

Quorum Technologies adopts new company slogan

Regular visitors to our website may have noticed a change to our company logo, as it now includes Quorum Technologies’ new slogan, Preparation for Excellence.

The importance of good specimen preparation has long been acknowledged, however modern imaging systems with their increasing resolving power and data acquisition capabilities means the quality and reproducibility of preparation has assumed even greater relevance.


Quorum Technologies has a long and proud heritage as providers of quality preparation instruments for electron microscopy and related fields. This goes back to the early 1970s through our Polaron and Emitech connections and includes the introduction of the first commercially successful SEM critical point dryers and sputter coaters. 

More recently, our strong emphasis on innovation and excellence in the specimen preparation market can be been seen in our market-leading Q series coaters and PP3010T cryo preparation systems for SEM and FIB/SEM.

“Preparation for Excellence neatly summarises our expertise – providing the best possible specimen preparation instruments and support to help our many users achieve the best images and data from their SEM, TEM, FIB/SEM and other platforms,” said Mike Wombwell, Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

Distributor of the Year announced

Quorum Technologies is delighted to announce that Electron Microscopy Sciences of the USA has been named our Distributor of the Year for 2012.

 "The commitment, hard work and professionalism of our worldwide distribution network is absolutely essential to the continued success of our business,” explained Mike Wombwell, Sales and Marketing Director at Quorum Technologies.

“This year’s award recognises the outstanding achievements of Electron Microscopy Sciences (EMS), who in 2012 produced the highest ever sales turnover for an individual Quorum distributor”.

Stacie Kirsch, the president of EMS commented: “Electron Microscopy Sciences prides itselves in choosing to work with only the best manufacturers and suppliers in the industry. Needless to say, Quorum Technologies is second to none and we are grateful to have the opportunity to sell such a high quality product line, which makes our job that much easier. 

“We are excited to be involved in the growth of Quorum Technologies’ products in the US and in particular the market leading Q series of coaters and PP3010T cryo-SEM preparation system.”

Mike added: “EMS has not only delivered record sales, but also continued to offer excellent after sales support to our large US customer base.”

Based in Hatfield PA, Electron Microscopy Sciences has for over 25 years specialised in the manufacturing, preparation and distribution of equipment, chemicals and supplies for microscopy and all of its related fields.

Click here to visit Electron Microscopy Sciences’s website.

New glove box coater launched

We are pleased to introduce the Q150GB - a modular glove box version of the market leading Q150T ES bench top turbomolecular-pumped coating system

The Q150GB is suitable for SEM, TEM and many thin-film applications and comes as standard with both sputtering and carbon rod evaporation capabilities. 

A wide range of optional accessories allow the Q150GB to be precisely tailored to meet most coating requirements. 

Options include: metal evaporation, glow discharge, a film thickness monitor (FTM) and a range of stages to suit most specimen types.
 
For more information please visit the Q150GB pages.

Quorum Technologies is moving

We are pleased to announce that in August this year, our Ashford and Ringmer businesses will be relocating to a new purpose-built facility.

The new factory and offices are being built at the village of Laughton in East Sussex (around 5km east of the current Ringmer factory) and will be  shared with our sister company UHV Design, although both companies will continue to operate as separate businesses.
 
“This superb new state-of-the-art facility has been designed to meet the specific needs of both companies” explained David Barnbrook, Managing Director of Quorum Technologies. “Built to the very highest design standards, the modern production area will be fitted with an ISO clean room” continued David. “An attractive demonstration suite will house our market-leading cryo-SEM and coating products and present an attractive environment for our visiting customers”.


In addition to being Managing Director at Quorum Technologies, David is Director and Chief Operating Officer at Judges Scientific plc - the parent company of Quorum and UHV Design.


Judges investment of nearly £3 million in this site and new factory shows its continuing commitment to develop and expand its existing businesses and ensure they have the premises and facilities needed to keep them at the forefront of their respective fields. Combining both companies into this new facility provided a unique opportunity to improve the working environment for the employees and provide the necessary space for future expansion.

We will ensure our normal high level of on-time deliveries and prompt sales and service response is maintained both before and after the move.

Quorum Technologies awards innovative student projects

Quorum Technologies Student Prize Winners 2012 have been announced, with three students from the University of Brighton being recognised for outstanding use of electron microscopy in their final year projects.

Our student prize scheme, in partnership with the University of Brighton, is now in its sixth year and continues to attract interest from undergraduates working in a range of scientific disciplines.

This year, three prizes of £200 were awarded for final year undergraduate projects that the judges felt had made particularly good use of electron microscopy. The winners were Mohiden Abdul Ahad, Wuraola Akinrinsola and Ella Villanuerva.

The prize is held within the University’s Image and Analysis Unit in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science and awarded on an annual basis. More information can be found on our Student Prizes page.

 

Mohiden Abdul Ahad

Course: MEng Mechanical Engineering


Project Supervisor: Dr Steven Begg

Project Title: Investigation of Particulate Matter (PM) in Modern Gasoline Engines

Synopsis: The project utilised SEM to examine the morphology of exhaust soot samples, together with EDS to evaluate their chemical composition. The data was used investigate the effects that different engine running conditions had on the particulate emissions from a modern port-fuel injection gasoline engine.

Wuraola Akinrinsola

Course: MPharm Pharmacy

Project Supervisor: Dr Ananth Pannala

Project Title: Encapsulation and Characterisation of Amorolfine Hydrocholoride in Poly – (D, L- Lactic Acid) Nanoparticles

Synopsis: The project utilised SEM to examine the size and morphology of nanoparticle pharmaceutical formulations for drug delivery applications. The data was used to investigate the effectiveness of the formulation methodology on production of consistent and spherical nanoparticle populations.

Ella Villanueva

Course:BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

Project supervisor: Dr Lara-Marie Barnes

Project title: The development of bacterial biofilms in babies’ bath toys.

Synopsis: SEM was used as an investigative tool to study both pre-existing biofilms formed on toys which had been use over a period of months, and to follow early biofilm development on new toys artificially seeded with bacterial species.

1000th Q series coater sold

The market-leading Q150 series coaters recently achieved yet another notable milestone when the 1,000th model was dispatched from our Ashford UK factory.

“This significant landmark was achieved in only 32 months from the launch of the Q series and is a reflection of just how well the products has been received within the electron microscopy (EM) specimen preparation and thin film coating markets,” explained David Barnbrook, Managing Director at Quorum Technologies. 

“We are also pleased that our customers can currently benefit from fast delivery times, with the Q150 series typically available for dispatch within only one week of acceptance of purchase orders.” 

The Q150 can be tailored to suit the needs of most EM coating applications. It is available with rotary or turbo pumping and in three formats: sputter coating, carbon evaporation or both combined in a single space-saving bench-top design. 

Built with intuitive touch-screen control, the Q150 series allows quick access to both stored and customer-entered coating ‘recipes’. The performance and flexibility of the system is further enhanced by a wide range of ‘drop-in’ specimen stages and coating head inserts. Other optional accessories include film thickness measurement and glow discharge. For large area deposition we also offer the Q300 series, which is available in three formats, including for coating both oxidising and non-oxidising metals onto large specimens (up to an 8” wafer). The Q300T D dual head system allows independent sequential sputtering of two metals without the need to break vacuum - making it ideal for many thin film applications. 

Like all Quorum Technologies products, the Q150 and Q300 series comes with a generous three-year warranty. 

Click here for details of the Q series.