Do you have repetitive SEM work? Use automated SEM analysis!

By Ruud Bernsen - Nov 6, 2018

Obtaining images is what it is all about in the microscopy business. While searching for that one particle or defect is part of the job, doing this for hundreds of particles or samples is time-consuming work and might not be very challenging. So why not automate your SEM analysis?

For example, you are a medical implant manufacturer. SEM imaging is a part of your quality control process. All produced implants have to be checked at several key locations for defects. An operator has to acquire images device by device, image by image. Each image takes the operator 30 seconds to make, 5 locations for each device and 2 images per location with different magnifications. For 50 implants this would take an operator over 4 hours to do. Automating this procedure will save a lot of valuable time.

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The example above shows just one possible application. Quality control takes place everywhere from pharmaceutical powders to high precision parts. New generation desktop SEMs offer great flexibility for all of these applications: they can hold up to 36 stubs and can handle samples sizes up to 100 x 100 mm.

How desktop SEM enables automated SEM analysis

Desktop SEM allows you to automate your SEM imaging routines. Such automation can be set up via a programming interface, which also gives you full access to all of the desktop SEM’s functions. With the programming interface, you can write your own imaging scripts specific to your samples. It allows you to take control of stage movements and image acquisition settings. You let the desktop SEM do the work.

Are you curious to learn how a desktop SEM with a programming interface can significantly speed up your imaging process? Then you will find this programming interface specification sheet helpful. 

In the software specification sheet, you will discover how you can save time by automating your repetitive SEM work, and what the programming interface's most useful applications are. 

Download the free Phenom Programming Interface specification sheet now:

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About the author

Ruud Bernsen used to be a Technical Sales Engineer at Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science. He provided training and product support to his former customers in The Netherlands. In addition, Ruud arranged product demonstrations for companies and universities to show the possibilities of the Thermo Fisher Scientific product range.

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