Phenom-World BV announces the launch of a new collection of
sample holders and inserts for the Phenom desktop scanning electron microscope
(SEM). The new holders increase the range of possible samples while maintaining
the Phenom's market-leading time to image. Quick and easy sample loading ensures
faster time to data.
Charge-Reduction Sample Holder
Most industrial and research applications
require imaging of non- or poorly-conducting samples. Imaging these samples with
the charge reduction sample holder eliminates additional sample preparation and
so reduces the critical time to data. Imaging samples such as paper, polymers,
organic materials, ceramics, glass, and coatings is fast and trouble-free with
this sample holder.
Micro-Tool Sample Holder
Imaging long, axial-shaped samples is a challenge
in any SEM, but required in many industrial quality and failure applications.
With the micro-tool sample holder, it is possible to make high-resolution images
from samples such as drills, end-mills, routers, boring bars, engraving tools,
needles, fibers, (fuel) injectors and pencils. Unique on the market, this holder
enables top-down imaging of samples up to 100 mm long. Samples are loaded into
the holder without the need for tools or other preparation.
The new micro-electronics insert enables non-destructive imaging of
micro-electronics, solar cells and other wafer-based samples. The unique
clamping mechanism makes glue or other adhesives obsolete, allowing the sample
to be mounted quickly and then returned to the production process, or to be used
in other quality and failure analysis machinery.
The X-view insert enables cross-sectional imaging of
coatings, multi-layer semiconductors and fracture surfaces. Preparing the sample
is fast and easy compared to costly and time-consuming resin mounting. The
X-view insert eliminates the need for screws and tools to clamp the
According to Koen Driessen (Marketing Manager at Phenom-World), the
new holders and inserts reflect the path that Phenom-World has chosen to create
market-focused solutions based on the Phenom platform. "With these new holders,
many of our existing and future customers will be able to speed up their time to
The introduction of the new holders is the second stage in series of
market-focused solutions following the successful launch of the Fibermetric
System in 2009. "The fast market acceptance of the Fibermetric System confirmed
that there is a need for products that generate answers and solutions for
specific markets such as the fiber and filtration sector."