Flex-ANA – AFM for Force Mapping

Nanosurf’s Flex-ANA is a new, advanced system that has been specifically developed to allow automated nanomechanical data acquisition and analysis. This fully automated system is built on the popular Nanosurf FlexAFM system, and is mainly designed for nanomechanical analysis of rough, large, or uneven surfaces. In order to facilitate precise force measurements, the large range automated translation stage in the Flex-ANA is integrated with a 100µm Z-stage equipped with position sensor.

Key Features

The main features of the Flex- ANA are as follows:

  • Real-time, fully automated data collection, interpretation and analysis
  • Integrated, automated atomic force microscope
  • Proprietary algorithm enables nanomechanical measurements on non-uniform surfaces, and complies with sample surface undulations beyond the AFM’s Z-range during measurements
  • Can be used on soft, hard, stiff, sticky, smooth or uneven samples that are opaque or transparent
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen software interface
  • Large X-, Y-, and Z-range is provided to house different dimensions of samples


The Flex-ANA is used in the following applications:

  • Cells
  • Tissue or corrugated surfaces
  • Diagnostic research samples
  • Soft and sticky materials
  • Transparent or opaque samples
  • Tissue or corrugated surfaces
  • Force mapping
  • Automated material hardness
  • Elasticity and adhesion measurements on plastics, rubber, block-copolymers, soft coatings, tissue scaffold and samples, and other uneven materials

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