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Why desktop SEM saves lab operators a lot of time

Is it true that as a lab operator, you work under constant time pressure? Do you find it challenging to deliver output quickly? And, does it take hard work to maintain your high standard of quality?

These challenges may be the result of the technology you use. Chances are that you work with an optical microscope, or better yet — with an SEM. And that makes sense: because of its electron imaging, SEM produces a higher image resolution and magnification, greater image depth, and a visualization of the three-dimensional external shape of an object.

But a traditional SEM is expensive, takes up a lot of  space, and requires intensive training to master. And that is where a desktop SEM comes in (to replace the traditional floor model SEM). Are you familiar with a desktop SEM? Do you know what separates a desktop SEM from a traditional floor model SEM?

Desktop SEM vs. traditional floor model SEM

A desktop SEM — also referred to as a personal or benchtop SEM — is a smaller, more handy version of the traditional floor model SEM. Because of its simplified user interface, a desktop SEM is easier to use than a floor model SEM — and that is why it will benefit you greatly.

In fact, a desktop SEM is so manageable that even researchers with no or very basic lab skills can operate it, which means they can now process their samples themselves. Simply said, a desktop SEM helps you delegate your work to researchers. The result: instead of focusing on all the SEM output you are supposed to deliver, you now have more time for your other lab responsibilities, which means less pressure — and that is a big benefit. 

Now that we have addressed the greatest benefit for you, let's take a look at the other advantages of a desktop SEM:

  • A desktop SEM is significantly more affordable than a traditional floor model SEM.
  • Because of its smaller size, a desktop SEM is portable and can be placed on top of your workstation.
  • A desktop SEM requires less setup time and maintenance than a traditional floor model SEM.
  • A desktop SEM is much faster; it reduces loading times by as much as 80%, compared to a traditional floor model SEM. It does so by using an innovative loading technology that combines a sliding plate lock and a small evacuated volume.

So, a desktop SEM is a more affordable, smaller, handier SEM that provides a push-of-a-button experience — and quick and qualitative results. And since it is so manageable that researchers themselves can operate it, it is a major time-saver for you.

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