The Balzers CPD 030 critical point dryer allows for gentle drying of biological samples for SEM. This easy to use instrument has an integrated cooling/heating system, digital temperature and analog pressure displays, a mimic diagram with LED’s to indicate the momentary operational status, a magnetic stirrer for rapid and complete mixing of transitional fluids, and large, safety sight glasses for unimpaired viewing of specimens during the critical point process.
The Pelco Model 3 Sputter Coater is a simple diode sputtering system for coating SEM specimens. The top plate assembly of the work chamber contains the Au/Pd target, which is sputtered onto the specimen and incorporates a magnetic deflection system to reduce thermal damage. In addition, cooling water can be circulated when preparing very delicate samples.
The RMC PT-X is a microprocessor-controlled ultramicrotome that provides exceptional accuracy and reproducibility of thin and thick sections for TEM, along with a high degree of operating control and ease of use. It has a two piece construction with the sectioning unit and controls separated, four sectioning channels, each with its own programmable button for section thickness, arm rests for convenient and safe support of the operator’s hands for precision manipulation of sections, and a fully adjustable stereo microscope and overhead fluorescent lamp to adjust for differing resin requirements and water levels. In addition, it features a high precision arc segment holder which ranges from 0-45° or +/- 22.5°, precise knife stage micrometer drives with marked increments of 0.5 and 5.0 microns, and a digital approach with user selectable increments that is useful to novice and advanced users alike.
Other preparatory equipment includes a LKB 7800 Knifemaker, diamond knives, embedding ovens and an assortment of light microscopes.