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The first of Hitachi's TM3000 next-generation tabletop SEMs has been installed at the STFC Daresbury Laboratory's Innovations and Technology Access Centre (I-TAC) in Warrington, UK. High tech companies and researchers based there are now the first in Europe to have access to this new microscope.
Hitachi's Tabletop Microscope technology has established itself in a host of applications and industries worldwide, by simplifying and facilitating observation of the microstructural world. Used in applications ranging from R&D and Quality Assurance in Materials & Polymer Science, Semiconductors, Food Science, Heritage Science, Biotechnology and Medical Device development, and with installations in research institutes, schools and museums worldwide, the Tabletop Microscope continues to play an important role in education as well as industry. This makes the TM3000 ideally suited to I-TAC's varied client base and to STFC's outreach programmes.
Building on the global success of its predecessor, with over 1000 TM1000 instruments shipped, the new TM3000 offers improved performance and greater flexibility. With magnification up to 30,000x, variable pressure operation, 5kV and 15kV accelerating voltages, larger sample handling and a host of enhancements available like EDX and heating/cooling stages the TM3000 is the most capable tabletop SEM available. This added flexibility is achieved without compromising the characterisitic ease of use which has made Hitachi the world leader in tabletop SEM.
Managed by STFC, one of the world's largest multi disciplinary scientific organisations, I-TAC provides businesses and researchers, from across the UK, with affordable and flexible access to cutting edge scientific equipment. Backed up with specialist support from STFC's own world leading scientists, participating companies benefit from flexible access to the facilities as well as from the wider business support and networking opportunities offered within the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.
About The Science and Technology Facilities Council
The Science and Technology Facilities Council ensures the UK retains its leading place on the world stage by delivering world-class science; accessing and hosting international facilities; developing innovative technologies; and increasing the socio-economic impact of its research through effective knowledge exchange.
The Council has a broad science portfolio including Astronomy, Particle Physics, Particle Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Space Science, Synchrotron Radiation, Neutron Sources and High Power Lasers. In addition the Council manages and operates three internationally renowned laboratories:
The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire
The Daresbury Laboratory, Cheshire
The UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh
The Council gives researchers access to world-class facilities and funds the UK membership of international bodies such as the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the Institute Laue Langevin (ILL), European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF), the European organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) and the European Space Agency (ESA). It also funds UK telescopes overseas on La Palma, Hawaii and in Chile, and the MERLIN/VLBI National Facility, which includes the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory. The Council distributes public money from the Government to support scientific research.
About the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus
Daresbury Science & Innovation Campus (Daresbury SIC) is an internationally recognised location for high-tech businesses and leading-edge science and is now home to 90 high-tech businesses. It represents a fundamentally new approach to driving UK competitiveness in global science and innovation. Daresbury SIC was formed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the Science & Technology Facilities Council, Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, the University of Manchester and Halton Borough Council.
The Campus is now moving into its next exciting phase of delivering world class science and high-tech businesses. It is in the process of identifying a private sector partner to develop up to 1 million square feet of space for business, research and innovation, providing facilities management and other services to the Campus and realising commercial services and investment opportunities with the Campus companies. This will continue to bring together businesses, universities, research organisations and industrial partners with the business support and investor community, to create over 6,000 jobs.
Daresbury SIC was recently awarded the prestigious ‘Most Outstanding Science Park’ award by the UK Science Parks Association.
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