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Infrastructure Essentials: Preparing Your Workspace for a Phenom Desktop SEM

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Integrating the ability to perform high-resolution imaging and compositional analysis of materials into any laboratory becomes simplified with a desktop scanning electron microscope (SEM). In addition to the compact footprint, desktop (synonymously benchtop or tabletop) SEMs are engineered for speed, reliability, and ease of use. Consequently, numerous organizations are contemplating acquiring desktop SEMs as an in-house solution to enhance their competitiveness in manufacturing or research and development capabilities.

Phenom SEMs are the best-selling desktop SEMs on the market for more reasons than one. Besides delivering the capabilities of a floor-model system into a convenient desktop form factor, Phenom SEMs come with a low cost of ownership and minimal infrastructure requirements. In this guide, we’ll explore the essential elements necessary to prepare your workspace effectively for the installation and optimal operation of a Phenom Desktop SEM.

Power requirements

All that is needed to power any Phenom SEM is a 110-V single-phase outlet (i.e., a standard wall outlet). They only consume a maximum of 150 W while imaging and 120 W when on standby. All Phenoms include an uninterrupted power system (UPS), that can handle power outages of <10 minutes. During extended power dips and failures, the Phenom will automatically recover (start-up and pump down) when the power returns.

Environmental requirements

Phenom SEMs are less sensitive to environmental conditions when compared to other advanced electron microscopy equipment like floor-model SEMs and transmission electron microscopes (TEMs). They can handle a wide range of temperature (59 – 86°F) and humidity (20-80% RH) conditions. The innovative design of the Phenom SEMs makes them less susceptible to ambient noise. Phenoms can be installed on any floor of the building and can also be installed in noisy locations such as production floors and warehouses.

Work Surface Requirements

The compact design of the Phenom SEM results in a unit that weighs less than 175 lbs. and has a footprint of less than 15 inches in width and 25 inches in depth. A table that supports 300 lbs and is at least 36 inches in width and 25 inches in depth is required. A stable, four-legged table with a surface of 60” wide by 30” in depth is recommended to accommodate the computer and monitor. The ideal work surface would be a standard workbench (32 – 36 inches in height). It is also recommended to position the table in a location with a clearance of 60 inches above the surface. This would be required during the service of the Phenom SEM. A table or desk designed with L-shaped or T-shaped legs is not recommended. Another requirement will be the ability to position the roughing pump on a surface different from the one on which the phenom SEM is placed and is within 60 inches of the Phenom SEM. The minimum installation area for the pump is 10 x 10 x 10 inches.

Key Takeaways

To recap, the installation of a Phenom SEM typically requires minimal adjustments to existing environments. Their inherent innovative and robust design renders them true plug-and-play solutions, capable of thriving even in bustling settings such as production floors. Among the key factors to consider during installation is the stability and load-bearing capacity of the supporting tabletop, ensuring it can adequately sustain the SEM’s weight and provide ample surface area. With these considerations in mind, integrating a Phenom SEM into your workspace promises a seamless and efficient microscopy solution for diverse applications.

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