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Welcome to our news blog.

We have established strong working relationships with our customers.

When something changes on site that affects sample preparation and analysis, be that having to replicate a set-up elsewhere, a change in specifications or budget cuts, we often get the call for help.  

It's really satisfying when we can overcome obstacles for our customers, and without naming names, we'd like to share some of that experience with you in 'At the sharp end" our blog.

If you have problems to overcome then please get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

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Training Courses

New for this year, Aptex are delighted to offer a range of training courses at our demonstration facility at the Venture Centre, The University of Warwick Science Park, Sir William Lyons Road, Coventry. CV4 7EZ.

We will be running a 2 Day course on Smarter Preparation - the fundamentals of metallography on 20th/21st June 2017 and 10th/11th October 2017

A one day course on Smarter Looking - when we will examine the fundamentals of microscopy on 27th June 2017 & 24th October 2017

and 

A one day course on Smarter Sizing - when we will look at the use of Image Analysis, both manual and automated on 28th June 2017 & 25th October 2017

The 2 day course costs £350+ VAT without accomodation and the 1 day course £150 + VAT

Courses will run subject to a minimum attendance 

Cancellation of places within 14 days of the course will be subject to the full fee being payable

Course details will be emailed on request



"Lightning fast" USB 3.0 camera


An existing Clemex Captiva imaging system user recently bought a second system with one of the new USB 3.0 superspeed digital cameras. At the installation and training session he was amazed.
He described his new camera system as lightning fast compared to his old one.

In fact, he is so impressed, he's planning to upgrade the other system to the new camera so that both systems will be operating on a par.

For more about this amazingly powerful camera.

Impressive long-lasting, clean-cutting wheels

I have just taken your cutting wheel off not because anything was wrong with it but because of the fact that it had worn down.

The wheel has lasted 3 weeks of everyday use, which is brilliant - about twice as long as the wheels I usually use.
Basically, it made around 370 cuts, the big surprise was how clean the cut was hardly any polishing was required.

Overall I am extremely pleased how the wheel has performed and have passed my thoughts on the matter to my manager.

Andy Crawford


June 2015

Save 30% in time and money - case study

In a recent test one of our customers compared their existing Struers sample preparation route with our standard stainless steel prep route. Whilst they were reasonably satisfied with their existing Struers prep route, they were prepared to try our suggested route. To their amazement, they not only improved the consistency and quality of results but also reduced the preparation time by almost a third (32%).

Needless to say, they immediately initiated the paperwork to update their formal procedures to enable them to switch consumables and change the prep route to our much more cost effective solution.

In this case, a simple switch to one of our routes was ideal, in other cases, the standard route might not fit with the customer's existing equipment. We are happy to adapt these routes to work for our customers, and are happy to develop completely new routes to meet customer needs. Contact us to discuss how we could help you.

We have a wide range of material specific preparation routes. Each shows the steps required, alongside images of what the sample should look like after each stage.

Aluminium sample prep route phenomenal

A customer experiemented swapping from their long established Struers OPS aluminium sample preparation route to a tailor-made route we devised for them.

We recommended using Aka-Lube Red lubricant at the diamond polishing stage, followed by colloidal silica with an Aka-Chemal cloth.

They were rather sceptical but felt there could be no harm in giving something different a try.
However, they were wowed. They told us: "The result on our aluminium samples is phenomenal”.

January 2015