At the sharp end - news blog
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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.
"I have successfully received the items, I would like to thank you for your fast processing and shipment actions".
Every company is attemping to put in place procedures that help their customers, this just shows at Aptex we are hitting the button.
The CF250A has been modified so that the cut off machine now incorporates Z axis cutting as well as our usual Y direction
The lighting is now internal LED lighting and the sides have been made to allow through cutting options if required
They have a cutting depth of 250mm in the Y direction and 200mm in the Z axis
Standard traffic light indicators for observation
Ventilation port as standard
The magnetic cleaning spray gun stores in any location.
They are supplied with an 80L recirculating tank on wheels, stored conveniently inside the cabinet with a superb
viewing window to see the coolant levels.
The machine is supplied with a T slot bed so that the correct vice arrangement can be selected
Muliple vice options available please refer to the brochure
Is programmed for auto-return at the end of the cut cycle.
Or click here to see a video of the CF250A machine in action.
We will be running a 2 Day course on Smarter Preparation - the fundamentals of metallography in 2019
The course will examine the theory behind the world of metallography, question what we do and why we do it, and be supported by practical work in our laboratory. It will cover aspects of cutting, mounting, grinding & polishing.
A one day course on Smarter Looking - when we will examine the fundamentals of microscopy also in 2019
This course will help in getting the best out of optical microscopy and an introduction into Imaging
A one day course on Smarter Sizing - when we will look at the use of Image Analysis, both manual and automated again new dates will be published for 2019
This course continues the work on the Smarter Looking course and looks at what is possible with Image Analysis and how smarter sizing can improve consistency and increase sample throughput.
The 2 day course costs £350+ VAT without accomodation and the 1 day courses £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
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Mag-Silk is a magnetic 100% natural silk polishing cloth specially developed to use withmultiple diamond suspensions as well as Diamaxx combined suspension and lubricant.
Aka-Silk and Mag-Silk are made of 100% natural silk and are especially suited for polishing of samples where flatness and edge retention have the highest priority. Compared to artificial materials natural silk is much stronger and has therefore also a longer lifetime.
The Silk cloth is recommended for use with diamonds from 9 to 0.25 μm.
With 9 μm the Silk cloths can be used for fine-grinding of ferrous metals.
Materials with a hardness higher than 150 HV are polished with 3 or 1 μm diamonds on the Silk cloth because of the outstanding flatness and edge retention achieved.
For the final polishing of materials with coatings, 0.25 μm diamonds are use to get a scratch-free finish and perfect edge retention.
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