Benefits of particle analysis with scanning electron microscopy
Particle analysis is a key part of manufacturing workflows that ensures finished products meet the necessary criteria. When performed using a combination of scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, (SEM-EDS) the examines both structural and chemical information that reveal that reveal the composition of particles or inclusions that are being analyzed. With such detailed data, manufacturers across a range of industries can refine their products and processes to the microscopic level.
While the hardware used for SEM EDS analysis is critical to gathering high-quality results, particle analysis software is also crucial. Some software solutions lack chemistry data, only showing the structural facet of a material. Others don’t provide automated analysis that can eliminate manual steps and greatly simplify—and shorten—the particle analysis workflow. And still others have complex user interfaces, compatibility issues that prevent you from fully integrating with your hardware, or insufficient reporting that can make it difficult to transform data into insights.
Automated particle analysis software
Thermo Scientific Perception Software changes this. It automates data collection and analysis with a standardized, recipe-based workflow that reduces time spent on manual analysis to just minutes. All you have to do is place your samples inside the SEM, define the sample area, load the recipes, and press play. The software automatically performs the analysis, detecting particles and acquiring morphology and compositional data for each one. This process can run day and night without the need for any manual intervention, leaving you free to perform other tasks.
Throughout the analysis, Perception Software collects a wide-ranging dataset of measured parameters. It then sorts and classifies particles to help organize the data and make it easier to interpret. For example, particles can be classified as metallic or non-metallic based on their composition. When the analysis is complete, Perception Software generates a customizable report that makes it easy to interpret your data and gather the specific insights needed for your work.
All of this functionality—from setup to data collection and reporting—is available through an intuitive user interface that delivers easy and efficient operation, even for users without extensive technical experience. And because Perception Software was designed to work with Thermo Scientific SEMs and EDS detectors, you can be sure that you’ll have seamless integration that not only delivers accurate data but also simplifies service and support.
Based on more than 30 years of experience, Perception Software offers automated analysis, classification, and reporting that turns your scanning electron microscope of choice into a dedicated particle analysis solution. It is a complete and proven tool that can help you simultaneously improve product quality, increase efficiency, and reduce time spent on manual tasks.
Learn how Perception software can automate your workflow here.
Rogier Miltenburg is an applications and product specialist at Thermo Fisher Scientific