Follow us...


Search News Archives

News Channels


New Laboratory Products

Lab News

Research & Case Studies

Microscopy | Image Analysis

Separation Science

Brochures & Literature


Events | Webinars



Conferences | Events

Hitachi launches new TM4000 series benchtop SEM

publication date: Aug 10, 2017
author/source: Hitachi High-Technologies


The world leader in benchtop SEM launches a new generation instrument offering more advanced electron microscope capabilities with incredible ease of use.

In 2005 Hitachi introduced the first commercial benchtop SEM, where high quality electron microscopy could be achieved quickly and easily by any operator. The concept was rapidly adopted by industry and academia for a wide range of fields including failure analysis, quality control, materials science and life science research, with over 3700 instruments in use. The TM4000 series is the latest generation instrument and offers more advanced SEM capabilities whilst being true to the original concept – keeping usability and time-to-data at its heart.

The TM4000 offers higher resolution, higher magnification capability (up to 250,000x on-screen magnification), larger sample handling and more control over the beam/operating conditions - helping to bridge the gap between optical microscopy and conventional large SEMs. Topographical contrast (SE) and compositional contrast (BSE) can be simultaneously displayed or mixed, ensuring operators can easily get the information they need to fully understand the sample.

Insulating specimens such as ceramics or polymers can be examined with ease thanks to the variable pressure operation, which eliminates sample charging. The TM4000plus also offers a low vacuum SE detector to ensure topographical imaging can be performed in low vacuum mode, unique in this class of instrument. 

An optical image navigation camera is available in combination with an integrated motorized stage – helping users to find their point of interest quickly and easily, whilst also offering the ability to correlate SEM and optical images thanks to the “SEM maps” function.

Advanced chemical analysis (EDX) can be quickly and routinely achieved, including spot/line/area analysis and superfast elemental mapping, with element maps available in as a little as 10 seconds.

Enhancements for automated particle/phase analysis and automated image metrology are also offered, as are 3D visualization tools, offering tilt-free angle/depth/roughness measurements. Importantly, all these capabilities have been added whilst keeping a strong focus on simple workflow and usability – making techniques which were previously considered complex accessible to any user.

The TM4000 Series will be showcased at the Microscopy & Microanalysis 2017 Meeting (6-10 August, St Louis, Missouri, USA), MC2017 (21-15 August, Lausanne, Switzerland) and JASIS 2017 exposition (6-8 Sept, Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, Japan).

more about the TM4000 series




Popular this Month...

Our Top 10 most popular articles this month


Today's Picks...




Looking for a Supplier?

Search by company or by product


Company Name:




Please note Lab Bulletin does not sell, supply any of the products featured on this website. If you have an enquiry, please use the contact form below the article or company profile and we will send your request to the supplier so that they can contact you directly.

Lab Bulletin is published by newleaf marketing communications ltd



Media Partners