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PITTCON Presentation to Showcase New Technology to Improve Quality Control, Profitability

“Advances in Particulate Characterization by Automated SEM/EDX” demonstrates growing interest, utilization of technology across industries


PITTSBURGH – March 1, 2011— ASPEX Corporation’s Frederick Schamber, Ph.D., and Timothy Drake, Ph.D., will co-present “Advances in Particulate Characterization by Automated SEM/EDX,” at the PITTCON 2011 Conference and Expo in Atlanta. The presentation will take place on Monday, March 14, at 10:00 EST on the second full-day of the five-day conference.

The presentation, which is part of a broader morning session titled, New Advances in Microscopic Imaging Techniques, will discuss the trend of employing scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) in industrial settings for the purposes of quality control, and in particular the analysis of discrete features, such as particles, by means of a fully automated instrument that is able to characterize large populations of such features unattended.

“Contaminants in industrial manufacturing present a tremendous process and quality control problem, said Dr. Schamber. “However, advancements in SEM/EDX technology have made it possible to rapidly and automatically detect, identify, quantify and characterize the features of an entire sample. ”

Long viewed a powerful instrument for research, traditional SEMs permit a human operator to explore the morphology and composition of materials over a wide range of microscopic scales. However, because of its inability to view an entire sample and simultaneously report bulk analysis, distributions of particles, their features and characteristics, traditional SEM technology is not optimum when applied as an investigatory instrument where process or quality control is the main focus. They are also limited in terms of efficiency and practicality as they require time-consuming manual oversight and analysis.

“In many industries, process interruptions, downtime, scrap or spoilage and vendor delays all lead to a loss of productivity, profitability and potentially market share and reputation,” said Dr. Drake. “The new advances in technology, for both hardware and software, provide solutions to these problems—not only in meeting new requirements of performance and reliability—but providing meaningful and actionable information, not just a data dump.”



If you are interested in scheduling an interview with Drs. Schamber or Drake, or any of the subject matter experts or executive leadership of ASPEX Corporation, please contact:


Paul O’Rourke

O (412) 321-0879

C (412) 327-1849 at PITTCON

E porourke@pipitonegroup.com


Also visit ASPEX at PITTCON Booth 2623.

ASPEX Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., is a leading provider of integrated microanalysis, providing customers the unprecedented ability to rapidly and automatically detect, identify, quantify and characterize the features of an entire sample, giving them optimal quality control, production capacity and profitability. In short, ASPEX gives their customers the Power to Perceive, turning data into information that customers can use to maximize quality control efforts and bottom-line profitability. For more information on ASPEX visit www.aspexcorp.com.
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