Cressington coaters and accessories for EM sample preparation

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Cressington sputter and carbon coating systems

The Cressington sputter and carbon coating systems have been developed specifically for EM applications. They are all dedicated coating systems, either for sputtering or carbon evaporation to prevent any cross-contamination by different processes. All Cressington coaters comprise excellent coating quality, compact desktop systems, ease of use, direct parameter control, quick pump down, short cycle times, innovative feedback sensing and exceptional build quality. Micro to Nano is authorized distributor of the Cressington coating systems for sales, support, replacement parts and consumables. Our team has over 30 years’ experience with coating systems for SEM and EDX/WDX system.

Cressington 108 Family for standard SEM/EDX applications
The Cressington 108 sputter coaters are used for coating non-conductive SEM samples with gold, platinum, palladium or gold/palladium. For special applications, silver, copper or nickel can be used. They include an effective cool planar magnetron sputter head with vacuum-independent current control. The conductive coating greatly improves image quality of SEM images produced with secondary electrons to show the morphology of the sample surface. The 108 sputter coaters include precise vacuum control with a high precision needle valve. Available as manual and automatic sputter coaters. The 108auto includes both manuals and automatic operations, where the automatic mode performs the complete coating cycle.

Cressington 108carbon coaters
The Cressington 108carbon coaters are used for coating non-conductive SEM sample with a conductive layer of carbon. The 108carbon coaters mainly used carbon rods. The carbon coating is transparent for X-rays and higher energy electrons and is mainly used for analytical applications such as EDX analysis and backscatter electron imaging to visualize material contrast. The 108Carbon/A allows for both manual and automatic operation and uses a dual step profiled carbon rod for precise and reproducible coatings. Optionally available is a carbon fiber source which utilizes the same evaporation power supply as for the carbon rods.

Cressington 208 Family for FESEM, TEM, EDX/WDX, EBSD, FIB and Microprobes
The Cressington 208HRD turbo sputter coater has been specifically developed for ultra fine grain coatings with Iridium, Platinum/Palladium, Chromium, Tungsten and other target materials. The system included a high vacuum turbo pump and an oil-free diaphragm pump. The 208HRD also included the effective motorized Rotary-Planetary-Tilting (R-P-T) Stage and the MTM-20 thickness controller.
This 208HRD turbo sputter coater offers real solutions for coating difficult samples for FE-SEM. In order to minimize the effects of grain size, the 208HRD offers a full range of coatings materials and give unprecedented control over thickness and coating conditions. The wide range of operating pressures combined with the R-P-T stage allows for precise control of uniformity and conformity of the coating. It is a truly versatile high resolution coater and at the same time a highly productive one too.

The Cressington 208Carbon turbo carbon coater.
The Cressington 208Carbon turbo carbon coater is a compact desktop high vacuum carbon evaporation system specially developed for TEM, FE-SEM, EBSD and microprobe applications. The 208Carbon allows for both manual and automatic operation and uses a dual step profiled carbon rods for precise and reproducible coatings. Optionally available is a carbon fiber source which utilizes the same evaporation power supply as for the carbon rods. The turbo pump on the 150mm diameter chamber gives very rapid pump down. The modular design allows for enhancing the 208Carbon with motorized rotary-tilting stages for increased uniformity and a precise MTM-10 thickness monitor system to achieve reproducible result.

Cressington MTM thickness monitor systems
To enable reproducible and consistent coating quality, Cressington has developed the high resolution MTM thickness monitor systems with a thickness resolution of 0.1nm for Carbon. They are low cost and compact and are compatible with all Cressington 108 and 208 coating systems. They are particularly useful to determine the coating thickness for quantitative analysis and for setting up the coating parameters to achieve reproducible coating thickness. The MTM-20 system include a control function for the 108auto and 208 sputter coaters which terminated the coating cycles once the desired thickness has been reached.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email ( or phone (+31 (0)85 2013155). Our product specialist has 30+ years experience with Cressington coaters and is happy to answer all your questions.

SEM Supplies

TEM Supplies


Sample Preparation


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  Cryo Grid Boxes
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Cryo Supplies

  Cryo Grid Boxes
  Other Cryo Supplies

FIB Supplies

  FIB Lift-out Grids
  FIB Low Profile Stubs
  FIB Grid Holders
  FIB Pre-tilt Holders
  FIB Pre-tilt stubs
  FIB Grid Boxes
  SEM / FIB Magn. Calib.
  SEM Res. Test Spec.
  EDS / WDS Calibration
  TEM Calibration
  AFM / SPM Calibration
  LM Magn. Calibration

Vacuum Supplies

  Vacuum Gauges
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  KF/NW Vacuum Hoses
  Vacuum Oil and Grease
  Vacuum Sealant
  Diaphragm Pump
  Rotary vacuum Pump
  Vacuum Sample Storage
  Vacuum Pick-Up Pens

Sample Coating Supplies

  Sputter Targets
  Carbon Rods & Fibers
  Quartz QCM Crystals
  SEM Sample Coating Fluid

Evaporation Supplies

  Thermal Evaporation Sources
  Evaporation Materials
  Supports & Substrates
  SEM Preparation Stands
  Probes & Picks
  Applicators & Swabs
  Plastic Transfer Pipettes
  Cutting Tools / Scissors
  Conductive Paint/Cement
  Conductive Tapes & Tabs
  Non-Conductive Adhesives
  Sample Storage
  Hand Tools
  Sorting Wire Mesh
  Preparation Surfaces
  Cleaning / Gloves
  Conductive Metal Powders
  Metallographic Sample Prep
  AFM/SPM Discs
  AFM/SPM Disc Pick-up Tool
  AFM/SPM Holders
  AFM/SPM Disc Storage
  Cantilever Tweezers
  AFM/SPM Discs Tweezers
  Nano-Tec Mica Discs
  HOPG Substrates

Light Microscopy

  Correlative Cover Slips
  Glass Microscope Slides
  Glass Cover Slips
  Quartz Microscope Slides
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  Black Metal Slides
  Slide Storage Boxes
  LM Calibration
  Plastic Transfer Pipettes
  Optical Lens Tissue
  Glass Petri Dishes
  Digital Microscope
  PTFE Beakers