RMC ultramicrotomes

PowerTome – ultramicrotomes for ultra-thin and semi-thin sectioning for electron microscopy

RMC PowerTome ultramicrotomes feature high precision motor drive and feed mechanism to give exceptional levels of accuracy when cutting ultra-thin sections. The patented Power Drive® technology provides enough power and cutting force to section even very hard, inhomogeneous specimens.

RMC PowerTomes are available in various models to suit your application

PowerTome XL

Ultramicrotome for the preparation of ultra-thin and semi-thin sections for electron microscopy with patented Power Drive® technology. It’s mechanical stroke force is particularly advantageous for cutting hard and/or large specimens. It has an automatic sectioning range of 5nm to 10µm and features a digital section counter and feed totaliser. The PowerTome XL is controlled by an intuitive and easy to use the control unit.

 

  • Auto thick/thin sectioning from 5-4999nm with four memory storage channels
  • Compact two piece design with advanced antivibration system
  • Separate control unit for maximum flexibility and ease of use
  • Built-in hand rests
  • Modern one piece laminated cover
  • PowerTome, high stability, zero backlash, cutting arm drive system
  • High precision micrometre knife stage
  • Ergonomic stereomicroscope system with constant radial focus eucentric tilt control

PowerTome PCZ

Computer-controlled ultramicrotome with live real time video display for the preparation of ultra-thin and semi-thin sections for electron microscopy with patented Power Drive® technology. Mechanical stroke force particularly advantageous for cutting hard and/or large specimens. The automatic sectioning range is 5nm to 15µm and there is a digital section counter and feed totalizer. Control is via both a touch-screen PC and a control unit. A video display enables the sectioning process to be monitored.

 

  • PowerTome, high stability, zero back-lash, cutting arm drive system
  • High precision, manually operated, knife stage
  • Ergonomic photo stereomicroscope system with constant radial focus, eucentric tilt control adjustment and unique “Scan and Tilt” control.
  • Numeric & digital displays of number of sections cut, total specimen feed advanced, section thickness, cutting speed and specimen feed remaining
  • Built-in hand rests for maximum comfort when specimen trimming and collecting sections
  • Bright LED approach backlight with independent LED specimen transillumination/spotlight for specimen localization
  • Cutting zone set by unique Visutrac™ control that can be adjusted at any time. The cutting zone can also be set by positioning specimen and touching upper and lower cutting zone icons on the touchscreen or by using the control buttons on the tactile controller.
  • Electronic stepping control for automatic specimen advance/return
  • Built-in report generator and data base with specimen parameter recall mode.
  • Five memory channels to store frequently used cutting and trimming parameters
  • Built-in diagnostic and set-up routines. Help menu
  • HD video package with photo stereo zoom microscope, c-mount and camera factory installed
  • Skype internet software factory installed with technical support contacts included

PowerTome 3D

PowerTome featuring a full 1mm (1000µm) of advance, permitting uninterrupted ultrathin sectioning to a depth of one millimetre. This is especially useful for 3D reconstruction work, array tomography and any situation where high amounts of trimming are involved, such as cryosectioning, using the ultrathin feed. PowerTome 3D has a high definition video package where the sectioning process is displayed in real-time at the centre of the computer monitor. The ultramicrotome is controlled by a hybrid system with a touch screen monitor plus a digital tactile controller.

  • Produces high quality semi- and ultra-thin sections for TEM, SEM, block facing for AFM, TOFSIMS, LM, and CEMOVIS.
  • Hybrid control system includes touch screen monitor with Visutrac™ cutting zone control, plus digital tactile controller
  • High-definition video package showing work area with built-in video measuring system
  • Record and save video clips and still images
  • Built-in report generator, database and diagnostic routines for automatic documentation of sectioning parameters
  • Ergonomic stereo microscope system with unique lateral viewing control
  • Four Types of LED illumination are provided – all independently adjustable
  • Patented Power Drive© cutting stroke for large blocks and hard materials
  • Electronic step advance for final specimen approach to the knife edge
  • High stability mechanical advance system for reproducible section thickness
  • Dual foot switch control with trim function
  • Built-in calibration and service diagnostics 

 

LN Ultra cryosectioning system

The RMC LN Ultra is a cryosectioning system for the production of high quality, ultra-thin cryosections for demanding techniques such as CEMOVIS, cryo-immuno-labelling by the Tokuyasu method, soft polymers and other materials such as gels. For details see: LN Ultra

 

Features PT XL PT PCZ PT 3D
Controllers Tactile only Computer and tactile Computer and tactile
Monitor No Touch screen Touch screen
Section counter On tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller
Advance totalizer On tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller
Section thickness 5nm to 10μm 0nm to 15μm 0nm to 15μm
Total advance 200nm 200nm 1,000nm
Cutting speed 0.1 – 99.9mm/sec 0.1 – 100mm/sec 0.1 – 100mm/sec
Cutting window 0.1 – 15mm 0.1 – 15mm 0.1 – 15mm
Cutting window display LED indicators Visutrac™ display on monitor Visutrac™ display on monitor
Cutting window settings On tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller On monitor and tactile controller
Memory channels 4 5 5
Automated Trim Function No Yes Yes
Stereomicroscope Zeiss Stemi 508 binocular stereo microscope Zeiss Stemi 508 binocular stereo microscope Zeiss Stemi 508 binocular stereo microscope
Camera No

1.3 megapixel USB colourcamera

1.3 megapixel USB colourcamera
Video display No

Yes, on touch screen

Yes, on touch screen
Report generator No

Yes, with database

Yes, with database
Diagnostics Yes

Yes

Yes
Help menu No

Yes, on computer

Yes, on computer
Foot switch Yes – dual, cut and trim

Yes – dual, cut and trim

Yes – dual, cut and trim

 

RMC PowerTome XL ultramicrotome for the preparation of ultra-thin and semi-thin sections for electron microscopy with patented Power Drive® technology. It’s mechanical stroke force is particularly advantageous for cutting hard and/or large specimens. It has an automatic sectioning range of 5nm to 10µm and features a digital section counter and feed totaliser. The PowerTome XL is controlled by an intuitive and easy to use the control unit.

Featuring:

  • Auto thick/thin sectioning from 5-4999nm with four memory storage channels
  • Compact two piece design with advanced antivibration system
  • Separate control unit for maximum flexibility and ease of use
  • Built-in hand rests
  • Modern one piece laminated cover
  • PowerTome, high stability, zero backlash, cutting arm drive system
  • High precision micrometre knife stage
  • Ergonomic stereomicroscope system with constant radial focus eucentric tilt control

Supplied complete with the following:

  • Specimen orientation mount (formerly arc segment mount)
  • Zeiss Stemi 2000 stereomicroscope 7.7:1 zoom range, 6.5X to 50X magnification with 10X WF (23mm) eyepieces
  • Self-locking PositracTM knife stage
  • One universal transilluminated specimen holder with wrench
  • One 7mm flat specimen transilluminated holder
  • LED backlighting and specimen transillumination with brightness control
  • Overhead diffused light
  • Glass knife support
  • Wooden accessory box
  • Trimming block and post
  • Stereomicroscope mounted breath shield
  • Stage mounted air draft shield
  • Control unit with cord
  • Interconnect cables, dust cover, spare lamps & fuses, instruction manual and wrenches
  • 100/120/220/240 Vac 50/60 Hz power input
  • Shipping dimensions: one pallet base, tri-wall crate, 840mm x 560mm x 635mm plus one accessory carton, 610mm x 610mm x 610mm. Net weight: 33 kg, gross weight: 74 kg

The RMC PowerTome PTPCZ computer controlled ultramicrotome is supplied complete with all-in-one slim design computer, with integrated “Touch Screen” control monitor, wireless mouse & keyboard ans interconnecting cables & accessories.

All control functions are activated by touching the control monitor screen, or by mouse, or by using the digital controller. A colour monitor displays bright, user friendly, control icons logically and clearly located around central video image display panel.

Featuring:

  • PowerTome, high stability, zero back-lash, cutting arm drive system
  • High precision, manually operated, knife stage
  • Ergonomic photo stereomicroscope system with constant radial focus, eucentric tilt control adjustment and unique “Scan and Tilt” control.
  • Numeric & digital displays of number of sections cut, total specimen feed advanced, section thickness, cutting speed and specimen feed remaining
  • Built-in hand rests for maximum comfort when specimen trimming and collecting sections
  • Bright LED approach backlight with independent LED specimen transillumination/spotlight for specimen localization
  • Cutting zone set by unique Visutrac™ control that can be adjusted at any time. The cutting zone can also be set by positioning specimen and touching upper and lower cutting zone icons on the touchscreen or by using the control buttons on the tactile controller.
  • Electronic stepping control for automatic specimen advance/return
  • Built-in report generator and data base with specimen parameter recall mode.
  • Five memory channels to store frequently used cutting and trimming parameters
  • Built-in diagnostic and set-up routines
  • Help menu
  • HD video package with photo stereo zoom microscope, c-mount and camera factory installed
  • Skype internet software factory installed with technical support contacts included

Specifications:

  • Hybrid-Control package with video, slim design, compact computer system, with the following, or similar specifications:
  • Auto thin sectioning from 1nm
  • Auto thick sectioning to 15µm
  • Cutting speed range from 0.1 – 100mm/sec
  • Specimen auto feed: 200µm
  • Variable return speed over entire cutting speed range
  • High precision manually operated knife stage with 30mm lateral and 12mm forward motion
  • 5 inch full HD touchscreen controller/monitor, 3.3 GHz processor, 4GB RAM six USB ports, slim tray optical DVD burner, 1TB hard drive, wireless keyboard & mouse, Windows 7 Home Premium operating system
  • Separate tactile control unit with digital displays of cutting speed, section thickness, number of sections cut & specimen advance
  • Specimen orientation mount (formerly arc segment mount)
  • Stemi-2000CS photo stereomicroscope with 50/50% beam splitter, 7.7:1 zoom range, 6.5X to 50X magnification with 10X wide field (23mm) eyepieces
  • 3 Megapixel USB colour camera
  • Self-locking Positrac™ lower knife stage
  • Upper knife stage with 360° rotation and knife clearance angle adjustment from -2° to +15°. Accepts glass knives up to 12mm wide, triangular tungsten carbide knives and any commercial brand of diamond knife
  • LED back-lighting and specimen transillumination/spotlight with brightness controls
  • Power cord, interconnect cables, wrenches, dust cover, Spare lamps and fuses instruction manual
  • 100/120/220/240 VAC 50/60Hz power input

Shipping:

Shipping dimensions: one pallet base, tri-wall crate, 840 x 560 x 635mm and one accessory carton 610 x 610 x 610mm. Net weight: 33kg gross weight: 74kg

 

The RMC PowerTome 3D ultramicrotome features a full 1 mm (1000um) of advance, permitting uninterrupted ultrathin sectioning to a depth of one millimetre. This is especially useful for 3D reconstruction work, array tomography and any situation where high amounts of trimming are involved, such as cryosectioning, using the ultrathin feed. PowerTome 3D has a high definition video package where the sectioning process is displayed in real-time at the centre of the computer monitor. The ultramicrotome is controlled by a hybrid system with a touch screen monitor plus a digital tactile controller.

PowerTome 3D features:

  • Computer with Windows operating system
  • Touch screen monitor/controller
  • Digital tactile controller
  • Specimen orientation mount
  • Universal transilluminating specimen holder and wrench
  • 7mm flat specimen block transilluminating holder
  • Round block specimen holder
  • Handrests
  • Wrenches
  • Wooden accessory box
  • Trimming block and post
  • Stage mounted air draft shield
  • Footswitch
  • Power cord, interconnect cables, dust cover, fuses, instruction manual

Specifications:

  • Specimen auto-feed: 1 mm (1,000 µm; 1,000,000 nm)
  • Section thickness: 5nm to 15µm
  • Cutting speed: 0.1 to 100mm/sec in 0.1mm/second increments
  • Variable return speed over entire cutting speed range
  • Knife stage movement:

–  50mm gross advance

–  25mm E-W travel

–  12mm N-S advance

  • Knife options:

–  Glass knives up to 12mm wide

–  Triangular tungsten carbide knives

–  Any commercial brand of diamond knives

  • Stereo microscope trinocular Zeiss Stemi 508:

–  8:1 zoom

–  6.3x to 50x magnification

–  10x WF (23mm) eyepieces

–  35° viewing angle

Power supply (specify upon order):

  • 100/120/220/240V 50/60HZ

Shipping:

  • PowerTome crate 840mm x 560mm x 635mm
  • Two accessory cartons:

–  610mm x 610mm x 610mm

–  610mm x 508mm x 305mm

  • Net weight: 89kg
  • Gross weight: 110kg

RMC Boeckeler is a specialist manufacturer of ultramicrotomes, microtomes and related instruments for the TEM and LM markets with a history dating back to 1941.

Based in Tucson Arizona in the USA, RMC Boeckeler is a privately owned. Their instruments are used globally in many fields including materials science and cell biology, with special emphasis in specimen preparation for 3D electron microscopy solutions.

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