Safematic CCU-010 HV high vacuum carbon coater
Safematic CCU-010 HV sets new standards for fully automated EM carbon coating with an impressive high vacuum performance which ensures high quality that is optimal for both SEM and TEM applications. A self-contained plug-in-style carbon fibre cord evaporation head module delivers unsurpassed ease of use and servicing.
CCU-010 HV highlights
- fully automatic carbon coating for SEM and TEM
- self-contained, plug-in style coating modules - easy upgrade to high resolution sputtering
- integral, oil-free, high vacuum turbomolecular pumping
- up to 50 carbon evaporation coating runs before source change
- dual-location quartz crystal film thickness measurement - fitted as standard
- intuitive, touch-screen control - rapid data input, simple operation
Carbon coating module - sequential carbon evaporation and glow discharge
A highlight of the Safematic carbon coating module (CT-010) is its novel carbon fibre evaporation system - featuring a patented, automatic carbon fibre spooling system. This allows up to 50 coating runs without the need to change the carbon source – a huge advantage over labour intensive “single shot” carbon coating system.
A primary application of the glow discharge attachment (100004) is the hydrophobic-hydrophilic post-treatment of carbon support films. Conveniently both carbon coating and glow discharge treatment can be done sequentially - without the inconvenience of having to “break” vacuum and exchange process heads.
For details of carbon fibre cord please see: carbon fibre cord.
Dual-position film thickness monitor
A dual-position film thickness monitor (FTM) measurement system monitors and terminates the coating process at a user-defined thickness. The plug-in monitoring quartz crystal and holder can be moved between the centre of the specimen stage and the outside, to accommodate different specimen sizes.
Oil-free, high vacuum pumping
CCU-010 HV has a fully integrated Pfeiffer Hi Pace 80 turbomolecular backed by a compact Vacuubrand MD1 Vario-SP membrane pump. All contained in the main console this oil-free pumping system delivers class-leading vacuum performance (to 2 x 10-6mbar) all in a significantly instrument’s footprint (35 x 55cm).
Rotating and rotary planetary specimen stages
CCU-010 HV includes a static height and tilt angle adjustable plug-in style 80mm diameter specimen stage. For specimens requiring rotation the optional RS-010 rotation stage is available. For specimens with very irregular surfaces, or for particulates and spheres, the PS-010 rotary planetary stage is recommended.
ET-010 etching accessory
The ET-010 etching accessory is a fully integrated option for the Safematic CCU-010 sputter/carbon coater that is designed for the pre-treatment or post-treatment of specimens in combination with a coating process. SEM specimens can be pre-cleaned to remove light surface contamination prior to coating, without the need to breaking vacuum between etching and sputtering processes. Additionally,TEM carbon films can be converted from hydrophobic to hydrophilic using an air plasma.
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Coating LAB option - getting the most from your coating data
Offers easy access to coating and process data. The Windows-based software allows access to all the key data - pressure, current, voltage, coating rate, coating thickness and specimen temperature - as real-time curves. The coater is connected to a PC using an integrated USB interface, whilst the Coating LAB automatically establishes a connection to the coater. Password protected tools for configuring the system and updating the firmware are included. For more details see: Coating LAB.
HS-010 head module vacuum storage box
The HS-010 is a compact vacuum storage box which allows a second CCU-010 coating head for the CCU-010 module, additional planetary or rotary stage and the full range of sputtering targets and carbon thread clean and under vacuum when not in use.
For further information please see: HS-010 vacuum storage box.
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Selecting a coater
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Dimensions (unpacked): L 570 x W 360 x H 350mm. 25kg
Glass cylinder: Ø 120mm (DN 100 ISO-KF compatible)
Implosion guard: Plastic splinter shield around the glass cylinder
Targets: Ø 54mm and thickness up to 3mm
Coating time: 0.5 to 990s
Coating current 10-100mA
Pumping: Integrated, oil-free turbomolecular and membrane pumps
Ultimate vacuum: <2 x 10-6 mbar
Vacuum measurement: Pirani and cold cathode gauges
Display: 115 x 86mm, TFT graphical display
Specimen stage: Ø 80mm, height adjustment 0-50mm, tilt 0-45°
Film thickness measurement: Dual-position film thickness monitoring system. Piezoelectric crystal: frequency 6MHz, Ø 14mm, thickness 0.4mm.
Electrical: Plug C14, 90-260VAC, 47-63 Hz, 500W
Process gas connections: Process gas: Ø 6mm, venting gas: Ø 6mm, plasma gas: Ø 6mm
Electrical: Connector socket C13, secured with 10A therm. circuit breaker
Put us to the test
coating base unit
Coating module, glow discharge and etch options
Specimen stages and Coating LAB
CCU-010 Coating LAB and vacuum storage
Spare carbon fibre