T-SEC’s Scanning Electron Microscope
The SEM microscope enables T-SEC clients to gauge process variables by providing immediate onsite analysis of surfaces or materials or coatings that require very precise deposition characteristics, such as photoresist onto MEMs, fuel cell coatings, medical implantable device coatings and other nanomaterial coatings.
In addition, a new corona surface treatment has been installed to better prepare substrates for improved surface tension.
Who are T-SEC SMARTT Lab partners?
SMARTT stands for: SUNY Manufacturing Alliance for Research and Technology Transfer.
T-SEC created this designation working under a New York State SUNY 2020 grant, as well as with capital funding from the Empire State Development.
Our goal then (and now) was to offer access to costly technology, to spur skills training, and to nurture the relationships between employers and future employees, students.
Our partners are lab partner hosts, and are either manufacturers or colleges in the SUNY system.
T-SEC currently has a scanning electron microscope at a Hudson Valley tech manufacturer, Sono-Tek’s campus where it is used for product testing and research.
What does Sono-Tek manufacture?
Sono-Tek engineers and manufactures precision, ultrasonic spray platforms. The platforms deliver incredibly fine coating sprays to a number of surfaces including:
- implantable medical devices, such as the stents used to unblock clogged arteries
- printed circuit boards
- solar and fuel cells
- thin film glass deposition
- food and other industrial coatings
Sono-Tek reached out to T-SEC informing us that previewing delivery systems with clients would add a new dimension to their service helping them grow their business.
A partnership was struck and on loan is our high-quality Scanning Electron Microscope from our Equipment Library, which they, in turn, make available to other manufacturers with whom they have relationships.
Booking the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
The SEM is available to qualified manufacturers, entrepreneurs, research facilities and colleges and universities within New York State, as this is a New York State grant-funded lending program.
T-SEC also provided Sono-Tek with an oscilloscope which works to measure vibrations, a basic but important step in Sono-Tek’s patented process.