Leading Australian supplier of scientific equipment, AXT Pty Ltd has won the tender to supply the CSIRO Department of Earth Science and Resource Engineering with a TESCAN Integrated Minerals Analysis (TIMA) system.
A Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) system, TIMA has been specifically designed for the mining and minerals processing industry to provide automated mineralogical analysis of geological samples.
Employing the seamless integration of SEM and EDX hardware systems to provide sample analysis, TIMA allows other detectors to be added such as the Rainbow CL colour detector, which combines panchromatic and colour CL in a single unit and boasts 4x higher sensitivity than other common CL detectors. This unique detector also allows the user to obtain BSE and EDX data with the CL data simultaneously, making it a cost-effective and space saving solution.
The TIMA automated minerals analysis system offers three modes of mineralogical analysis including modal analysis, liberation analysis, and bright phase search analysis.
While the TIMA is offered in two platforms, the CSIRO has opted for the more powerful Schottky Field Emission Gun (FEG) variant based on the TESCAN MIRA FEG-SEM. To provide even greater flexibility, the GM model has been specified with a larger sample chamber, which houses the fast computer-controlled sample stage that caters for up to fifteen 30mm samples.
This installation marks the second TESCAN SEM system supplied in Perth in just six months, with Curtin University Centre for Materials Research having installed a TESCAN MIRA FEG-SEM in December.