The ability of electron microscopy to enhance the engineering and aerospace sectors has been showcased during an event at the University of Plymouth.
The second event in the Industrial Solutions 2018-20 series, hosted by Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC), welcomed more than 30 representatives from industry and academia.
It started with an introduction from Claire Pearce, Manager of the Plymouth Materials Characterisation Project (PMCP), about the centre’s relaunched website, future aspirations and the opportunities being created by PMCP.
Launched in February 2018, PMCP is funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund and its aim is to enable more than 40 businesses to collaborate with PEMC for free by mid-2020.
Part of this investment is the only free and publicly available FIB-SEM (focused ion beam, scanning electron microscope) in the south west, which brings 3D imaging and analysis at the nano-scale to companies based in Devon.
“Since the FIB-SEM arrived, we have spoken to over 60 Devon companies about its capabilities and 15 SMEs have already benefited from it to support the development of new products, to understand their existing products better and to problem solve. Feedback has shown that events like this really help to put electron microscopy into a context that makes sense.”
Two companies who have already benefited from the facility spoke about the positive influence it has had on their business.