Fully Automatic, PC-controlled Preparation System with an Intuitive Graphical User Interface

MAPS-2 facts

  • Complete solution for automatic preparation
  • High capacity for multiple flows of specimens
  • Multiple combinations of preparation processes
  • Complete solution
  • Multiple combinations of configuration
  • High efficiency
  • Remote diagnostics
  • Touchscreen operation

MAPS-2 is the ultimate solution for automatic preparation of materialographic specimens. A modular system which is customized exactly to the user’s specific requirements. MAPS-2 takes care of the entire preparation process ¬– from plane grinding to final polishing – including cleaning and drying. Automation means excellent specimen quality and cost savings due to the precise control of all preparation parameters and consumption of abrasives and lubricants. Reproducibility is second to none.

MAPS-2 consists of modules, each with two work stations, one cleaning station, and a specimen holder arm. Accessories such as dosing units, an additional recirculation cooling unit, level indicators for consumables, etc. differ according to the configuration of each MAPS-2 system. Conveyors transport the specimen holders from unit to unit. Suspensions and lubricants are stored in easily accessible modules.

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High capacity

A steady flow of specimen holders can pass through MAPS-2. While the second module takes care of polishing, the first module is plane grinding the next batch of specimens. A special line function makes it possible to prepare different materials using different preparation methods. The line function ensures an extremely fast throughput and eliminates all bottleneck problems, even at high volume preparation.

Savings in Manpower and Consumables

Fully automated specimen preparation means a steady flow of specimen holders can pass continuously through MAPS-2. A special line function ensures an extremely fast throughput and eliminates all bottleneck problems. The automated process, independent of the operator, means efficient and correct use of consumables with no waste.

Outstanding Reproducibility

Established methods can be recalled immediately from the method database by the operator using the methods window. This ensures reproducibility, regardless of operator changes. No operator intervention is required when the next specimen holder requires the same method as the previous one.

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  • MAPS almost endless combination possibilities

    Almost endless combination possibilities

    MAPS-2 modules can be configured in numerous different ways, depending on the requirements. This is the consequence of modularity taken to its logical extreme: each MAPS-2 system is configured on the basis of a thorough analysis of the user’s specific needs.

    Almost endless combination possibilities
  • MAPS remote diagnostics

    Remote Diagnostics

    MAPS-2 can be connected to a local area network and can thus be accessed via the Internet. This enables Struers service engineers to remotely check the condition of MAPS-2 and detect any errors. Software updates can also be carried out remotely, reducing machine downtime to an absolute minimum.

    Remote Diagnostics
  • MAPS High productivity

    High Productivity

    MAPS-2 takes care of the entire preparation process, even when it comes to the most complex specimens, leaving the operator time for other tasks. In many cases, materialographic preparation has been a bottleneck. MAPS-2 eliminates this problem and leaves plenty of time for the one task which has not yet been satisfactorily automated: microscopic examination and evaluation of a materialographic structure.

    High Productivity
  • MAPS lower preparation costs

    Lower Preparation Costs

    Automation not only means unique reproducibility and high quality – it also implies large cost savings. The initial cost of automatic equipment is more than counterbalanced by savings in time, labor, and costly diamond abrasives. Precise, automatic control of consumables consumption means that exactly the right amount is used – no more, no less.

    Lower Preparation Costs
  • MAPS touchscreen control

    Touchscreen Control

    MAPS-2 is programmed and operated from a large touchscreen. A single tap on the screen inserts a new specimen holder. No further action is necessary when the method is the same as the previous one. To select a different method, another tap opens the methods window from where all existing methods can be recalled immediately. New methods can be programmed instantly, and the configuration of the machine can be changed on the fly. The touchscreen can be mounted either on the right- (default) or left-hand side of Module 1.

    Touchscreen Control
  • MAPS Conveyer safety cover


    MAPS-2 complies with the strictest international safety standards. The conveyors are equipped with safety covers, and the entire machine is closed with transparent windows and doors. The process can be easily monitored, but access to moving or rotating parts is prohibited. If a specimen happens to be improperly clamped, it cannot fly out of the machine.



Model types


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MAPS-2 Preparation Module
With one plane grinding station and one fine grinding/polishing station (150/300 rpm). With the Recirculation Cooling Unit, one Bottle Unit, one Dosing System with three DP-pumps, a Removal rate sensor, and a disk cooling. With a built-in PC and touchscreen operation.

With two fine grinding/polishing stations (150/300 rpm), two Bottle Units and one Dosing System with three DP-pumps, one Dosing System with two DP-pumps, and one OP-pump, and disk cooling.
Conveyor Feed Module
For mounting on a MAPS-2 preparation module, with a safety lid.

Conveyor Connection Module
For mounting on a MAPS-2 preparation module, with a safety lid.

Conveyor Delivery Module
For mounting on a MAPS-2 preparation module, with a safety lid and a built-in drying fan.

Recirculation Cooling Unit
To use recirculated water for grinding on a MAPS-2 preparation module with two fine grinding/polishing stations.

Recirculation Connection Kit

For connection of two work stations to one recirculation cooling unit.

Dosing Module 3 x DP
One dosing module with three DP-pumps.

Dosing Module 2 x DP + one OP
One dosing module with two DP-pumps and one OP-pump.

Level Indication Unit
For continuously monitoring the contents of suspensions and lubricants in one dosing system
(for three bottles). For MAPS-2

Alcohol Separation Kit

For collection of the waste alcohol from the cleaning station.

Signal Tower
To display the actual working condition of MAPS-2

Struers’ equipment is in conformity with the provisions of the applicable international directives and their appurtenant standards.
Struers’ products are subject to constant product development. Therefore, we reserve the right to introduce changes to our products without notice.

Technical Data

MAPS-2 Technical Data Sheet

Struers Technical Data Sheets are designed to help you make the best choice of equipment for your particular purpose. You can find important information such as capacity and performance specifications, dimensions, weight, electrical data, noise levels, ambient conditions, and safety. In many cases you can also obtain an overview of accessories offering higher capacity and performance.

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Technical Data Sheet

Grinding & Polishing consumables

Ensuring certainty with Struers tailored support services

To optimize your processes, enhance your quality control performance and ensure equipment availability, we offer a wide range of services, training and support.

From preventive maintenance to training and process analysis, our Service Plans, Service Packages and Single Services are delivered by experienced technical service engineers and application specialists – and can be tailored to match your needs.

Correct preparation solutions

"True structures require proper and correct applications. Different material properties require broad application knowledge. Struers application specialists are experts in optimizing preparation methods, because application knowledge is necessary to select the correct preparation solutions. Your material – our application solutions.”

Birgitte Nielsen
Application Specialist, Struers ApS

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The backbone of our quality assurance program, our Struers laboratory promotes ease of use, resulting in high output and efficient use of our human resources and huge time savings. In my opinion, Struers equipment provides the most efficient and consistent method for examining the quality of our fastener products. Ideal Fasteners Pty. Ltd. (Australia) Neville Deutscher Managing Director
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My relationship with Struers dates back over many years. The reason is their expert advice, good service, and their use of our application laboratory in the case of difficult questions that are best resolved on-site. WWU Münster, Institut für Planetologie Ursula Heitmann Mineral Specimen Preparer
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XPS Consulting & Testwork Services is a licensed metallurgical engineering and testwork business that includes mineralogical and materials characterization. We have used Struers’ sample preparation equipment and lab consumables for almost 20 years and are very satisfied with the quality of the products and the support they provide to us. As a consulting firm, we strive to produce the highest quality results for our customers, and the Struers’ products have assisted us in reaching that goal. XPS Consulting & Testwork Services (Canada) Patricia Stack Mineral Science Department