Xmatic

Xmatic is a fully automated, end-to-end grinding and polishing solution.

Xmatic facts

  • Maximum reproducibility and efficiency with full automation
  • Improve workplace safety with minimal operator intervention
  • Eliminate human error and process variation
  • High throughput
  • Support process standardization
  • Full process documentation
  • Multiple cleaning options
  • Plug and prepare, with minimal training needed

Xmatic is a fully automated, end-to-end grinding and polishing solution. It has been designed for labs that need the very best in terms of reproducibility, throughput, process standardization, and ease-of-use.

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HOW DOES XMATIC SUPPORT YOUR GRINDING AND POLISHING PROCESS?

Maximum reproducibility

By minimizing the risk of human error, Xmatic significantly improves reproducibility. Setup is quick and simple, then Xmatic does the rest by automatically setting up parameters such as force. The result is greater reproducibility, less consumables waste, and optimized throughput, which means greater certainty.

Process standardization

Xmatic gives you full documentation data, including the number of specimen holders that it runs, methods used, consumables consumption, and operating times. This enables you to standardize your process for greater reproducibility and efficiency.

Higher throughput

Xmatic has rapid and simultaneous mechanical movements that reduce process time, including fast cleaning programs and up to 8 specimen holders that can be loaded at any time. Throughput is further increased by minimizing human error and potential rework.

Ease of use

Xmatic has been designed with simplicity, flexibility, and user wellbeing in mind. Featuring an intuitive user experience with ‘embodiment’, a new bottle concept with Easy connectors for fast, spillage-free consumable change, and multiple automated features that minimize the need for operator intervention, Xmatic is easy to set up and use with minimal training.

KEY FEATURES FOR MAXIMUM REPRODUCIBILITY AND PROCESS EFFICIENCY

  • Xmatic feature 1 lab space

    Optimize lab space

    Xmatic has been designed to minimize the floor space it requires, for example using a vertical conveyor to optimize its footprint. However, for labs where space is particularly limited, Xmatic also comes in a smaller model, Xmatic Compact, that does not include a high-speed plane grinding station. Instead, plane grinding can be done on a MD grinding and polishing station, with a speed up to 600 rpm.

    Optimize lab space
  • Xmatic feature 2 intuitive

    Intuitive user interface

    The entire user experience is simple and intuitive, requiring less training to operate. A redesigned user interface gives a complete representation of the machine, with a vertical conveyor to the left, consumables on the bottom, and cloths to the right (so-called ‘embodiment’).

    Intuitive user interface
  • Xmatic feature 3 consumable detection

    Automatic detection of consumables

    Codes on each consumable bottle or MD surface give Xmatic the data it needs, which eliminates entering incorrect information and saves time when setting up the system. Xmatic can also detect what µm size it has previously used on each MD polishing surface, which eliminates risks of contamination.

    Automatic detection of consumables
  • Xmatic feature 4 tube cleaning

    Automatic tube cleaning

    A special cleaning program for flushing the tubes means that Xmatic can help you to avoid contamination when changing suspension and lubricant. The machine can recognize if the tube has not been cleaned and will alert the operator if changing to a different µm size, without asking the system to clean.

    Automatic tube cleaning
  • Xmatic feature 5 dressing

    Dressing of MD grinding surfaces

    Xmatic is equipped with two dressers that fit different surfaces. The frequency can be set to keep the removal rate of a grinding surface. This means you do not need to supervise the surface performance or manually dress each surface.

    Dressing of MD grinding surfaces
  • Xmatic feature 6 cleaning

    Complete cleaning and drying

    Xmatic features different cleaning options. A high-pressure cleaning system with optimal nozzle positioning and improved water pressure. Ultrasonic cleaning is also an option. Drying is done by spinning the specimen holder leaving you with perfectly clean and dry specimens.

    Complete cleaning and drying
  • Xmatic feature 7 pre-cleaning

    Pre-cleaning

    A pre-clean step can be added for specimens prepared with e.g. oil-based suspension/lubricants using a dedicated MD-Nap cloth adding soap and water.

    Pre-cleaning
  • Xmatic feature 8 method filter

    Easy filtering of methods

    An improved filtering functionality makes it easy to find and select a method in Struers’ vast method database.

    Easy filtering of methods
  • Xmatic feature 9 2 methods

    2 sets of methods

    Two separate sets of Struers methods are available. One set of methods for Xmatic includes a high removal grinding station and one set of methods for Xmatic Compact that does not include a high removal grinding station.

    2 sets of methods
  • Xmatic feature 10 inspect

    Inspect functionality

    Xmatic allows you to stop the process at any given stage to inspect your specimens. When returning the specimen holder to the vertical conveyor, the machine will ask if it should continue from the process step it stopped or start from the beginning.

    Inspect functionality
  • Xmatic feature 11 step selection

    Step selection

    Xmatic enables you to choose which steps to run in a method to give you full flexibility. Just choose which steps you want to run.

    Step selection
  • Xmatic feature 12 dosing

    Accurate dosing pumps

    Xmatic features a new type of pump system that is controlled in very small and precise steps, no matter the viscosity of the fluid. This ensures your process is reproducible, with no dosing variation.

    Accurate dosing pumps
  • Xmatic feature 13 capacity

    High capacity on disc and in specimen holder

    Xmatic is compatible with disc sizes either 250 or 300 mm dia. and specimen holders either 140 or 160 mm dia. A larger disc size gives you a larger preparation area and supports the processing of larger specimens.

    High capacity on disc and in specimen holder
  • Xmatic feature 14 closed chamber

    Closed chamber

    Everything is housed within a closed chamber, which means there is less human interaction and less risk to health and safety. This helps workers to feel more comfortable in the lab environment, reducing absenteeism.

    Closed chamber

Facts

Model types

Xmatic is available in two variations, see specifications for details.

Reproducibility that only automation can deliver

Tegramin preparation system for high-quality specimen preparation
Xmatic
Xmatic has been designed to help save space in your lab, with a footprint of w: 242 cm / 95" and D: 75 cm / 29". The setup comes with a high removal grinding station and MD grinding and polishing station along with a vertical conveyor to load your specimen holders. You can choose a MD disc size of 250 mm / 10" or 300 mm / 12" depending on your requirements. Recirculation is standard on the high removal grinding station and optional on the MD grinding and polishing station. Cleaning can either be high-pressure cleaning, high-pressure cleaning including alcohol, or high-pressure cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning.

Optimize lab space

Tegramin preparation system for high-quality specimen preparation
Xmatic Compact
If your lab floor space is limited, Xmatic Compact comes with or without the vertical conveyor, giving a footprint of w: 149 cm / 58" and D: 75 cm / 29". This includes an MD grinding and polishing station with speed up to 600 rpm for plane grinding on MD surfaces, with either a 250 mm / 10" or 300 mm / 12" dia. MD disc. Recirculation is optional, and cleaning can either be high-pressure cleaning including alcohol or high-pressure cleaning and ultrasonic cleaning.

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

Xmatic / Xmatic Compact 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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References

WWU Münster Institut für Planetologie Logo
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
Stahlhärterei Haupt GmbH:
The Tegramin-25 and CitoPress-20 mean considerably easier and shorter workflows in the lab, and can be recommended. Stahlhärterei Haupt GmbH: Arkadiusz Bytner Labor and Quality Management Officer
Federal Mogul Powertrain Logo
“Struers Tegramin-30 enables us to achieve specimens free of scratches for improved evaluation, and saves us time and labor when compared to our former manual preparation with aluminum oxide.” Federal-Mogul Powertrain Mark Gibbins Materials Tester in Metal Technology