Meet the Piuma
Optimized for benchtop use
The Piuma Nanoindenter is designed to operate as a stand-alone instrument in any lab setting, on the benchtop, in a laminar flow cabinet or any other space.
Easy operation due to the built-in camera (top-view, 5X) and the large-stroke coarse manual Z-stage. This ensures almost any sample type, size or shape can be mounted.
Even the most basic instrument version is well equipped, featuring an automated find-surface procedure, fully motorized 12x12x12mm X-Y-Z stages for automated force mapping and many more.
Our nanoindenter instruments provide highly accurate and precise measurements of any sample in any environment with high speed and ease of use. These unique capabilities are enabled by making use of the Optics11 patented micro-machined fiber-optical sensors. The Piuma and Chiaro nanoindenters use this sensor to gently push a spherical glass tip on the surface of the sample. By closely monitoring the resulting sample deformation, the nanoindenter can rapidly provide all mechanical details of the indented spot, both under static and dynamic operation.
|Young’s Modulus range||5 Pa up to 5 GPa|
|Probe stiffness range||0.01 N/m up to 10 kN/m|
|Probe tip shape||Spherical or cylindrical|
|Probe tip size||5 µm up to 500 µm|
|Maximum displacement stroke||20 µm|
|Min. force resolution||20 picoNewton|
|Sample stage travel||12 mm X 12 mm (X-Y)|
|Lateral mapping resolution||> 1 µm|
|Mapping speed||Up to 2 points / second|
|Motorized Z-travel||12 mm|
|Manual Z-stage travel||5 cm|
|Built-in camera magnification||10 X|
|Modes of operation||Displacement / Load* / Indentation*|
|Dynamic analysis*||0.1 Hz* / 1 Hz* / 10 Hz*|
|In-software analysis||Young’s Modulus (Hertz / O&P)|
|Data output format||Tab separated text files, BMP|
* Comes with Dynamic module
Inverted Camera module
Inverted camera for imaging small or transparent samples such as beads, hydrogel films, small microstructures, cell spheroids, etc. The inverted camera module is compatible with the Piuma, and the software enables you to switch between the built-in or the inverted camera with the click of a button.
Sample stage heater
Control the temperature of the samples stage between ambient and 60oC to study the micromechanical properties of materials at different temperatures, also while immersed in liquids. Compatible with stage heater and backlight illumination module.
Backlight illumination module
Create more contrast of semi-transparent or small samples using this backlight module. The module clicks onto the sample stage and emits collimated LED light. Compatible with sample stage heater module and acrylic stage cover.
Acrylic stage cover
Using the Piuma Nanoindenter in environments with acoustic noise or (heavy) airflow, such as a laminar flow cabinet. The acrylic stage cover minimizes the influence of noise in the measurement and creates a more stable atmosphere in the measurement chamber. Compatible with sample stage heater and backlight illumination module.