Linkam Scientific Instruments Limited
Linkam Scientific Instruments has been developing and manufacturing thermal stages for over 30 years. These are used to help you to characterize materials from polymers to biological tissue, from metals to composites, from -1960C to +15000C.
Each of our instruments are designed and manufactured in house by our team of highly experienced electrical, software and mechanical design engineers. The precise and accurate control of temperature of your sample has been further enhanced to enable more detailed characterisation of your material. Linkam has long worked with many industries to develop solutions for some of the key problems that benefit from thermal characterisation of materials such as plastics and drug development from R&D to manufacturing to QA and even storage.
Our thermal stages are widely used to characterise the thermal stability of compounds while our Optical DSC stage provides accurate enthalpy measurement and when combined with our LINK Imaging system allows visible changes to the sample to be analysed simultaneously. The recently launched TASC (Thermal Analysis by Surface Characterisation) module extends the imaging capability by providing the ability to analyse changes in the surface structure of materials with changing temperature. The local environment can be controlled within our stages including vacuum, pressure, purge gases and now humidity with the recent launch of our RH95 Humidity Generator. Our FDCS provides an efficient system for the quick and easy development of parameters required for freeze drying. The new LINK software provides an integrated environment and a simple solution to 21CFR11 compliance.
Linkam has thermal stages for measuring the thermo-mechanical characteristics of materials. Our TST350 is widely used to measure the tensile properties of materials at different temperature, while our CSS450 Shear stage is used to investigate the Rheological properties of materials as diverse as blood, ice cream, polymers and even cosmetics.
One common factor with all Linkam stages is that they are uniquely designed to allow visualisation of the material being tested. This ensures a more complete picture can be obtained as changes to the material such as colour, shape and size can be easily seen. These can be recorded for further analysis. The Imaging Station has been optimally designed for use with our stages. The Imaging Station is a dedicated imaging platform providing a stable platform for high resolution imaging while its unique ability to tilt the arm allows easy access to the Linkam stage for loading your sample.
IVF has become increasingly important as fertility and birthrates fall in developed countries. Ensuring patients get the right treatment is important both from an emotional and financial perspective. It relies on the accurate equipment to support the correct diagnosis. Linkam have recently launched a range of Glass warm stages specifically designed to meet the needs of Andrologists and Embryologists ensuring samples are kept at the optimum temperature.