Industrial Services

Scanning Electron Microscope

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) is one of the most powerful methods for evaluating engineering materials and understanding how they perform in real world applications. We combine state-of-the-art scanning electron microscopy and microanalysis with materials engineering expertise to help clients understand how materials behave. Vista Engineering operates one of the only privately owned SEM’s in the Southeastern US.

Scanning Electron Microscope

Industrial Services

Analysis and Imaging Services

Highly skilled engineers at Vista Engineering with decades of industrial and forensic experience operate our SEM. Our professional engineers are expert-level SEM operators who understand engineering materials and interpret SEM results for our clients.



Our engineers apply these extensive SEM capabilities and resources to:

  • Identify failure modes such as fatigue, stress cracking, and hydrogen embrittlement.
  • Identify and evaluate the crystalline structure of materials and how manufacturing processes influence it.
  • Evaluate and photograph surfaces, particles, defects, and the structure of engineering materials at magnifications to 300,000X.
  • Measure the chemical composition of items being examined.





Industrial Services

Hitachi S-3400N

The Hitachi model S-3400N is a PC-Based Variable Pressure Scanning Electron Microscope

Features include (full spec sheet here):

  • Unique VP-mode that allows microscopy of wet, oily and non-conductive samples in their natural state without the need of conventional sample preparation
  • Resolution
    • 3.0nm High Vacuum Mode
    • 4.0nm Variable Pressure Mode
  • Chamber – Accommodates 10 inch specimen
  • Stage-Fully eucentric, 5 axis computer controlled motorized stage
  • Chemical analysis with Oxford Research X-Max Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS)

The microscope is calibrated and undergoes regular maintenance from Hitachi.