Q150R Plus Rotary Pumped Coater

The Q150R Plus is suitable for use with Tungsten/LaB6 SEM and Benchtop SEM.

Typical uses

Sputter coating of noble metals using the Q150R S Plus & Q150R ES Plus

Recommended for magnifications:

  • Up to x 50k using Au, Au/Pd
  • Up to x 100k using Pt (optional)

Carbon cord coating for elemental analysis using the Q150R S Plus & Q150R ES Plus.

Key Features

  • Capable of achieving vacuum of 2 x 10-3 mbar
  • New touch and swipe capacitive screen
  • USB port for upgrades and download of log files
  • Multiple-user profiles can be set up on one machine
  • New software sorts recipes per user, according to recent use
  • 16GB of memory can store more than 1000 recipes
  • New multi-color LED visual status indicator
  • Interchangeable stage options and plug-in heads

Product Description

The Q150R Plus is available in three configurations:

  • Q150R S Plus – An automatic sputter coater for non-oxidizing metals. Available sputtering targets including gold, gold/palladium and platinum.
  • Q150R E Plus – An automatic carbon cord coater for SEM applications such as EDS and WDS.
  • Q150R ES Plus – A combined system system capable of both sputtering and carbon coating. The deposition heads can be swapped in seconds.

Recommended applications for Q150R Plus

  • Low and medium magnifications
  • SE signal boost (1 nm or less)
  • Table-top SEM coating
  • Elemental analysis
  • Copper metallization layers

These products are for Research Use Only.

Improved interface

  • Capacitive touch screen is more sensitive for ease of use
  • User interface software has been extensively revised, using a modern smartphone-style interface
  • Comprehensive context-sensitive help screen
  • USB interface allows easy software updates and backing up/copying of recipe files to USB stick
  • Process log files can be exported via USB port in .csv format for analysis in Excel or similar. Log files include date, time and process parameters.
  • 16GB of flash memory can store more than 1000 recipes
  • Dual-core ARM processor for a fast, responsive display

Allows multiple users to input and store coating recipes, with a new feature to sort recipes per user according to recent use.

Intelligent system logic automatically detects which insert is in place and displays the appropriate operating settings and controls for that process.

System prompts user to confirm target material and it then automatically selects appropriate parameters for that material.

Intuitive software allows the most inexperienced or occasional operator to rapidly enter and store their own process data. For convenience a number of typical sputtering and carbon coating profiles are already stored but also allows the user to create their own.

Software detects failure to achieve vacuum in a set period of time and shuts down the process in case of vacuum leak, which ensures pump protection from overheating.

Automatic, controlled pulsed carbon cord evaporation

The carbon evaporation process can be terminated using the optional film thickness monitor, which incorporates a quartz crystal monitor, fitted as standard on E and ES models. This recipe ensures that carbon is evaporated in short controlled pulses, which has two effects: protecting the sample from heating and ensuring the accuracy of the film thickness monitor. Pulsing also significantly reduces the amount of debris (including large carbon fragments) associated with traditional carbon "flash" evaporation. Pulsed and ramped carbon rod recipes are supplied as standard.

Cool Magnetron Sputtering

Sputter coating is a technique widely used in various applications; it is possible to create a plasma and sputter metals with high voltage, poor vacuum and no automation. However, this is not suitable for electron microscopy applications because it will heat the sample and can result in damage when the plasma interacts with the sample. The Q 150R Plus series uses low temperature enhanced-plasma magnetrons optimized for the rotary pump pressures, combined with low current and deposition control, which ensures your sample is protected and uniformly coated.

The Q150R S Plus and Q150R ES Plus use easy-change, 57 mm diameter, disc-style targets which are designed to sputter non-oxidizing (noble) metals – ideal for W-SEM applications. The Q150R S Plus and Q150R ES Plus are fitted as standard with a gold (Au) sputter target.

Other targets options include Au/Pd, Pt/Pd, Pd, and Cu. Platinum (Pt) can also be sputtered with the optional Pt coating vacuum hose assembly.

Interchangeable Plug-in Heads

This allows the user to configure the system as a sputter coater, evaporator or glow discharge system – all in one space saving format. A carbon cord evaporation insert is available as an option. Automatic detection of the head type when changed.

Detachable chamber with built-in implosion guard

Removable glass chamber and easily accessible base and top plate allows for an easy cleaning process.

Users can rapidly change the chamber, if necessary, to avoid cross contamination of sensitive samples.

Tall chamber option is available for carbon evaporation to avoid sample heating, to improve uniformity for sputtering and to hold taller samples.

Multiple stage options

The Q150R Plus has specimen stages to meet most requirements. All are easy-change, drop-in style (no screws) and are height adjustable (except for the rotary planetary stage). Some examples:

  • Rotation stage (supplied as standard): 50 mm Ø can accommodate six standard stubs. Height can be preset.
  • Rotate-tilt stage for improved uniform coating: 50 mm Ø. Tilt and height can be preset.
  • Variable angle, rotary planetary stage for heavily contoured samples
  • Large flat rotation stage with offset gear box for 4"/100 mm wafers
  • Rotation stage for glass microscope slides

Other options are available on request.


The Q150R Plus meets key industry CE standards:

  • All electronic components are protected by covers
  • Implosion guard prevents user injury in event of chamber failure
  • Vacuum interlocks remove power from deposition sources to prevent user exposure to high voltage in event of chamber being opened
  • Electrical interlocks remove power when source head cover opened
  • Overheating protection shuts down power supply


Instrument Case 585 mm W x 470 mm D x 410 mm H
Total height with coating head open is 650 mm
Weight 28.4 kg (Packed 42 kg)
Packed dimensions 725 mm W x 660 mm D x 680 mm H
Work Chamber Borosilicate glass 150 mm ID x 127 mm H
Display 115.5 mm W x 86.4 mm H (active area), 640 RGB x 480 (display format), capacitive touch color display
User Interface Full graphical interface with touch screen buttons. Includes features such as a log of the last 1000 coatings and reminders for when maintenance is due.
Sputter Target Disc-style 57 mm Ø 0.1 mm thick gold (Au) target is fitted as standard. R S and R ES versions only
Specimen Stage 50 mm Ø rotation stage with rotation speed of 8-20 rpm.
Other stages available on request.


Rotary pump Optional 5 m3/hr two-stage rotary pump with oil mist filter (order separately)
Vacuum measurement Pirani gauge
Ultimate vacuum 2 x 10-2 mbar
Typical ultimate vacuum of the pumping system in a clean instrument after pre-pumping with dry nitrogen gas
Sputter vacuum range Between 7 x 10-3 and 1 x 10-1 mbar for gold


Sputtering Sputter current 0-80 mA to a predetermined thickness (with optional FTM) or by the built-in timer. The maximum sputtering time is 60 minutes (without breaking vacuum and with automatically built-in cooling periods).
Carbon evaporation A robust, ripple free DC power supply featuring pulse evaporation ensures reproducible carbon evaporation from cord sources. Current pulse: 1-70 A current.

Visual status indicator

A large multi-color status indicator light provides a visual indication of the state of the equipment, allowing users to easily identify the status of a progress at a distance.

The indicator LED shows the following states:

  • Initialization
  • Process running
  • Idle
  • Coating in progress
  • Process completed
  • Process ended in fault condition

Audio indication also sounds on completion of the process.

Cat # Description Pack Price Quote Quantity
Cat #: 4500 Description: 150R S Plus Sputter Coater Pack: Each Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4503 Description: 150R E Plus Carbon Evaporator Pack: Each Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4507 Description: 150R ES Plus Combined Sputtering/Carbon Coating System Pack: Each Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4511 Description: Additional sputter insert Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4512 Description: Carbon rod evaporation insert Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4513 Description: Glow discharge insert Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4514 Description: standard glass chamber assembly Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4515 Description: Extended height vacuum chamber Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4516 Description: Rotating vacuum spigot Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4517 Description: Film thickness monitor (FTM) attachment Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4518 Description: Spare quartz crystal Pack: Each Price: $105.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 13530 Description: Standard Coating Shield Assembly Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 11880 Description: Extended Height Coating Shield Assembly Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 1371 Description: Platinum Coating Vacuum Hose Assembly Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4519 Description: 50mm Ø rotate-tilt specimen stage Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4520 Description: 90mm Ø rotating specimen stage Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4521 Description: Variable angle “Rotacota” rotary planetary stage Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4522 Description: Flat rotation specimen stage for 100mm wafers Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 23850 Description: Tilt stage sub-assembly 4" Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4547 Description: Two-year spares kit for EMS150R S Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4548 Description: Two-year spares kit for EMS150R E Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote:
Cat #: 4549 Description: Two-year spares kit for EMS150R ES Pack: POR Price: $0.00 Add to Quote: