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Luceo Co., Ltd. Wins Award for Innovative Semiconductor Wafer Micro-Stress Inspection Machine

Luceo Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical elements and equipment with over 50 years of experience, has been recognized for its groundbreaking achievement in semiconductor technology. Their newly developed micro-stress inspection machine for semiconductor wafers received the Excellence Award at the Itabashi Product Technology Awards (2023).

LSM-9001NIR Near-IR system to measure strain in semiconductors
LSM-9001NIR Near-IR system to measure strain in semiconductors

Addressing a Critical Need in Wafer Inspection

Traditionally, inspecting residual stress in silicon (Si), silicon carbide (SiC), and gallium nitride (GaN) wafers has been a time-consuming process. Existing solutions from other companies often require single-point measurements, taking anywhere from 10 minutes to several tens of minutes to analyze an entire wafer depending on the chosen measurement pitch.

Luceo’s Revolutionary Approach

Luceo’s innovative machine takes a revolutionary approach to wafer stress inspection. By utilizing a camera, the system can capture measurements across the entire wafer surface simultaneously. This significantly reduces inspection time, bringing it down to a remarkable under 20 seconds.

Cost-Effective and Multifunctional

In addition to its impressive speed advantage, Luceo’s machine boasts a competitive price point, coming in at approximately two-thirds the cost of comparable solutions from competitors. But the benefits don’t stop there. The machine can also be used to:

  • Inspect unevenness during wafer polishing
  • Analyze residual stress around wafer notches

This versatility makes Luceo’s machine a valuable tool for a wide range of players in the semiconductor industry, including:

  • Wafer polishing equipment manufacturers
  • Dicing equipment manufacturers
  • And other companies involved in wafer processing

Looking Ahead

With its speed, affordability, and multifunctionality, Luceo’s micro-stress inspection machine is poised to play a significant role in the semiconductor industry. It offers manufacturers a powerful tool to optimize wafer processing conditions and ensure consistent quality throughout production.

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Barnett Technical Services is proud to be an authorized distributor of Luceo products. We offer a comprehensive range of Luceo’s high-quality products, ensuring our customers have access to top-notch solutions for their specific needs. Visit for more information.

Exploring Micromanipulators: Unveiling the Microscopic World

Micromanipulators are essential tools to handle microscopic objects in various industries, including semiconductors, electronics, chemicals, and material science. These revolutionary devices have paved the way for precise and accurate micro-sample handling, research, and analysis of minute entities. Among them, micromanipulators are particularly notable as they can move along the X, Y, and Z axes. This post discusses micromanipulators, their applications, and their significant impact on various sectors.

Overview of Micromanipulators

A micromanipulator enables precise interaction with microscopic samples or entities. It allows for accurate mounting and movement of various sampling tools like pipettes, probes, and electrodes. When integrated with a microscope, it provides the ability to view and manipulate various dimensions and cross-sections of magnified objects by physically turning, bending, or cutting the sample. Their basic functions may include collecting liquid droplets, removing surface contaminants, retrieving particles stuck to adhesives, and many more delicate tasks under the microscope. One can control their movements along all three axes using a mouse.

Basic Design

A micromanipulator system comes with a controller, display screen or computer, mouse, probe arms, and advanced software for management and control. You may also require other accessories such as rod or pipette holders, tungsten probes, micro-knives, tweezers, and a mounting system or stage. Mounting on a stable surface helps reduce vibration and ensure precision. While this tool can be controlled manually, a motorized control is always preferred through a joystick or mouse. Motorized control enables a high level of precision and control which allows movements in micrometer and nanometer ranges. The three axes of micromanipulators facilitate movement in various directions. The X-axis facilitates left to right and vice-versa movements, Y-axis enables forward and backward movements, and Z-axis enables vertical or up and down movements. The dimensions and distance of movement depend on each model.

Axes and Movement Control in Micromanipulators

A manipulator enables precision and accuracy when sampling and manipulating microscopic entities. The way it moves along the three axes, the angles, and the maximum distance are significant factors in manipulation tasks. Primarily, it moves along the three perpendicular axes. The X-axis movements help position the object well in place. The Y-axis movement helps adjust the object’s distance from the user to view finer details. The Z-axis movement helps adjust the height of the object. While mouse and software are highly preferred to control movements, some models may have piezoelectric actuators. The arms can travel around 10-50 meters on an average along the axis. You can also create a synthetic diagonal movement along the X and Y axis. All of these movements enable the micromanipulator system to carry out its basic functions such as sampling, sorting, and so on.

Advantages of Using Micromanipulators Over Traditional Manipulation Tools

The obvious benefit of using a micromanipulator system is precision movement during sampling and manipulation. Here are some other advantages.

  • Precision: Enables precise actions such as holding, cutting, removing, transferring, injecting, and applying patches or coatings to objects as small as two to five microns.
  • Real-Time Feedback: Features feedback systems and sensors that provide real-time information on positions and movements.
  • Integration: Easily integrates with microscopes, cameras, and research equipment, enhancing functionality and accuracy.
  • Automation: Can be fully or partially automated and programmed for repeatable tasks.
  • Enhanced Visualization: Improves the visualization of objects under the microscope, aiding detailed observation.
  • Safety and Operability: Fully covered electric micromanipulator systems offer high levels of safety and operability.
  • Remote Functionality: Some models can be operated remotely within a glovebox using a mouse.
  • Customization: Can be customized to accommodate tall samples or large objects with adjustable base heights.

Applications of Micromanipulators

These micromanipulators are used in a wide range of applications, including:.

  • Failure Analysis: Micromanipulators can be used to precise isolate particles and other failures in manufacturing to quickly determine the root cause of failure.
  •  Electronics and semiconductors: Micromanipulators enable fine markings on wafers, fiber glass and metal circuit boards, and more. They are also used for positioning components on circuit boards, soldering, testing, and more.
  • Material science: Micromanipulators are used to separate materials from their substrates or adhesives, identify material properties under a microscope, and manipulate nanoparticles for further research.
  • Scientific research: Micromanipulators are used in biological research, fertility treatments and analysis, and biological cell manipulation. They are used in electrophysiology to position electrodes and record activity from neurons or nerve cells.
  • Micromanufacturing and fabrication: These tools are used in additive manufacturing methods such as 3D printing, and assembling tiny parts into complex microdevices.
  • Pharmaceutical: They are used in single-cell analysis and drug delivery at the cellular level to position micropumps and needles.
  • Optics: They are used in optical systems for precise adjustment and focusing of lenses.
  • Criminalistics: These systems are used in the microanalysis of fine particles, hair strands, and so on to handle samples that may serve as evidence in investigations.

Micromanipulator systems are gaining traction across an increasing number of industries. Using these for sampling and manipulation would definitely yield excellent end results. If you have any questions about using these tools in your application, custom options, and more, you can consult Barnett Technical Services, an authorized distributor of Micro Support’s micromanipulators

Related Products:

Axis Pro : Benchtop micromanipulator incorporating a zoom microscope and motorized sampling arms.

Quick Pro : Individual micromanipulator arm that can be added to a white light microscope.

Collection Pro : Automated grain/particle sorting and collection system.

Glass Problems Conference

Visit us at the 2023 Glass Problems Conference
Nov 6-8, Columbus, OH – Booth 103!

Surface Stress Meters (Orihara)


Surface Stress Meters
Measure Depth of Layer and Compressive Strain through an optical waveguide method in a rapid, simple system.

Handheld version available for sampling of larger glass.

Surface Stress Meter Page

Scattered Light Photoelastic Stress Meter (Orihara)

Scattered Light Photoelastic Measurements
Laser-based scattering allows for measurements on curved glass.

Data can be combined with FSM-6000 results to provide profile of stress through glass.

Also available as the SRP-2000 which combines scattered light and surface stress measurements in one system.


LSM 9000 LE
LSM 9000 LE

Stress Measurements Through Glass and Other Transparent Materials
Rapid measurements for mobile phone glass, lenses, and other optics.

Measure optical retardations up to 3100 nm with the LSM-9100!

NEW: Near-IR polariscopes for measurements through plastics.

Visit the Polariscope Page

Failure Analysis – Micro Sample Handling

Micro Support Axis Pro Micromanipulator for Precise Micro Sample Handling. Provides isolation of defects and particles for failure analysis

For a video on system operation, click the link below:

Micro Support Video

Check out our Steve’s Solutions Application Note illustrating particle isolation with the Micro Support Axis Pro! Click here for more information.

For more information on the Glass Problems Conference, please go to:

ISTFA 2023

Please join us in Pasadena California, on October 30th to November 4, for ISTFA 2023. This is always a great show and we are looking forward to meeting with friends and making new ones. Please visit us at Booth #410.

We will be at there representing a number of products:

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Unlock the world of precise sample manipulations as small as 1 micron with our cutting-edge microscope/micromanipulator system. Designed to deliver exceptional performance, it offers a comprehensive suite of capabilities tailored to your needs. Key features include:

  1. Electrical Probing: Seamlessly conduct electrical probing with utmost accuracy and reliability.
  2. Particle Isolation: Effortlessly isolate particles with precision and efficiency.
  3. Cutting and Surface Milling: Perform precise cuts and mill off surfaces with exceptional control.
  4. Micro Tweezers: Experience enhanced dexterity and control with our micro tweezers for delicate operations.
  5. Vacuum-Assisted Particle Transfer: Utilize vacuum functionality to seamlessly transfer particles with ease.

Additionally, the Axis Pro Micromanipulator arms can be seamlessly integrated with FTIR or Raman Microscopes, expanding the system’s capabilities and versatility.

We invite you to visit our booth at ISTFA 23 and discover firsthand the power and precision of the Axis Pro Micromanipulator. See how it can revolutionize your sample manipulations and take your work to new heights.

About ISFA 2023, Nov 12 – Nov 16, Phoenix, Arizona

Share your experiences and advance the industry and your career at the 49th International Symposium for Testing and Failure Analysis, the premier event for the microelectronics failure analysis community. We invite you to submit your work for publication and to present to the industry in Phoenix, Arizona, for the 49th year of ISTFA.

Visit the website ISFA 2023

MRS Fall 2023

We are very excited to be attending Materials Research Society Fall Meeting, November 26 – December 1, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts. We will be at booth #416 representing a number of products:

Axis Pro micromanipulator
Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Manipulation of small materials.Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including Isolating particles, Cutting, Milling off a surface, Nanoliquid deposition, Vacuum for material removal. Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes.

About MRS

The increasingly cross-disciplinary worldwide activity in materials research manifests itself every year in the MRS Fall Meeting. Featuring over 50 symposia and attended by as many as 6,000 researchers from every corner of the globe, the annual Fall Meeting in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel is the preeminent annual event for those in the field of materials research.

Join us as we celebrate 50 years of service to the materials research community at the 2023 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit in-person November 26-December 1 . For half a century, MRS has proudly represented the interests of thousands of materials researchers across disciplines, generations and continents. In collaboration with our global Membership, we have forged an unparalleled legacy of innovation at the leading edge of materials research and look forward to building on our momentum as we continue to invest in our field for years to come.

Click here for more MRS 2023 information

Methods for the Detection and Monitoring of Microplastics in the Environment

Wednesday, January 18, Webinar at 6:30 PM Pacific time [Register Here]


Microplastics have recently been recognized as a significant environmental contaminant with implications for human health and carbon capture. It is widely recognized that we need to control and decrease the level of microplastics in our society. The California State Water Control Resources Board mandates that agencies that deliver water to the majority of California residents need to monitor for microplastics. However, the reduction of microplastic levels is challenging since detection and monitoring of these contaminants is difficult.

This presentation will provide a review of microplastics and the range of methods being used for monitoring, including the FTIR and Raman methods recommended by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Finally, a discussion on Soar Optics’ advanced methods to improve the speed and efficiency of microplastics detection and monitoring will be discussed. Our methods incorporate Raman scattering using dedicated sensors for the major microplastics found in the environment, allowing for rapid scanning and comprehensive analysis of most typical samples.

Speaker Background & Research Interests:

Dr. Barnett is the CEO of Soar Optics, a company founded in 2022 to develop advanced optical sensors for materials characterization.

Technical Background

Dr. Barnett has 25 years of experience in the methods being developed by Soar Optics. He is the author of the patent-pending technology that Soar Optics is developing, and is a co-author on 22 published papers in refereed journals.

Dr. Barnett received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from McGill University and subsequently worked as a Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Since 1997, Dr. Barnett has worked with many industries in the application of optical methods for materials characterization. His roles have included sales, applications development, support, and management. He has also been active in a range of scientific societies including the Society for Applied Spectroscopy (SAS) as a member of the Executive Committee and the Governing Board, in addition to serving as President of the Northern California local section for many years. He is a member of the American Society for Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE), SPIE, and the Materials Research Society.

Business Background

Dr. Barnett holds an MBA degree from the Graduate School of Management of the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis on technology management, organizational behavior, and entrepreneurship.

In addition to his work at Soar, Dr. Barnett is the Principal of Barnett Technical Services, a company that sells instrumentation for chemical and materials analysis since 2010. He is also a Founder of InnoGrove, a coworking space in Elk Grove, CA that supports the Elk Grove entrepreneurial community.

DATE: Wednesday, January 18

Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 17, 1:00 PM.

Webinar Timing: 6:30 PM.

Please register on the web page.

Gulf Coast Conference 2023

We are very excited to be attending GCC 2023 in Galveston Texas. Please visit us in Booth #315.

We will be showing the Micro Manipulators from MicroSupport.

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Microscope/micromanipulator system to easily perform sample manipulations as small as 1 micron.  Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including:

  • Isolating particles
  • Cutting
  • Milling off a surface
  • Micro tweezers
  • Vacuum for particle transfer

Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes

Gulf Coast Conference, October 11-12, 2023 in Galveston, Texas

The Gulf Coast Conference is a non-profit organization oriented toward the education and advancement of knowledge of Chemical Analysis Technology associated with the Petrochemical, Refining, and Environmental fields, and will forward this goal through annual technical meetings, regular communications, and training courses focused on these fields.

Visit the website

SciX 2023

We are very excited to be attending SciX 2023 in Sparks, NV.

Come visit us at booth #316 where we will be showing the Micro Manipulators from Micro Support.

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Microscope/micromanipulator system to easily perform sample manipulations as small as 1 micron.  Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including:

  • Isolating particles
  • Cutting
  • Milling off a surface
  • Micro tweezers
  • Vacuum for particle transfer

Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes

SciX 2023 conference October 8-13, 2022 in Sparks, Nevada

Leading researchers will convene to present their cutting edge developments in analytical sciences, instrumentation, and unique applications. The SciX meeting hosts a world-class exhibition, presentations from leading scientists, educational courses, and many networking opportunities.

This is a special year as it will be the 50th annual FACSS conference! With special sessions and special guests to honor this milestone, this is a year you won’t want to miss!

Visit the website

MRS Spring 2023

We are very excited to be attending Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, April 10-14, 2023, in San Francisco, California. We will be at booth #219 representing a number of products:

Axis Pro Micromanipulator

Micro Support Micromanipulators

Manipulation of small materials. Probes available for a wide range of sample manipulations, including Isolating particles, Cutting, Milling off a surface, Nanoliquid deposition, Vacuum for material removal. Arms also be added to FTIR or Raman Microscopes.

SOL Raman

Manufacturers of advanced Raman microscopes including rapid Raman imaging and CARS microscopy systems.


Manufacturers of laser confocal microscopes.