Alemnis pushes the boundaries of numerous nanomechanical test methods with a group of high-precision nanoindenters (the ASA) and a range of complementary accessories, consumables, and controllers.

Unique modular design:

The Alemnis Standard Assembly (ASA) is a modular indentation platform designed to be customized to your specific needs. Its unique modular design makes it the most versatile, high-performance and cost-effective instrument in the world and is used in some of the world's most prestigious universities and research centers.

A milestone in the scientific community:

The instruments for nanoindentation are the result of the experience made in joint projects between Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories of Science and Technology of Materials) and EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) .

Possible applications:

  • In-SEM

The Alemnis Standard Assembly (ASA) is equipped with a custom flange and mounting adapter for installation in any suitable Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) (sufficiently large chamber).


Designing an in situ mechanical test assembly compatible with x-ray beamlines for computed tomography presents several challenges.


Designing an in situ mechanical test assembly compatible with synchrotron beamlines presents several challenges. The assembly must be lightweight, as it often has to be mounted on top of several stages of motion. In addition, the weight of the loading frame must be distributed as symmetrically as possible around the axis of rotation. In addition, the assembly must be sufficiently open to allow the X-ray beam to pass through without restriction.


The Alemnis Standard Assembly (ASA) can be used as a stand-alone micromechanical test system on any rugged laboratory bench. For this type of ex-situ operation, it is recommended that the ASA be placed in a dedicated enclosure and that the enclosure be placed on a vibration-damping table to minimize noise. The ASA can also be mounted under an optical microscope that provides a side view for experiments under ambient conditions.