Stationary Manipulator mounting keeps the sample stage independent from the manipulator and so enables plenty of new applications (e.g. particle sorting). The manipulator tools are always in the view field of the SEM and can be used at any point of the samples, also at large samples.
The docking station (patent pending) combines the advantages of the stationary manipulator assembly with a fast and easy plug in and plug out of the manipulator by the user, e.g. for: