About RBD Instruments

Serving the Materials and Surface Science Industries for 30 Years

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Founded in 1990, RBD Instruments provides innovative products for the surface analysis and materials science markets.

From our surface-sensitive compact microCMA Auger Electron Spectrometer to our 9103 USB data logging picoammeter, our surface analysis and electron/ion current products provide important information about your specimens and devices.

Our UVB-100, miniZ, and VB series water vapor desorption products help vacuum chambers reach better vacuum levels more quickly and easily.

We are proud to serve leading research centers, universities, and manufacturers world-wide.


RBD Innovations


RBD's philosophy has been to design products that solve problems not always addressed by other companies. From water vapor desorption systems to complete compact Auger analysis systems, RBD's diverse selection of products and services provides our customers with solutions unique to the industry.
Our product line includes:

Compact Auger Analyzers
USB Picoammeters
Water Vapor Desorption Systems
Ion Source Packages


RBD PHI Legacy

Legacy Products and Services

RBD is still a premier provider of service, parts, support, and upgrades for legacy PHI /Physical Electronics / Perkin Elmer Auger, XPS and SIMS systems. We've built a reputation for unparalleled support, and our AugerScan and AugerMap PC upgrades for these systems are now the industry standard.

RBD is also a leading supplier of refurbished PHI systems and components. These systems and components are especially suited to labs and facilities where budget is a concern; modern hardware interfaces and replacement parts have extended the lifetime of these products well beyond expectation.

Refurbished Systems and Components
System Upgrades and Software
Optics Parts
Electronic Parts
Ultra-high Vacuum Parts


RBD TechSpot Blog

RBD TechSpot is a great resource for free technical information on older Physical Electronics XPS and AES systems and components, as well as for additional information on calibration, maintenance, and use of RBD products.

Since 2012, RBD Techspot has been providing frequent posts and updates. Index and search functions are available for all products and categories.

You can always access the blog from the menu button on the top of all RBD Instruments' pages, and can sign up separately for notifications - just go to the upper right hand corner of the blog and enter your email address.

Signing up for our RBD Techspot blog does not enter you into the annual product drawings. To sign up for RBD news and product updates and also to be entered into the annual product drawings, join our Product News mailing list.

RBD TechSpot



Princenton Univeristy

"I want to let you know that we (all surface scientists/physical chemists in our lab) all love RBD, and you're the first place we look when we need surface analysis equipment."

-Sean Edington
Princeton University's Chemistry Department, Frick Laboratory

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