Scanning Electron Microscopy is a significant tool for metallurgists. The SEM provides images that cannot be matched by optical magnification. These images provide clarity that helps identify cracks, cleavage and corrosion that are often the cause of material failure. EDS analysis and mapping shows the elemental composition and distribution that assists in failure, lamination, coating and plating analysis. This technology helps metallurgists tell the story of a material's birth, life and failure.