OLYMPUS Stream image analysis software guides users through all the steps for image acquisition, quantitative measurements, reporting, and advanced materials science inspection tasks.
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OLYMPUS Stream’s dynamic user interface reduces desktop clutter and confusion by displaying only the required tools. Furthermore, when creating a macro or utilizing advanced customization functions appropriate to a particular workflow, the work becomes much simpler. Optical inspection and quality control require frequent measurements. OLYMPUS Stream enables you to easily perform basic measurements, such as distance, angles, rectangles, circles, ellipses, and polygons, using the mouse. The measurements provide immediate feedback on the image or in the live data table.
Do you encounter the following situations frequently?
OLYMPUS Stream offers solutions to the image capturing problems experienced by light microscope users.
Estimating pore size using live digital reticules （Cross section of die casting）
OLYMPUS Stream software enables the create of images for samples that extend beyond the standard depth of focus or the field of view. The instant Extended Focus Image (EFI) function uses the fine focus adjustment to intuitively combine many images taken at different Z-levels to build a single combined image that is entirely in focus. Instant Multiple Image Alignment (MIA) enables users to create panoramic images by simply moving the XY stage. A motorized stage is no longer necessary.
Instant EFI image of a capacitor on PCB
Instant MIA image of a coin
Recall acquisition setting enables users to quickly recall previously used camera settings to ensure images are captured with consistent look and feel. When using a motorized microscope, this function can automatically recall previous hardware settings. OLYMPUS Stream also guides the user to manually recall settings when using BX microscopes and stereo microscopes.
|Operation Step||Operator A||Operator B|
|Different operators use different settings|
|Easily verify the correct settings|
|Synchronize observation settings|
|Regardless of different operators, the settings are the same|
Have you ever encountered the following problems?
OLYMPUS Stream offers solutions to the common problems experienced by light microscope users.
When performing image analysis, it is often difficult to remember how to perform a function or the correct order of functions necessary to generate a report with proper images and results. OLYMPUS Stream offers intuitive tools to perform complex image analysis tasks in compliance with most common international standards. This reduces the amount of necessary training and enables more time for completing the task, rather than remembering how to do it. When using a motorized stage, the alignment feature speeds up your work on multiple sample locations. Please refer to the Solution tab for more Materials Solutions information.
The automatic calibration feature uses a standard micrometer to calibrate the microscope and automatically generates a calibration report. This eliminates user variability in the calibration process for more reliable measurements. For example, If you undertake periodic magnification calibration maintenance using a manual calibration method, the value may differ based on how tired you are when conducting the calibration. With the Automatic Calibration function, the calibration value is always reliable because it is automatically calculated with the averaged value from more than 10 points.
When creating large, high-resolution automated images using the Multiple Image Alignment (MIA) function, the combination of OLYMPUS Stream with a motorized stage provides fast results. OLYMPUS Stream utilizes contrast-based software autofocus to rapidly acquire images of high-contrast surfaces. It is even possible to combine EFI and MIA in the automatic mode.
Sharp and high-contrast MIA image of integrated circuit (IC) pattern (dark field observation with 20X objective lens)
Creating a report often takes longer than capturing the image and taking the measurements. OLYMPUS Stream provides intuitive report creation to repeatedly produce smart and sophisticated reports based on pre-defi ned templates. Editing is simple and reports can be exported to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. In addition, OLYMPUS Stream reporting enables digital zooming and magnification on acquired images. Report files are a reasonable size for easier data exchange by email.
Professional report summarizing particle counting data
OLYMPUS Stream is a powerful and user-friendly tool for making measurements with a microscope because it was developed for Olympus microscopes with the assistance of experienced microscope users. This means that there’s no need to take care about the optical parameters of Olympus UIS2 objectives. When importing Olympus DSX and LEXT images into Stream, magnification calibration is not required. The OLYMPUS Stream software system can be purchased in a variety of packages designed to fit various needs—whether the capabilities found in the entry-level OLYMPUS Stream Start or the advanced packages.
OLYMPUS Stream is broken into four main packages based on functionality, Stream Start, Stream Basic, Stream Essentials and Stream Motion. In addition, application specific materials solutions modules can be added to streamline repetitive analysis tasks. Olympus representatives can help you determine which package is right for you, whether you require the capabilities found in the entry-level OLYMPUS Stream Start or the advanced automation controls found in OLYMPUS Stream Motion.
BX53M Microscope and Software System
The BX53M employs new coded functions that integrate the microscope’s hardware settings with OLYMPUS Stream image analysis software. The observation method, illumination intensity, and objective position are all recorded within the software and/or the handset. The coded functions enable the microscope settings to be automatically saved with each image, making it easier to reproduce the settings at a later time and provide documentation for reporting purposes.
GX51 Microscope and Software System
Our full line of digital cameras provide high resolution viewing and fast image transfer while our advanced OLYMPUS Image Analysis Software empowers users and provides all the tools required for today's most complex metallurgical requirements. Choose from Extended Measurements, Standard Metallography and Advanced Metallography application specific modules (over a dozen application specific routines) and automatically populate data and create reports in compliance with the most popular ASTM and ISO specifications, all with just a few clicks of the mouse.
Integrated Microscope and Software System
Olympus offers several software platforms that fully integrate with the Semiconductor microscope frameｓ to control all motorized functions including the digital camera and motorized stage. Each interface is specifically designed for basic inspection and control, advanced image analysis or repetitive site inspection and defect review.
SZX16 Microscope and Software System
Our Stereo microscope motorized focus drive makes digital documentation with extended focal imaging (EFI) efficient and fully automatic. This even allows creation of pseudo 3D images, closing the gap between documentation and what the eyes have seen before through the stereoscopic lightpath. The OLYMPUS Stream imaging software family offers all the tools required from simple 2D measurements up to complex phase analysis in an easy to use environment, and support a multitude of operations including observation, report generation, database, archiving.
OLYMPUS Stream is also available as post-processing software (Stream Desktop) for the complete range of DSX series Digital Microscopes and the LEXT 3D Measuring Laser Microscope.
LEXT 3D Measuring Laser Microscope
DSX Digital Microscope Series
LCD color filter
Seeing a sample as it is, with true color over many complex elements, is important for reproducible and high-quality measurements. Olympus utilizes its expertise in optical components, and cameras, together with the latest monitor features and even the human eye, to attain optimally balanced color tuning.
OLYMPUS Stream supports a broad range of Olympus digital cameras and provides a variety of common functions to make inspection or materials analysis easy and precise.
Clearly exposed for both dark and bright parts by HDR (Sample: fuel injector bulb)
Contrast enhancement by HDR (Sample: Sliced magnesite)
Tiled image with shading correction 1 x 3 MIA image(Sample: residue on membrane filter)
The field of materials science is very demanding in terms of requiring repeatable results to fulfill internal or external standard operating procedures. Most of these requirements are enforced as standard business requirements and must be taken into account. OLYMPUS Stream is expandable with a unique series of optional solutions to facilitate individual inspection, measurements, and analysis with a simple and reliable workflow. OLYMPUS Stream is a solution-oriented product that offers a variety of applications for various materials science analysis.
Olympus industrial microscopes support metallurgical analysis solutions
Detecting objects and measuring size distribution are among the most important applications in digital imaging. OLYMPUS Stream Count and Measure utilizes advanced threshold methods to reliably separate objects (e.g. particles, scratches) from the background. More than 50 different object measurement and classification parameters are available including shape, size, position, and pixel properties. Two classification parameters can be selected simultaneously. An OLYMPUS Stream Desktop license and Count and Measurement Solution can also be used to support the DSX510 or DSX510i Digital Microscope for particle analysis common to metallography evaluation and similar applications.
*1.Etched steel microstructure
*2.Grain boundary detection by conventional software
*3.Grain boundary detection utilizing powerful “Separate Objects” filter
New materials, new techniques, and the drive towards nano-technology, demand higher standards of measurement and quality control. Without the appropriate tools for 3D imaging, it is impossible to quantitatively analyze images from a sample. The OLYMPUS Stream 3D solution provides coded and motorized Z control and instant EFI with height map capability to measure a 3-dimensional sample.
3D surface view (Roughness test sample)
Single view and 3D profile measurement
|■: Standard □: Optional||Start||Basic||Essentials||Motion||Desktop|
|Image Acquisition||Basic image acquisition including HDR and auto-calibration of magnification||■||■||■||■|
|Software autofocus*1 and movie acquisition (avi format)||■||■||■|
|Time lapse, Instant EFI, and Instant/Manual MIA*2||□||■||■|
|Motorized EFI/MIA and Z-stack acquisition||□||□||■|
|Remote live view (NetCam)||□||□||□|
|Image & Customization Tools||Basic tool windows (Image history, properties, navigator, gallery view tool window)*3||■||■||■||■||■|
|Annotations, layer management, scale bar, cross hair, info stamp display, and image filters||■||■||■||■||■|
|Digital reticle/grid, line profile display, My Function, layout management, and Macro Manager||■||■||■||■|
|Measurements/ Image Analysis||Basic interactive measurement (distance, angles, rectangles, circles, ellipses, polygons, circle-to-circle distance, and angle ruler) and data export to Microsoft Excel||■||■||■||■||■|
|Phase analysis, magic wand, freehand polyline, interpolated polygon, morphology filter, and image arithmetics||□||■||■||■|
|3D measurements, 3D profile measurements, and 3D surface view||□||□||■||■|
|Data Management*4||Stream Document Storage*5||■||■||■||■|
|Workgroup Database with structured data format||□||□||□||□|
|Device Support||Olympus microscopes*6 and Olympus cameras*7||■||■||■||■|
|Non-Olympus cameras and image source converter*8||■||■||■|
|Non-Olympus stage controller*8||□||□||■|
|CPU||Intel Core 2Duo or higher (Intel Core i5, i7 recommended)|
|RAM / Hard disk / DVD drive||3 GB or more (8 GB recommended)/2.4 GB or more free space/DVD+R DL compatible|
|OS||Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit) Pro, Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) Ultimate with SP1, Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) Professional with SP1|
|.NET Framework||Ver. 4.5.2|
|Graphic card||1280 × 1024 monitor resolution with 32-bit video card|
|Web browser||Windows Internet Explorer 8, 9, 10 or 11|
*1 Requires Olympus microscope with motorized Z-axis or external motorized Z-axis with OLYMPUS Stream Motion or Automation Solution
*2 Instant MIA may not work property with some cameras
*3 Write and read all major file formats and open Olympus proprietary formats (DSX, LEXT and VSI file formats)
*4 Requires Microsoft Office 2013 (SP1), 2010 (SP2) or 2007 (SP3)
*5 Utilizing Microsoft SQL Server Express
*6 Supports MX61A, MX61L, MX61, BX3M-CB, BX3M-CBFM, BX-UCB, BX-REMCB, IX-UCB, SZX-MDCU, SZX2-MDCU, U-CBS
*7 Supports DP20, DP21, DP22, DP25, DP26, DP27, DP70, DP71, DP72, DP73, LC20, LC30, SC30, SC50, SC100, XC10, UC30, UC50, UC90, XC30, XC50, XM10, XM10IR
*8 Please contact Olympus for supported device information
*9 DP20/DP70 does not support Windows 7 (64-bit) and Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit). DP73 supports only Windows 7/8.1 (64-bit). DP25/DP71/DP72 does not support Windows 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit).
|Basic/ Essentials||Motion||Desktop||Measurement Type|
3D Surface View, 3D Measurement, 3D Profile Measurement, Motorized Z-stack/EFI, Instant EFI with height map
(requires coded or motorized Z-axis)
Automation Solution (Motorized/Manual/Instant MIA, Motorized/Instant EFI without height map
(requires coded or motorized XYZ-axis) and with time lapse
|Weld Measurement||□||□||□||Weld Measurement Solution (measurements for geometric distortion introduced by the heating during welding)|
|Count & Measure||□||□||□||
Multiple threshold methods are available (automatic, manual HSV, manual and adaptative)
The system can automatically measure multiple parameters on all segmented objects (Area, Aspect Ratio, Bisector,
Bounding Box, Gravity Center, ID, Mass Center, Intensities Values, Convexity, Diameters, Elongation, Feret, Extent,
Next Neighbor Distance, Orientation, Perimeter, Radius, Shape, Sphericity, etc.)
Spreadsheet and charts with individual and distribution measurements.
|Basic||Essentials/ Motion||Desktop||Automatic report creation||Workbook with individual measurement||Store all results in the image property|
|Inclusion Worst Field||□||□||□||■||■||■|
|Advanced Phase Analysis||□||■||■|
|Measurement type||Supported standards||
Multiple stage location*1|
Selection of pattern (Circles, Cross, Cross & Circles, Vertical Lines, Horizontal Lines, Horizontal & Vertical Lines)
Definition of the number of test lines for determination of grain elongation
Displays the G-value in the Material Solution Tool Window
|EN ISO 643: 2012, JIS G 0551: 2013, JIS G 0552: 1998, ASTM E112: 2012, DIN 50601: 1985, GOST 5639: 1982, GB/T 6394: 2002||■|
Automatic extraction of grain boundaries
User interaction using Stream sliders for improved usability
Displays the G-value histogram in the Material Solution Tool Window for direct interaction
|EN ISO 643: 2012, JIS G 0551: 2013, JIS G 0552: 1998, ASTM E112: 2012, DIN 50601: 1985, GOST 5639: 1982, GB/T 6394: 2002||■|
|Inclusion Worst Field||
Automatic detection of non-metallic inclusion using colors, shape and size
Automatic classification of oxides, sulfides, silicates and aluminates
Live display of the detected inclusion with its rating
ISO 4967 (method A): 1998, JIS G 0555 (method A): 2003, ASTM E45 (method A): 2013, EN 10247 (methods P and M): 2007, DIN 50602 (method M): 1985, GB/T 10561 (method A):
2005, UNI 3244 (method M): 1980
On polished samples: automatically measures the characteristics of the graphite content (Size, Shape and Distribution)
On etched samples: measures the ferrite to pearlite ratio
Integrated workflow which take into account the sample status (etched or polished)
EU ISO 945-1: 2008, ISO 16112: 2006, JIS G 5502: 2001, JIS G 5505: 2013, ASTM A247: 2010, ASTM E2567: 2011/2013, NF A04-197:
2004, GB/T 9441: 2009, KS D 4302: 2006
Multiple displays available, including live overlay
User interaction using Stream sliders for improved usability
Calculates statistics on the selected values
|ISO 643: 1983, ISO 643: 2003, ISO 945: 2008, ASTM E 112: 2004, EN 10247: 2007, DIN 50602: 1985, SEP 1572: 1971, SEP 1520: 1998, DIN 4505:1978|
Layer boundaries can be specified using automatic detection, magic wand or manual mode (using 2 or 3 points)
Individual measurements can be added or deleted later on
Measurement of any type of layers (with even or uneven boundaries) is supported
Layer thickness measurement calculates mean, maximum and minimum values as well as statistical data for each individual layer
Prints are measured from top view
Calculation of the coating thickness according to the sample geometry
|EN 1071: 2002, VDI 3824: 2001|
Automatically measure distances (point-to-point, point-to-line, circle-to-circle, point-to-circle, line-to-circle)
Automatically measure circle diameter (roundness, bounding box)
Automatically measure angles between two lines
Definition of tolerances values for measurement and visual validation
Expert and User mode for improved security
Manual measurements on selected point of interest on the sample
Predefined points that will be triggered by the operator
Selection of the vias type and documentation of the complete analysis
Report and automatic calculation according to the manual measurements
Pore detection per ROIs (Triangle, circle, rectangle, polygon or magic wand) with overlapping capability
Measurement of the pore density, count and specific area
Measurement of the biggest pore
Measurement of a specified size range
Particles are defined using simplified threshold settings
Automatic classification according to a selected parameter (size, color or shape)
Measurement of ROIs and multiple thresholds
Definition of validation and coding according to user-defined standards
|Advanced Phase Analysis||
Phase fraction per ROIs (Triangle, circle, rectangle or polygon)
Magic wand, freehand polyline, interpolated polygon, morphology filter and image arithmetics also usable
Measurement of the total phase percentage per phase and per ROI
Selectable minimum area detection
*1 Possible with OLYMPUS Stream Motion and other Stream packages with Automation solution
*2 Stream chart with the distribution can be output