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Modern Digital Microscopes: Jack of All Trades, Master of All

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Modern digital microscope for failure analysis, quality control, and manufacturing

Did you know a brake pad consists of more than 20 different materials? I realized this while writing an article for Materials World magazine about our new DSX1000 digital microscope.

Manufacturers use our modern digital microscope to inspect the careful blending of these materials and check for the tiniest imperfections. Together, these tiny flaws can influence the performance of the brake pad. Now, I don’t know about you, but brake pads are something I don’t want to fail, so I'm glad they're so rigorously inspected.

When it comes to these kinds of inspections, it turns out the DSX1000 microscope is actually a bit of a jack of all trades and, it would seem, a master of all! Not only is it great at inspecting brake pads, but also damage on a drill bit edge and inaccuracies in miniaturized electronic circuit boards (to name a few applications).

Moving Digital Microscopy Forward with Modern Features

The DSX1000 microscope embraces the flexibility and high-throughput nature of digital microscopy, then takes it one step further.

Gone is the tradeoff between magnification and working distance, which often means sacrificing detail when inspecting irregular objects. By combining high-resolution optics and working distance, the DSX1000 microscope makes it possible to see details at both high magnification and the low magnifications required to examine irregular objects.

Like all digital microscopes, the DSX1000 series eliminates the need for eyepieces. Instead, the images display on a connected computer screen. This means no more backache or rings around the eyes from peering down eyepieces for too long.

The DSX1000 microscope can do even more with a 180° angle rotating microscope head. This flexibility removes the need to reposition 3D objects as you move between different angles—a real time saver if you’re imaging objects like drill bits.

Here are some other neat features to know about:

  • Easy data read outs
  • A telecentric optical system to help ensure imaging consistency across multiple focal planes
  • MIX illumination, which helps you visualize different materials within the same sample (great for checking out those brake pads!)
  • Polarization observation to image details invisible to standard brightfield imaging
  • Easy one-touch interchangeable objectives

The DSX1000 series brings digital microscopy forward as it becomes the industry standard for precise and versatile inspections. As an added bonus, the digital microscope requires little training, so you can easily integrate it into your industrial inspection workflows.

To learn more about how the DSX1000 microscope masters all trades, check out my Materials World article, How to Use Digital Microcopy for Material Inspections.

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Digital Microscopy Marketing Manager

When Joining Olympus in 2003, Yosuke started out as an Industrial Laser Scanning Microscope Specialist (LEXT Series) in the Sales Department. Subsequently he moved to the Marketing Department where he was involved in the planning of the new digital microscope (DSX1000). In 2018 Yosuke transferred to Olympus Europe where he has since been working as a Digital Microscopy Marketing Manager.

December 23, 2019
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