Advanced Image Analysis Software
OLYMPUS Inspector Series
For Materials Science and Metrology Microscopes
Automated Particle Counting Systems
Fast, Accurate Measurement Data
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The OLYMPUS Inspector Series
Product reliability and quality assurance is the focus for
21st century manufacturing and the acquisition of accurate
and reproducible metrology data a top priority. Olympus
expertise in imaging and metrology systems provides
today’s manufacturers with an experienced technology
leading partner to provide solutions for particle counting,
sizing and classification. The practical application of the
particle size and distribution can directly impact the performance, life-time and reliability of many manufactured
products. Current applications of OLYMPUS Inspector
Series range from quantifying residual particulates on automotive components to analyzing defects and rating nonmetallic inclusions in steel.
Turn Key Systems
Olympus offers three different microscope-based turn
key systems providing automated high throughput image
analysis solutions: OLYMPUS Filter Inspector for automated residue analysis of circular filters; OLYMPUS Particle
Inspector for advanced automated particle analysis; and
the OLYMPUS Inclusion Inspector for automated rating of
non-metallic inclusions in steel.
Start a New Sample
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Acquire Images
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Process Results
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Analyze Data
Create Report
Automated and Accurate System Solutions
To quantify particles with high efficiency and reliability for
manufacturing, quality control or in research and development laboratories, you need to process a high number
of images both accurately and quickly. The OLYMPUS
Inspector Series has been developed to provide accurate and reproducible measurement results. Each system
consists of the dedicated particle detection software, an
Olympus microscope, digital camera, motorized stage
with controller and PC.
Ease of Use
The systems are designed to provide you with an
intuitive workflow from acquisition through standardized
documentation. Accuracy of results is guaranteed with
the use of motorized focus capabilities, a dedicated
particle standard calibration slide and latest image analysis
techniques. In addition, accuracy is validated post scan
through go-back-to-particle function, driving the stage to
the exact location of the particle in question.
OLYMPUS Filter Inspector
OLYMPUS Particle Inspector
OLYMPUS Inclusion Inspector
Analysis of residue requires the determination of the
number of residue particles on the entire filter.
Manufacturing defects like pores or blowholes
influence the mechanical properties of materials.
The quality and properties of steel are highly
depended on the nonmetallic inclusions in steel.
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Efficient and Reliable
OLYMPUS Inspector Series: Automates Typical Inspection Tasks
Workflow tabs for quick
access between tasks
Frame-independent
particle detection
Intuitive User Guidance
The user-friendly big button concept
reduces errors and improves
reproducibility, guiding the user stepby-step through the entire analytical
process - from image acquisition
through to reporting. Even the most
complex image analysis tasks are
executed quickly, accurately, and
in compliance with most common
international standards.
System Settings and
User Profiles
System settings are defined once
during the initial system configuration
by an administrator or advanced
operator. Password protection is
included to avoid accidental changes
to system settings and user profiles
during the analytical process.
Perfect Setup
The automated microscope components
and camera are controlled in real-time.
The user can also set exposure times,
focus the image, change objectives,
and apply color or shading corrections
as needed.
Example of the OLYMPUS Inspector Series user interface.
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Acquire Image
Process Results
Image acquisition is integrated in a simple workflow that
reduces errors and improves reliability. Integrated tiltcompensation and predictive focus algorithms during the
scan guarantee focused images.
The frame-independent multi-image detection ensures full
reconstruction of particles at image borders and a particle
size independent image analysis from a few microns up to
several millimeters.
All relevant documents
within one view
Immediate classification according
to international standards
Data Security
During the detection process,
measurement data is recorded at the
moment of acquisition. If the process is
interrupted, the data acquired up to that
point is retained for future use.
Classification
The detected particles are counted,
measured and classified immediately.
Particles can be classified based on
more than 100 predefined parameters.
Revision and Reprocessing
All results are automatically archived
into the integrated database. The
database offers the ability to revise the
results or re-process the data if new or
updated standards are applied.
Standardized Documentation
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series
integrates a complete reporting
solutions for professional reports
according to international standards
or to internal company standards.
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Analyze Data
Create Report
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series offers a selection of
multiple complex particles (fibers, reflecting particles,
stringers or globule) as well as the capability to create your
own particle selection method.
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series integrates a complete
report tool for professional reporting without any user
interaction and a powerful data management tool for
automatic archiving and retrieval of data.
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Efficient and Reliable
Focus On Ease of Use
Single Source Solution
Olympus provides all software and hardware components, seamlessly integrated to provide highly accurate, fast and
reproducible measurement results, as well as making standardization of inspection equipment for multiple sites efficient
and straightforward.
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The laser autofocus unit is a fast, repeatable option for surfaces with low contrast.
Particle Standard
Predictive Software and Laser Autofocus
Performance Verification
OLYMPUS Inspector Series offers an integrated tilt
compen-sation, that extrapolates the tilt of the sample,
either linearly or non-linearly, during the scan. A laserbased autofocus can be integrated with the microscope’s
motorized focus to automatically lock in focus in real-time,
ensuring all detectable particulates are properly in focus.
To ensure accurate measurements, Olympus offers a
particle standard designed to verify system calibration for
various particle shapes and sizes.
Efficient and Reliable
Accurate and Reproducible: The Particle Detection
An extensive list of parameters for frame-independent particle analysis.
Direct particle identification.
Powerful Particle Detection Engine
Flexible Particle Identification
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series possess a powerful, fast
and accurate frame independent multi-image detection of
real particles, based on the gray level threshold together
with a comprehensive set of morphological parameters.
More than 100 standard parameters are implemented.
To maximize efficiency, particles are detected immediately
which gives you direct access to particle identification of
fibers, reflecting and non-reflecting particles, stringers or
globular particles.
Automatically generated output documents.
Classification in accordance with all established standards.
View Your Entire Sample
Display and Monitoring Results
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series reconstructs the entire
sample and creates a complete particle map, independent
of sample size. This image can then be used in a report, as
required by national and international standards.
The system automatically creates several standard
documents: automatic acquisition of the largest particles,
article result sheet, display of the particles in colors
associated with the size classification and a particle map
representing the whole sample.
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Efficient and Reliable
Classification According to Standards
Cleanliness Standards
ISO 4406:1987, ISO 4406:1999
ISO 4407:1991, ISO 16232,
NF E 48-651, NF E 48-655,
Nonmetallic Inclusion Rating
in Steel
ASTM E 45, EN 10247,
DIN 50602, ISO 4967,
GB/T 10561, NF A 04-106,
UNI 3244, JIS G 0555
Classification in accordance with all established standards.
Compliant with Industry Standards
The mandatory regulations for counting and classifying contamination are defined in corresponding international,
national, or company standards for the respective branches of industry such as ASTM, ISO, or JIS. With its extensive data
mining capabilities the OLYMPUS Inspector Series classifies the data according to these standards and norms. It is also
possible to create user-defined rules that can be utilized by customers or internal regulations.
‘Before Revision’
‘After Revision’
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Automatic approval of the results with a ‘OK’ or ‘Not OK’ designation.
Reprocessing and revision of results.
Approval Flag
Revision and Re-Classification
The integrated approval test of the OLYMPUS Inspector
Series software minimizes the time to determine if the part
has passed or failed inspection. The system automatically
assigns an ‘OK’ or ‘Not OK’ flag to a particular size class
according to the user-defined limits of the measurement
values and/or code numbers. This integrated approval test
gives users a deeper view into the results, saving both time
and money.
The evision mode gives direct access to each detected
object. You can easily separate, delete and draw particles,
or perform a complete re-classification. The OLYMPUS
Inspector Series provides the ability to comply with internal
company standards. It is also possible to re-process the
existing data using different parameters or create a new
classification scheme. Revision and re-classification are a
no-risk operation.
Efficient and Reliable
Digital Documentation
The integrated report tool generates standardized documentation automatically based on standard or customized templates.
Reporting
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series integrates a complete report solution for professional reporting. Reports are automatically
generated with all the relevant measurement results for the standard selected and report content can be fully customized
to match the user’s requirements.
All documents can easily be archived with all corresponding image and data files in the integrated database.
Archiving
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series integrates a powerful data management tool for automatic archiving and retrieving of all
documents including images and data files. The database can be modified to suit the specific requirements and offers
many advantages, including the ability to re-examine stored samples if new or updated standards are available.
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Single Source Solution
A Series of Complete Systems
The OLYMPUS Inspector Series systems are optimized for fast, accurate and precise operation. Software and hardware
components are selected to reduce complexity and increase throughput. Systems consist of a microscope frame, digital
camera, motorized stage, controller and sample holder that meets the applications and customer’s needs for optical
resolution, illumination and throughput.
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Particles Larger than 2 µm
Particles Larger than 15 µm
The numerical aperture of the Olympus plan fluorite
objective lenses employed on both the Olympus BXiS and
MX61A microscopes provide the optimal resolution for
detecting particles between 2 - 15 µm.
The resolution and depth of focus of the Olympus SZX16
microscope provides the best solution for detecting particles
larger than 15 µm.
Polished Cross Sections
Camera Selection
The OLYMPUS GX series of inverted metallurgical
microscopes can also be used together with the OLYMPUS
Inspector series. An ideal combination for the study of steel
and nonmetallic inclusions.
Olympus digital cameras have been tailored to obtain
the best performances in combination with OLYMPUS
microscopes. Both 2/3 inch color and monochrome
cameras are available in addition to a cost effective 1/1.8
inch color CCD camera. All cameras use the IEEE 1394
Firewire connection and are compatible Windows 7-32
bits.
OLYMPUS Filter Inspector
Filter residue analysis is an essential
part of analyzing cleanliness for liquids
and high precision parts. Detecting,
visualizing, identifying and reporting
residual particles found on filter media
help automotive and aerospace engineers
quantify contamination, that in turn affects
the performance, lifetime and reliability
of final products. Microscope-based
residue analysis helps determine the size
of particulate contamination down to the
micron level. Particles are measured and
then classified in compliance with relevant
standards.
Cleanliness analysis on filter media.
OLYMPUS Particle Inspector
The OLYMPUS Particle Inspector
addresses the need for advanced image
analysis in addition to classical particle
detection and analysis. The integrated
focus-mapping function improves
particulate detection and measurement
accuracy for advanced materials with
varying topographies.
Particle inspection is of interest for advanced material research applications.
OLYMPUS Inclusion Inspector
The purity of steel depends highly on the
content of nonmetallic inclusions coming
from the production process. Reliable and
accurate monitoring of these nonmetallic
inclusions is an important quality factor
as demand for high quality steels rises
every year. OLYMPUS Inclusion Inspector
provides a reliable and accurate analysis
and rating of nonmetallic inclusions in
steel, without tedious manual observation
work.
Steel microstructure with superimposed reference image as overlay for live evaluation.
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Live overlay
Displays crosshair and measurements in overlay
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Inclusion Inspector
Captures live image in various format
Filter Inspector
Particle Inspector
Inclusion Inspector
Live image acquisition
Particle Inspector
Filter Inspector
OLYMPUS Inspector Series Specifications
Controls XY stage controllers from Objective Imaging,
Prior ProScan, Ludl MAC, Märzhauser, ITK and LANG
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Integrated image database
All images and results are immediately recorded
in a relational database for further analysis (uses
Microsoft Jet Engine)
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Operator mode
Limit the access to the only necessary functions
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Revision mode
Revision of the performed analysis and repositioning
the detected particle for visual inspection
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Cleanliness standards
ISO 4406:1987, ISO 4406:1999, ISO 4407:1991, ISO
16232, NF E 48-651, NF E 48-655
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Non-Metallic Inclusion Rating in Steel
ASTM E 45, EN 10247, DIN 50602, ISO 4967, GB/T
10561, NF A 04-106, UNI 3244, JIS G 0555
Stage Control
Basic Image Acquisition
3rd party stage controls
Data Management
Basic Image Tools
Image processing and filters
Enables contract adjustment, edge detection,
smoothing and sharpening of images and shading
correction
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Static annotations
Draws text, arrows, lines, rectangles and ellipses
on the image
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Measures distances (vertical, horizontal, arbitrary),
counts and line profiles
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Measures angles, magic wand, polygon and ellipses
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Interactive Measurements
Field of view measurement
Advanced measurement
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International Standard Support
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Olympus Device Control
Olympus microscope control
Olympus cameras
Controls motorized Olympus microscope systems
BX2, GX, SZX, SZX2 and MX, reads out Prior SZX-ZE
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Controls Olympus cameras1 and old compatible
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Software autofocus
Perform contrast-based software autofocus3
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Predictive autofocus with 3 points
Perform predictive autofocus using a focus plan
defined by 3 points on the sample
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Predictive autofocus using focus map
Perform predictive autofocus using a focus map
generated from mutiple points
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Material Science Modules
Extended Image Acquisition
Reporting
Worksheets and Graphs
Exports measurement data to Microsoft Excel,
including statistical analysis of measurements
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Report generator
Creates report based on user defined templates
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Advanced Customization
Particle classification
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Grain sizing intercept
Measures the average grain size on etched steel
samples according to ASTM E 112, ISO 643, JIS G
0551 and JIS G 0552
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Grain sizing planimetry
Measures the distribution of grain size on etched
steel samples according to ASTM E 112, ISO 643, JIS
G 0551 and JIS G 0552
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Dendrite arm spacing
Measures the dendritic arm spacing in aluminium
castings
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Decarburization depth
Determines the depth of decarburization according
to the relative amount of free ferrite in the steel
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Banding
Measures the level of banding on hot rolled medium
carbon steel
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Weld measurements
Measurements of weld cross sections (throat thickness, asymetry, parallel and transversal distance)
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Micro hardness measurement
Measures the Hardness (Vickers and Knoop) from a
micro-hardness test print.
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Layer thickness measurement
Measures the layer thickness of single or multiple
layers
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Point count
Performs phase analysis according to ASTM E 562
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Coating
Measures the layer thickness of coating from prints
produced by the calotte method
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Allows the creation of customized particle classification scheme
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Macro recorder
Allows recording and editing of macros
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Definition of circular scan areas
The scan area is defined by 3 points located on a
circle circumference
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Definition of geometric scan areas
The scan area can be a rectangle, a circle or a ring.
Areas can be defined interactively.
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Identification of particles family
Creation of user defined particle family (reflecting,
fibers, colored, etc) for an immediate identification
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Performs arithmetic and logical operations with image
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Perform threshold-based phase segmentation on full
images or polygonal ROIs, calculates area and area
fraction
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Integrated image database
All images and results are immediately recorded
in a relational database for further analysis (uses
Microsoft Jet Engine)
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Operator mode
Limit the access to the only necessary functions
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Automated Z-stack acquisition
Automatically acquires Z-stacks (requires motorized Z)
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• OLYMPUS CORPORATION is FM553994/ISO9001 certified.
Big button workflow
Access to all Olympus Inspector functions with
dedicated interface
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Frame independent detection
Merging of objects which are larger than the field
of view
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Live detection
The detected particles are displayed on the screen
with no delay
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Extended Image Tools
Image arithmetic
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XC10, XM10, XM10IR, UC50 and UC30
CC12, CVI and F-View II
requires Olympus optical microscope with motorized Z-axis or external motorized Z-axis
Basic Image Analysis
Phase analysis
Data Management
• OLYMPUS CORPORATION is ISO14001 certified.
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other countries.
• All other company and product names are registered trademarks
and/or trademarks of their respective owners.
• Images on the PC monitors are simulated.
• Specifications and appearances are subject to change without any
notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.
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