Olympus has launched its modular BX3M upright microscope series and OLYMPUS Stream 2.1 micro-imaging software, designed to adapt to the needs of the user and enhance materials science and industrial applications.
The BX3M series of upright microscopes can be customised to suit any requirement – from a cost-effective workhorse to a high-end research system.
The user-friendly design now includes advanced illumination modes for in-depth and efficient analysis, and works alongside the company's Stream 2.1 micro-imaging software to streamline the complete workflow, from observation through to measurement, analysis and report creation.
In addition to a large selection of traditional illumination modes, the BX3M includes innovative imaging techniques to enhance industrial inspection tasks, and is particularely appropriate for failure analysis of complex samples.
To enable faster topographic and defect analysis, directional darkfield through segmented LED illumination provides flexible illumination from different angles.
For samples with varying structures, such as a PCB, Olympus MIX illumination is particularly flexible, as directional darkfield can be combined not only with brightfield, but also with polarisation and fluorescence imaging.
This enables the acquisition of colour, contrast and topographic information in one comprehensive image, making the invisible visible and benefiting a host of applications, from the analysis of composite materials to flaw inspection of semiconductors.
Switching between standard observation modes is achieved by turning a dial, with easily adjustable aperture settings and a new LED illuminator.
Images can also be visualised with 4K resolution for checking, sharing and documenting the finest structures with outstanding image size and quality, using the latest technology of the Olympus UC90 camera.
Reproducible results are guaranteed with the new Olympus Stream 2.1 software, which includes a 'Restore Device Setting' function, allowing the same acquisition settings to be replicated quickly and efficiently, even between different users.
Combined with automatic calibration capabilities, this enables fast completion of quality assurance and quality control tasks requiring operational standards, for example in the automotive and aerospace sectors.
Further features include instant MIA for high-resolution visualisation of large samples exceeding the field of view - where a single large image is automatically generated while simply moving a manual stage.