Motic has recently installed a SMZ-168 zoom microscope in the Fuel and Lubricants Centre at Qinetiq, in Farnborough.
The installation of this microscope is assisting in QinetiQ's research of the analysis of wear debris of an aircraft's engine and lubrication system.
The microscope also includes a three megapixel digital camera, Advanced 3.2 image analysis software, and the optional polarised illumination kit.
The Advanced 3.2 software enables users to customise their criteria for the filter process by segmenting images manually with thresholds for red, green, blue and grey.
The Advanced 3.2 software also includes extra depth focusing (EDF) and large image assembly.
The SMZ-168 boasts a zoom magnification range of 0.75X-5X and a zoom ratio of 1:67.
"We chose this Motic zoom microscope as we felt it was an excellent package and fantastic value for money," comments Tim Nowell, senior scientist, Fuel and Lubricants Centre, Qinetiq.
"We are very impressed by the quality of the Motic Microscope and we believe that the image analysis is very useful when examining and segmenting the different wear debris particles for our research".
"It is critical that we are able to have precision and accuracy in the findings of our research as this will affect the safety of aircraft mechanics".
Graham Moss, Motic Europe, commented: "We are delighted to have supplied Qinetiq with our SMZ-168 zoom microscope and to be able to assist in such a key project.
"I can see how this package will benefit Qinetiq's research as it has the ability to capture images at different focal depths so enabling the user to look at detail different depths of the debris".
This is one of a range of microscopes which Motic manufacture.
The complete package costs approximately £3000.
Other microscopes include: DMW143 precision zoom stereo digital, ST-30 range of binocular stereo microscopy at different magnifications, and the SMZ-140 versatile series of microscopes.
Motic also offers the Moticam 2000 and 2300.
These lightweight, high-resolution USB2 digital cameras come complete with comprehensive software and attach to any microscope.