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Is your Optical Microscope Lacking Quick and Accurate Inspection Features?

Is your optical microscope lacking features that will assist in performing quick and accurate inspections?

In January the Mason Technology Olympus Microscopy Team attended the Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI) annual meeting which was held at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). While we were there to exhibit the new Olympus DSX1000 advanced digital microscope, I also had the opportunity to give a separate presentation. I thought that this would be a walk in the park given my previous experience of presenting at conferences during my PhD, but I had forgotten how nerve wrecking it can be standing in front of so many established researchers who are experts in their respective fields. Thankfully, we were also accompanied by Sugish Subramonia, an Industrial Microscopy Specialist at Olympus who was on hand to run interactive demonstrations to provide more in-depth advice to those who visited our stand over the course of the two-day meeting (Jan.8th– Jan.10th) The Olympus DSX1000 is the next generation in digitalising optical microscopy and it allows users to perform quick and accurate inspections across a wide variety of samples. But how can the DSX1000 help you?

Space is generally an issue in most labs and users are generally competing for bench space that is already covered in equipment and consumables. It is often the case that people are using different microscopy techniques to gain a detailed inspection by using a stereo microscope to get a low-magnification inspection for their initial analysis, and then following this up with a compound microscope in order to get a higher magnification and higher resolved detailed inspection. The DSX1000 marries the two with its wide magnification range of 20X to 7000X using its optical zoom. The DSX1000 is flexible in the objective lenses that it can house, and these are easily replaced allowing for quick acquisition. The small footprint and design of the DSX1000 allow the user to work in a comfortable and ergonomically friendly position.

Olympus UIS2 objective lenses guarantee the quality, flexibility and outstanding optical performance from visible light to near infrared light. Depending on the user requirements, the extensive line up ensures the availability of choice. Users can take advantage of the full range of UIS2 objectives which will allow for the capturing of high-resolution images with objectives that have numerical apertures (NA) as high as 0.95. The Olympus UIS2 objectives also offer broad chromatic aberration corrections which allow for the finer details of samples to be observed.

During demonstrations and while discussing requirements with users, we are often presented with samples that vary in height and that are irregular in shape. Standard objectives with shorter working distances can be challenging when working with these samples and users try (and sometimes fail) to prevent the objective from crashing into the sample. Not only can this slow down your workflow, it can also damage both the sample and the objective. The DSX1000 was designed with the ability to also hold long working distance objectives that allow the user to focus on the sample while reducing the risk of crashing the objective into the sample.

The DSX1000 offers six observation methods across all magnifications as standard thus allowing users the ability to inspect a vide variety of samples. The observation methods included with the DSX1000 allow the user to choose between brightfield, darkfield, polarization, oblique illumination, MIX and differential interference contrast resulting in the optimum illumination conditions for each sample. Another advantage of the DSX1000 is that achieving optimum conditions is quick and easy with a one-click set up that increases efficiency without having to change the observation method.

Users can be confident with the accuracy of the results obtained while using the DSX1000.

The DSX1000 digital microscope uses a telecentric optical system to eliminate variation in measurement results. Olympus will also send a technician to calibrate the installed microscope in your working environment which ensures the best possible performance while the DSX1000 also comes with an easy-to-use auto-calibration check feature. Olympus recognise the importance of accurate measurements and analysis in manufacturers demonstration of the safety and reproducibility of their products which is reflected in the DSX1000 as it provides the confidence that traditional digital microscopes cannot. Having confidence in the accuracy of the results obtained with the DSX1000 allows users to streamline their workflow and increase efficiency in their image acquisition. The DSX1000 series brings digital microscopy forward as it becomes the industry standard for precise and versatile inspections. One of the nice features of the DSX1000 is that it requires little training, so you can easily integrate it into your industrial inspection workflows.

If you would like to learn more about how the DSX1000 microscope masters all trades, check out the article by Yosuke Kobayashi (Digital Microscopy Marketing Manager at Olympus) in Materials World, How to Use Digital Microcopy for Material Inspections.

You can also read some related DSX1000 content at the following links:




Written by Sinéad Quinn

M.Sc, Ph.D, Product Specialist, Olympus & Life Science, Mason Technology.

Sinéad Quinn M.Sc, Ph.D, is a  Life Science & Microscopy Product Specialist at Mason Technology with extensive experience in advising our customers in several sectors on the best microscopy technology and solutions available to suit their individual laboratory requirements

To learn more about the DSX1000 or for advice on any other Microscopy query you may have,  you can contact Sinéad via our contact us page , or e-mail  Sinéad directly at squinn@masontec.ie

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