Keyence microscope enhances view, capture and measure tasks

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 14:45
Image: The VHX-7000 digital microscope is said to be both versatile and easy to use.
The VHX-7000 digital microscope, now available in the UK and Ireland, promises high magnification and accuracy, a wide array of function and features, and is versatile and easy to use.
According to Keyence, with the VHX-7000 both 2D and 3D measurements can be performed with ease.
Just one microscope is required to take roughness, contamination, grain size and a host of other measurements.
Observation is provided with an optimal balance of brightness and clarity.
Moreover, images can be saved on the 1 TB hard drive and shared over LAN or USB. Similarly, reports can be automatically created and shared.
Features such as ‘Optical Shadow Effect Mode’ make subtle contours stand out (in colour) and enhance uneven surfaces and stains at the push of a button.
By combining a 4K CMOS image sensor with a new multi-directional lighting variation technique, Keyence claims that the VHX-7000 can deliver images that rival a scanning electron microscope.
To capture high-resolution images, the operator places the target on the stage, and everything else - including alignment and focus adjustment - is fully automatic.
As the company says, a handheld controller puts functions such as magnification switching at the fingertips of the user.
Among major features is high-speed image stitching, which occurs automatically upon command. 
In addition, by capturing multiple images while the stage is moving, 3D data capture and stitching can take place simultaneously, which makes it possible to view and analyse the overall contours of the target.
In terms of 3D measurement, even when the target has an uneven surface, a fully-focused image is obtained instantly, composed from multiple images with varying focus positions.
The new fully integrated head offers the highest picture quality in the VHX series.
What’s more, observation using the VHX-7100 fully integrated head can be carried out automatically at magnifications from 20x to 6000x without manually changing the lens.
A combination of optics, digital camera, electronics, software, and a wide choice of motorised XYZ and rotary stages, means users can perform complete inspection and analysis using a single system. 
As a result, applications traditionally performed on stereoscopic, metallurgical, measuring and even SEM microscopes can easily be transferred to the VHX-7000.
For automotive and other metal-based industries, on-machine automated contamination and cleanliness analysis compliant with ISO 16232 standards is made possible for large area measurement.
Higher magnification and high-resolution imaging combine with one-click auto measurement for quality inspection in semiconductor and electronics industries, while automatic area measurement with object counting can be deployed for grain structure analysis in pharmaceuticals, metallurgy or other demanding sectors.
Ultimately, the new VHX-7000 all-in-one digital microscope will streamline and simplify quality inspection across all industries, while simultaneously providing outstanding image results.
Keyence is currently offering a no-obligation, on-site demonstration of the system.
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