Bringing Microscopy to Manufacturing

Olympus launches STM7 measuring microscope for industrial applications.

Olympus Corporation has announced the launch of their STM7 measuring microscope, an industrial microscope system designed for highly accurate measurement of machined parts, semiconductors, electronic components, and other processed industrial materials. The STM7 is available as both a manual Z-axis model and a motorized Z-axis model, each with a variety of stage options. Designed for highly efficient inspection and enhanced productivity, the STM7’s large square stage (up to 300mm x 300mm) can accommodate a number of variously shaped samples at the same time. The STM7 makes it possible to measure large samples such as printed circuit boards or semiconductor wafers with no shift in orientation.

Sub-Micron Measurement

To ensure measurement accuracy and ongoing reliability, the STM7 features a highly durable, vibration-resistant frame with a granite surface plate. As a result of this stability, part size, assembly, and other measurements can be taken at sub-micron levels with minimal error. The exceptionally stable frame assembly enables vivid high-resolution imaging of extremely minute samples.

The STM7 uses the same UIS2 infinity-corrected observation system harnessed by the industry’s most powerful optical microscopes. As a result, brightfield, darkfield, DIC, and POL images can all be observed with high resolution and high contrast, with aberration thoroughly eliminated. This ensures highly accurate measurement of even the smallest component details.

Measurement Support Software

When used with STM7-BSW measurement support software and an Olympus microscope digital camera, the STM7 can perform accurate measurements of highly complex shapes while keeping system operation extremely simple. Measurement results can then be easily exported to Excel, facilitating fast, simple report generation and management.

“There has been a growing demand in recent years in the manufacturing and assembly industries for higher-quality measurement of machined parts, semiconductor microelectronic devices, and mobile digital device components,” said David Rideout, Olympus director of sales and marketing. “To deliver this level of measurement performance, as well as the ability to better assess how well parts are aligned, Olympus has combined the most advanced functions of metallurgical microscopes and measuring instruments in the form of the STM7. The result is consistently reliable measurement coupled with comprehensive traceability.”

For more information visit the Olympus Website.

Written by

James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.