Software for High Throughput and Precision
In industrial manufacturing and quality assurance, speed, precision and high throughput are essential. Microscopes also have to have easy-to-use, intuitive controls so that they can be operated by different people in shifts. Even untrained laboratory staff should instantly be able to achieve correct and reproducible results. “The microscope, camera and software form a unit that reliably supplies images and measurement results. In industry, the microscope is a tool that is used to do a defined job,” says Kay Scheffler, Product Manager at Leica Microsystems. Software is assigned a key role in this system.
As all the microscope parameters, from aperture and magnification to illumination, can be recalled automatically for each documented image, the software enables reproducible results. Critical measurements can therefore be re-enacted at any time and remeasured under the same conditions.
A high level of automation is important when different and sometimes untrained personnel use the microscope. In this case, the software guarantees that measurements are always taken with the same microscope settings. Automation thus helps to reduce or eliminate the element of human error in the work process.
Microscope software should always be user-friendly. It should be so clearly designed that users don’t need much instruction and always know exactly the step they are at in their analysis process.
Quality control involves proving the integrity of the manufactured components. The documentation of the inspection results is therefore particularly important and is another job for the software: users can export the measurement results to the desired formats and programs with a single mouse click.
Norms and Standards
Measurement specifications in quality control are mainly governed by defined norms and standards. This guarantees that suppliers and customers apply the same assessment criteria. In the special modules of Leica Microsystems software, the relevant standards are already provided as measuring templates. The microscope parameters are automatically set, the user only has to determine the focal point. Employees of Leica Microsystems are regularly engaged in workgroups and standardization bodies and invited to speak at symposiums and seminars. This ensures that the software is always up-to-date with the relevant norms and standards.
Time-critical processes rely on fast and efficient measurement. The software