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  • See the Structure with Microscopy - Know the Composition with Laser Spectroscopy

    The advantages of a 2-in-1 materials analysis solution combining optical microscopy and laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) for simultaneous visual and chemical inspection are described in this report. The basic principles of the 2-in-1 solution and a comparison between it and other common materials analysis methods, such scanning electron microscopy (SEM), are explained to demonstrate how a rapid, efficient workflow is achieved. A 2-in-1 analysis solution can reduce significantly the cost and time for obtaining material image and composition data. Such data are instrumental in assuring quality and reliability to make confident decisions quickly during production, quality control, failure analysis, and research and development in industries and fields, such as automotive and metallurgy.
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    Free Webinar On-Demand: Basics in Component Cleanliness Analysis

    For automotive manufacturers and auto parts suppliers, obtaining component cleanliness results rapidly, accurately, and reproducibly over the entire workflow is a significant advantage. Pall and Leica can make it easier.
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  • Webinar On-Demand: Quality with Confidence

    From routine quality assurance to advanced 3D analysis of complex surface structures, there is a digital microscope solution to meet almost any request
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  • Digital Microscopy with Versatile Illumination and Various Contrast Methods for More Efficient Inspection and Quality Control

    State-of-the-art digital microscopes utilizing a versatile illumination system capable of achieving multiple contrast methods, such as the Leica DVM6, are very useful for inspection, quality control, and failure analysis. These contrast methods allow flaws or defects on the surface of a product or component to be more easily and rapidly detected.
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  • How Digital Microscopy can Contribute to Efficient Workflows for Microelectronics and Electronics

    This report explains how users can benefit from the digital microscope portfolio of Leica Microsystems to attain cost-effectiveness over entire workflows in research and development (R&D), product innovation, process engineering, production, quality control and assurance (QC/QA), and failure analysis (FA).
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  • Inspection of Multilayer Coating in the Automotive Industry

    Today’s automotive industry use a variety of decorative and functional treatment to improve the vehicles surfaces. Traditional quality control methods to inspect these multilayer samples have proven to be extremely time-consuming and bear the risk of missing defects. A new approach combining a target surface system and a light microscope offers new possibilities of speed and reliability. F. Javier Ruiz Balbas, Laboratory Manager at Atotech Spain, explains his experiences with the system.
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    Fast and Reliable Inspection of Printed Circuit Boards with Digital Microscopy

    Digital microscopy has been used more and more for inspection, quality control and assurance (QC/QA), failure analysis (FA), and research and development (R&D) in the microelectronics industry, especially for printed circuit boards (PCBs). Digital microscopes are practical to use and allow an efficient workflow for inspection.
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  • Automotive Industry: How Suppliers and Auto Manufacturers Can Verify Parts Specifications Quickly and Easily

    Checking specifications is critical: During the manufacture of auto parts, specifications must be met – whether by the auto parts supplier or the automobile manufacturer. It is important that the parts meet specifications as they are critical for maintaining the performance standards and safe operation of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles during their lifetimes.
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  • Inspecting and Analyzing Printed Circuit Boards Quickly and Reliably with a Digital Microscope

    For the past several years, digital microscopy has been shown to be useful for inspection, quality control and assurance (QC/QA), and failure analysis (FA) in the microelectronics industry, especially for printed circuit boards (PCBs). Recently, state-of-the-art improvements have made digital microscopy even more powerful and practical for inspection, leading to a more efficient workflow. Here, the advantages of certain digital microscope features, i.e., intuitive software for operation and analysis, fast and easy ways to change magnification, and encoding for reliable recall of parameters, are explained.
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  • Automotive Industry: Rapid and Precise Surface Inspection on Hard-to-Image Samples

    In the automotive industry, microscopists may be challenged with samples that are difficult to image, for example, parts that have a special material composition. This report shows how the Leica DVM6 digital microscope helps to make inspection, measurement analysis, and reporting of such challenging samples quicker and easier.
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  • Webinar: Leveraging Digital Microscopy to Increase Overall Throughput and Efficiency

    The Digital Microscope has rapidly evolved from an emerging technology to the industry standard for quality-control, failure analysis and R&D inspection / measurement in various disciplines, such as Medical Devices, Plastics, Automotive, Aerospace, and Electronics manufacturing. As more companies in these markets demand increased product quality and faster time-to-result, while investing less time and money in advanced microscopy training, the Digital Microscope helps achieve these goals.
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  • Cleanliness Analysis in Relation to Particulate Contamination

    Devices, products, and their components fabricated in many industries can be quite sensitive to contamination and, as a result, have stringent requirements for cleanliness. Measurement systems for automated particle analysis are often exploited for quantitative validation of product and component cleanliness to fulfill the needs of such industries as automotive, aerospace, microelectronics, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices. This report discusses the use of microscopy based measurement systems for automated particle analysis.
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  • Are Your Digital Microscope Measurements Accurate and Reliable?

    For certain applications, such as the production and maintenance of automobiles, aircraft, or power plants, quality control and reliability assurance, as well as safety and health inspection, accurate and reliable image data with precise calibration are very important. Digital microscopes are appealing for a wide range of technical applications in various industries, such as automotive, aerospace, precision engineering, microelectronics, and medical devices.
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  • Key Factors for Efficient Cleanliness Analysis

    In the automobile industry, even the smallest particles on single components can cause malfunctioning. Fuel, lubricant and urea filter systems are particularly vulnerable. Component cleanliness has therefore become a central quality characteristic in the modern manufacturing process, especially when fitting components of various suppliers.
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  • Clean Parts – More Reliable and Longer Lifetime

    In the automotive industry, the technical cleanliness of function-critical individual and system components has become an increasingly critical criterion for reliability and service life. This trend is also reflected in ISO/DIS 16232 (road vehicles – cleanliness of components of fluid circuits). Microscope systems with corresponding analytical software enable efficient and reliable residual dirt analysis of injectors, pumps, control units and other micromechanical components.
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  • Tips & Tricks for Using Digital Microscopes

    Digital microscopes provide new opportunities and enhance workflow for measurement and documentation in quality control in 2D and 3D applications. Here, you can find a collection of videos showing set-up tips and tricks for optimal image acquisition. Learn about the use of the zoom lens, the BGA lens, the 360° rotary head, the inclinable stand and the installation of a camera.
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  • Webinar: Digital Metallographic and Quality-Control Advancements to Help Increase Efficiency

    Doing more with fewer resources is today’s standard, and the metallurgical/quality-control laboratory is no exception. Digitizing the metallurgical laboratory provides software tools that increase overall efficiency and accuracy of microstructure evaluation in accordance with ASTM and ISO standards, automate the generation of quality reports, and provide a structured interface for archiving images and related data. This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of how these digital tools can help optimize workflow and save time and money.
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  • Digital Microscopy

    Digital microscopy offers clear advantages for a large number of industrial quality inspections, particularly for surface analysis. Here, you can find some videos that show examples of application for digital microscopy.
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  • Comparison of the RNA Quality of Native Tissue Samples with Tissue Samples after UV Laser Microdissection

    Due to its instability, RNA is generally more difficult to work with than DNA. RNA does not have the stability of the DNA double helix. To obtain the best results when dealing with RNA it is essential to start out with high-quality material and to carry out particularly careful quality control before and after processing. The so-called RIN (RNA Integrity Number) is an indicator of the quality of RNA. On a scale of 1–10, a RIN value of 1 indicates that the RNA is completely degraded and a RIN value of 10 that the RNA is fully intact. The higher the RIN number, the better the RNA quality. Wherever possible, material with high RIN numbers should always be used.
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  • Trends in Microscopy

    There are digital cameras, digital TV sets, digital picture frames, digital schools on the internet. Cryptologists design digital signatures, communication researchers speak of digital identity. Digital may be an overused buzzword, but digital technology has undeniably revolutionized our world ever since the invention of the computer and will continue to do so in future.
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  • Technical Cleanliness in the Production of Automotive Components

    Interview with Dr. Michael Härtel, head of the materials testing laboratory at Continental Automotive GmbH, Powertrain Division, Limbach-Oberfrohna, Germany
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