Software automates materialographic identification

THE NEWEST version of Olympus’s materials science microscopy imaging software, Stream 1.8, provides new features to integrate and automate materialographic workflows.

These include the automation of a multiple stage location engine, extended data management, and new additions to optional extensions.

Those options include particle distribution, porosity, throwing power, and phase analysis, and provide additional functionality at a mouse click.

The porosity option will be of interest to those inspecting steel casting, such as in the automatove industry where measurement of porosity is important.

The throwing power option is aimed at manufacturers of printed circuit boards (PCBs), and measures the distribution of copper plating thickness.

The particle distribution option provides a simple method of creating histograms according to the size, shape, and colour values of particles, while the phase analysis facility has been updated to allow users to perform analysis on multiple regions of interest at the same time.

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