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Posted: May 5, 2010
Sensofar-Tech and Leica Microsystems Expand Cooperation Agreement in Innovative Surface Metrology
(Nanowerk News) Sensofar-Tech, Terrassa, Spain and Leica Microsystems (Schweiz AG) have agreed to expand their cooperation whereby Sensofar is to supply technology and components for an optical system that complements Leica’s line of products for industrial applications. Leica Microsystems will utilize the Sensofar technology plus Leica Microsystems’ high-end optical objectives to provide a new and complete solution for sophisticated optical profiling and 3D surface metrology with a vertical accuracy down to 0.1nm.
Leica DCM 3D Dual Core 3D Measuring Microscope
The Leica DCM 3D Dual Core 3D Measuring Microscope combines confocal microscopy, interferometry and color imaging in one sensor head. Due to two LED light sources and the innovative confocal microdisplay technology without mechanically moving parts, the measurement system is nearly maintenance-free.
Features such as the compact, robust design, high-end optics from Leica Microsystems, a 17mm vertical scanning range and an outstanding vertical resolution down to 0.1nm makes the Leica DCM 3D an exceptionally powerful tool for non-contact, highly precise and ultra fast analysis of micro- and nanogeometries of technical surfaces. The system is suitable for a wide variety of measuring applications in R&D and quality assurance labs all the way through to automated online process control.
The cooperation between Sensofar and Leica Microsystems stems from a successful pilot project that was launched for the European market in 2008. Even during the initial pilot phase, several Leica DCM 3D systems found interested buyers for a range of applications. The two companies now plan to expand their cooperation, venture into additional markets and continue their joint development efforts.
The Leica DCM 3D Measuring Microscope combines confocal microscopy and interferometry in one sensor head, providing ultrafast and non-contact analysis of the micro- and nanogeometry of material surfaces to an accuracy of 0.1 nanometer.
Sensofar-Tech is a spin-off of the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona and is one of today’s leading companies in the field of surface metrology. Sensofar’s proprietary technology combines multiple optical techniques in a compact system, brought together under a single user interface and allowing surface metrology spanning many orders of magnitude. The cooperation with Leica Microsystems falls in line with Sensofar's plans to supplement their scientific sales by increasing their OEM supply chain activities, with the goal of becoming a worldwide reference in the 3D metrology market. Sensofar has presence in more than 30 countries worldwide, including dedicated staff/offices in Japan, Taiwan and the US. It has recently gained the vice presidency of SEPCPhO, the Southern European Cluster in Photonics and Optics that was set up in 2009. The company is based in Terrassa, Spain.
About Leica Microsystems
Leica Microsystems is a leading global designer and producer of innovative, high-tech, precision optical systems for the analysis of microstructures. It is one of the market leaders in each of its business areas: microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy with corresponding imaging systems, specimen preparation, and medical equipment. The company manufactures a broad range of products for numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. Leica also offers system solutions for life science including biotechnology and medicine, research and development of raw materials, and industrial quality assurance. The company is represented in over 100 countries with 14 manufacturing facilities in 11 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries and an international network of dealers. The international management is headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany.