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Posted: Aug 11, 2011

ConfoMap Surface Analysis Software for ZEISS Microscopes

(Nanowerk News) Carl Zeiss and Digital Surf announce the signing of an agreement enabling Carl Zeiss to provide ConfoMap® software. ConfoMap® is a surface imaging and analysis software for confocal microscopes and compound microscopes for topographical research.
"Carl Zeiss confocal microscopes provide strong support for the development of new materials and enable more efficient quality inspection in industry," stated Dr. Franz Reischer, Product Manager of the Materials Business Unit at Carl Zeiss MicroImaging. "Research institutes and industrial facilities using Axio CSM 700, LSM 700 and other Carl Zeiss microscopes to develop and manufacture modern materials will benefit greatly from ConfoMap®, which will provide them with latest surface metrology standards and methods with an intuitive user interface."
The standard ConfoMap® ST package includes numerous analytical studies. Geometric studies calculate distances, angles, areas, volumes and step heights on 2D profiles and 3D surfaces. Functional studies, including the bearing ratio curve and height distribution, facilitate the assessment of friction and wear on engineering surfaces. The roughness and waviness components of a surface are separated using the latest ISO 16610 advanced filtering techniques, and 3D surface texture parameters are calculated in accordance with ISO 25178 standard. Additionally a layer on a micro-mechanical or electronic component can be extracted and analyzed in exactly the same way as a full surface.
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ConfoMap® ST software can be extended by adding modules for advanced surface texture analysis, dimensional analysis, grain and particle analysis, 3D Fourier analysis, the analysis of surface evolution, and statistics. It can also be upgraded to the top of the line ConfoMap® Premium package.
Working in ConfoMap®, a visual surface analysis report is built in a straightforward manner, frame by frame, in accordance with the latest international and national metrology standards and methods. Every analysis step is recorded in an analysis workflow to assure full metrological traceability.
About Carl Zeiss
Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, LLC, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss, Inc., offers microscopy solutions and systems for research, routine, and industrial applications. In addition, Carl Zeiss MicroImaging markets microscopy systems for the clinical market, as well as optical sensor systems for industrial and pharmaceutical applications. Since 1846, Carl Zeiss has remained committed to enabling science and technology to go beyond what man can see. Today, Carl Zeiss is a global leader in the optical and opto-electronic industries. With 12,872 current employees and offices in over 30 countries, Carl Zeiss is represented in more than 100 countries with production centers in Europe, North America, Central America and Asia. For more information on the breadth of solutions offered by Carl Zeiss MicroImaging, please visit www.zeiss.com/micro.
Source: Carl Zeiss (press release)
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