Inverted metallurgical microscope

Inverted metallurgical microscope

December 5, 2017


Waltham, Massachusetts – Designed for the observation and inspection of metal components, the Olympus GX53 inverted metallurgical microscope features an LED light source for ultra-long life and low power consumption. The GX53 microscope also incorporates the latest version of Olympus Stream image analysis software (v. 2.3) for improved observation and reporting capabilities.

Inverted metallurgical microscopes observe samples from underneath, enabling the user to inspect thick or heavy samples without adjusting the orientation of the sample surface. This ability makes the GX53 microscope a practical tool for viewing the microstructure of metals used in manufactured metal components.

The GX53 offers advanced functions that help inspectors do their jobs faster:

  • See fine details: MIX observation contributes to clear imaging of microstructures and other surface features
  • Coded hardware: save observation settings for faster inspections and improved productivity
  • True-to-life images: LED illumination with a consistent color temperature

Making the invisible visible
With the incorporation of MIX observation technology – a first for the GX series – the GX53 microscope can obtain surface structure images with exceptional clarity. MIX technology produces unique observation images by combining darkfield with another observation method, such as brightfield, fluorescence, or polarization. MIX observation enables users to view samples that are difficult to see with conventional microscopes. The circular LED illuminator used for darkfield observation has a directional function where one or more quadrants are illuminated at a given time. This reduces a sample’s halation and is useful for visualizing its surface texture.

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Meanwhile, the upgraded version of Olympus Stream image analysis software uses image synthesis to provide clear images with minimal halation, even when viewing highly reflective samples.

Faster inspections and improved productivity
When used with Olympus Stream software, the GX53 inverted metallurgical microscope can save observation settings for easy recall. This improves user productivity and facilitates inspections by making it easy to replicate frequently used observation settings or the settings of other users.

More solutions, more flexibility
Olympus Stream image analysis software v. 2.3 supports every step of the inspection process, from preparing the microscope to observation, analysis, and reporting. The latest version includes an instant extended focal image (EFI) function to bring the entire view field into focus. The software also incorporates improvements to the system’s spreadsheet-based reporting functions.