• A Lineup with Features to Meet Any and Every Measurement Need

Microscopy & Microtechniques

A Lineup with Features to Meet Any and Every Measurement Need

Feb 23 2007

The new Olympus STM6 series of microscopes has been specifically designed for a wide range of industrial inspection and measurement applications. The range features a variety of models that covers increasing user demand for new measuring capabilities and offers more system versatility and higher performance than ever before. The STM6-LM is used for fast inspection of larger samples, and the STM6 offers the most compact microscope in its class with exceptional levels of precision and durability for today's broad research and industrial environments.

The new Olympus STM6 range of industrial measurement and inspection microscopes has been designed to perform the most demanding measuring and inspection tasks of industrial parts and electrical components. Both the STM6-LM and STM6 models offer outstanding features with motorised focusing a world first, highly advanced UIS2 (Universal Infinity System) infinity-corrected optics, and a high-rigid body with integrated counters.

Motorised focusing has been introduced to the STM6 series for quick and precise Z-axis measurement. This dramatically improves operation in both focusing and the measurement of height and depth, and is equipped as a standard feature. The Z-axis control box, which is conveniently located by the operators hand, allows both coarse and fine focusing movements to be carried out. In addition, the auto focusing unit makes it possible to obtain stable measurement results by minimising the dispersion caused by different operators.

The space-saving body of the STM6 series is the smallest in size in this class of measuring microscopes despite its numerous versatile functions. The highly rigid frame and measuring stage offers solid stability over long periods of operation in manufacturing environments. The stages are embedded with glass scales for reliable and accurate measurements, and are available in three different types, 50mm x 50mm, 100mm x 50mm and 100mm x 100mm, to accommodate various sizes of samples. The STM6-LM is equipped with a clutch-type stage which provides a large measuring area (250mm x 150mm), and all X and Y movements are clutch-controlled. This allows the user to change quickly between coarse and fine movements by simply moving a lever, and free movements on the X/Y axis and X/Y plane allows larger samples to be accurately inspected. It is also possible to measure mulitple samples on the stage at the same time.
A precise read-out counter (0.1 and 0.5µm) has been integrated with the column of the microscope body, with the display comfortably positioned at the ideal observation eye-point. The operator can confirm the measuring value with only a slight change in eye angle, allowing easier concentration on the sample observation and positioning. The STM6 stand also accepts fibre optic cold illumination for minimising the heat effect on the sample and microscope body.

The compact and functional, ergonomical design of the STM6 series offers a versatile combination of microscope bodies,stages and motorised units. The user can select or add from a four model lineup and a variety of reflected light illumination systems to perform a full range of different jobs. A range of add-on units is also available for both STM6 and STM6-LM microscopes, including an auto focus unit to measure height and depth, and a transmitted light edge sensor unit, which automatically detects a sample edge for accurate measurement.

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