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Publication Date: 07/1/2012
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Digital Microscope from Keyence
Digital microscope system.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ — Keyence has released its latest microscope system, the VHX-2000, a digital microscope designed to alleviate the shortcomings of traditional, optical light microscopes. It overcomes such traditional problems as shallow depth-of-field, short working distance, lack of portability and versatility, and sample limitations. By integrating advanced zoom optics with a CCD camera, 17-in. (432mm) LCD monitor, light source, controller and analysis/reporting software, the VHX streamlines testing and improves the speed and efficiency of the inspection process.

With a magnification range from 0.1x to 5000x, the VHX Series enables a wide range of microscopic observation from macro-scale stereoscopic imaging to the detailed analysis of an SEM. Many lighting techniques are also supported including bright and dark field, transmitted, polarized, and differential interference observation.

Building on top of the VHX platform, the VHX-2000 incorporates several new features. A color filter wheel has been added to allow users the option of choosing a specific wavelength (red, green or blue) of light for their samples. A Super Resolution mode combines the blue filter with the company's pixel shift technology, capturing images with 25 percent better resolution.

To improve the operation and ease-of-use, the instrument can be equipped with a motorized XY stage along with motorized Z-axis lens control. Users can adjust movement in all three axes by using a control pad that is included. When combined with the company's Double'R lens/magnification recognition function, the VHX-2000 can automatically provide the ideal movement speed for the XY stage and enables one-push automatic focus and calibration.

The instrument's Image Stitching function can now be completed with just the push of a button, and at much higher speeds, to produce up to a 20,000 x 20,000 pixel image that expands the viewing area by up to 200 times.

Automated measurement functions simplify the most difficult of measurement tasks and help to remove variation between different users. The system also has the ability to save a portion of the image/measurements as a template to be used to measure future samples with a click of the mouse.

Contact: Keyence Corporation of America, 50 Tice Boulevard, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677 888-539-3623 ext 70703 fax: 201-930-1883 Web:

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