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Olympus Adds Features to Stream Micro-Imaging Software

Stream 1.9 allows image acquisition, processing, measurement, and storage

Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 16:17

(Olympus: Center Valley, PA) -- As an advanced micro-imaging software system designed to turn Olympus industrial microscopes into high-performance analysis tools, OLYMPUS Stream allows users to seamlessly acquire, process, and measure images, then create valuable data and reports. With the release of Stream 1.9, Olympus introduces users to a host of new software features designed to further enhance workflow and allow simple, flexible system operation.

Of significant importance to the new Stream system are two new materials solution features, Automatic Measurement and Coating Thickness, that allow imaging and processing to be easily adjusted to better serve the analysis of samples.

Automatic Measurement allows the creation of complex measurements using scanners by automatic detection of material edges and pattern recognition. This materials solution automatically measures distances, circle diameters, and angles between two lines. Automatic Measurement also supports the multiple stage location and sample alignment with OLYMPUS Stream Motion.

Coating Thickness measures the thickness of prints created using the Calotest method, in which a sphere is grinded on the surface of the material. By measuring the projected coatings and substrate sections, the thickness of the coating layers can be calculated.

Other materials solutions offered within Stream software include Grains Intercept, Grains Planimetric, Layer Thickness, Cast Iron, Inclusions Worst Field, Porosity, Phase Analysis, and Particle Distribution.

The new software introduces a sample alignment method based on pattern recognition that will allow the user to scan a sample, remove it, and reposition it so that the same positions will be scanned again, creating repeatable and reliable results.

OLYMPUS Stream 1.9 also offers two new measurement tools. The first allows a user to measure the distance between two circles, center to center, providing the distance between the centers. The second new measurement tool is an angle ruler that allows users to define a measure in X and Y with a defined angle (this can also be used to determine an ROI with a certain size). Measurement values appear in the live measurement tool window and can be saved as a workbook.

Stream 1.9’s new PowerPoint Assistant allows users to easily create PowerPoint presentations using Stream images from galleries, databases, and other sources imported directly into PowerPoint. Templates can be created, saved, and used for future Stream-based presentations.

Additional new features offered by Stream 1.9 include a digital reticle that can be displayed as a live reticle or live grid, support for Office 2013 and Windows 8, control support for the OLYMPUS KL2500 LED light source, spike filtering for 3D viewing, and more.

“When time is just as valuable as working conditions, the new Stream 1.9 system takes the Stream platform to a whole new level of effortless performance,” says Matt Smith, Olympus director of sales and marketing. “Plus, with four different package options, users can decide which software package best fits their needs, then add on to their system as needed. Stream 1.9 represents a long list of innovative features designed specifically for today’s industrial microscope users across a variety of applications.”

For more information on Stream micro-imaging software, visit Olympus or contact an Olympus sales representative.


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Olympus is a precision technology leader in designing and delivering innovative solutions and breakthrough technology in product design and functionality in its core business areas: cameras and audio products, industrial measurement and imaging instruments, life science imaging systems, and medical and surgical products. Olympus also serves health care and commercial laboratory markets with financial, educational, and consulting services. Olympus NDT Inc., located in Waltham, Massachusetts, is the U.S. marketing, manufacturing, and sales headquarters for ultrasonic and eddy current testing instruments.