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Surface Imaging and Metrology Software for Industrial Microscopy

Quantify features of measured surfaces, characterize surface texture and geometry, generate visual surface metrology reports

Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 12:17

(Leica Microsystems: Wetzlar, Germany) -- Leica Microsystems and Besançon, France-based Digital Surf announced the signature of an agreement whereby Leica Map surface imaging and metrology software based upon Digital Surf’s Mountains Technology will be used with the Leica Application Suite (LAS) for Leica industrial microscopes. The new Leica Map software is used to visualize and quantify features of measured surfaces, characterize surface texture and geometry, and generate visual surface metrology reports with full traceability. It is available on three levels with optional modules for advanced applications.

Entry-level Leica Map Start software is used in conjunction with Leica LAS Montage. LAS Montage acquires a series of image planes at known spacing covering the in-focus region of a specimen with a Leica microscope. From this stack a depth map and an extended focus image are derived and analyzed by Leica Map. In Leica Map Start, surface topography can be viewed at any zoom level and any angle in real time. Color and intensity image overlays facilitate the location of surface features, including defects. Distances, angles, and step heights can be measured. Height and functional parameters are calculated in accordance with the latest ISO 25178 standard on areal surface texture. Optional modules can extend the capability to surface texture and contour analysis.

Leica Map DCM 3D software is dedicated to the Leica dual-core 3-D microscope Leica DCM 3D, which combines confocal and interferometry technology for noninvasive, high-speed, and high-resolution assessment of micro and nano structures. In addition to the standard features of Leica Map Start, Leica Map DCM 3D includes advanced ISO 16610 filtering techniques for separating surface roughness and waviness, basic functional analysis (bearing ratio, depth distribution, etc.), and the ability to extract subsurfaces, e.g., from mechanical and electronic components and micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), and analyze them independently.

The Leica Map product range is completed by Leica Map Premium, a top-of-the-line universal solution that is compatible with single-point tactile and optical profilometers and scanning probe microscopes, as well as with optical microscopes.

“Leica Map is an important addition to the Leica Application Suite,” says Andreas Hedinger, managing director of Leica Microsystems Industry Division. “It provides users of Leica microscopes with a comprehensive solution for surface imaging and metrology in accordance with the latest standards and methods.”

“Leica Map software is based upon the latest generation of Mountains Technology, which was released in the second half of 2010,” says François Blateyron, chief operating officer of Digital Surf. “It incorporates an enhanced desktop publishing environment, to speed up complex calculations and the processing of large measurement data sets.”


Leica Map’s desktop reporting environment makes it easy to visualize and analyze measurement data and to generate reports with full metrological traceability.


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Leica Microsystems, headquartered in Wetzlar, Germany, is a world leader in designing and producing innovative, high-tech precision optics systems for the analysis of microstructures. Organized through four divisions—Life Science, Industry, Biosystems, and Surgical—it leads in the fields of microscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy, microscope software, specimen preparation, and medical equipment. Its products serve numerous applications requiring microscopic imaging, measurement, and analysis. It also offers system solutions in the areas of life science, including biotechnology and medicine, as well as the science of raw materials and industrial quality assurance.