Technical Articles

Olympus America, Inc. has published these technical articles:

(Microscopy)
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Drill bits are widely used in industrial fields as a cutting tool. A drill bit is a thin spiral metal blade about 10 cm (3.9 in.) long. It is usually made of cemented carbide to resist wear and heat... (View Full Article)
(Semiconductors)
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Semiconductors are essential components in many electronic devices. Semiconductor manufacturing can be broken down into two processes-circuit formation and packaging. Circuit formation begins with... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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International borders have become more open, enabling more people to cross in and out of different countries. The sheer volume of material moving across the border has created a challenge for... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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Semiconductors are manufactured using a precise process. One step is wire bonding, where electrodes on an integrated circuit are connected to lead frames using soldered gold, aluminum, and copper... (View Full Article)
(Automotive Equipment and Products)
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Automotive inspections are challenging due to the large, complex structure of cars and the location of critical components - deep inside the engine, for example. Videoscopes are well suited for... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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Fractography is an analytical technique used to determine the cause of fracturing in a metal structure. The method relies on the analysis of dimples and slips on the fracture's surface to determine... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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Integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing can be broken down into two processes-forming circuits on bare wafers and packaging. The circuit formation process begins with cylindrical pieces of semiconductor... (View Full Article)
(Drilling Equipment)
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Portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) technology enables exploration managers to understand drill hole geochemistry during the drill program, helping managers to optimize budgets through informed onsite... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Angle beam assemblies, consisting of a transducer and a wedge, are extremely important to the field of ultrasonic nondestructive testing, commonly used in a wide variety of weld inspection... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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The high-frequency sound waves used for flaw detection and thickness gaging in ultrasonic nondestructive testing applications are generated and received by small probes called ultrasonic transducers.... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Advances in transducer manufacturing technology and associated instrument electronics have led to the introduction of commercial products that provide the capability for ultrasonic imaging, thickness... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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One of the factors that contributes to the recent considerable reduction in size and high integration of electronics and other devices is miniaturization of the electronic components that make them... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Surface irregularities can significantly impact the quality and performance of industrial products; these irregularities can then impact the value of such products. Industrial manufacturing requires... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Pipelines are now using Fitness-For-Service (FFS) for accept/reject of weld defects. FFS requires accurate measurement of defect height for Fracture Mechanics assessments. The standard pipeline weld... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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This paper provides a brief summary of advanced detection and sizing techniques for the evaluation of flaws connected to the inner surface of test material. In general, these techniques have found... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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This paper is intended to provide information to help the user in selecting the right E.C. probe(s) for a given inspection. Using this data, best results will be achieved by optimizing the frequency... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Throughout the literature concerned with ultrasonic transducers and their characteristics, a variety of notations and symbols has been used. What follows is an attempt to provide a useful set of... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Many people are familiar with the medical applications of ultrasonic imaging, in which high frequency sound waves are used to create highly detailed cross-sectional pictures of internal organs.... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Magnetism, the underlying principle behind electric motors and generators, relays and stereo speakers, is also the force that enables an important category of NDT tools called eddy current... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Hall Effect thickness gages like the Olympus Magna-Mike 8600 are small, lightweight instruments designed to make fast, accurate, and repeatable measurements of non-magnetic materials such as plastics,... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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While a majority of the applications for ultrasonic nondestructive testing fall into a few well-known categories, the range of possibilities for the technology is large and new tests are constantly... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Adhesive-bonded components and structures have become an important part of manufacturing, not only in the aerospace industry but also in the automotive, wood-based panel, and marine industries. The... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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Abstract - Non-Contact 3D Surface Metrology of Large Grain High Purity Niobium by SLCM and FESEM Z.H. Sung, P.J. Lee and D.C, Larbalestier Applied Superconductivity Center, National High Magnetic... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Surface texture measurement has a history that began a century ago with the advent of contact-type 2D measurement. Although measurement using optical instruments has been in existence almost as long... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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These are the probes normally used for surface crack detection, also known as High Frequency Eddy Current probes (HFEC). They have a small coil that can be made shielded or unshielded. Most are... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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Residue analysis has become a real buzzword with petrochemical products. The Fuel Technology Centre of the SGS Group, as a certified and accredited service partner, has also recently begun offering... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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In seeking a way to measure surface texture, Brown found confocal technology from Olympus to be among the most versatile in terms of dealing with surfaces and roughness.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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In the world of industrial manufacturing, surface measurement plays a pivotal role in product development, process enhancement, and quality assurance. Industrial surface measurement began in the 1930s... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Surface roughness indicates the state of a machined surface. For example, when representing the surface of a component, surface roughness can be examined by eye or rubbed with a fingertip. Expressions... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Ultrasonic nondestructive testing (NDT) - a method of characterizing material thickness, integrity, or other physical properties by means of high frequency sound waves -- is a widely used technique... (View Full Article)
(Product and Material Testing)
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Contemporary digital ultrasonic flaw detectors calculate commonly used parameters for reflector position in angle beam testing, typically including sound path length, flaw depth, surface distance, and... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Of all the applications of industrial ultrasonic testing, flaw detection is the oldest and the most common. Since the 1940s, the laws of physics that govern the propagation of sound waves through... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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Ultrasonic thickness gaging is a widely used nondestructive test technique for measuring the thickness of a material from one side. It is fast, reliable, and versatile, and unlike a micrometer or... (View Full Article)
(Nondestructive Testing Equipment)
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The Technical Notes section is designed to provide a brief overview of the ultrasonic principles important to transducer application and design. The Technical Notes are organized in the following... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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The field of industrial microscopy has evolved from simple bright-field on-axis imagine to that on nonvisible and confocal-based technologies. Bright-field is a resolution-limited technique that uses... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Each Olympus Industrial Fiberscope is comprised of the insertion section (the distal end, bending section and flexible section), as well as the control and eyepiece section.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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High-resolution image transmission in a durable stainless steel insertion tube with light guide fibers for bright illumination. Wide selection available to suit any requirements.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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The videoscope captures light reflected from a subject through an objective lens and directs it to the surface on the image sensor. The image sensor then converts the light into electrical signals and... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Dual element transducers need to be tough. They're routinely used on many types of surfaces, ranging from rough to reasonably smooth, painted to corroded, and freezing to very hot. Even though they're... (View Full Article)
(Data Storage and Management Software)
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When your inspection equipment can connect to each other and the Cloud, it opens the door to new possibilities that can transform your inspection process. Expand your capabilities with these 5... (View Full Article)
(Product and Material Testing)
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The Magna-Mike® portable Hall effect thickness gage is used to measure the thickness of plastic containers and other nonferrous materials. Unlike our other thickness gages, the Magna-Mike gage... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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We developed a solution that simplifies austenitic weld inspection in small-diameter pipes. Our 5 MHz A25 dual linear phased array probe includes two miniature 12 mm × 5 mm aperture, 16-element arrays... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Ultrasonic thickness gaging isn't limited to testing materials at normal (ambient) temperatures. Measurements can be made on materials whose surface temperature approaches 900 °F (500 °C). When... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Reliable detection of weld defects is a challenge in many industries that use welding on a large scale, such as the oil and gas and petrochemical industry. Dissimilar weld materials and stainless... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Intelligent illumination, maneuverability and oil-resistance help users save time and improve the probability of detection in videoscope inspections of wind turbine gearboxes. With the introduction of... (View Full Article)
(Metals and Alloys)
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Alex Thurston, alloy applications specialist for portable XRF at Olympus, talks to Stuart Milne at AZoM about the Vanta™ handheld XRF analyzer and its powerful capabilities in industrial... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Precision components must be free of contaminants to work properly. Parts that are made with unclean components can fail prematurely. Technical cleanliness is the process of measuring the level of... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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In the second installment of this six-part series, we examine the second stage of the technical cleanliness workflow-image acquisition and particle measurement. This stage includes calibrating the... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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In the third post of this six-part series, we look at particle size classification and particle count extrapolation and normalization.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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In the fourth of this six-part blog series, we explore how contamination levels are calculated, including defining cleanliness codes and testing maximum approvals.... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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[This paper] discusses the techniques, drawbacks, and benefits of recycling glass and ceramic glass. Handheld X-ray fluorescence analyzers are widely used since they can provide material chemistry... (View Full Article)
(Bearing Components)
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Bearing balls roll at high speed through the raceway formed by grooves in the inner and outer rings of a ball bearing assembly. In quality control, it is important to accurately evaluate the roughness... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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Olympus portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analyzers provide real-time geochemical data for rapid multi-element characterization of soils, rocks, ores, concentrates, and tailings. Recent advances in... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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The researchers conducted a geochemical analysis to understand the differences in the characteristics between the soils in Meherrin, Virginia and the nearby soils of the Virginia Piedmont Region.... (View Full Article)
(Microscopy)
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As an analytical technique, light microscopy provides unique insights across many areas of historical materials, from discovering an artifact's history to understanding the best course of action for... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Yale University Professor Ellery Frahm used a Vanta™ handheld XRF analyzer to test obsidian artifacts from two Early Bronze Age archaeological sites in Armenia. His goal was to figure out where... (View Full Article)
(Video Cameras and Accessories)
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Olympus offers a wide range of interchangeable optical adapters for the industrial videoscopes and fiberscopes, providing optimum focuses and directions for various applications and inspected objects.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Pottery is a common artifact at archaeological sites all over the world. Pottery can tell us a lot about the people who made it, and the addition of X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to the archaeologist's... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Steel, aluminum, and other metal alloys are essential to manufacturing a wide variety of products from small drones to high-speed trains, airplanes, buildings, and bridges. Steel is still the highest... (View Full Article)
(Video Cameras and Accessories)
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An industrial videoscope is an instrument that enables inspectors to look inside areas that are otherwise difficult to access, such as the combustion chamber of a jet engine. Videoscopes support... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Confirming the absence of any burrs is an important quality management concern. Inspection with an Olympus DSX series digital microscope DSX series digital microscopes offer advanced focal... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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A turbocharger housing must have a structure where the appropriate amount of intake air and exhaust gas flow at a suitable pressure to achieve efficient supercharging. For that purpose, the waviness... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and portable X-ray diffraction (pXRD) are useful tools in aiding the exploration and investigation of lithium-bearing mineral deposits. Current global lithium... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Activated carbon is routinely used as part of the gold recovery process at many mines around the world. Activated carbon is used in both carbon in leach (CIL) and carbon in pulp (CIP) techniques.... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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Olympus portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analyzers provide high-performance, real-time geochemical data for rapid multielement characterization of soils, rocks, and ores. Advances in pXRF technology... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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Olympus' X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers provide high-performance, real-time geochemical data for rapid multielement characterization of soil, rocks, and ores. Recent advances in XRF technology... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Pipelines transport energy (crude oil, refined petroleum, natural gas, and biofuels to name a few) and other fluids within facilities and to various markets across vast distances. Today, there are... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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Verifying the surface roughness of piston rings is essential during quality management inspections. Because piston rings are thin and ring-shaped, microscopic inspection of the sides involves securing... (View Full Article)
(Environmental Services)
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Dillon McDowell, Applications Scientist at Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas, talks to Stuart Milne at AZoM about XRF as an effective screening tool for RoHS substances.... (View Full Article)
(Inspection Tools and Instruments)
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For quality management, precise measurements of the slit width must be taken using a microscope. However, the magnification rates that are required to adequately assess the slit width impede... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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The interior and exterior surfaces of carbon steel pipes tend to corrode over time, regardless of their environment. Regular inspection of this corrosion is required to assess and monitor pipe... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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Why did we create a new XRF analyzer? What's so special about it? Read this FAQ to get the answers to questions customers are asking about Vanta™ handheld XRF analyzers.... (View Full Article)
(Analytical Instruments)
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Knowing the mineralogical composition of ore is critical to pre-planning and optimizing processing operations and controlling costs associated with energy and chemical use. Identifying the mineral... (View Full Article)