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Olympus Releases new LEXT OLS5100 Laser Microscope

By Olympus Press Release

WALTHAM, Mass., (November 11, 2020)—To provide high levels of accuracy and precision required for sub-micron 3D observation and surface roughness measurement, the LEX OLS5100 laser microscope offers guaranteed accuracy and precision, according to Olympus, when calibrated by an Olympus technician and using LEXT objective lenses. It also offers smart features that make materials science experiment workflows faster and more efficient, according to the company.

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Olympus LEXT™ OLS5100 3D Laser Scanning Microscope

Laser microscopes are essential equipment in manufacturing R&D and quality assurance due to their powerful capabilities—submicron 3D measurements with no sample preparation, noncontact areal roughness analysis and speed. However, some tasks, such as creating and managing an experiment plan and choosing the right objective lens, are time-consuming and sources of potential error. The OLS5100 microscope’s smart features address these challenges.

The microscope’s Smart Experiment Manager helps users manage the planning, acquisition and analysis phases of their experiments, according to Olympus. The microscope scans samples according to a customized experiment plan generated by the software, helping to keep users from missing data or redoing work. During analysis, the software’s trend visualization tools make it easier for users to spot problems. In three steps, the Advisor rates the objective lens based on the application, so users know they are using the right objective.

The OLS5100 microscope makes data acquisition simple—just place a sample on the stage and press the start button. The microscope will make all necessary setting adjustments and acquire the data.

For more information about LEXT laser microscopes, visit

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