Designed to meet the cleanliness requirements of modern industry, the OLYMPUS CIX100 cleanliness inspector is a turnkey system for counting, analyzing and classifying micron-sized contaminants down to 2.5 µm. A newly released software update delivers advanced features, including batch processing using multiple filters, improved imaging for printed reports and facility cleanliness documentation for inspectors in the automotive, aerospace and oil analysis industries.

The batch-processing feature improves the throughput of the CIX100 system, enabling users to load multiple filters at the same time. Combined with Olympus’ patented process for identifying and analyzing reflective and nonreflective particles in a single scan, batch processing reduces overall inspection times for improved operational efficiency.

Two new features significantly improve the flexibility of the system’s imaging capabilities. The extended focal imaging function enables users to create all-in-focus images by capturing a series of images at different focal planes and then stitching them together. Additional reporting enhancements are provided by the new dedicated color mode that provides focused, full-color highlights for particles of interest. Activating the real color mode enables you to view the particles in their actual colors, providing additional information to confirm the particle’s nature.

The CIX100 v. 1.4 software supports VDA 19.2 — published by the Verband Der Automobileindustrie (German Automobile Industry Association) — by using particle traps (also known as witness plates) to collect data on and track the facilities’ environmental cleanliness. These data can form a baseline to compare against cleanliness data collected from samples to monitor for contamination.