Inspection microscopes observe and measure minute details in a product or material. Their main purpose is to look closer at the object’s surface than possible with the naked eye. In quality control processes, they verify products meet specifications. They allow a user to see any defects or imperfections before it goes into mass production.
They can be benchtops or handheld. While others can mount on a movable arm to position easily. Some inspection microscopes have an attached camera, allowing the user to capture images of the area they’re inspecting. Others may have built-in software to help analyze what’s being shown on the screen.
The software can measure the size of the object in many different ways. One way is to compare its size to that of another object or compare it to an average value for similar objects. This allows inspectors to get accurate measurements without manually measuring each part individually.
Inspection microscopes come in many different configurations—some specifically designed for inspecting flat surfaces, while others focus on inspecting round or cylindrical objects.