Optical Coherence Tomography Profilometer System

Across industries

The list below presents our typical metrology solutions by industry.  Due to limited space and since new applications of low-coherence interferometry are discovered daily, this list is not exhaustive and requires periodic updates. If you do not see your industry or application listed, we encourage you to contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss your particular metrology needs.

Aerospace

Automotive

  • Engine blocks – 3D inner surface inspection and imaging
    RS2, a micron-precision non-contact optical scanner probe, acquires the ID of several valve bores in a valve body as part of a fully-automated digital inspection. Benefits: 3D interactive modelling of valve bores, measurements of distance, position, cylindricity, surface/dimensional defects, roughness, geometric tolerances of internal features, dimensional deviations, and more.
  • 3D surface inspection and imaging of components – see 3D metrology in hard-to-reach spaces (tubes, bores, cylinder interiors) and high-aspect-ratio features (steps, grooves, channels, blades)
  • 3D valve  inspection – inside diameter and surface
  • Diesel injector and nozzle interior inspection
  • Inspection of component mold interiors
  • Detection of casting defects
  • Thread and thread height measurement

Bio-medical (see also Medical devices)

  • Coatings which protect devices from corrosion or patients from complications – see thickness measurement

Dental

  • 3D inspection of dental implants

Electronics and microelectronics

  • Chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) pad surface quality inspection – see how we measure roughness and high-aspect-ratio features (such as CMP surface channels)
  • Thick film photoresist coating on electronic wafers – see thickness measurement
  • BGA inspection
  • Flatness, coplanarity,  and warpage measurement

Energy

Forensic

Hostile (harsh) environment measurements across industries

Machining (precision machining and mechanics, tool machining)

  • Edge inspection (precision tools, etc.)
    EdgeInspect: MicroCam-3D profilometer with a non-contact fiber-based optical scanner provides micron-precision 3D characterization of edges. In this configuration, a drill bit is rotated on a chuck base while the scanner inspects the item top to bottom following a user-defined scanning sequence. Benefits: capability of 3D interactive modelling of the entire inspected tool, option to automate pass-or-fail reports, 100% user-defined measurement parameters, measurements of edge sharpness, edge radius, and more.

    Read more in application note Inspecting Edge Breaks / Edge Radius  [PDF, 0.7 MB].

  • High-aspect-ratio features (steps, sharp edges, grooves, channels, blades)
  • Protective tool coating – see thickness measurement

Medical devices

  • Biopsy needle dimensional inspection
  • Medical catheter tubing dimensional inspection – see thickness measurement
  • Medical coating thickness and uniformity – see thickness measurement
  • Stent coating inspection

MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)

  • 3D inspection

Metals

Military and defence

  • 3D tube ID/OD inspection of gun barrels, scopes
    MicroCam-3D Tube ID Scanner, a non-contact optical measurement system, provides micron-precision 3D characterization of tube and bore interiors. Benefits: complete geometry of structures up to 30” long, capability to survey every detail (chamfers, rifling, grooves, lands, edge breaks, etc.), fully configurable automated digital inspection, detection of micron-size dimensional or surface defects  (porosities, cracks, scratches), surface roughness acquisition, and more.
  • More on inspection of cylinder interiors – see more details on the Microcam 3D Tube ID Scanner
  • Inspection of cylinder interiors – see 3D metrology in hard-to-reach spaces

Nuclear

Ophthalmology

  • Shape, curvature, and thickness of regular or intraocular contact lenses – see thickness

Optical

  • High grade glass thickness
  • Optical component 3D characterization – see thickness and roughness measurement

Packaging

  • BoPET film – see thickness measurement
  • Multi-layer lid stock: OPET films, adhesive layers, heat-seal films
  • Multi-layer label stock

Photovoltaic

  • Wafer, cell and panel characterization

Plastics

  • Multi-layer plastics and films – see thickness measurement
  • Rheometry measurements

Printed circuit boards

  • Layout and connection inspection

Radiography

Semiconductors

  • Semiconductor coating – see thickness measurement

Tubing

  • Characterization of high grade polymer tubing – see thickness measurement

Turbines

Welding

  • Weld inspection
  • Weld gap inspection

Our list of applications keeps growing. Don’t see your application on the list yet? Need more technical information?