Although any industry prides itself on the high quality of its products, no industry would survive without a good deal of research and development. The beer brewing industry needs microbiologists to constantly study the integrity of its starter cultures, and how the yeasts can be engineered to make better tasting beer more efficiently. The computer industry needs engineers to constantly study how computers can be made even smaller, more compact, and versatile. The chemical industry needs chemists to make better paints, textiles, dyes, and other industrial materials. The pharmaceutical industry needs scientists who can study different plants and animals and isolate the next major cure. All the successful industries of the world are backed by years of planning, research, and development.
The research and development phase of any product in industry needs a certain set of tools in order to carry conceptualization, building, development, and testing. Chemists will have their test tubes and flasks, pharmacists will have their burettes and pipettes, microbiologists will have their culture equipment, and computer engineers will have their hardware. But nearly all the researchers that work in these fields will require a microscope to help them out. One special microscope that should be of interest is the industrial microscope.
An industrial microscope is a stereoscopic microscope, in general, which is outfitted with the proper accessories in order to allow it to serve in industry. A stereoscopic microscope, on the whole, is a microscope with low power magnifying lenses, an external light source, and the advantage of not having to have specimens sectioned before they are viewed. This is advantageous for engineers who have to look at finer details in large objects such as computer chips, integrated circuits, industrial materials, textiles, and other important objects that figure greatly in industry.
Industrial microscopes are not only used to look at materials and inspect them, but to see the effects of stress upon them. This is especially true for building engineers who may want to see characteristic fractures in certain materials when they try to judge what kinds of materials will best be suited to certain weather conditions, physical stress, and other environmental factors.
What Industrial Microscope Accessories Should You Get?
An industrial microscope will need, in general, an external light source in order to illuminate the specimen. Users of the industrial microscope tend to play with the light source: they can shine it at specific angles onto the specimen in order to accentuate certain details in a specimen, such as bumps and ridges that might characterize certain metals or rocks, angles or corners that might be unique to certain textiles or computer chips, and other telling traits that might be important in research and development.
Other accessories that industrial microscope users might be interested in may include new lenses to fit into the objective. Because industrial microscopes are used regularly, the lenses can be damaged much faster, requiring them to be replaced. Another common extra accessory may be a new prism for the microscope: because some industrial microscopes might be moved from place to place, the inner parts, such as the prism, may be dislodged from their respective places.
Other important accessories may include slits, gratings, and filters for the light source. Slits and gratings can dim the light source or allow it to fall at a certain angle, or with certain patterns. This can help industrial microscope users manipulate the behavior of light better. Filters can not only dim the light, but with different colors, can change the hues and shades of the light. Some industrial materials, especially those based on certain minerals, appear differently under different kinds of light. Filters can allow this phenomenon to be made manifest under the stereoscopic microscope.
Another common accessory is a digital camera for your industrial microscope. Because many different industries have now branched out into using more varied microscopes (such as electron microscopes, darkfield, and phase contrast microscopes) research is best backed by visual documentation. Attaching a digital camera can make for better documentation and reporting on findings.
How to Get the Best Accessories for Your Industrial Microscope
When looking for accessories for your industrial microscope, talk to your industrial microscope manufacturer and ask about the latest accessories and how they can help you do your work better. Ask for discounts on bulk orders, as well as on repairs and maintenance on your microscope.
These are only a few methods and tips that you may want to keep in mind as you look for accessories for your industrial microscope. For more information, talk to your industrial microscope manufacturer, or do your own research. With practice in using the industrial microscope, as well as with in-depth knowledge of your equipment, you will be able to use it better in order to fit the needs of your industry.