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Olympus Documents Manufacturing Cleanliness with Automated Filter and Particle Analysis System

Center Valley, Pa., September 18, 2009 – In fields as diverse as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, heavy machinery and medical devices, inspecting and analyzing residue on filters is key for documenting the purity and cleanliness of the manufacturing process and analyzing particles found in fluids. The Olympus Automated Filter Analysis System makes identifying, reporting and archiving images and information on residual particles fast, accurate and highly reliable. In a matter of minutes, the user receives statistical data relating to identified particles; then the information is documented and archived. The fully automated system is a combination of hardware and intuitive software designed to provide detailed data in compliance with many ISO and USP international standards (in particular ISO 4406, 16232 and USP 788). 

The Olympus Automated Filter Analysis System consists of a microscope, digital camera, and motorized stage with controller and analysis software. Particle-by-particle data is provided on every inspection, and records can be stored for an unlimited time. Data storage is automatic, and doesn’t rely on users to remember how or where to archive data. Other advantages include the system’s adherence to key international and/or user-definable standards, speed, enhancement of data integrity, and an automated one-touch function for extraordinary ease of use. The system is designed to work with standard 47mm filters.

“Unlike manual optical inspection systems, the Olympus system, in less than two minutes, accurately detects, counts, classifies, and measures residue particulates in filters,” said Linda Sikel, Product Manager for Industrial Microscopes at Olympus America. “Because individual operators no longer have to examine each filter and make subjective judgments, there is better integrity to the data. The speed and accuracy of the integrated system also offers users a time saving element that could prove to deliver a stronger return on investment.”

For more information on the Olympus Automated Filter Analysis System, contact Linda Sikel at Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034-0610 USA; phone (484) 896-5791, email linda.sikel@olympus.com or visit http://www.olympusamerica.com/autofilteranalysis.

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group – Industrial Microscopes
Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics, and semiconductors. Olympus continues to be a leader in optical design and advanced quality innovation.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

· Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
· Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
· Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves the healthcare field with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results.  Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes.  For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.