Efficient and consistent inspection
With super imposed PNG reference image
Choose from the list below what you are looking to achieve in your business:
A: Reduce time inbetween inspections
B: Create consistency across inspections
C: Reduce time spent on each inspection
D: An all-in-one solution with no third-party solutions or additional accessories
E: All of the above
Regardless of what you chose, we are confident PNG reference can help you. Let's explain about how and why.
Be more productive
By saving an imported PNG file as a preset, you can recall the settings used at the time (magnification level, ring light settings, etc) as well as the PNG file with a press of a button on a keyboard or numpad. This elimates time spent on fineadjusting the settings on the microscope and reduces preparation time in between samples. Use the extra time on performing more analyses in a day or spend it somewhere else in the company.
By recalling your settings, you can use the same settings over and over again across all analysis. Then it doesn't matter who's doing the work. The settings will always be the same.
The presets can even be locked in the microscope menu to prevent you from accidentally changing them.
Speed it up
“With PNG reference app, we can ensure high quality across all inspections and perform more inspections every day.”
- Sustaining Engineering at prominent MedTech company, Nick Bauer
How does it work?
Watch the video below to learn more about the PNG reference app.
How is it different from Image comparison and DXF overlay?
In Image comparison, you can capture a picture of your live image and use it as a golden sample. That is, you can't import a picture. You can instead save a picture of what you are currently looking at and use it for future inspection.
In DXF overlay, however, you can import files and super impose it over the live image. But those pictures have to be DXF files. And you can't save DXF files as presets, because the overlays are only visible as long as the app is open.
But with PNG reference, you can close the app after you've chosen an imported picture, and the picture will still be visible. The PNG can then be saved alongside the matching microscope settings as a preset. These can be recalled with a press of a button on the keyboard or numpad. This eliminates the need for going to the app everytime, selecting the picture you need, adjusting it to the right magnification level, setting the right lighting and so on. With ONE press on a keyboard or numpad, it's all there, ready to be used.
What is a PNG picture?
PNG refers to an image format. Just like JPG. But what makes PNG special is that you can make the background transparent.
A PNG picture is therefore perfect for putting on top of another picture if the user still wants to see what is beneath it.
Look at the pictures below.
From the left
The wheat seeds in the background is the live image on the microscope. The three grey circles with the seeds and sort name is the actual PNG picture that has been put on top of the live image.
On the middle picture, the color scale at the bottom with the "NOT OK" and "OK" text boxes is the actual PNG picture that has been put on top of a live image.
And on the far right, the vertical lines and orange and green boxes make up the PNG picture.
You can see how the PNG files look without being placed on top of a live image below.
The black edges show where the images are cropped and everything that is white within these edges are transparent on the final PNG files. That's why you can see the live image in these areas on the images above.
All PNG files are 1920x1080 pixels.
To sum up, here's the app benefits
Create any PNG picture you want
There're no limits to what can be created as a PNG. The users can create an image bank to help them identify their object, a color scale to validate the color of their object, an outline of their object for exit control or something completely different. It's up to them!
Create as many PNG pictures as you want
Today, some customers are using graticule optics as an overlay over their live image. But those are expensive. Once the customers have the app, they can create as many PNG pictures they want at no additional cost. They do of course need to create the PNG picture on a separate computer in a photo editing software. We suggest using Pixlr E. You will not be able to create a PNG with a transparent background in Microsoft Paint.
Save and recall presets for efficient and consistent inspections
Once the PNG is imported to the microscope, why not save it as a preset? The microscope will also save the magnification level and lighting settings used at the time. This makes it fast and easy to recall the exact same settings at a later point.