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In-line Inspection Game Changer

Using in-line inspection (POINT or LINE SENSORS) Nanovea’s unique in-line software package can measure and analyze “live” roughness and texture parameters meeting standards for up to 8 points sensors or up to 4 line sensors. The software has many features including pass and fail criteria specific to each sensor or average of all sensors. Acquisition rates of more than 1,300,000 points per seconds. This is ideal for any film/paper sheet measurements and other in-line applications. Nanovea provides integration support including specific mounting structure.

Cutting Tool Edge Measurement in Seconds

Irvine CA, July 27, 2016 – Conventional profilometry scans sample surfaces from a single, fixed direction.  This is only appropriate for measuring sufficiently flat samples, as opposed to cylindrical shapes that require a precise 360° rotation. For an application such as characterizing the helical cutting edge of a tool, a conventional machine would need multiple scans from different angles of the entire part, as well as significant post scan data manipulation. This is often too time consuming for QC applications that only require measurements from very specific regions.

NANOVEA’S rotational stage solves this problem with simultaneous motion control of the lateral and rotational axes. This technique eliminates the time consuming need of measuring the entire part and continuous realignment. Instead, the full circumference of the entire cutting edge can be determined in seconds. All desired angles and features can be directly determined from the scan, with no need for the extensive stitching together of multiple files.

NANOVEA’s chromatic confocal technique offers far greater resolution, down to 2.7 nm, and accuracy than Focus Variation competitors. The raw surface height is measured directly from the detection of the wavelength focused on the surface, with none of the errors caused by Interferometry techniques, no field of view limitations, and no need for sample surface preparation. Materials with extremely high or low reflectivity can easily be measured and very high wall angles are accurately characterized without any issue.

Coupled with NANOVEA’s line sensor, a bar of data up to 4.78mm wide can be captured in a single pass, while moving linearly for up to 150mm in the scanning direction. Simultaneously, the rotational stage can revolve the sample at the desired speed. Put together, this system allows for the creation of a continuous 3D height map of the entire circumference of a cutting edge, with any pitch or radius, in a fraction of the time when compared to other technologies.

See App Note: Rotational Measurement Using 3D Profilometry

Breakthrough Indentation Yield Strength Test by Nanovea

Irvine CA, July 14, 2011 – Nanovea today introduced its patent pending breakthrough method of reliably acquiring yield strength through indentation; ultimately replacing the traditional tensile testing machine for yield strength measurement. Traditionally yield strength has been tested by using a tensile testing machine, a large instrument requiring enormous strength to pull apart metal, plastic and others. The yield strength (also known as yield point) of a material in engineering (and or materials science) is the point of stress that a material starts to deform plastically. Before reaching the yield point a material will deform elastically but returns to its original shape when stress is removed. A crucial material property for nano and micro related materials found in advancing industries such as biomedical, microelectronics, energy and many others. Until now the most reliable way took large machine effort, sample preperation, and or was impossible to perform on small samples and localized areas. By using Nanovea’s Mechanical Tester in indentation mode, using a cylindrical flat tip, yield strength data can be easily obtained. For years now, the indentation test has been used for hardness and elastic modulus measurements. There has traditionally been an issue with linking macro tensile properties to what was measured during an indentation test. Many studies measuring with spherical tips have allowed stress-strain curves but were never able to give reliable tensile yield strength data that corresponded directly to macro tensile data. Nanovea’s patent pending method, using a cylindrical flat tip, gives yield strength directly comparable to what is measured by traditional means. It is believed that the load per surface area at which the cylindrical flat tip penetrates, at increased speed, is directly linked to the load versus surface area at which the material starts flowing in a tensile mode test. Therefore, reliable yield strength results on an endless list of materials, small or large has never before been as obtainable until now. “This is just another addition, on a long and growing list, of what can be tested with our Mechanical Tester,” said Pierre Leroux, Nanovea’s CEO. While this specific test is a breakthrough of great importance, it is ultimately just another reason why the Nanovea Mechanical Tester has the widest testing capability of any mechanical testing system.

For application note visit: Breakthrough Indentation Yield Strength Testing

High Speed Nano Wear Testing Breakthrough

Feb 20, 2013 – Irvine, CA – Nanovea announced today the completion of a Nano Wear Testing System capable of speeds as high as 1400mm/sec. The unique length of stroke, up to 10mm, combined with a linear movement at a rate up to 70Hz, and possibly at higher frequencies, allows speeds never before available for Nano Wear Testing.

Wear testing instruments have existed for more than half a century. From the beginning, testing loads were typically higher than 1N and speeds were slow except in more recent fretting applications where displacement would be limited to 10’s of microns. Then Nanoindentation first appeared in the late 80’s with the capability to provide much lower loads. The first systems were, and still are in majority, based on a coil system with no feedback control loop. Feedback control loop is essential to provide superior load control when the position of contact is moved such as that required for scratch or wear testing. Nano Scratch Testing with piezo load cell combination appeared in the late 90’s. The first systems used cantilever technologies that gave sufficient speed to the feedback control during scratch and wear testing but the speed of displacement was, and still is limited to below 10mm/sec. For many applications the service life require a very high number of cycles to ensure that the device will hold up after years of use. At the slow speed available with cantilever technologies it could take more than 6 months to accomplish a single wear test. This is impractical and clearly slows down development and approval of new technology.

Nanovea is able to attain faster speeds and secure control of the loads during Nano Wear Testing by using a coil speaker system for quick and smooth displacement. Adding the use of the Nanovea Nano Module with a piezo actuator and an ultra-sensitive load cell creates a quick load control with vertical mounting to ensure superior response to speed.

“We were given the opportunity to really prove our team’s capability here with this project. We are very proud of this achievement. This new technology will speed up the introduction of new devices with increased service life to the customer market.” –CEO, Pierre Leroux

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High Speed Nanotribology Testing Breakthrough

Feb 21, 2013 – Irvine, CA – Nanovea announced today the completion of a Nanotribology System capable of speeds as high as 1400mm/sec. The unique length of stroke, up to 10mm, combined with a linear movement at a rate up to 70Hz, and possibly at higher frequencies, allows speeds never before available for Nano Wear Testing.

Wear testing instruments have existed for more than half a century. From the beginning, testing loads were typically higher than 1N and speeds were slow except in more recent fretting applications where displacement would be limited to 10’s of microns. Then Nanoindentation first appeared in the late 80’s with the capability to provide much lower loads. The first systems were, and still are in majority, based on a coil system with no feedback control loop. Feedback control loop is essential to provide superior load control when the position of contact is moved such as that required for scratch or wear testing. Nano Scratch Testing with piezo load cell combination appeared in the late 90’s. The first systems used cantilever technologies that gave sufficient speed to the feedback control during scratch and wear testing but the speed of displacement was, and still is limited to below 10mm/sec. For many applications the service life require a very high number of cycles to ensure that the device will hold up after years of use. At the slow speed available with cantilever technologies it could take more than 6 months to accomplish a single wear test. This is impractical and clearly slows down development and approval of new technology.

Nanovea is able to attain faster speeds and secure control of the loads during Nano Wear Testing by using a coil speaker system for quick and smooth displacement. Adding the use of the Nanovea Nano Module with a piezo actuator and an ultra-sensitive load cell creates a quick load control with vertical mounting to ensure superior response to speed.

“We were given the opportunity to really prove our team’s capability here with this project. We are very proud of this achievement. This new technology will speed up the introduction of new devices with increased service life to the customer market.” –CEO, Pierre Leroux

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Nanovea Unveils Its New Revolutionary N3 Line

Irvine CA, January 18, 2012 – Nanovea today announced the arrival of the N3 line dedicated to providing high-end measurement technology to the broader market. Nanovea has fully automated their measurement techniques while designing to price in the $20K market.

The headline of the N3 line is the M3, a breakthrough in technology that aims at two distinct aspects missing in the hardness testing market. First, the combination of three factors never before available: nanometer range, controlled load & depth and a competitive price to compete in the $20K market. This provides universities and smaller R&D units to affordable nanoindentation capability. The M3 introduces an entirely new user capability with this price range, providing affordable access too quick and easy nanoindentation results under ASTM standard. Second, is to offer next generation technology to replace the traditional Visual Micro Vickers Hardness Testers that have not changed in more than 15 years. To achieve this, the indentation method has been made fully automated with no need to visually observe the indent which eliminates user error or problems with image recognition software that may have issues with material color and texture. Also, this new technology can achieve lower load and will work on thin coatings and all ranges of materials including ceramics, polymers, metals and others. The fully automated system has a touch screen start that gives automatic average of multiple measurements in minutes. The unit is compact and fully contained with only one standard electrical cable to connect. Because of these advancements in technology and the very competitive price, the M3 line will be the replacement of choice for older Micro Vickers Tester currently used in industrial high throughput quality control environments.

The M3 ushers in a new era of hardness testing by providing measurement capability that until this point targeted very specifically high end research. Essentially, like most technological advancements, price has kept nanoindentation capability out of the reach of the broader market still using standard hardness testing equipment. The M3 will be a significant replacement at an affordable cost and the result will be revolutionary. But Nanovea didn’t stop there. The M3 is only one of three new products from Nanovea’s new N3 line. Along with the M3 Nanovea also introduces the P3 and the T3.

The P3 is a significant advancement with 3D non contact metrology, providing automatic nanometer ISO roughness and step data on nearly any material; a capability unavailable in the 20k market. The P3 will provide to a broader market in need of automatic nano through macro roughness data without the high cost associated with a complete Profilometer system. And last but not least, the T3, like the P3 was developed to provide quick, easy and affordable access to high end measurement capability. The T3 is an automatic nano wear tester using linear reciprocating, ASTM g133, for wear rate study.

“The N3 line is a revolution of high end material measurement instruments, each in their own way and in their own markets. Each has been strategically designed to follow Nanovea’s goal to provide crucial nanotechnology to the broader market. As with many technologies being developed today to advance our society, price will ultimately control broad acceptance and use. It is no different with measurement technology and is just as crucial if not more.” said Pierre Leroux, Nanovea’s CEO.

Nanovea will be releasing the N3 line for the first time publicly at the Fall 2012 MRS show. Purchase orders for the N3 line begin in April for delivery in June 2012.

The Release of the Jr25 True Portable Profilometer

Nov, 2010 (Irvine, CA) – The Nanovea Jr25, 3D Non Contact Portable Profilometer, is the first truly portable high performance Profilometer of its kind. With an optional battery pack and carrying case, the Jr25 provides measurement capability rarely available during field study. The Jr25 is designed to easily utilize leading edge optical pens using superior white light axial chromatism measurement. Nano through macro range can be obtained during measurement (Profile/Dimension, Roughness/Finish/Texture, Shape/Form/Topography, Flatness/Warpage, Volume Area, Step-Height/Depth/Thickness and others) on a wider range of geometries and materials than any other Profilometer and now with true portable capability. With a total weight less than 5.5 Kg, the operator can safely place the Jr25 onto the surface under inspection. The Jr25 has the ability to measure an area up to 25mm x 25mm, and depending on the optical pen a depth up to 27mm and resolution down to 5nm. Focusing of the surface is achieved manually with a smooth touch micrometer and 30 mm travel range. Surfaces of almost any type can be measured regardless of how reflective/no reflective, transparent/opaque, or specular/diffusive the material is. With a fully rotational, single axis, head the Jr25 has the ability to measure surfaces at difficult angles. Along with quick and ease of use, the Jr25 has been designed specifically for production environments where samples cannot be moved and open field studies. “The door has now been opened for our 3D Non Contact technique to reach environments untouched by this type of measurement ability; from the moon to the desert and everything in between. The field has truly become the lab with this type of measurement resource at your side.” – Craig Leising | Product Manager

US Nanotechnology Instrument Manufacturer Proves the Success of R&D Stimulus

Irvine CA, Jan 25, 2010 – Like many throughout the country, you may be asking how the billions poured into science R&D has helped stimulate our economy. Well, look no further than the nanotechnology instrument manufacture, Nanovea based in Irvine, CA. 2009 just ended as their first branded year with new hires, new instruments and more business to send to their local machine shops and parts suppliers. From their Irvine, CA office Nanovea designs and manufactures 3D Profilometers, Mechanical Testers & Tribometers to combine the most advanced testing capabilities in the industry:Scratch, Adhesion, Hardness, Wear, Friction & 3D Non-Contact Metrology at Nano, Micro & Macro range. Unlike other manufactures Nanovea also provides Laboratory Services, offering clients availability to the latest technology and optimal results through improvements in material testing standards. So what does Nanovea have to do with the stimulus given to research in the United States? Well coincidently, everything and here’s how. The stimulus given to research labs, universities and companies was intended for the development of new innovations and materials to support growing industries such as solar, energy, biomedical etc. To create new, and or improve, material requires new instruments to measure and insure material characteristics during research and development. Then, instrumentation would also be needed to monitor the mass development of these new materials for quality control. Nanovea had been designing and manufacturing instruments for this very purpose since 2004 and had been preparing for a brand launch at the end of 2008. With the direction of a newly hired marketing manager Nanovea prepared its launch in one of the most challenging economic times the US may have ever faced. Nanovea embraced the challenge and took full advantage of the needs of the research community both in the US and Internationally. With three clear product lines and services Nanovea provided solutions throughout 2009 to high growth industries in need of nano through macro scale measurement needs. Now 2010 has already begun with several new projects throughout the world and with local solar, pharmaceutical and medical clients throughout California. “Being a US manufacturer of nano instruments and services during this time has provided us with some great opportunities to establish our brand. We are very thankful and also very proud that were able to support the economy with new hires and business to our local partners.” —Pierre Leroux, Nanovea President | Ceo

Nanometer Online Inspection With Nanovea 3D Non-Contact Profilometer

Irvine CA, Jan 05, 2010 – Nanovea 3D Non-Contact Profilometer will now have optional online capability for automated inspection and report generation. With this advancement Nanovea’s Profilometer can now effortlessly integrate into large or small quality control environments. Crucial applications throughout all industries, which were once inspected with vision and or touch-probe, will now be inspected with the assurance of high speed noncontact nanometer measurement. This is especially critical to batch production with tight tolerance levels which can now be easily monitored to insure quality control via online communication. With this new feature applications can be automatically scanned and analyzed based on instructions found on a server database. The online inspection feature allows automatic product ID scan with a bar code reader (could also be manually entered in); the product ID is then checked against predefined pass/fail and measurement requirements stored on a company database. The part is automatically measured, and upon completion a report is automatically generated. The report and the pass/fail information is automatically sent back to the server and stored with that part number. Measurement speeds range from 1m/s and 31,000 points/sec with nanometer accuracies. There are various scan types, analysis functions and size options that can be customized to fit applications throughout all industries. “This is a very exciting capability for Nanovea. Our Profilometers can best utilize online inspection at this time, but it is also a new option for our Mechanical Testers when hardness could be used for quality control.”
Craig Leising, Product Manager

Breakthrough Nanoindentation Testing With Image Pattern Recognition

Irvine CA, April 1, 2009 – Nanovea announced today a breakthrough development in Nanoindentation testing by combining advanced image pattern recognition capabilities to the most advanced nano-indenter for quality control applications. Nanovea has now combined their, PRVision, machine vision camera option to Nanoindentation testing that allows auto-recognition of precisely chosen features with little to no user interaction. The user-friendly software of Nanovea’s PRVision allows for an automatic test of hardness and elastic modulus on patterned samples or specifically chosen areas of interest. Nanoindentation properties including hardness and elastic modulus can then be automatically measured and recorded. The “quasi non-destructive” low loads associated with Nanoindentation Testing makes this technique an ideal breakthrough tool to monitor the quality control of environments where hardness and elastic modulus are crucial: Micro Electronics, Solar, Pharmaceuticals and many others. “Nanoindentation until now was performed using primitive mapping options. Our PRVision option will speed up Nanoindentation testing and opens the door to wide-scale automatic production quality control applications where hardness and elastic modulus are the best control parameters.” Said Pierre Leroux, CEO/President, Nanovea.

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