MicroQuick – Simplified Cleanliness Testing
Rapid Particle Scanning for use by Production Engineers and Quality Departments.
What is the MicroQuick Particle Scanner from RJL Micro Analytic?
MicroQuick is a high end component cleanliness scanning device that determines particles size and distribution on a controlled membrane. Delivering a cleanliness audit trail, that is VDA 19 and ISO – 16232 compliant.
Within just a few minutes the MicroQuick Particle Scanner performs the particle scan, giving particle sizing, size distribution, glossy and non-glossy distribution along with fibre and particle breakdown reports via the dedicated Micro Reporting software.
The MicroQuick Particle Scanner is fast – Membrane scans take two minutes with the report being available within ten minutes.
How does it work?
Step 1 – MicroQuick Membrane Scanning
Using the prepared membrane a high resolution scan is produced by the MicroQuick particle scanner and stored on the hard drive. Prior to each scan the device automatically calibrates the white field. Regardless of the age and luminesce of the LEDs the reproducible contrast and brightness fields are guaranteed.
Step 2 – MicroQuick particle Scanner Sizing
The information gathered by the membrane scan is turned into binary data by means of a grey value threshold. Black and white imagery is produced and particles are detected, size automatically and measured.
Each particle is measured for length, width, elongated length, area and perimeter. Other measurements include Feret maximum diameter, Feret minimum diameter, max inscribed circle diameter, mean inscribed circle diameter, perpendicular diameter
Step 3 – Micro Reporting
A report is generated using the included software, MicroReporter. The reporter uses Microsoft Excel®. An audit report is generated which includes trending analysis, a gallery of the ten largest particles,
Reports can also include: –
• Meta information such as client, laboratory, sample description, extraction setup,
• Numbers projection – on surface, volume, test lot
• Result histogram – particle numbers in ISO/VDA size classes or user-defined
• Results rating – automatic comparison with required levels
• Signature – digital signature, for each user
The language is switchable between English and German.
Process Control – Auditing with MicroStandard
Each MicroQuick Particle Scanner package comes with its own audit membrane. Simply tell the system you are running an audit check, use the audit membrane and run the program. The audit membrane is a controlled membrane which is known to the MicroReporter software.
The MicroQuick particle scanner system recalibrates itself automatically to the audit membrane ensuring accurate readings every time. Such is the stability of the system auditing need only be carried out a few times each year and takes just a few minutes to run.
Process Control – Environmental Auditing with MicroTrap
As the leading specialist in the component cleaning industry Kumi Solutions have seen, on some occasions cleaning results that haven’t met expectation. Upon further investigation it has been found that the working environment lacks sufficient controls to enable the cleanliness required to be achieved. In a nutshell the working environment is dirtier than the desired results.
MicroTrap combined with the MicroQuick particle scanner and its reporting software MicroReporter allows you the customer to monitor and identify potential sources of contamination coming from your own working environment. Simply place MicroTraps tagged with location, date and time around the workplace. Visually inspect each one over a period of hours, days, even weeks, before removing them. As traps become dirty seal it and mark it with a date and time stamp.
Run each MicroTrap through the MicroQuick analysis tool and note the “sedimentary” result on a floor plan of the test area. The larger the sedimentary number the higher the contamination level in this area. Mapping these results against controlled areas such as advanced parts cleaning, CMM inspection, food processing or medical applications to identify potential areas of concern.
What’s included in the package?
- Windows®-PC from Dell, Flat panel screen and laser printer,
- licence for Microsoft Excel®
- High resolution flatbed scanner modified with special filter to detect metallic glossy particles.
- For scanning membranes and conducting an automated particle analysis a bespoke software package is included.
- MicroReporter: Reporting tool for component cleanliness in English and German.
- MicroReporter also includes MicroGallery, MicroAnalysis and MicroTrend.
Cleanliness standards are typically defined by VDA or ISO standards, however many companies also have their own specific standards for cleanliness measurenet. A list of many of these international and company specific standards can be seen here at RJL Analytics MicroQuick particle Scanner website