The Aspex Explorer is a microanalysis system that provides a fully integrated platform for addressing the micro-scale visualization of key surface features, as well as the needs of a diverse range of industries where stringent cleanliness and particle or inclusion contamination is critical. Its small physical footprint and low cost of ownership make it an ideal solution for operations interested in improving reliability and quality, while also minimizing production inefficiencies.
A variety of industries from forensics to health sciences, to steel and automotive rely on the rugged hardware and sophisticated software of the Aspex Explorer as a fast and reliable platform for identifying particles as well as surface features.
The Aspex Explorer with Automated Feature Analysis (AFA), provides a fast, accurate way for manufacturers in many industries to monitor and control the presence of contaminants that affect the quality of their products. For example, automotive parts manufacturers must control the level of particulate contaminants, which can cause failures in the field and impact their warranty programs. Steel makers are concerned with non-metallic inclusions, which degrade steel quality and can clog nozzles in production equipment. Monitoring the number and type of inclusions lets them adjust production chemistry to reduce the number of pour-backs and improve the quality of their products. AFA is valuable whenever rapid feedback of large sets of particle data is needed. The data sets can be trended and reviewed in real-time to identify and correct process issues. The ability to monitor and optimize an industrial process is critical for maximizing production efficiency and cost savings or ultimately, the profitability of the operation.