Product Assessment
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Overview

In the highly specialised area of optical metrology it is often useful for instrument manufacturers to obtain independent advice on the performance of their products. A number of clients have used OMC to analyse their products both to improve performance, benchmark against competition, or plan future developments.

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Illustration of two consultations:
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A company had a product under development for a major multi-national. The instrument was producing higher noise than was expected and this was likely to be unacceptable to the customer. Details of the instrument and design considerations were discussed on site. At the end of the consultation the source of the increased noise was found and alternative strategies were suggested.

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A company had a highly successful product that was being sold to national and international markets. However, some recent results suggested that they could improve the performance of their system but they were unsure whether they could trust the results. All of the pertinent information concerning the instrument was provided. Various aspects of the operation of this instrument were then analysed and a number of recommendations were made concerning improvements in the performance. In particular a few errors were found that were easy to deal with and an improved calibration procedure was recommended. The major outcome was a clear indication that their improved results were likely to be genuine.

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What types of instrument does OMC specialise in?

The instruments that OMC has most knowledge and expertise of, are those that involve images from linear or area cameras and produce 1-D, 2-D or 3-D information by means of triangulation principles.

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How can I get my instrument assessed?

To perform this service it is usually necessary to supply documentation concerning the instrument in question. The operation of the instrument is then compared to its competition and to the estimated theoretical performance. A report is then provided that lists the key areas where improvements might be made and future options.

 

 

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