EMI III Heating Microscope Software

The EMI III software is the core of the EM301 heating microscope, automating its operation and providing access to all essential measurement-related functions. EMI III can be integrated into existing heating microscopes from Hesse Instruments or Leitz as an upgrade.


Main features

Overview and intended use

The EMI III heating microscope software is based on Hesse Instruments’ tried-and-tested EMI 2 image analysis software and has formed an integral part of our heating microscopes since 2015. The software aims to simplify operations involving the heating microscope and to make them safer, as well as improving the quality of the measurement results.

As the central control panel of the heating microscope, EMI III is responsible for control, operation and management. Almost all steps before and during measurement, right through to evaluation and documentation, are performed via the software. The operator can therefore access all information and execute all functions within a combined environment.

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Evaluation, display and analyses

Measurements are evaluated automatically by greyscale analysis of the recorded silhouettes, and newly developed evaluation algorithms allow the system to evaluate samples with a wide range of material characteristics. Analysis is supported by the use of modern hardware and can therefore deliver precise and accurate results.

The obtained results are displayed as images, graphs, tables and videos in an interactive manner in order to simplify their viewing and evaluation: for example, if you select a measured value in a graph, the table view automatically displays the corresponding image and numerical values from the corresponding dataset.

EMI III allows quantitative evaluation of materials’ sintering, softening, melting and wetting characteristics using, among other things, the characteristic temperatures from various standards relating to the analysis of melting characteristics of ashes. In addition, the software automatically calculates various geometric parameters for the specimen, such as the height, width, area, corner angle, and contact angle, or a measure of the specimen's roundness.

Example applications for measurements with EMI III


Range of functions in detail

Aside from specimen preparation and manual operation of the heating microscope, EMI III provides the full range of functions for the instrument’s operation:

Control and display

  • Input and management of heating programmes
  • Relaying of heating programmes to furnace control unit
  • Indication of heating microscope’s communication status
  • Real-time display of measurement results

Measurement and evaluation

  • Measurement preparation: adjustment of camera image and input of measuring parameters
  • Automatic measurement (according to standard)
  • Automatic data collection
  • Automatic evaluation in real time
  • Automatic termination of measurements according to defined end criteria
  • Automatic determination of characteristic temperatures in accordance with standards
  • Assistance with manual evaluation once measurement is complete

Documentation and display

  • Interactive display media (table, graph, images, video)
  • Automatic generation of test reports
  • Automatic generation of custom reports according to user specifications

Management

  • Measurements in the measurement database
  • Methods for storage of measuring parameters
  • Users and rights
  • Function for archiving measurements

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Benefits at a glance

Performance

  • State-of-the-art hardware and software
  • High-performance image analysis
  • Advanced evaluation algorithms
  • Accurate determination of the outline of test pieces by greyscale analysis
  • Finely resolved greyscale analysis as part of automatic image analysis
  • Network-compatible CCD camera 
  • Faster, digital transmission of recorded images
  • Lossless conversion
  • Improved image quality

Efficiency

  • Clear, structured user interface
  • Straightforward and intuitive operation
  • Short training periods for staff
  • Clear presentation of measurements and measurement results 
  • Methodological management
  • Time savings during measurement preparation
  • Reduction of systematic errors
  • Automatic evaluation and documentation
  • Optimum and rapid evaluation of measurements
  • Automatic generation of test reports
  • Interactive display of measurement results
  • Linking of graphs, images and numerical values
  • Rapid individual evaluation
  • Custom design of graphs and test reports

Control and flexibility

  • Configuration of evaluation parameters
  • Direct influence on automatic image analysis
  • Adjustment of parameters to different measurement concepts, including atypical ones 
  • Traceability of changes in measurement evaluation
  • All changes to an existing measurement are documented automatically
  • Reduction of systematic errors

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