From entry-level stereo microscopes to fully automated imaging systems, ZEN core provides a unified user interface for ZEISS microscopes and cameras. ZEN core enables the correlation of light and electron microscopy in multi-modal workflows and provides connectivity between systems, laboratories, and locations.
- Microscope and camera control
- Data acquisition and analysis
- Correlative microscopy
- Post-acquisition analysis
- Automated segmentation
- Contextual analysis
- Integrated reporting
- Mobile Access
- Central Data Management
- Connectivity between systems, laboratories, and locations
- Interfaces for further analysis
- Create multiple user accounts with defined privileges and roles according to your needs.
- Create and manage users directly in ZEN core – or connect to ActiveDirectory and reuse those user accounts.
- Administrate all users efficiently using ZEN Data storage as a central hub for all your connected microscopes.
- Protect access with passwords and leverage extensive capabilities to put password rules and expiration times in place.
ZEN analyzer is your desktop version of ZEN core, designed for activities that can be done independently of the microscope. Your instrument is not blocked for post-processing tasks. Instead use it to run other experiments—anywhere, anytime, and with genuine efficiency.
- The ideal solution for segmentation and analysis, as well as for reporting and creating job templates.
- Offering remote access to ZEN Data storage.
- Enables you to use all workbenches available in ZEN core giving full control of all data and templates, accessible from your desk.
Including material modules for the determination of grain sizes, phases and layer thicknesses as well as for the classification of graphite particles and non-metallic inclusion analysis, ZEN core provides all important metallographic applications under a uniform user interface.
Depending on process parameters and chemical composition of the material, graphite particles in cast iron can occur in different shape and distribution. This influences the mechanical properties of the material.
Analyze the shape and size of graphite particles fully automatically. Obtain the spheroid number according to EN ISO 945-1: 2008 + Cor.1:2010. Determine the nodularity of vermicular graphite and examine the content of graphite particles in area percentage.
The size and distribution of grains are directly linked to the material properties. Quantify the crystallographic structure of your materialographic samples in accordance to international standards. Three evaluation methods allow you to characterize your material:
- Planimetric method for automatic grain boundary reconstruction
- Intercept method with a variety of different chord patterns to interactively recognize and count the intersections with grain boundaries
- Comparison method for manual image evaluation with comparative diagrams
Any part of the material with a distinct crystal structure can be taken as a “phase”. Different phases are separated from one another by distinct boundaries. Distribution and orientation of phases affect the material properties like hardness, strength or elongation at break.
Analyze the phase distribution in your samples. Determine size, shape or orientation precisely and fully automatically. Use this distribution analysis to gain information about porosity of additive manufactured material.
Measure thickness of coatings and platings, or the depth of hardened surfaces in the cross section of a sample.
Evaluate complex layers systems either automatically or interactively. The module calculates the course of the measurement chords depending on the gradient present.
Get the results from your part in a clear report containing images, sample data and measurement values, such as the maximum and minimum chord lengths, mean, and standard deviation.
Metallographic analysis of NMI is governed by industry standards that are supported by ZEN core which guides the user quickly and easily through the workflow, generating a report and inclusion gallery compliant with the standards.
Powerful inspection views and automated deformation axis detection features make analysis easy, intuitive and repeatable. With additional GxP functionality, ZEN core users are able to offer their customers full traceability and data integrity in NMI analyses, meaning that grade certification is auditable, particularly advantageous for customers in regulated industries.
Make your Wall Charts digital. Compare your sample under the microscope with comparative diagrams directly on your screen.
Choose between different schematic micrographs with specific characteristics. These change gradually from image to image and may relate to grain size, carbide precipitation in steel, or quality of sample preparation.
The module also provides a chart series creator to design your own comparison diagrams, e.g. for pass-/fail criteria in quality control or best target preparation images for your individual material microstructures.
Automatically acquire images with enhanced depth of field
Acquire panorama images on coded and non-coded stages
Easily define stitching areas to create highly resolved images
Observe materials under temperature.
Acquire images with multiple channels in one go automatatically, e.g. multiple fluorescent channels or just bright- and darkfield.
Segmentation is one of the biggest challenges faced by today’s microscopists, but you can avoid errors and user bias by using machine learning for image segmentation.
ZEN Intellesis Segmentation
This software module provides powerful machine learning segmentation of multidimensional images including 3D datasets. It’s designed for smooth integration of multiple imaging modalities and for achieving superior segmentation on any single image.
- Automatically analyze images that once had to be processed manually. Train a model to segment them for you.
- Use your own expertise to train the software and let it do the tedious segmentation. Or import dedicated networks trained elsewhere (for example, on www.APEER.com)
- Benefit from saving time in sample preparation as ZEN Intellesis Segmentation can adapt to your own preparation process. Reproducibility is guaranteed as the stored analysis program can be used again, sample by sample, or retrained to handle new samples.
Sometimes segmenting objects like particles, inclusions or grains is straightforward, but it can still be hard to classify them further into different types. Even machine learning-based segmentation techniques may struggle in this case because they only take the appearance of pixels into account and are unable to consider derived properties of pixel clusters (objects) as well.
ZEN Intellesis Object Classification now offers an easy way to classify already segmented objects into subclasses. An object classification model can be trained to perform the classification automatically.
- Instead of looking at individual pixels, the model uses more than 50 properties measured per object to distinguish them. These derived measurements include geometric and intensity-based features.
- Since ZEN Intellesis Object Classification works on tabulated instead of image data, the classification process is much faster than segmentation by specifically trained deep neural networks.
- In addition, the classification process is independent of the prior segmentation, whether it was done by classic thresholding or using machine learning.
Organize and visualize different microscopy images and data from the same sample in their context, all in one place. For sample-centric analysis, ZEN Connect workflows enable you to get from a quick overview image to advanced imaging with multiple modalities. The correlations between the images at different scales can be seen and easily navigated. The interdependencies of the different datasets can be stored, exported and re-used in a Client Server Database – ZEN Data Storage. Perform exportable line, angle and area measurements in the workspace within or across aligned images. ZEN Connect also enables an integrated reporting across the connected images and datasets.
Correlative microscopy is a powerful technique for combining the complementary attributes of diﬀerent microscopic techniques to obtain maximum meaningful information from parts or materials samples. ZEN core is the ZEISS correlative microscopy interface, designed speciﬁcally for use in materials analysis available on all ZEISS light- and electron microscopes with motorized stages.
- Transfer samples between LM and EM systems faster than ever.
- Relocate regions of interest automatically.
- Improve efficiency and throughput.
- Collect the maximum relevant information.
- Take well informed material decisions.
As digitization continues to improve microscopic investigations, you’re facing an ever-growing mass of images and data that needs to be managed, all the more so in multi-user laboratories. ZEN Data Storage enables you to separate image and data acquisition from post-acquisition works, making everyone in the lab work more efficiently in a number of ways:
- Share instrument presets, workflows, data and reports with ease.
- Access all data from different systems and locations.
- Your analyses are quality assured and reproducible.
- Perform multi-modal workflows and reap maximum information from your samples.
- Help your IT department implement security and backups.
- Combine ZEN Data Explorer with ZEN Data Storage for mobile access to your data. This lets you use your tablet or smartphone to examine your results when you’re on the go.
The GxP module enables traceable workflows through seamlessly integrated microscopy hardware and software to meet the requirements of regulated industries. Every workflow available in ZEN core can be made GxP compliant.
- User management
- Audit trail
- Release procedure of workflows
- Electronic signatures, incl. countersign functionality
- Checksum protection of process-critical data
- Disaster recovery
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