ZEISS Surface Finish and Roughness Solutions

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Surface finish and roughness solutions from ZEISS

ZEISS is the one-stop A-Z solution provider for surface finish and roughness measurements that underpin quality assurance and production monitoring. Its portfolio delivers detailed and informative data for confident decision-making in all applications, ensuring dynamic and reliable results. These tactile and optical solutions can be used to inspect, characterize, and measure complex geometries, topographies, and roughness levels of finished and functional surfaces.

Discover how ZEISS helps you tackle key challenges during the inspection, characterization, and measurement of your parts.

Flexible Solutions for inspecting, characterizing and measuring complex parts

Tactile Solutions

During quality inspection and surface analysis of parts, operators must perform high-precision measurements to ensure that each part meets all tolerances for surface profile, contour and roughness.

Precision Roughness Measurement

with CMMs on powertrain components

Your benefit with ZEISS
Boasting 3 rotary axes, ZEISS ROTOS can reproducibly measure the entire surface roughness in any direction – ensuring optimum accessibility and increased flexibility. It additionally supports automated surface inspection of all geometric features, thereby safeguarding product quality and promoting a high throughput.

  • All inspection characteristics and roughness tolerances checked in single automated run fully compliant with standards
  • No reclamping, minimal setup times, flexible modular design
  • Roughness measurement integrated into CMM measuring sequence  
Reporting with ZEISS CALYPSO
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Reporting with ZEISS CALYPSO
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Precision Roughness Measurement with CMMs

on blisks and curved workpiece surfaces

Your benefit with ZEISS
ZEISS ROTOS can reproducibly measure the surface roughness at various locations on the airfoil in a fully automated process. It can therefore be paired with the RS-10 (RS-4) roughness stylus, which is ideal for blisk measurements due to its accessibility on concave surfaces and given the narrow gaps between the airfoils.

  • Reduce costs with intensive roughness measurement of each individual blisk
  • Vast number of measurements and tolerances processed with ease in ZEISS CLAYPSO and ZEISS PiWeb  
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Surface Analysis of hip shells

High-performance surface needs highest accuracy

Your benefit with SURFCOM
SURFCOM delivers the compliance with tolerances, stability of measurement, and parameter-based analysis essential for inspecting hip shells. Its sensor performs a skidless trace to obtain high-resolution digitized scans.

  • Linear motor drive technology for lowest possible noise on X-axis tracing driver
  • Form removal filter unwinds curvature; Lc and Gaussian roughness filters available
  • SURFCOM results ready for thorough analysis in ACCTee PRO metrology software
  • A modular design allows the choice of a transducer suitable to the application.
  • A hybrid transducer measures both contour (large stroke) and surface roughness (high resolution).  
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Flexible Solutions for inspecting, characterizing and measuring complex parts

Optical Solutions

Optical surface measurement scans surface fine structure and sensitive materials without contact. 2D characteristic values and 3D surface parameters can be determined that capture the properties of the microstructure.

Optical microscope solutions for industry

The ZEISS laser scanning confocal microscope LSM 900 for materials features powerful automation capabilities. It is ideal for topography surface characterization, area and profile roughness, and thin film measurements. The widefield confocal microscope ZEISS Smartproof 5 offers high throughput and plug-and-play operation. It performs texture or topography surface characterization as well as area and profile roughness measurements.

Surface Analysis of

Laser-Polished Additively Manufactured 316L Stainless Steel

Your benefit with ZEISS
The integrated widefield microscope ZEISS Smartproof 5 quickly captures 2.5D topography and quantifies roughness values, processing all relevant parameters and enabling direct comparison of multiple surface finishes in ZEISS Confomap analysis software.

  • Smartproof 5 characterizes the surface quality of the steel in a quick and reliable way, making it possible to quantify the surface smoothing achieved, evaluate the process quality of laser polishing, and narrow down a suitable process window for surface treatment of additively manufactured 316L stainless steel
  • Provides high throughput surface analyses featuring an ideal balance between required high image resolution and acquisition speed and repeatable results.  
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ZEISS helps Oerlikon to drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing

Surface characterization

of dental implants

Your benefit with ZEISS
Generating zero traces or damage during measurement, the integrated widefield microscope ZEISS Smartproof 5 is perfect for the analysis of sensitive surfaces.

  • Based on the confocal principle, minimizes the time to result, and provides a perfect balance between high resolution and high speed
  • Equipped with dedicated objective lenses featuring a terrific high numerical aperture that is especially beneficial for lower magnifications.
  • ZEISS Smartproof 5 run by ZEISS ZEN core software conforms with GxP and is therefore optimally suited to measuring parts in the medical field.  
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Analysis of PVDF particles on separator foil

and electrode roughness on an e-battery

Your benefit with ZEISS
ZEISS LSM 900 for materials provides an accurate evaluation of the microstructure of separator foils in the battery, doing so in a contactless way that does not affect the surface of the separator or influence the results. The height and distribution of the binder particles can be measured over a large region with a dedicated 10X objective, which provides an excellent level of surface detail thanks to its high numerical aperture.

Combine the ZEISS Axio Imager 2 upright light microscope with the LSM 900 Mat to enjoy the full range of essential light microscopy contrasting methods for materials as well as high precision topography – all on a single instrument. Since there is no need to change microscopes, this saves time on setup.  

Reporting with ZEISS Confomap
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