Press Release

Cleanliness Inspection System Can Now Be Used as a Digital Microscope

Microscopic imaging gives component manufacturers greater flexibility

Olympus, July 20, 2021

The OLYMPUS CIX100 cleanliness inspection system’s latest software update includes a new microscope mode, providing component manufacturers with an all-in-one imaging solution for particle analysis and microscope inspections.

The CIX100 system is a turnkey solution dedicated to technical cleanliness inspection with a guided workflow, analysis tools and integrated industry standards. An optimized autofocus routine and optional overview scan in CIX™ software version 1.5 speed up the automated analysis, making it even easier to achieve repeatable results quickly. The new microscopy mode enables users to leave the dedicated cleanliness inspection workflow to perform microscopic imaging for other applications.

Microscope Mode with Material Solutions

Microscope mode capabilities can be expanded with a suite of optional material analysis solutions—from interactive microscopy and layer thickness measurement in surface coatings to the automatic evaluation of grain sizes—enabling users to customize the system for their needs.

Software Enhancements for Cleanliness Inspection

The update includes a streamlined workflow for routine cleanliness applications where the overview scan is unnecessary. Users can benefit from faster scanning with a deactivation option, as well as improved autofocus and fiber classification.

New Standards

Now the OLYMPUS CIX100 system supports the ASTM E1216-11 standard, including the calculation of the Surface Cleanliness Index (SCI).

SQL Server Update

New OLYMPUS CIX100 systems come with CIX software version 1.5 and Microsoft SQL Server 2017.

Update to CIX Software Version 1.5

All CIX100 customers* may use their existing license for a free update to CIX software version 1.5. Material analysis solutions in the microscope mode require a separate license to be purchased. To learn about all material solutions for the microscope mode, visit

*Software will be released in Japan in the coming months.

About Olympus

Olympus is passionate about creating customer-driven solutions for the medical, life sciences and industrial equipment industries. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping to detect, prevent and treat disease; furthering scientific research; and ensuring public safety. Olympus’ Industrial Solutions range from industrial microscopes and videoscopes to nondestructive testing technology and X-ray analyzers. These products are widely used for quality control, inspection and measurement applications. Serving customers in fields such as manufacturing, maintenance, and environment and natural resources, Olympus technology contributes to the quality of products and adds to the safety of industrial infrastructure and facilities. 

For more information about the OLYMPUS CIX100 cleanliness inspection system and other industrial solutions, visit

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