Quality Control in Industrial Manufacturing

Nanosurf provides a range of systems designed for industrial quality control applications. Whether you need standard tools for 200 mm or 300 mm diameter samples or customized solutions tailored to your specific measurement and sample requirements, Nanosurf has a diverse selection of options available to cover even the largest samples.

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Surface Quality Control

The surface quality of a component, whether utilized in industrial manufacturing or as a final product, can profoundly influence the component’s performance and, by extension, the quality of the final product. This principle is universally applicable across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from commonplace consumer goods such as ballpoint pens to sophisticated sectors like advanced manufacturing and semiconductors. In many instances, surface quality is directly associated with specific surface morphology attributes. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), with its capacity to analyze surface morphology at a resolution that significantly surpasses the diffraction limit, thereby overcoming the constraints of optical methods, in the angstrom range, emerges as an ideal instrument for such tasks. Nanosurf’s solutions for industrial quality control applications distinguish themselves by integrating the AFM with a stage explicitly engineered for a certain samples. This integration facilitates the inspection of intact workpieces straight from the production lines, obviating the need to reduce them to smaller samples typically necessitated in most AFM systems.

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Process Development and Control

Industrial manufacturing is heavily dependent on processes that are both reproducible and well-understood, particularly as the structures being produced continue to decrease in size. The development and control of these processes necessitate a thorough analysis of the resulting workpiece, whether it’s the surface roughness, critical feature dimensions, mechanical properties, or electrical properties. AFM has evolved into an essential instrument for accurately characterizing these parameters at the nanometer scale locally, thereby facilitating an understanding of how process parameters impact the process outcome.

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Operating an AFM has traditionally been a task reserved for expert users. However, in an industrial context, the operation of an AFM should be as straightforward and reproducible as possible, enabling non-expert operators to yield valid and meaningful results. Nanosurf’s Automation service offers customized automation solutions that align with the customer’s specific level of integration requirements, thereby facilitating the seamless incorporation of AFM into quality control and manufacturing processes.



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