Ann Arbor, MI (PressExposure) December 14, 2009 -- Carry-along microscopes for industrial and research applications are more sophisticated than their convenient size may suggest. The latest models of these precision optical instruments offer magnification up to 50x, sharp resolution, measurement capability and built-in illumination.
Lightweight portability makes the professional-grade tools useful for quality control inspections of incoming parts, assembly samples, printed circuit boards, publishing materials and fibers. They're also handy for forensic investigators, field biologists and geologists, printers, gemologists and educators.
Five pocket-size microscopes are featured by Aven, Inc., a global distributor of optical inspection equipment and high-performance tools. Four provide internal light for bright, clear examination of small objects and areas by engineers, tool makers and scientists working on location. Additionally, a clear acrylic base lets ambient light reach examined objects.
Aven's flip-open illuminated model with an angled viewing tube (shown in photo) has 40x magnification and a measuring range up to 4mm. Three other battery-operated illuminated pocket scopes with 20x, 30x and 50x magnification are from Carton Optical Industries, which also manufactures full-size microscopes, binoculars, telescopes and ophthalmic instruments.
The product line also includes a pen-size 25x scope with pocket clip and a metric measurement glass reticle. A beveled clear base opening gathers and focuses ambient light.
Each instrument is powerful enough to detect hairline cracks, assembly flaws, off-register printing and other imperfections.
For more information, call (734) 973-0099 or visit www.aveninc.com.