The Ceramscan is a benchtop laser-based scanner that measures the volume, density and dimensional profiles of Ceramic test pieces.

Ceramscan with sample

This non-contact measurement system offers considerable advantages over contact and displacement techniques which purely measure volume.

The rapid 3-dimensional digitisation of products enables the automatic calculation of several detailed dimension related parameters, the results of which may be mathematically manipulated for immediate use or future retrieval in a variety of data formats.

With the Ceramscan, manufacturers have a precise and fast method for the measurement of the volume, density and dimensions of solid ceramic pieces in order to be able to control and monitor their manufacture. It can provide an objective quantifiable result which can be archived and retrieved for future viewing, should you ever need to check back and compare with historical data.

How the instrument works

The product is located on a sample platform tailored to the specific product. Parameters for each batch under test, which are entered into the software by the operator, include: sample ID name and date. The product is then weighed by one of 3 options: an external specified 3-decimal place balance which feeds the sample weight automatically into the software, a customer selected balance with manual input of weight into the software or for samples of sufficient mass the instrument can weigh the sample automatically during a test. An eye-safe laser device is used to scan vertically to measure the contours of the product at selectable intervals whilst it rotates.

Each interval consists of 400 data points providing a detailed profile of the product. This assessment can be done rapidly, the results being obtained in a period ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes depending upon the chosen interval (0.05mm to 50mm) and the preferred precision. Temperature of the testing chamber can be measured automatically.

A full guide is available in Help File format to assist in setting up and performing tests, explaining the calculations and advising on optimum test settings to suit your product.

Sample Platform for Disposable Inserts

Disposable sample platforms provide the means to adhere samples to the platform and allow for quick removal and replacement between tests. They are located via a magnet and provided in batches of 50 which can be reusable, according to the chosen adhesive.

An instrument of this nature is a long-term investment. You’ll therefore want to make sure that its application is as universal as possible. Whilst your initial application requirements might be obvious you’ll want to make sure that your instrument can be applied to as wide a range of products as possible. Make sure you get the most value-added, feature rich instrument for your money to take your laboratory needs well into the future!