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Olympus Introduces BX63® Motorized Research Microscope with Fully Customizable Workspace, Automated X,Y,Z

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., April 8, 2011 - Olympus has introduced the BX63 motorized upright advanced research microscope with fully automated control. The new microscope system offers unprecedented performance and flexibility, enabling users to design their own personalized workspace and workflow for comfort, accuracy and efficiency. It features a sleek touch-panel control that works like a tablet computer, offering fingertip control of both stage position and focus, along with other automated features and accessories. The BX63 system is designed for use with Olympus UIS2 optics, renowned for their ultra-sharp, brilliant images and long working distances.

The BX63 can be personalized with total flexibility in how each user manages the entire microscopy and imaging process. Users control all observation and image-capture functions with the ultra-easy, programmable touch-screen (the user interface is patent pending). With a quick slide of the finger, they can change the objective, mirror unit and observation method, navigate the specimen's XY position and adjust focus. A traditional, detachable remote-control handset also is available and offers easy-to-use buttons for focus, stage position, observation method, objective, mirror and light intensity. The XY stage control can be placed on either side of, or even separated from, the main control unit. The microscope also can be operated via powerful, easy-to-use cellSens®* software. The BX63 automates stage and focus position, along with condenser position, aperture stop, field stop, polarizer, fluorescence shutter, mirror turret position and light intensity for maximum efficiency and ease of use regardless of configuration.

"The heart of the BX63 is its unique, personalized control concept," said Olympus product manager Mark Clymer. "It simplifies observation and imaging tasks and delivers outstanding performance so researchers can focus on their science instead of managing their equipment."

A key new feature of the BX63 is the three-point mounted fixed stage with focusing nosepiece, which creates a stable sample surface that does not suffer from the "stage-sag" of traditional stage-focusing microscopes. The stage utilizes ultrasonic piezo technology to move the sample silently and precisely. The position of the stage also can be manipulated by hand to speed specimen loading and for gross adjustment of the stage position.

The BX63 is an ideal platform for fluorescence microscopy. Both the motorized and coded fluorescence illuminators feature the unique Olympus fly's-eye system, which provides homogeneous illumination of the entire field of view, for exceptional fluorescence performance. In addition, high transmission and minimal auto-fluorescence throughout the optical pathway ensure outstanding fluorescence performance. The eight-position filter turret handles multi-color fluorescence studies with fast, tool-free mirror cube exchange.

The new system brings the total number of microscope systems in the popular BX3 series to six. For more information on the Olympus BX63 microscope, contact Mark Clymer, Olympus America Inc., at mark.clymer@olympus.com or 484-896-3381; visit www.olympusamerica.com/BXresearch.

About Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group
Olympus America Inc., Scientific Equipment Group provides innovative microscope imaging solutions for researchers, doctors, clinicians, engineers and educators. Olympus bioscience microscope systems offer unsurpassed optics, superior construction and system versatility to meet the ever-changing needs of microscopists, paving the way for future advances in life science. Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics and semiconductors.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;

  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Industrial research, engineering, test, inspection and measuring instruments; and
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

*In the United States, cellSens software is intended for research and educational use only.