Titan Tool Supply, Inc. announced the introduction of its new model ZDM-3 vertical displacement microscope to

Titan Tool Supply, Inc. announced the introduction of its new model ZDM-3 vertical displacement microscope to measure minute variations in height. The Z-Axis electronic depth measuring microscope features a built-in LED co-axial illuminator to allow the user to focus on the top or bottom of the part being inspected. The illuminator includes a green filter and is adjustable to control light, color, and intensity. Applications in the electronics industry include the semiconductor field to measure heights of the bonded portion of lead wire, wafer bump, lead frames, and solder. The new microscope also measures the step heights of hybrid integrated circuits as well as terminal steps on multi-layer PC boards. Other applications include measuring the depth of minute cracks, engraving depth of printing rolls and plastic molds, depth grooves of computer media, and the depth of score on beverage cans, according to Titan Tool. The new ZDM-3 is available with magnifications from 50X to 400X with a standard 10X eyepiece and 100X to 800X magnifications with an optional 20X eyepiece. Titan Tool states that the ZDM-3 can be fitted with a video adapter (Model TSTVA-12 available separately) to in...

Stunning Microscopic View of Human Skin Cells Wins 2017 Nikon Small World Competition

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikon Instruments Inc. today continues celebrating its 100th anniversary by unveiling the winners of the 43rd annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, with Dr. Bram van den Broek of The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) taking first place for his photo of a skin cell expressing an excessive amount of keratin. He came across this peculiar but beautiful skin cell while researching the dynamics of keratin filaments with Andriy Volkov, a student in the Cell Biophysics group led by Professor Kees Jalink. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0fba13c6-682b-4f1f-a1ce-60bad71631be “There are more than 50 different keratin proteins known in humans. The expression patterns of keratin are often abnormal in skin tumor cells, and it is thus widely used as tumor marker in cancer diagnostics,” said Dr. van den Broek. “By studying the ways different proteins like keratin dynamically change within a cell, we can better understand the progression of cancers and other diseases.” Keratin is an important structural protein in skin cells. The keratin fibrous networ...