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Forensic science gathers and examines information about the past, which can then be used in a court of law. Technicians inspect fingerprints, signatures, crime scene details, hair samples, and other physical pieces of evidence. They also inspect currency to assess potential for counterfeiting. Unlike the image projected in various popular crime dramas, most forensics is done in a lab in highly rigid environments.

The results of forensic inspection become part of legal documentation or evidence, and can also become part of a lawsuit. Inspections must be detailed and consistent, to avoid having evidence compromised or dismissed. Although most forensics is done in a lab, sometimes inspection must be done at a crime site. Inspectors must then be able to use portable devices to magnify and catalog evidence.

In addition to the ability to magnify, evaluate, and identify items, inspection tools must also be able to save and tag images, since the images usually become legal evidence. The best inspection tools provide the ability to save, store, and label each image. Image should be able to be viewed by more than one person for comparing results. In addition, field work requires portable inspection devices that can be quickly deployed.

The visual inspection stations from FSInspection.com, including the HDMag, X-Mag, VERSAMag, and PKMag, use smooth, continuous magnification that can identify many types of evidence. Our Visual Inspection Stations all include lights that can be aimed precisely, or even turned off. This allows inspectors to easily detect minute differences in shading. The PKMag and VERSAMag are portable inspection stations that can travel to a crime scene and be deployed in seconds. Our inspection stations are also ergonomically designed so operators do not have to hunch over a camera or push their eyes into awkward and uncomfortable eyepieces. Users can sit comfortably and view results on our large monitors, minimizing fatigue and reducing the chance of errors due to tiredness. The design also permits collaboration: Operators can share results on the screen, or can freeze and capture images to save to file. Saved images can be individually tagged and labeled for evidence.



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Medical Components and Devices

The medical industry has made great advances in patient care, diagnostics, and prevention, largely due to the more sophisticated devices now available. A device can be an instrument, apparatus, implant, in vitro reagent, or related article that is used to diagnose, prevent, or treat disease or other conditions. In the area of patient care, in additional to surgical equipment, it can include syringes, needles, implants, stents, and other tools. This field also includes dental and optical equipment, such as drills and lenses.

The medical industry is bound by regulations and ethics to maintain the highest level of quality. The devices, and the components that comprise them, must be free of defects to ensure patient safety and well-being. The inspection process looks for burrs and other surface irregularities, along with uneven edges and curves. The medical industry also has narrow requirements for tolerances, which often means the component and its measuring device are inspected simultaneously.

With such a wide variety of devices, the medical industry usually requires many different types of inspection tools. The ideal inspection tools should be able to handle both small and large components and devices without excessive repositioning. They should be able to handle the unique defects found in metal, plastic, and other parts, including optical lenses. They should allow operators to change the area of focus gradually and continually, so they can see the effect minute defects can have on the larger component. The visual inspection tools must be able to look at all sides of each piece, preferably without moving the piece. The best inspection tools will be able to move the magnifying element and the light to focus on each side in turn, while also following the line of any curves.

The visual inspection stations from FSInspection.com, including the HDMag, X-Mag, VERSAMag, and PKMag, use smooth, continuous magnification that can resolve many types of defects. Our Visual Inspection Stations all include lights that can be turned on or off, and aimed precisely to bring even the most subtle irregularity out of the darkness. The judicious use of lights can reduce glare from the surface of shiny metal objects like needles and stents. Our Visual Inspection Stations are also ergonomically designed so operators do not have to hunch over a camera or push their eyes into awkward and uncomfortable eyepieces. Users can sit comfortably and view results on our large monitors, minimizing fatigue and reducing the chance of errors due to tiredness. The design also permits collaboration: Operators can share results on the screen, or can freeze and capture images to save to file.

Textiles and Apparel

The textile and apparel industries are primarily concerned with the production of yarn and cloth, along with the subsequent design and manufacture of clothing. There is a wide variety of raw material, which may be natural or synthetic, using products of the chemical industry. Apparel also includes buttons, zippers, and other fasteners.

Inspection of textiles and apparel includes tears and holes, broken stitches and loose threads, thread count, and thickness measurements. It also includes detection of contaminants and other foreign objects, such as needles left in garments. Inspection of apparel includes determining whether buttons or zippers have rough edges or sizing errors. Much of the visual inspection involves determining consistency in fabric thickness, which involves different light sources.

The ideal inspection tools will be able to inspect a broad area of cloth or fabric to determine consistency in fabric thickness and quality. Inspection tools should also be able to magnify to detect rough edges on buttons, contaminants in the fabric, and missing or loose threads. They should allow operators to smoothly move the area of focus, so they can see variations in thickness and fabric quality. The best inspection tools will have variable lighting to help see through the fabric.

The visual inspection stations from FSInspection.com, including the HDMag, X-Mag, VERSAMag, and PKMag, use smooth, continuous magnification that can resolve many types of defects. Our Visual Inspection Stations all include lights that can be aimed precisely, or even turned off. This allows operators to easily detect variations in fabric thickness and quality. The HDMag Visual Inspection Station includes a smoothly-moving XY table that allows operators to easily compare different sections of fabric. Our inspection stations are also ergonomically designed so operators do not have to hunch over a camera or push their eyes into awkward and uncomfortable eyepieces. Users can sit comfortably and view results on our large monitors, minimizing fatigue and reducing the chance of errors due to tiredness. The design also permits collaboration: Operators can share results on the screen, or can freeze and capture images to save to file.