back to overview
Die and tool technology, tribology measurement, wear measurement

Mechanical engineering

Determining the quality and wear of surfaces and cutting edges

High performance tools in continuous operation are subject to extreme demands. The quality of the cutting edges is a determining factor for the surface quality of the work piece. Typical wearing parameters such as cratering volume cannot be recorded sufficiently enough using mechanical profile measurements. Therefore µsurf technology is implemented in the production environment – this reduces downtimes to a minimum and also saves money.

Examples of application

With NanoFocus 3D measurement systems quality assurance near production lines is possible. Also for samples with awkward characteristics such as steep slopes the systems deliver exact and repeatable 3D measurement data within a few seconds.

Machining traces

The surface quality achieved on the workpiece with the tool can be inspected with µsurf technology. The 3D topology provides information on the surface quality attained, as well as the service life of the tool, and also allows for a direction-independent analysis. Even the finest structures can be captured and analyzed with µsurf. The µsoft analysis software performs structural analysis, as well as simple and quick calculation of volumes and facilitates extensive geometric measurements (depth, angle, etc.).

Products: µsurf explorerµsurf custom, µscan select, µsoft analysis

Erosion tools

High demands are placed on surface quality and geometry in the production of erosion tools. A target-actual comparison is possible on the basis of the measurement data. The high precision of the measurement permits determination of the DIN EN ISO surface roughness.

Products: µsurf explorerµsurf custom, µscan select, µsoft analysis

Razor blades

Blades have an optimized geometry so as to achieve the best possible cutting properties. It is therefore necessary to constantly regulate the grinding angle and material thickness on the production machines. The stereo-confocal-microscope µsurf blade captures both sides of a blade in a single measurement and evaluates the results automatically, as required.

Products: µsurf explorerµsurf custom, µscan select, µsoft blademaster, µsoft analysis


With NanoFocus technology the wear of sandpaper, sanding discs and sanding belts can be determined exactly. The systems detect particle size and distribution for example.

Products: µsprint topographer, µscan select, µsoft analysis

Cutting inserts

Local wear (e.g. crater wear) leads to an instable cutting-edge and makes tools unusable. With the µsurf technology steep edges and rough surfaces can be measured quickly and precisely. The crater volume and the absolute depth of cratering can be determined from the measurement data.

Products: µsurf explorerµsurf custom, µsoft analysis

Tool cutters

The geometry and surface properties of tools have a key influence on the quality of the machining process. The µsurf microscope allows the absolute cutting angle and its rounding of the cutting-edge to be determined quickly and reliably. The directional dependence of the 2D roughness on the machined surfaces - which may occur under certain circumstances - is resolved by determining the 3D roughness values. This is not possible with tactile measuring instruments or SEM.

Products: µsurf explorer, µsurf custom, µscan select, µsoft analysis

Benefits at a glance

  • Traceable and qualifiable results
  • No sample preparation
  • Non-destructive measurements
  • Special measurement solution for cutting-edges
  • Ideal for the determination of wear

Contact us online

Call-back service                
System demonstration 
Free test measurement 

Request information

Price quote



Your contact
Kevin Strewginski
Phone:  +49 208 62000-0
Fax:  +49 208 62000-99

Forgot your password?

Please enter your username or email address. Instructions for resetting the password will be immediately emailed to you.

Return to login form