Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Stereo Microscopes: Low Cost, High Performance

Vision Engineering's Mantis line of high-performance magnification stereo microscopes offers three different state-of-the-art models (Mantis Compact, Mantis Elite, and Mantis Elite-Cam) with a variety of features perfect for a range of tasks. The Mantis Compact model provides a high-value, low-investment inspection stereo microscope that excels in the low-magnification range perfect for inspection, manipulation or rework applications.

One of the most important features of the Mantis Compact is Vision Engineering's patented eyepieceless technology (found on all three Mantis models), which provides an ergonomic advantage allowing the operator greater freedom of head movement and to wear glasses, if needed. Furthermore, the Compact features simple 3-D viewing that shows the apparent distance to the viewed object image identical to that of the real object, cutting out the need for refocusing, and minimizing eye fatigue (please see the Optical Data chart below). These innovations lead to increased productivity.

Optical Data
Objective Lenses (Sold Separately) Working Distance Field of View
6.57" (167 mm)
1.77" (45 mm)
3.78" (96 mm)
1.08" (27.5 mm)
2.87" (73 mm)
0.76" (19.2 mm)
2.3" (58.5 mm)
0.56" (14.3 mm)

Designed to offer a low price to high performance ratio, the Mantis Compact boasts a myriad of modern developments in optical technology and ergonomics that allow the users’ hands and eyes to work together for greater efficiency and accuracy. These features include:

  • 2x, 4x, 6x & 8x quick-change magnification options for clear, sharp images
  • True color, LED illumination provides more than 10,000 hours of shadow-free viewing
  • Illumination data: Mantis Compact = 20 LEDs & 9,400 LUX, Substage (Bench Stand Only) = 13 LEDs & 1,200 - 4,000 LUX
  • Improved productivity and increased throughput via superior ergonomics
  • Superb hand-eye coordination makes inspection and manipulation tasks simpler
  • Long working distances and large depth of field for easy sample manipulation and rework
  • Small footprint
In addition to the Mantis Compact head unit, there are a number of objective lenses and stands available (including the Universal Arm, which offers simplicity and flexibility; the Articulated Arm, which is for extended reach applications; the Rigid Bench Stand, which provides added stability and substage illumination options; and the Floor Stand with Articulated Arm, which allows for inspection of immobile subjects). Q Source has also created two Mantis Compact packages (the Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Universal Stand and the Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Series Stereo Microscope Visual Inspection System w/Bench Stand) available at QSource.com. These packages do not include an objective lens.

For further information, or to purchase, a Vision Engineering Mantis Compact Visual Inspection Stereo Microscope head unit or one of our Mantis Compact packages, please visit QSource.com or contact us via email or at 800-966-6020. Our experienced associates will be happy to assist you in building the exact Mantis Compact to suit your needs.

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