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Zeiss Wins Award For Machine-Learning Based Object Classification Reducing Manual Re-Inspection

ZEISS has been awarded the Fraunhofer Cleanliness Technology award REINER! 2023. ZEISS received the first prize with the top-class expert jury awarding the company for its new machine learning algorithms for optimizing particle classification in the technical cleanliness process. An innovation that increases operator productivity in particular.

“We are very pleased that the judges see the great practical added value of our solution for users,” emphasized Dr. Jati Kastanja, Product Manager, ZEISS Research Microscopy Solutions. Together with her team, she was instrumental in driving the development of the software module TCA. With success. According to Dr. Jati Kastanja, the TCA module with machine learning approach “stands out from the previous state of the art.” With serious advantages for the users. The solution, which can be easily implemented under industrial conditions, relieves operators, increases the comparability of results, and improves the utilization of microscopes.

Automated Instead of Manual

The significant increase in productivity and resource efficiency is made possible by automated type classification. In the conventional process, particles are automatically segmented and classified by particle type on the basis of a gray scale determination. However, this method often requires manual rechecking and manual reclassification by the operator. By combining this with a pre-trained machine learning based object classification model, the process now becomes much more efficient. In this process, the particle measurement results obtained in the classical method are combined and analyzed by using the pre-trained model to form a large number of uncorrelated decision trees. The result is a reproducible majority decision. If particles are detected that were previously misclassified as non-metallic, the machine learning-based object classification overwrites the results of the classical gray scale determination, resulting in a more selective classification of metallic particles. The ZEISS TCA module with machine learning extension was pre-trained using correctly classified particles and can be further trained individually by the user with little time expenditure.

Solution That Drives Purity Industry Forward

Modern production processes and quality requirements are intensifying the demands on technical cleanliness – across all industries. With the TCA module, productivity does not fall by the wayside. Rather, the ZEISS solution enables industrial users to obtain quickly, easily, and efficiently certainty about the number, nature, and origin of process-critical particles. The ZEISS development thus has the potential, as the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA put it on the occasion of the REINER! 2023 award, “to drive the economy and cleanliness industry forward”.

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