Metrology Instrument measures surface forms.

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Tropel FlatRuler(TM) 200 provides non-contact optical surface form measurements of flat surfaces on ground, blanked, stamped, turned, or molded components. Instrument's fringe projection illuminates entire surface of object, allowing non-contact, 3-D measurements of up to 250,000 data points with accuracy to 5 microns. Each system includes high-resolution color monitor, high-speed color inkjet printer, graphical user interface, and Ethernet local area network interface.



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Corning Tropel Introduces FlatRuler(tm) 200 Metrology Instrument



Instrument's dynamic range enables previously unattainable non-contact optical surface form measurement

FAIRPORT, N.Y. - Corning Tropel Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), today introduced the Tropel FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument. The FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument provides non-contact optical surface form measurement of precision components used in the industrial, semiconductor, and automotive markets. It measures ground, blanked, stamped, turned, or molded components, providing rapid, accurate surface form measurement of flat surfaces.

"The introduction of the FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument allows customers to measure surfaces that previously required the use of manual instruments," said John Bruning, president, Corning Tropel. "The large 1.5mm dynamic range of the FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument allows measurement of materials like ceramics, metals, and polymers."

The FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument's fringe projection technology illuminates the entire surface of an object at once. This allows non-contact, 3-D measurements of up to 250,000 data points in seconds, with accuracy to five microns. Measurements with the FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument are in compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration, created to develop and promote measurements, standards, and technology throughout various industries.

"The speed and accuracy of the FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument helps customers maximize throughput and yield while shortening cycle times," said Bruning. "With less scrap material and downtime due to rework of components, our customers should see a significant increase in overall productivity."

The FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument runs on the Windows® operating system, providing ease-of-use and menu-driven software. No fixtures are needed, providing easy part placement on the workstation. The FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument is designed to be used on manufacturing floors and in clean rooms, is insensitive to environment and vibration, and requires minimal maintenance.

Each system includes a high-resolution color monitor, high-speed color inkjet printer, graphical user interface, and Ethernet local area network interface. Product specifications for the FlatRuler(TM) 200 metrology instrument are available at www.corning.com/SemiconductorMaterials.

Through the combined expertise of its Corning Semiconductor Materials and Corning Tropel business units, Corning is a leading supplier of optical materials, precision optics, and metrology instruments for the semiconductor industry. More information is available at www.corning.com/SemiconductorMaterials.

Established in 1851, Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) creates leading-edge technologies for the fastest-growing markets of the world's economy. Corning manufactures optical fiber, cable and photonic products for the telecommunications industry; and high-performance displays and components for television, information technology and other communications-related industries. The company also uses advanced materials to manufacture products for scientific, semiconductor and environmental markets. Corning revenues for 2001 were $6.3 billion.

Corning Contact:
Elijah Baity
(607) 974-8908
baityea@corning.com

Buck & Pulleyn Contact:
Julie Napieralski
(585) 248-2300
julie.napieralski@pulleyn.com

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