The optical contact angle goniometers and drop shape analysis systems of the OCA series combine high resolution optics, exact liquid dosing and precise sample positioning into powerful and reliable measuring systems.
The modular approach to all hardware components allows for a multitude of configurations, ranging from manually operated basic devices to fully automated high-performance measuring systems. All OCA models are based on a common design philosophy and are built with a sturdy aluminum metal frame. Moreover, they all feature a LED lighting with manually and software-controlled intensity. Due to an automatic temperature drift compensation a stable and homogeneous illumination of the sample is guaranteed at all times.
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The OCA 15EC is the entry level measuring device for professional contact angle measurements and drop shape analysis.
The sample table of the OCA 15EC can slide freely in X- and Y-direction and is locked into position with its switchable magnetic base. In Z-direction the sample table is adjustable using precision mechanics with a hand wheel.
The fast 6.5-fold zoom lens with manual focus and adjustable observation angle in combination with the USB 3 camera ensures pin-sharp drop images and facilitates the effortless analysis with the software.
With a single direct dosing system SD-DM or a double direct dosing system DD-DM liquids can be positioned and dosed with one or two electronic syringe modules ESr-N, respectively.
Direct tubeless dosing of the syringe content and the ability to use cost-saving disposable syringes and needles allow for short preparation times and minimal cleaning efforts.
Even though the OCA 15EC is a high precision measuring device designed for laboratory use, it is highly mobile and can effortlessly be taken apart with two star grip screws and be stored securely in a transport case.
OCA 15EC Package 2
The software for the optical contact angle measuring and contour analysis systems of the OCA series is continuously being developed and enhanced with new features.
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Due to the modular product design the OCA 15EC can be combined with a multitude of options of the versatile OCA accessories range. Learn more about the available accessories.
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OCA 15EC on tilting base unit TBU 100EC
The OCA 25 is the all-purpose measuring device for contact angle measurements and drop shape analysis.
The sample table of the OCA 25 is adjustable along all three directions in space via precision axes with hand wheels. Hence, a fast and exact manual positioning of the sample is always guaranteed, even when using high-performance temperature chambers like the electrical temperature control unit TEC 700U.
Analysis of even the fastest processes is possible recording up to 4276 frames/s using the 6.5-fold zoom lens and the high-performance camera with USB 3 interface. Hence, contact angles on adsorbing surfaces like tissues or powders can be measured reliably.
For dosing liquids the manual single and double direct dosing systems SD-DM and DD-DM can be used as well as the electronic multiple direct dosing systems DDE/x. The latter are able to electronically position one to four electronic syringe modules ESr-N.
Furthermore, a nanoliter dosing system can be used to generate extra small liquid drops. Even these are no challenge for the OCA 25 due to its high resolution optics.
OCA 25 with DDE/3
Due to the modular product design the OCA 25 can be combined with a multitude of options of the versatile OCA accessories range. Learn more about the available accessories.
OCA 25 sample table with precision axes for exact manual positioning
The universal device platform opens the way to special models of the OCA 25, which satisfy even highest customer expectations and cope with the most challenging measuring environments.
The high temperature measuring system OCA 25-HTV 1800 is capable of measuring contact angles at high temperatures of up to 1800 °C and under vacuum down to 10-5 mbar or under inert gas atmosphere, respectively.
The application range and ease of use of the OCA 25-HTV 1800 can be further increased with optional accessories:
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OCA 25-HTV 1800 with optional trolley cart
High temperature furnace of OCA 25-HTV 1800
The OCA 25-PMC 750 with its high pressure measuring chamber provides the opportunity to measure interfacial tensions and contact angles at pressures of up to 750 bar and under temperature conditions ranging from -30 °C to 200 °C.
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OCA 25-PMC 750
High pressure cell of OCA 25-PMC 750
The OCA 50 is the fully automatic measuring device for the time-saving analysis of the wettability of solid surfaces and the determination of the surface energy of solids.
The sample table of the OCA 50 can be positioned along all three directions in space via electronic high-performance axes, with both extraordinary speed and highest precision.
Combined with an electronic multiple direct dosing system DDE/x and up to four electronic syringe modules ESr-N the determination of surface parameters can be automated completely.
The automation of measurements succeeds easier than ever before thanks to the intuitive automation dialogue of the OCA software and its visual drop positioning system. Hence it is possible to determine, for example, the surface energy with four test liquids at different position of even large samples without any manual user intervention. This facilitates a complete and automated sample mapping.
In order to map silicon wafers, electronic turn tables with vacuum fixation are available. They allow to access any position for contact angle measurements, even on 12″ wafers.
In any case, the 6.5-fold zoom lens and the high-performance camera with USB 3 interface ensure optimal images of the deposited drops.
OCA 50 with DDE/4
OCA 50EC with DDE/3
For a fast and intuitive device control, even during complex measurements, the TP 50 control panel with touch screen and precision control wheel is included with every OCA 50.
Due to the modular product design the OCA 50 can be combined with a multitude of options of the versatile OCA accessories range. Learn more about the available accessories.
OCA 50 electronic sample table with electronic turn table ETT/Vac
The OCA 200 is the contact angle goniometer and drop shape analysis system for microscopic and macroscopic structures.
The software-controlled, electrically driven optic alignment enables the OCA 200 to adjust the observation angle and to focus automatically.
With the trendsetting 10-fold zoom lens and the reliable auto focus system by DataPhysics Instruments, the OCA 200 is equipped to handle any kind of sample size from a macroscopic silicon wafer to the microscopic mesh structure of a coronary stent.
In combination with the high-performance camera with USB 3 interface even smallest drops of highly volatile liquids can be monitored.
The electrically driven sample table makes it possible to position micro-structured samples with highest precision and exceptional speed for fast automated measuring procedures.
With an electronic multiple direct dosing system DDE/x and up to four electronic syringe modules ESr-N liquids can be deposited on a macroscopic sample and its surface parameters can be determined automatically.
OCA 200 with DDE/4
OCA 200 optic alignment and zoom lens
For the analysis of micro-structured samples the nanoliter dosing system is available which can generate down to 10 nanoliter small droplets. These droplets are small enough to fit, for example, between the screw threads of a dental implant whose surface is to be analyzed.
Even smaller structures can be analyzed using the picoliter dosing system PDDS which can dose down to 30 picoliter small droplets. These allow contact angle measurement, for example, on the individual wires of the mesh structure of a coronary stent or on single fibers.
Due to the modular product design the OCA 200 can be combined with a multitude of options of the versatile OCA accessories range. With its extended zoom range and high resolution optics the OCA 200 is the device of choice when utilizing smallest droplets like with the picoliter dosing system PDDS.
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Nanoliter drop between the screw threads of a dental implant
OCA 200 with picoliter and nanoliter dosing systems
A continuous production control can prevent expensive product recalls. But often ready-made products are too large or too heavy for measuring systems designed for laboratory use like the DataPhysics Instruments OCA series. With the portable contact angle goniometer PCA 100M from DataPhysics Instruments the measuring device can be simply put on top of the sample.
The PCA 100M allows for a nondestructive material test even on large surfaces like whole windshields, car body parts, large-scale wafers or compound materials. Due to contact angle measurements and the determination of the surface energy, the quality of a coating or the sample cleanliness after a cleaning procedure can be evaluated directly during the production process.
The PCA 100M can be used almost anywhere, even in a clean room, thanks to the compact design and the easy connection to a laptop or an on-site PC. With the optional laboratory stand PCA-MS the PCA 100M can also be used as a laboratory device.
In combination with single and multi axes robots the PCA 100R can be used to directly integrate an automated surface analysis into the production process. An appropriate robot cell is being designed according to customer needs and hence fits perfectly to the samples.
Individually adapted control software ensures a smooth transfer of the samples between the PCA 100R and other robot systems. Hence an automatic and reliable control of surface properties even inside a production line is guaranteed.
Contact angle measurement on an engine hood using the PCA 100M/4
PCA 100M/4 for using up to four test liquids
With optional accessories the application range of the PCA 100M can be increased further.
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PCA 100R/2 with 3 axes positioning system and rotary axis
Sample mapping on a glass substrate with a robot guided PCA 100R/2
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