MSQ Inclusion Rating

MSQ Inclusion Rating is designed to produce ASTM E45 Method A and Method D inclusion ratings for inclusion types A, B, C and D. The details of the standard are found in the ASTM Annual Book of Standards, Volume 03.01. This tool also follows the standards described in ASTM Practice E 1122.
Eliminate tedious manual and chart comparisons. Inclusions are measured and rated quickly and accurately.
The control panel has early labeled buttons, not cryptic icon graphics.
Selectable field size. 
Set reject levels for automatic logging of any rejectable inclusions.
Easy to set controls for detecting both sulfide and oxide type inclusions.
Rate live samples using camera on and off switch, or stored file images may be measured.
Measurement with the click of one button. Can be used with virually any microscope or metallograph, manual or automatic stage.
Number of fields rated and total area rated are constantly displayed.
Convenient controls for correcting uneven illumination.
Both Method A and Method D reports can be produced.
Results are immediately displayed. Click on the View Results button for an example.
All measurements and statistical results are sent automatically to an Excel report. The report may be changed to any format, saved and printed. See sample report below.

Key Benefits
Easy to use controls
Accurate and fast measurements of inclusion types A, B, C and D
Flexible results reporting: Output to Microsoft Excel®

MSQ Inclusion Reports
All inclusion rating results are sent to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (as well as to the ratings table). The spreadsheets included with MSQ Inclusion Rating are the primary methods of printing and saving the inclusion data. There are two separate report spreadsheets available. They are the ASTM E45 Method D report and the ASTM E45 Method A report. The format of either report may be modified to meet your requirements. See sample reports below.

Ratings Table
Inclusion rating results are displayed in the Ratings Table as shown below. The Results Table entries are the number of fields which have been rated for the various inclusion types and rating levels. All 0 entries in the table indicate that no fields have been rated at that level. In the table above one field has Type A thin inclusions rated at level 1.5, one field has Type A thin inclusions rated at level 2.0, etc. The rating table has a total of eight columns, one column each for both thin (T) and heavy (H) inclusions for each of the four major inclusion types A, B, C and D. There are eleven rows in the main rating table, one for each rating level from 0.0 to 5.0 in 0.5 level increments. There is an additional row at the bottom of the table which displays the Worst Field rating for each inclusion type. For each 0.50 mm2 specimen area measured the appropriate inclusion type table entries will be incremented for the rated level. The Rating Table will contain field counts for only fields having acceptable inclusion ratings. Fields with rejectable ratings are counted separately and displayed in the Rejected Fields table. Ratings Table Example:

Rejected Fields
Many specifications establish inclusion rating levels which define the upper limit of inclusion acceptability. If inclusions are measured which exceed these levels the field must be rejected. The Inclusion Rating program allows reject levels for inclusion types A, B, C and D, both thin and heavy to be set. As specimen fields are analyzed the ratings for any field found with an inclusion rating in excess of the reject levels are logged into the Rejected Fields Table. Rejected Fields Table Example:

Setting Reject Levels:

ASTM E45 Method D Report:
Method D is most often used with a motorized stage system and designed to report ratings for up to 320 fields of view for up to 6 specimens.
Method D Sample Report

ASTM E45 Method A Report:
The Method A report is for "Worst field reporting" where one field, the worst, is reported per sample. Up to 6 specimens may be calculated per report.
Method A Sample Report

Inclusion Rating
Control Panel: