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~ an Advanced Laboratory Imaging and Analysis System ~

Before ALIAS, industry had to measure particles with calipers, a manually intensive task. Now there's a better alternative! Labor-saving and state-of-the-art, ALIAS uses a high-resolution flatbed scanner to optically scan, measure, and characterize large samples of particles. Developed in cooperation with CRI International Inc., the industry leader in catalyst technology, ALIAS can triple productivity while achieving high accuracy and decreasing measurement variability from site-to-site and person-to-person.

ALIAS is in use in dozens of plants and labs around the world. Currently in its seventh major release, ALIAS has been relied upon for more than twenty years by companies who value accuracy, repeatability, and dependability.


  • Scans hundreds of particles at a time
  • Three times faster than calipers
  • Maintains high accuracy
  • Fully customizable reports
  • Easy to setup and use



    If you're using calipers to measure particles, ALIAS can boost your throughput and revolutionize your characterization capabilities. Typically, ALIAS is used in a lab or plant environment where the size and shape of particles are a performance or quality control benchmark. While ALIAS is primarily designed to measure the physical dimensions and curvature of particles, it also provides data needed to compute additional properties, such as particle volume and density.


    To measure a sample, simply sprinkle the particles on the scanner, separate them, and click the mouse.


    Analysis Tools

    ALIAS provides both standard and weighted statistical measures such as sample average, standard deviation, median, kurtosis, and skewness. It also generates fully customizable histograms for any of the measured parameters. With ALIAS, several samples can be compared at once and subsets of samples can be separated for analysis.

    Sample Review

    The operator can zoom in on, swap the dimensions of, and remove any particle desired.


    ALIAS provides standard report formats that are fully customizable. ALIAS can also export its data directly to Microsoft Excel and to ASCII text files.


    ALIAS measures the length and diameter of particles as if it were using virtual calipers. It handles even curved and jagged particles, measuring them from tip to tip. ALIAS also provides additional data that calipers can not provide, such as the curvature and the area of each particle.


    For detailed information on ALIAS accuracy, click here.

    Sample Size

    For detailed information on the recommended sample size, click here.

    Help File

    Also available is the ALIAS Help file. Download it to read even more detail about the accuracy and capabilities of ALIAS. (To use this Help file after you download it, you need to open Microsoft Explorer, navigate to the file, right click on the file, choose Properties, and check the "Unblock" box, and click OK.)

    Current Version

    ALIAS is currently available in version 3.7, and runs on Windows 10 (64-bit). It comes with a computer and a calibrated Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner. If you would like information on upgrading to the latest version, with support for spherical catalysts and with other improved algorithms, please send an e-mail to Sales at ALIASCDS.com.

    Latest Download

    The latest version of ALIAS is version 3.7 and runs on Windows 10 (64-bit). It requires the latest hardware key to run: version RIMWX. (If your hardware key is version BDKDO, please contact Technical Support.) Click here to get all of the needed files, with the exception of the Epson scanner driver, which can be gotten here, V800_V850_EScan_3933_AM.exe. To properly install these files, you need the assistance of Cascade Data Systems to ensure that the proper settings are made and that proper calibration data for your scanner are entered into the new system. (Attempting to install these files without help could result in failure of the software to run or to return valid values).

    Update from ALIAS to ALIAS

    To update ALIAS version to ALIAS version, download the following two files and copy them both into the C:\ALIAS\ directory on your ALIAS computer:

    ALIAS Executable File

    ALIAS Help File (To use this Help file after you download it, you need to open Microsoft Explorer, navigate to the file, right click on the file, choose Properties, and check the "Unblock" box, and click OK.)

    Verify that you have done this correctly by opening ALIAS, and choosing Help from the menu bar, and "About..."
    You should see, listed in red: "ALIAS.EXE Version"

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    For Sales Information, send e-mail to Sales at ALIASCDS.com.

    For further Technical Information and Technical Support, send e-mail to TechSupport at ALIASCDS.com.

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    Page Last Updated: 6 August 2020.