|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.
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. Then examine the displayed results to ensure that all has proceeded as expected.
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.
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.
For detailed information on the recommended sample size, click here.
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.(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.)
Here is the latest ALIAS Help file with the latest instructions for the proper use and the expected accuracy of the ALIAS system. ALIAS users should have read and be familiar with this ALIAS Help file, especially the sections on "General Information", "Scanning", "Saved Files", and "Verification, Self-Test and Color Calibration". This ALIAS Help file will explain all of the commands and options available, and more importantly will provide necessary training to help the user operate ALIAS quickly, accurately, and to its fullest potential.
ALIAS users should periodically check this site and download the most recent version of the ALIAS Help file, for the statements and operating guidance in the most recent version of the Help file take precedence over the version of the Help file that initially shipped with their ALIAS system.
ALIAS Help File
Important: To use this Help file after you download it, you will need to open Microsoft Explorer, navigate to the file, right click on the file, choose Properties, and check the Unblock box, and click OK. (If you fail to Unblock it, then all of the pages will be blank.)
ALIAS UPDATES & UPGRADES
There is currently one update and one upgrade available for our current ALIAS installations. Cascade Data Systems recommends this update and this upgrade to all ALIAS installions to which they are applicable.
Update for ALIAS Versions 3.5, 3.4, and 3.3*
This includes every ALIAS installation that shipped with an Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner.
This update will adjust your ALIAS settings to provide an improvement to the ALIAS algorithm that selects which dimension is the diameter of a particle. More details are in the ALIAS Help File linked just above: see the "Scanning" | "Automatic Dimension Correction" | "The Dimension-Assigning Algorithm" page. (This update can also be applied to ALIAS versions 3.6 and 3.7, although for those versions we instead recommend doing the free upgrade to version 220.127.116.11 discussed just below.)
* - This includes all sub-versions, e.g., 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124, etc. You can determine your ALIAS version number by running ALIAS and clicking on Help | About... in the menu bar.
To install this update, backup your ALIAS.INI file, download this update, unzip it, place it in your ALIAS directory (typically C:\ALIAS\) and (while ALIAS is not running) execute it and follow the simple instructions.
And don't forget to also download the latest ALIAS Help file (the link is just above) while you're at it!
Upgrade for ALIAS Versions 3.6 and 3.7**
This includes every ALIAS installation that shipped with an Epson Perfection V800 Photo scanner.
This upgrade will bring these users up to our most-recent version of ALIAS: version 126.96.36.199. It includes a few small changes and also adds a new "Values" page that makes it easier to manually cut and paste data from ALIAS to other programs.
** - This upgrade includes all sub-versions of these versions, e.g., 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206, 220.127.116.11, and 18.104.22.168. You can determine your ALIAS version number by running ALIAS and clicking on Help | About... in the menu bar.
If you currently have ALIAS version 3.7, then you need this file:
ALIAS Upgrade from 3.7
If you currently have ALIAS version 3.6, then you need this file:
ALIAS Upgrade from 3.6
Download the .zip file into your ALIAS directory and follow the simple included instructions.
You will also have to Unblock the ALIAS.CHM as menitoned above (open Microsoft Explorer, navigate to the file, right click on the file, choose Properties, and check the Unblock box, and click OK).
Do not attempt to apply this upgrade to ALIAS units that shipped with an Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner (e.g.: do not apply it to ALIAS versions 3.3, 3.4, or 3.5). It will not work with those systems because your HASP hardware key is incompatible with it. Attempting to do so will very likely prevent your ALIAS unit from functioning.
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Page Last Updated: 9 April 2021.