Image Analysis Company, Ltd. (Imanco)

Metals Research Instrument Corporation, a British firm, specialized in instruments for metallurgical research. In 1963, they produced the first instrument that used a television camera, rather than a traditional microscope, to help analyze things such as the grain structure of a sample.

In 1969, they introduced a fully digital image analysis system, the Quantimet 720, and have gone on to improve this system every few years since. Metals Research became known as IMANCO (from IMage ANalysis COmpany), then Cambridge Instruments, and it has recently been acquired by Leica.

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