ZEN 2 core

ZEN 2 core

Advanced Microscopy Imaging in a Multi-User Environment

ZEN 2 core

Imaging Software for Connected Microscopy in Material Laboratories

ZEN 2 core is powerful software for microscopy imaging, automated control of motorized ZEISS microscopes, and multi-modal workflows in material laboratory environments.  

Easy to Configure
Easy to Use

Benefit from an adaptive user interface tailored to the needs of industrial and research environments. ZEN 2 core offers you configurable user management to specify users and roles. Whatever their level of experience, operators will learn the software quickly.

Advanced Imaging and Automated Analysis

ZEN 2 core is the command center for automated imaging and analysis functions on compound light microscopes. By using built-in automated image acquisition routines, you benefit from the consistency of an advanced and repeatable workflow.

Infrastructure Solution for the Connected Lab

ZEN 2 core provides the infrastructure for connected laboratory environments, linking ZEISS imaging and microscope solutions to a single, familiar GUI and keeping your valuable data together across instruments, laboratories, and locations.


One Interface for all ZEISS Microscopes in a Multi-User Environment

From entry-level stereo microscopes to motorized and fully automated imaging systems, ZEN 2 core provides a unified user interface for ZEISS microscopes and cameras. With the Shuttle & Find module, ZEN 2 core also links and bridges compound light, digital and electron microscopy.

From entry-level stereo microscopes to motorized and fully automated imaging systems

Imaging Solution for Cameras, Microscopes, and Multi-modal Workflows

Manual Microscope and Camera

Manual Microscope and Camera

  • Software: ZEN 2 starter
  • Control of the camera for image acquisition
Motorized Microscope and Camera

Motorized Microscope and Camera

  • Software: ZEN 2 core
  • Full control of the motorized microscope
  • Internal file archive
  • Optional fully functional image database
Multi-modal Workflows

Multi-modal Workflows

  • Software: ZEN 2 core
  • Connects different cameras and microscopes
  • Manages correlative workflows between compound light, digital and electron microscopy via Shuttle & Find
  • Integrates office workstations for image analysis and reporting
  • Internal file archive
  • Optional fully functional image database

Connectivity between Systems, Laboratories and Locations

Connectivity between Systems, Laboratories and Locations
  • Maintain data integrity across systems, laboratories, and locations
  • Scalable database sizes according to customer needs
  • Centralized user management
  • Exchange of job templates and results
  • Standardized interface between IMAGIC IMS database and individual ZEN 2 core installations
    (only available in specific countries)

User Management Designed to Assure Data Repeatability and Integrity

ZEN 2 core gives you the benefit of an adaptive user interface tailored to the needs of industrial and research environments. ZEN 2 core also offers you configurable user management, so you can specify users and user roles. Whatever their level of experience, operators will learn the software quickly.

Sample configuration of multi-user management

Sample configuration of multi-user management


Standard Features

  • Full operational control of ZEISS microscopes, cameras, and components
  • Workbenches for repetitive application tasks
  • Single and automated panorama image acquisition
  • User management functionality
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) image acquisition
  • Create and manage input forms
  • Live image video recording
  • Image and data information displayed in datazone below the image
  • Best Image functionality
  • Enhanced depth of field via manual focus
  • Measurement functions
  • Microsoft Word® reports and report templates
  • Data archive for images, documents and templates
  • Image export to all standard image formats such as JPG, BMP, TIFF
  • Connection to ConfoMap

Optional Features

  • Enhanced depth of field
    Automatically acquire multiple images at different focus positions (Z-stack) and combine them to an image with enhanced depth of field
  • Tiles & Positions
    Record exact, highly resolved images of multiple field of views by automatically scanning predefined areas
  • Software autofocus
    Automatically determine the optimum focus position on your sample
  • ZEN 2 core macro environment
    Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with editor and debugger. Enables intermediate users to customize and automate ZEN for their needs with a selected set of commands.
  • Shuttle & Find
    Correlative Microscopy module links images and data from different light and/or electron microscopes in a multi-modal workflow
  • GxP module
    Audit Trail and process insurance. Precondition for 21 CFR Part 11 compliance.
  • Data management
    Interface module to seamlessly connect to IMAGIC Database Server (only available in specific countries)
  • Online measurement
    Measurement capability in the live image with save and burn-in capability
  • Automated image analysis
    Creation of automatic measurement workbenches, e.g. for phase analysis or particle analysis
  • Linkam (hardware control)
    Interface to control Linkam heating and cooling stages
  • Advanced processing & analysis
    Add hierarchical measurements and more processing to your image analysis


Automation for Compound Light Microscopes

Obtain results – rapidly and repeatably. ZEN 2 core provides you with a wide range of choices for automated image acquisition:

Best Image
Find the optimum microscope settings for image acquisition

Interactive Measurement
Measure areas and non-area values in the live image

Enhanced Depth of Field
Automatically acquire images with enhanced depth of field

Online Panorama
Acquire panorama images on coded and non-coded stages

Free-Form Tiles
Easily define stitching areas to create highly resolved images

Movie Recorder
Record live image videos from your sample examination


Including material modules for the determination of grain sizes, phases and layer thicknesses as well as for the classification of graphite particles, ZEN 2 core provides all important metallographic applications under a uniform user interface.

Correlative Microscopy with Shuttle & Find

Correlative microscopy is a powerful technique for combining the complementary attributes of different microscopic techniques to obtain maximum meaningful information from parts or materials samples. Shuttle & Find is the ZEISS correlative microscopy interface, designed specifically for use in materials analysis and industrial QA.

  • Transfer samples between LM and EM systems faster than ever
  • Relocate regions of interest automatically
  • Improve efficiency and throughput
  • Collect the maximum relevant information
  • Take well informed material decisions

GxP Module for Regulated Industries

The GxP module meets the requirements of regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical or food, and helps you assure your systems are compliant with FDA 21 CFR Part 11 requirements. The module lets you audit every single step in your workflow. You have the advantage of using many different tools and functionalities in combination with the required qualification and validation activities to maintain CFR compliance for your images, tables, and reports.

Module Packages

Module Package
Features & Applications
ZEN 2 starter
  • Free basic version (no license necessary)
  • Extend this version with specific modules for your applications
ZEN 2 core
  • Full control of motorized ZEISS microscopes
  • Advanced image acquisition, processing and analysis
  • Multi-modal workflows and database connectivity features


Application Note:

Microscopy in Metal Failure Investigations

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Application Note: ZEISS ZEN core

Fast Routine Investigation of Additive-manufactured Al-Si Samples

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Application Note: ZEN core

Quality Inspection of Weld Connections

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In Situ Microscopy on the Melting and Cooling Behavior of an Al-Si 12 Alloy Using ZEISS ZEN core

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ZEN core Quick Guide

English Language
This Quick Guide introduces you to the most important features, functions, and information you need to know to start using ZEN core quickly.

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