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ESI helps Thermo Fisher and Philips grease their software machines

Nieke Roos
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When new feature development for its electron microscopes started to get hampered by older software, Thermo Fisher Scientific called on TNO joint innovation center ESI to clean up its code and make it future-proof. The approach developed in their public-private partnership was also successfully adopted by Philips to tackle the legacy challenge in its medical scanners.

Highly advanced systems such as an electron microscope or a medical scanner contain a boatload of software to make them work – millions to tens of millions of lines of program code. This software is the product of years, sometimes even decades, of development by a team that constantly changes shape. New engineers come in, while others move on, leaving their work behind as a legacy to be cared for by the rest.

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