For over 100 years, Nikon has pursued the possibilities of light. Since its founding in 1917, Nikon has harnessed the power of lenses to contribute to the advancement of imaging culture and sciences, as well as the development of industry, creating breakthrough technologies and products in the process.



The Nikon Story - Industrial measuring systems

Today Nikon is a world-renowned brand, firmly established as a market leader in optical instrumentation and the only microscope company to manufacture its own glass, ensuring the very finest quality assurance throughout production. With 100 years expertise in the field, Nikon has always been at the forefront of optical and technological innovation, promoting creativity and trustworthiness as part of the company's global mission statement.

The Nikon story began back in 1917 when three Japanese optical manufacturers merged to form a company known as Nippon Kogaku KK ('Japan Optics'), producing precision optical glass. In 1925 the brand expanded to produce the first microscope with a revolving nosepiece and interchangeable objectives - the Joico microscope.

The next few decades brought considerable growth to the microscopy division, ground-breaking polarising and stereo microscopes were introduced in addition to products for the increasing measuring and inspection market. Next to the microscopes, Nikon also introduced optical inspection systems for industrial applications, such as optical comparators, autocollimators, profile projector and automated vision based systems.

In the 1970s the CF Optical system was established and Nikon unveiled the Optiphot and Labophot microscopes. In the 1980's Nikon launched more than 80 new products and the first test tube babies were conceived in the UK (1978) and the USA (1980) with the assistance of a Nikon inverted Diaphot microscope. The 1990's brought yet more innovation with the introduction of the Eclipse range of infinity optics. The new Millennium saw the birth of digital imaging solutions for microscopy and Nikon once again led the market in providing superior and practical cameras to do this. The introduction of the DS camera series and the Coolscope heralded a further advances in the transfer of images across the globe. The future as always is unclear but what is obvious is the pace at which changes happen.


nikon metrology about historyNikon is a world-renowned brand, firmly established as a market leader in optical instrumentation and the only microscope company to manufacture its own glass, ensuring the very finest quality assurance throughout production.



Expanding towards 3D Metrology

With the acquisition of Metris in 2009, Nikon enlarged its portfolio with optical 3D measuring instruments. The new division "Nikon Metrology" today offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircrafts. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time.

Following product lines are now available in the portfolio:


Portable arms

Nikon Metrology provides best-in-class precision equipment and metrology solutions for use on articulated arm CMMs.

Optical CMMs are portable, handheld coordinate measuring machines, with a proven track record in engineering, preproduction and quality control applications.

Laser Scanning

Next-generation digital LC and XC laser scanners confirm market leadership for CMM-based laser inspection, offering full surface and feature measurement.

Digital 3D scanners are ideally suited for use on articulated measuring arms, serving a variety of inspection and reverse engineering applications.


The X-ray and CT inspection systems provide detailed insight into the internal structure of parts.

Typically used for inspection of loaded PCBs, compact castings and plastics, these imaging systems facilitate the detection of connectivity failures, material defects and assembly issues.


CNC video measuring systems from Nikon Metrology’s cover precision optical and digital imaging systems for inspection and non-contact surface inspection, reconciling high precision with maximum productivity.


Measuring microscopes focus on industrial measuring and image analysis, designed for complete digital control for maximum measuring accuracy.

Industrial microscopes (stereo, upright, inverted) serve a wide range of visual inspection application.

Rugged optical comparators are built to provide bright crisp images of an incredible range of specimens, whereas autocollimators provide exceptional measuring accuracy and reliability in demanding measurements, such as flatness or height by simple geometry.

Large Volume Applications

The Laser Radar is a top large-scale metrology solution available to the manufacturing industry, performing fully automated, non-contact measurement and inspection up to 60 meters.

Nikon Metrology also provides a full range of complementary software solutions for CMM and point cloud based inspection and reverse engineering applications.


The product portfolio is completed with a vast range of support, metrology and integration services.



Your Nikon Family

Owning a Nikon is not just about making a purchase it is about joining a growing family and becoming part of the future. Nikon provides you with the opportunity to enter a new world that you can help shape and define.

We want to assure you that we will expend every effort to ensure our products and services will enhance your experience of imaging and help deliver you the results you want to achieve. Every aspect of our business from product development to customer service is constantly reviewed and adapted to an ever changing market to ensure that your needs are met and expectations are exceeded. Our corporate goal is to instil trustworthiness and our future creativity truly depends on your input. With optics at the heart of every imaging system, it's essential to choose the leading brand. With 100 years expertise in the field, Nikon has achieved a level of optical excellence unrivalled by any other. Combined with innovative technology and intuitive software you can be reassured that your Nikon equipment is second to none.

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