Latest news - 2018
Quality 4.0 in car body inspection
High-end manufacturing has always required feedback of reliable measurements to adjust parameters precisely and keep components within tolerance. The better and more regular the data provided, the more tightly a production line can be controlled. Nikon’s Laser Radar technology - capable of providing fast, automated, accurate, absolute measurements - clears the way for faster feedback of quality information, leading to exceptional levels of accuracy, high manufacturing efficiency, reduced rework and less scrap.
4D CT enabled by Nikon's software versatility
A unique feature of Nikon Metrology’s Inspect-X software is that, along with its easy-to-use user interface, it also has a programmable interface. This provides the flexibility to develop bespoke CT solutions integrating third party analysis software and controlling external hardware. Researchers at the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility at the University of Manchester have used this feature to implement 4D CT for laboratory experiments. Could this open new doors for industrial environments?
Nikon introduces the CNC Video Measuring System "NEXIV VMZ-H3030"
TOKYO－Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the CNC Video Measuring System, "NEXIV VMZ-H3030", suitable for measuring precision samples, such as semiconductor packages, electronic parts, and machined parts.
PRESS RELEASE: CMM-Manager 3.8 for CMM, portable measuring and iNEXIV
Nikon Metrology, market leader in optical measurement systems, releases CMM-Manager version 3.8 on July 27, 2018. This latest release includes support for Nikon NEXIV VMZ-R, new Microsoft VBScript engine, several vision measurement enhancements, continued I++ enhancements including support for latest Renishaw UCC Server, new Alignment operations, and 64-bit build of CMM-Manager application.
X-ray CT aids research into defect formation in AM parts
X-ray and CT technology is the leading method of quality assurance, but it is also being used for research into understanding how additive manufacturing process parameters influence defect formation in AM built parts. In his latest paper, Herminso Villarraga-Gómez explores the details.
Nikon sponsors the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie
Nikon was an official sponsor for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie this past week (15th – 22nd July 2018). The eventual winner of The Open was Francesco Molinari, who secured his first career major title.
See the light with CT
Heavy-duty industrial lighting manufacturer, Nordic Lights deploys computed tomography to avoid expensive destructive testing, check for defects and to eliminate critical measurement errors caused by powder spraying for part preparation.
Nikon opens up about its strategic focus on Quality 4.0
A recent interview with Nikon's Corporate Vice President Tadashi Nakayama provides insight into the strategy of the firm's Industrial Metrology Business Unit, of which he is Deputy General Manager. In particular, he explained the company’s strategic focus on Quality 4.0, where digital, automated and connected inspection enables complete process control from design through to manufacture.
Nikon’s global X-ray User Forum addresses CT in Industry 4.0
Nikon Metrology and Nikon Corporation recently held its first global X-ray User Forum at Tring, UK. Customers from around the world were invited to share their implementation of CT technology and review applications and new practices consistent with the demands of Industry 4.0.
Nikon Metrology sharpens its focus on automated car body inspection at automatica 2018
From June 19th to June 22nd, Nikon Metrology will be exhibiting at the automatica tradeshow at Messe München, Germany.
WEBINAR - Increasing process quality and repeatability with Laser Radar CMM - June 26th
The 'Increasing process quality and repeatability with Laser Radar CMM' Webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 26th at 15:30 CET | 14:30 BST | 09:30 EST.
Micro-CT unravels mummy mystery
CT scans of 2,100 year old mummy from the Ptolemaic period - previously thought to be that of a hawk - have surprised experts by revealing it is actually a human fetus. Maidstone Museum UK, worked with Andrew Nelson (Western University) and a team specialists to determine dates, places of origin and mummification methods of its artefacts. With the help of Nikon CT (computed tomography), the unexpected discovery was made.
Imaging Science Center installs highly versatile CT system
Providing NDT and CT services for multiple industries, Nexus Metrology deals with a broad spectrum of applications. To handle the various rare and complex inquiries, the company relies on the Nikon Metrology XT H 225 ST, a versatile, non-destructive X-ray system delivering fast and insightful CT scanning. The adaptability of the system makes it a valuable tool for revealing defects, cracks and pores in many materials ranging from bones to cast parts.
University of Manchester uses CT to scan moon rock
The Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility (HMXIF) at the University of Manchester was established in 2003. With a total of 11 imaging systems including 3 Nikon systems, the facility takes on various industrial inspection tasks and research projects. A recent example, is this scan of the Northwest Africa 11444 moon rock, watch the video and find out more here.
Nikon Metrology drives Quality 4.0 at Control 2018
At Control 2018, Nikon Metrology’s focus on inspection automation sharpens. As the growth of Industry 4.0 accelerates, quality control needs to keep pace with these latest evolutions. Digital, automated and connected inspection enables complete process control from design through to manufacture - defined by the term ‘Quality 4.0’.
Newsmagazine Volume 13: AVAILABLE NOW!
The latest version of the Nikon Metrology Newsmagazine Volume 13 – is now available and can be downloaded here. In Newsmagazine Volume 13, read some of the most recent case stories from clients including University of Manchester, Stoneridge and Sintavia.
Major advance in well bore analysis with Nikon CT inspection
Premier, COREX has been providing core analytical services to the oil and gas industry for more than 30 years. Within the last decade it has augmented its rock core investigations by sending samples for analysis approximately every week to Nikon Metrology’s centre of excellence for micro-focus computed tomography (micro-CT) in Tring, Hertfordshire.
Imaging facility develops world leading research
In the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility at The University of Manchester, the unique versatility of the Nikon CT systems enable its staff members to take on a great range of research and commercial projects. Nikon CT systems have been installed in the facility for almost 20 years, and they remain the workhorses of the facility today.
Robotized Laser Radar Inspection Made Easy with Metrolog X4 i-Robot
Nikon Metrology and Metrologic Group will showcase at the 2018 Control trade fair (Stuttgart, 24-27 April 2018) their production line 3D metrology solution: the robot-mounted Laser Radar, fully controlled and automated by Metrolog X4 i-Robot software, and easily programmed with Silma X4 i-Robot simulation software.
Cycle times cut by 50% with Nikon Metrology laser scanner
Czech based company, Lukov Plast, producer of plastic automotive components and sub-assemblies, reports considerably faster measurement cycles and feature measurements following installation of the Nikon Metrology LC15Dx laser scanner.
Sintavia gets the inside track with micro CT
The metal additive manufacturing company Sintavia adds Nikon Metrology CT to its state-of-the-art facility in Florida, USA to further control the additive manufacturing process.
NM3D Iberica introduces its Excellence Service Center
NM3D IBERICA is a dimensional metrology global solutions provider, focused on the distribution of NIKON METROLOGY measuring solutions. Watch the video here as the Excellence Service Center is unveiled.
New Scientist magazine shares the history of X-ray tubes
A recent article in the New Scientist magazine takes a look at the CT scans of X-ray tubes, created by Herminso Villarraga-Gomez. Read below to find out what inspired Herminso to create these images and how they were taken.
Nikon Metrology & Roush Yates engines announce tech partnership
MOORESVILLE, NC, February 22, 2018 – Roush Yates Engines and Nikon Metrology (Brighton, MI) announced a multi-year partnership program, demonstrating Roush Yates Engines’ commitment to partnering with the best-in-class companies. With over a 100 years of experience Nikon provides world-class precision equipment and metrology solutions to the manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and medical fields.
ASF Metrology intends to acquire the CMM business from Nikon Metrology
Leuven, February 8th 2018. Nikon Metrology announced today that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months.
Automotive supplier identifies mystery error using Nikon laser scanner
Stoneridge in Tallinn, Estonia, recently installed the Nikon ALTERA CMM with LC15Dx laser scanner in its test laboratory to take inspection of automotive components to the next level. The Laser scanner provides many advantages including complete visualisation of parts, non-contact measurement for delicate components and repeatable measurements.
Nikon Metrology delivers 1,000th 160 kV X-ray source
Since the manufacture of X-ray inspection machines began at Nikon Metrology’s Tring, UK factory in 1987, 1,000 Xi sources with an internal X-ray generator have been designed, produced and integrated into the company’s XT V systems, in addition to numerous other sources for the XT H range of X-ray and computed tomography machines.