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Ensuring fitness for purpose of additive manufactured parts using X-ray Micro-CT

Thursday, December 5th 2019 - 14:00 EST

In this webinar attendees will learn

  • Why high-resolution 3D imaging is needed to find even small voids in complex additive-layer manufactured parts
  • Why miniscule defects in small structures can lead to costly failure
  • How X-ray computed tomography (CT) can provide protection against failures
  • How CT provides a comprehensive dimensional check


Andrew Ramsey graduated in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1986 and first developed image analysis software for non-destructive testing (NDT/NDE) at the U.K.’s Harwell Laboratory. He has worked in X-ray computed tomography (CT) since 1992.

He joined X-Tek Systems, Tring, U.K. in 1999 and developed their first CT reconstruction software and in 2006 moved into the sales department as a technical advisor. Following the acquisition of X-Tek by Metris and subsequently by Nikon, Andrew joined Nikon Metrology’s X-ray Centre of Excellence supporting CT systems, agents, sales staff, and customers worldwide. 


Estimating the true cost of metrology in automotive BIW Laser Radar as part of Quality 4.0

Estimating the true cost of metrology in automotive BIW Laser Radar as part of Quality 4.0

Tuesday 18th June 2019 - 15:00 CEST | 14.00 BST | 09:00 EDT | 08:00 CDT 

Quality 4.0 is a new vision for quality following the lead of the Industry 4.0 concept. Automotive production relies on quality to upkeep an automaker’s brand image within its customer base.

In the production process, suboptimal dimensional quality can lengthen lead times and cause cost overruns related to the reworking of non-compliant parts or forced downstream production adjustments.

Traditional metrology techniques in the automotive industry can be time consuming and costly yet they have remained largely unchanged for decades.

The Nikon Metrology Laser Radar solution offers a unique alternative to the traditional car body inspection methods, providing accurate, absolute measurement data anywhere in the factory. With drastically increased feature measurement speeds and surface scanning capability, it is the innovative solution for continuously monitoring quality throughout production.

This webinar illustrates the issues with the traditional metrology approach with real life examples; estimates the real day to day costs of these technologies; shows how a Laser Radar solution can improve on this; demonstrates how this all fits into the vision of Quality 4.0.


CT in Industry 4.0 - Bringing quality inspection to the next digital level

CT in Industry 4.0 - Bringing quality inspection to the next digital level

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 - 10:00 - 11:00 CET

Are you aware that Computed Tomography isn’t just a tool for lab based inspections?

Due to the short scanning and reconstruction times of modern CT hardware, along with powerful automation capabilities within cutting edge software packages, this high quality inspection method can be integrated directly into production processes.

This webinar will explain:

  • How to integrate this technology into your production processes
  • The impact CT can have on overall output quality
  • The benefits of automated high speed CT scanning
  • The multifarious possibilities of voxel analysis
  • The advantages of CT to multiple departments within your organisation
  • How CT meets the demands for Quality 4.0 process control

All topics will be illustrated with numerous examples and customer applications.


Get insight into complex parts with micro-focus computed tomography

Get insight into complex parts with micro-focus computed tomography

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 9 AM EDT (3 PM CEST – 2 PM BST)

Nikon industrial X-ray and CT systems inspect internal dimensions with micron-level detail in a non-destructive way. CT also provides insight into the material structure and is a must-have tool in the inspection toolbox to ensure Quality 4.0 processes. Join us for a webinar that explains how Nikon Metrology X-ray and CT solutions can also help you to refine your prototyping processes and manufacturing.

  • Learn about micro CT technology and differences with mini-focus X-ray/CT
  • Discover the numerous advantages of CT such as NDT, structural analysis, dimensional inspection of internal geometry
  • Learn how CT can help you to advance your inspection process and get products faster-to-market
  • Understand which applications are suited for Nikon X-ray and CT inspection
  • Learn how CT can be automated as an inline inspection tool
  • Learn how also you can start with CT projects without heavy investments

Increasing process quality and repeatability with Laser Radar CMM

Increasing process quality and repeatability with Laser Radar CMM

High end manufacturing requires reliable quality information fed back into the production process. The availability of this information during prototyping, ramp-up and the main build process is key to reducing time-to-production and increasing process quality and repeatability.

The Nikon Metrology Laser Radar CMM solution encapsulates these requirements to provide fast, CMM quality measurements, on the shopfloor. It is a unique alternative to the traditional car body inspection methods, providing accurate, absolute measurement data anywhere in the factory.

Using real life application examples from the automotive industry, this webinar will illustrate the real added value of this next-generation CMM inspection solution: fast inspection, accurate data, absolute measurements and integrated with leading software packages.

Register for this exclusive webinar – Increasing process quality and repeatability with Laser Radar CMM


CLEMEX image analysis on NIKON microscopes

CLEMEX image analysis on NIKON microscopes

When it comes to materials quality, laboratories and steel mills need to meet industry specifications for inclusion rating. A challenge today for laboratories is to improve their productivity to inspect a high number of samples with the greatest detail. This is possible by analyzing inclusions automatically with impressive speed, accuracy, and repeatability.

In this webinar you will discover how to gain 42 minutes per sample compared to the manual method, by using the automated Clemex inclusion rating system. Combined with the excellent optics of NIKON industrial microscopes, this becomes a powerful tool for material analysis that provides convenient edge-tracking and multi-field mapping capabilities.

Webinar highlights

  • Brief introduction to Clemex image analysis solutions
  • Automated run for ASTM-E45 (2 min per sample)
  • Validating and exporting results
  • Automated run on 6 samples according to ISO 4967

Fast and accurate 3D scanning: Introducing the new Nikon ModelMaker H120 handheld scanner (Oct, 19th)

webinar h120 sheet metalTwo decades since the inception of the ModelMaker scanner, the cutting-edge ModelMaker H120 firmly pushes the ever-exacting boundaries of portable laser scanning. Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast speed and special Nikon optics - the H120 measures the most challenging materials.

Oct 19, 4pm CEST (10 am EDT)

This webinar will explain:

  • What is 3D laser scanning?
  • What are the benefits of 3D laser scanning ?
  • How the Nikon ModelMaker H120 can help you to advance your inspection process and get products faster-to-market
  • What applications are suited for portable laser scanning?
  • The different software integrations for laser scanning (Focus, Polyworks, etc)

All topics will be illustrated with real-life examples and customer applications.


Nikon CMM Laser Scanners – now PolyWorks compatible (Sept, 26th)

webinar laser scanninig polyworksWith 3D laser scanning now well established within automotive inspection applications, the challenge for OEMs and suppliers is to reduce costs and deliver high quality products. Universal metrology software for CMMs, portable arms or handheld devices furthers this desire from product engineering to production.

Tuesday 26th September | 15:30 CEST | 14:30 BST | 9:30 EDT 

This webinar will describe Nikon’s laser scanning capabilities and its compatibility with PolyWorks, for multi-sensor inspection and analysis. The presentation will illustrate the many advantages of laser scanning versus traditional tactile probing; how scanning is closing the gap with tactile measurement; and discuss the latest software application advancements.


Nikon Webinar: Laser Radar on Robot – Shop floor CMM inspection (June, 20th)

The next generation of car body inspection will require inline and next-to-line CMM to handle complex features on a variety of surfaces, such as reflective bare metal and composites, and integrate seamlessly into the automotive production process.

This webinar will describe the capabilities of Nikon’s robot-mounted Laser Radar delivers accuracy and repeatability in both BIW metrology and flush-and-gap inspections on finished cars.

Using real-world application examples, the presentation will demonstrate how the non-contact, automated Laser Radar approach overcomes the shortcomings of other optical car body inspection methods.


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Look Inside Complex Parts with Industrial Computed Tomography (Nov 22, 2016)

Nikon Metrology industrial X-ray and computed tomography (CT) inspection systems gather internal and external dimensions with micron-level detail. Learn how these non-destructive inspection solutions can help refine your prototyping and manufacturing capabilities.


Medical Device Inspection Solutions: 101 (Nov 15, 2016)

As the Metrology industry continues to expand companies are finding themselves with a surplus of inspection solutions from stereo and compound microscopes, industrial confocal microscopy to benchtop SEM imaging devices. Each of these products has their strengths and weaknesses, making it difficult to decide which inspection solution will provide you with the competitive edge you have been searching for.

This webinar will provide you with an overview of the latest metrology techniques that are being used by medical device companies around the globe. We will then compare the advantages and disadvantages to each method, providing you with the knowledge you need to make the right decision for your application. This exclusive webinar as we explore the countless imaging techniques used to optically inspect medical devices in today's demanding market.


Explore the “Smaller World” with the new JCM-6000 Plus SEM (Nov 15, 2016)

The new benchtop scanning electron microscope, JCM-6000Plus NeoScope™, is designed to fulfill the diversifying needs of customers. The JCM-6000Plus is the third generation of the popular NeoScope benchtop SEM designed for convenience and ease of use. Nikon and JEOL have established a firm partnership in 2008 and this combination of experience and technology helps customers to obtain better insight in their products and finally increasing the daily productivity.


Insight into the inside with microfocus computed tomography (Oct 27, 2016)

In this webinar, we look at solutions provided by microfocus computed tomography (CT) such as: non-destructive inspection, full 3D internal and external visualisation, micron accuracy and structural integrity.



Laser Radar: Next Generation CMM (Oct 4, 2016)

The Nikon Metrology’s Laser Radar system has become a proven solution for customers looking to upgrade from the traditional well known CMM. Companies are rethinking the speed and accuracy of their current large-scale inline inspection processes. The completely automatable Laser Radar system is a non-contact measuring device with up to a 50 meter range and accuracies similar to a horizontal arm CMM. Parts can be measured in the same location where they are manufactured shortening the trouble shooting process and saving both time and money.


Introduction of New High Accuracy, High Speed Non-Contact 3D Gear Measuring System: HN-C3030 (Aug 18, 2016)

Gears are typically measured with contact scanning probes on either a dedicated gear measurement machine or on a 4-axis Coordinate Measurement Machine (CMM).

Until now! Nikon metrology has recently released the HN-C3030. A 5-axis, laser scanning, gear measurement machine. The HN-C3030 allows full measurement of teeth at much higher speeds than traditional gear measurement machines whilst retaining high levels accuracy. This full tooth measurement shows additional defects on the teeth, like cutter marks, that cannot be detected by contact probes and can lead to vibration, excess noise and wear.


Laser Radar: next-generation CMM for shop floor automotive BIW inspection (Apr 13, 2016)

Innovative inspection stations are being installed today, both lineside and offline, by major automotive OEMs using Nikon Metrology’s Laser Radar.

In this recorded webinar, we explain how the non-contact, automated Laser Radar is providing OEMs with an effective alternative to the shortcomings of CMMs and fixed inline camera systems for body-in white (BIW) and flush-and-gap inspections.

We outline the key features of Laser Radar, its ability to inspect almost any material, colour or surface texture and how it easily interfaces with most common industrial robots.

As OEMs continue to push the limits of automotive design with new shapes, materials and processes, Laser Radar meets the challenge with a high-speed solution, robust enough to be deployed directly on the factory floor.


Micro Computed Tomography inspects structural integrity of AM parts (Apr 6, 2016)

Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) is frequently used today to produce automotive or aerospace components that require 100% failure-free operation.

Complex product designs use minimum amounts of material to lower component weights without sacrificing on structural integrity. AM also allows us to produce parts with complex internal structures (e.g. cooling channels) that are impossible to inspect with standard surface measurement techniques. Due to the expensive nature of these AM parts, traditional destructive inspection (e.g by slicing) is not an option for manufacturers.


Industrial micro-CT: From the research lab to the production line (Feb 17, 2016)

Typically X-ray micro computed tomography (CT) has been seen as a slow process carried out in the research lab to evaluate failures or spot defects. It has never been fast enough to be used on a production line – that is until now! Recent advances in high-resolution high-flux rotating targets for X-ray sources, coupled with easy automation of CT scanning parameters and analysis techniques allow samples to be scanned, reconstructed and evaluated in under two minutes, opening many new CT applications.