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  Nikon’s camera and optics technology are an ideal combination for applied research tasks
Nikon’s camera and optics technology are an ideal combination for applied research tasks

The ability of Nikon Corporation to supply both globally renowned digital cameras, alongside high-end optics made from glass manufactured in its own factory in Japan, has secured a repeat microscopy sale at the Hahn-Schickard Institute for Micro and Information Technology in Villingen-Schwenningen, south-west Germany.

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  Plastics consultancy installs multi-sensor metrology to bring more inspection in-house
Plastics consultancy installs multi-sensor metrology to bring more inspection in-house

Leading technical consultancy Plazology, with centres in Leeds and Liverpool, UK, was founded in 2009 to work alongside its customers’ engineering teams internationally to provide a range of Industry 4.0-compatible services to support the development and production of plastic injection moulded components.

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  X-ray CT services from Nikon support additive manufacturing research
X-ray CT services from Nikon support additive manufacturing research

RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through their international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, they ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society.

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  Italian manufacturer of printed circuit boards upgrades X-ray inspection
Italian manufacturer of printed circuit boards upgrades X-ray inspection

The improvement in testing efficiency since its installation has been dramatic, with all features on PCBAs now able to be inspected. Those checks that could be made before are now carried out

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  The ARK Micro CT Case Story
The ARK Micro CT Case Story

An advanced XT H 225 ST microfocus computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging system from Nikon Metrology (www. nikonmetrology.com) has been installed at the University of Arkansas (U of A - www. uark.edu) to enable two- and three-dimensional, non-destructive study of the inside as well as the outside of a wide variety of objects, including historical artifacts and manufactured materials as well as geological and biological specimens.

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  Multiple stereo microscope order placed by an engineering school in France
Multiple stereo microscope order placed by an engineering school in France

Part of the University of Bordeaux, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure en Environnement, Géoressources et Ingénierie du Développement durable (ENSEGID) is one of the eight public engineering schools based on the Talence campus in south-west France. Having had a long and successful association with the microscope manufacturer and supplier, Nikon Metrology, the school recently returned to the global company’s subsidiary in Lisses, near Paris, to replace a number of ageing binocular microscopes with a new suite of up-to-date instruments.

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  Plastic bottle closure quality optimised by non-destructive testing and mould validation improved
Plastic bottle closure quality optimised by non-destructive testing and mould validation improved

With a staggering annual output in excess of 10 billion plastic caps and closures, designed and manufactured in 10 factories across Europe and more recently Asia, UNITED CAPS supplies leading global brands with products to maintain the freshness and hygiene of food and drink packaged in bottles, jars and cans.

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  Enhanced X-ray CT inspection of automotive components with Offset CT
Enhanced X-ray CT inspection of automotive components with Offset CT

X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning has become widely adopted in the automotive industry as an integral non-destructive testing (NDT) method for the inspection of key functional components. X-ray CT allows samples to be scanned without physical sectioning, to inspect, analyse and measure both internal and external features

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  Novel technique for measuring and inspecting thin films uses Nikon optics and illumination
Novel technique for measuring and inspecting thin films uses Nikon optics and illumination

Bordeaux company NETA has invented and developed a new and innovative instrument called the JAX. This system is optimized for characterizing thin films non-destructively to a nanometer accuracy. It is the first photo-acoustic imaging system based on asynchronous optical sampling (ASOPS)* and is capable of feeding back measurement data in real time to control film deposition even during complex manufacturing processes.

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  Automatic video inspection of semiconductor wafers accelerates quality control and reporting
Automatic video inspection of semiconductor wafers accelerates quality control and reporting

“The overall performance of the devices convinced us, in addition to the long and good cooperation with Nikon Metrology”

Dr. Klaus Mümmler, Process Engineer in the Photolithography Department at Semikron

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  Service bureau installs Nikon laser scanners for high accuracy work
Service bureau installs Nikon laser scanners for high accuracy work

Located in the East German state of Saxony, near the border with the Czech Republic, Eibenstock-based threeDwork (www.threedwork.com) specialises in laser scanning and 3D measurement. It focuses on the generation of clean polygon mesh data from point cloud scan data for downstream applications such as prototyping, 3D printing, modelling and design projects, cooperating closely with other service providers operating in those areas.

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  Aerospace company finds new use for metrology equipment
Aerospace company finds new use for metrology equipment

“ The instrument is ideal assessing the particulates in the clean room atmosphere. Using a magnification of 534x, it is possible to detect even the smallest of dust particles and measure them.”“ The instrument is ideal assessing the particulates in the clean room atmosphere. Using a magnification of 534x, it is possible to detect even the smallest of dust particles and measure them.”Cédric Nuytens, methods and procedures technician

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  Microscope protects samples from contamination
Microscope protects samples from contamination

“ A feature of this microscope model is an air-tight construction, which prevents ingress of dust, oil, water and chemicals, protecting both the microscope and the sample under observation.”
Dr Stephen Noble, Geochronology research scientist

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  Electronics and photonics innovation centre extends partnership with Nikon Metrology
Electronics and photonics innovation centre extends partnership with Nikon Metrology

“The partnership with Nikon Metrology will see ongoing training delivered at our tenant companies. It’s fantastic to be able to call upon the support of this industry-leading supplier.” Wayne Loschi, EPIC’s director

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  Nikon Metrology Europe partners with UK special optics manufacturer to propel super high-resolution microscopy into the mainstream.
Nikon Metrology Europe partners with UK special optics manufacturer to propel super high-resolution microscopy into the mainstream.

Established in 2014 as a tech start-up in Manchester, UK, LIG Nanowise (www.lig-nanowise.com) invented and brought to market in early 2019 a far-field, white light microscope with a resolution lower than 100 nanometres (nm), two to three times better than is normally achievable even with a perfect optical microscope set-up.

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  White light interferometry specialist chooses Nikon lenses
White light interferometry specialist chooses Nikon lenses

The product family named: smartWLI are manufactured by Gesellschaft für Bild- und Signalverarbeitung (GBS) mbH in Ilmenau, Germany (www.gbs-ilmenau.de), They consist of measuring devices, sensors and kits that transform a classic incident light microscope into an advanced 3D Surface measuring device (using exceptional white light interferometry optics).

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  X-ray inspection of electronics for textile
X-ray inspection of electronics for textile

Italian electronics firm ROJ (www.roj.com) manufactures control systems for its Belgian parent group VANDEWIELE’S carpet and velvet weaving machines, as well as mechatronics and embedded electronics for automation in a wide range of other industries worldwide, from banking to agriculture.

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  X-ray computed tomography takes over from coordinate measuring in dental implant manufacture
X-ray computed tomography takes over from coordinate measuring in dental implant manufacture

Automated CT system from Nikon Metrology works 24/7 virtually unattended

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  X-ray technology inspires new book on plant life
X-ray technology inspires new book on plant life

Industrial X-ray equipment from Nikon Metrology “just works and works with very little fuss, even after seven years”, allowing Norwegian flora to be seen in a new light - literally.

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  3D laser scanning helps research institute to verify accuracy of additively manufactured parts
3D laser scanning helps research institute to verify accuracy of additively manufactured parts

The Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique, one of Switzerland’s top, globally recognised research and development institutes, was able to measure surface shape to a reasonable accuracy by using Nikon Metrology’s ModelMaker H120 non-contact laser scanner mounted on a 7-axis MCAx articulated arm.

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  The Sweet Sound of X-Ray CT Scanning
The Sweet Sound of X-Ray CT Scanning

Nikon Metrology was contracted to perform a CT scan on a treasured 18th-century Venetian violin from the Oberlin Violin Makers Foundation. With Nikon’s advanced non-destructive technology, the violin was able to be imaged from all angles, helping today’s music makers understand how these magnificent instruments were created hundreds of years ago. 

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  A need for speed
A need for speed

Roush Yates Engines achieves rapid and accurate non-contact inspection of NASCAR engine components. With minimal need for fixtures and reliable non-contact inspection, iNEXIV VMA-4540 and CMM-Manager ticks all the boxes.

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  “Quality 4.0: A Paradigm Shift of In-line Inspection in Body-in-white”-paper
“Quality 4.0: A Paradigm Shift of In-line Inspection in Body-in-white”-paper

Frost & Sullivan’s thought leadership paper, Quality 4.0: A Paradigm Shift of In-line Inspection in Body-in-white, highlights the key trends influencing automotive BIW and the importance of re-imagining dimensional inspection processes. This white paper aims to draw the industry’s attention toward the need for a new vision for quality in automotive production against the backdrop of Industry 4.0. Quality 4.0 refers to the paradigm shift of dimensional inspections from a mere qualifier of quality compliance to controlling and regulating the manufacturing process.

  Quality 4.0 in car body inspection
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.

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  4D CT enabled by Nikon's software versatility
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 userinterface, 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?

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  Nordic Lights uses CT to verify dimensions and check for defects
Nordic Lights uses CT to verify dimensions and check for defects

Heavy-duty industrial lighting manufacturer, Nordic Lights deploys computed tomography to avoid expensive destructive testing and to eliminate critical measurement errors caused by powder spraying for part preparation.

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  Elbflorace verifies the quality of new vehicle technology using Nikon's CT technology
Elbflorace verifies the quality of new vehicle technology using Nikon's CT technology

In order to guarantee the high quality of the electric vehicles developed by Elbflorace, students from Dresden University use Nikon measuring technology to measure and test their automobile components.

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  Imaging Science Center installs highly versatile CT system
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.

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  Major advance in well bore analysis
Major advance in well bore analysis

Drilling for oil or gas is an expensive business, whether offshore or on land, so it is essential for E&P (exploration and production) companies to minimise the risk that their planned drilling operations will fail or not meet target yield. Aberdeen-based Premier, COREX, part of the Premier Oilfield Group and a leading global provider of core analytical services to the oil and gas industry, is the preferred supplier of data for risk mitigation to operators worldwide. Customers are to be found worldwide through Europe, North Africa and the Middle East to the USA and Australia.

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  Imaging facility develops world leading research
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.

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  Laser scanning cuts cycle times by 50%
Laser scanning cuts cycle times by 50%

Czech based company, Lukov Plast, producer of plastic automotive components and subassemblies, reports considerably faster measurement cycles and feature measurements following installation of a Nikon Metrology LC15Dx laser scanner.

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  Sintavia gets the inside track with micro-CT
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.

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  Automotive supplier identifies mystery error using Nikon laser scanner
Automotive supplier identifies mystery error using Nikon laser scanner

Stoneridge in Tallinn, Estonia, recently installed an LK ALTERA CMM with NIKON 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.

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  DTU Energy uses industrial CT to research the development of green energy solutions
DTU Energy uses industrial CT to research the development of green energy solutions

DTU use a high flux Nikon Metrology CT system to non-destructively investigate energy materials such as batteries and fuel cells. The high energy 225 kV microfocus source penetrates dense battery, electrolysis cell and fuel cell samples in the search for suitable materials to develop sustainable, green energy systems.

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  Insight into the Inside - X-ray inspection of solder quality
Insight into the Inside - X-ray inspection of solder quality

IXYS UK Westcode, part of the global power semiconductor manufacturer, IXYS Corporation, is investing in its Chippenham, UK factory to manufacture a new range of power semiconductor devices, which will be marketed alongside the company's long established Press-Pack Capsules. Nikon Metrology was chosen to supply the all-important X-ray equipment for checking the quality of the reflow soldering process during production.

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  Assuring IP class rating for thermal cameras
Assuring IP class rating for thermal cameras

FLIR manufactures thermal imaging tools for use in various harsh conditions. The plant in Estonia is now producing equipment for the marine segment also. The Technical department uses an ALTO CMM with CMM-Manager to check the quality of incoming components to guarantee they are as specified.

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  Improving quality of treatment for patients
Improving quality of treatment for patients

Quality assurance is vital for accurate production of patient-specific joints and prostheses, therefore Baltic Orthoservice uses a Nikon Metrology XT H 225 and LC15Dx with ALTERA CMM.

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  iNEXIV video measuring system accelerates PCB inspection
iNEXIV video measuring system accelerates PCB inspection

A Nikon iNEXIV video measuring machine has successfully taken over quality control at Stevenage Circuits Limited (SCL) and accelerates PCB inspection.

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  Nikon swiftly integrates customer-specific measuring and inspection processes
Nikon swiftly integrates customer-specific measuring and inspection processes

WESO-Aurorahütte, an iron foundry based in Gladenbach, produces high quality brake discs for rail vehicles. Once the cast parts have been machined, numerous geometric features need to be measured, correlated and evaluated statistically. This can now be done effortlessly with measuring software which Nikon has modified according to the foundry’s specifications.

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  Patient-specific implants made affordable
Patient-specific implants made affordable

Ortho Baltic, a manufacturer of patient-specific medical implants recently invested in additive manufacturing and CT inspection technology. It is vital for such components to be of outstanding quality, therefore an assured quality control system is integral to the company’s success.

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  Automated CT scanning enables 100% inspection of complex parts
Automated CT scanning enables 100% inspection of complex parts

To meet the demands of ever more discerning customers, manufacturers are constantly striving to improve product quality. One way to achieve this is through 100 per cent inspection of components, rather than taking samples from a production line for quality control.

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  Revolutionizing defect analysis for electronic components
Revolutionizing defect analysis for electronic components

Saline Lectronics, USA is an electronics contract manufacturer, offering to solve the most complex technical challenges with its impeccable quality standards. Up to date with the latest technological advancements and using the latest manufacturing equipment, Lectronics invests in the Nikon XT V 160.

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  Manufacturers launch products faster with 3D laser scanning
Manufacturers launch products faster with 3D laser scanning

In this article, Nikon Metrology explains how laser scanning provides time and cost advantages in production engineering and how manufacturers can benefit.

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  Mindarika adopts microfocus CT to inspect automotive components
Mindarika adopts microfocus CT to inspect automotive components

 Mindarika designs and manufactures electrical switches for automotive OEMs. Requiring a non-destructive inspection method, the XT H 225 ST was installed to introduce non-destructive testing for an increased insight and high levels of quality.

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  ITM  - Flexible and high precision 3D measurement
ITM - Flexible and high precision 3D measurement

ITM in Gleisdorf (Austria) installed an LK CMM with REVO and retrofitted a DEA for multi-sensor applications. The equipment accommodates various measurement processes and, at the same time, ensures high precision and process reliability.

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  Novel method for measuring the length of free-form springs
Novel method for measuring the length of free-form springs

Redditch-based Clifford Springs uses a Nikon Metrology iNEXIV VMA-4540 CNC video measuring machine, installed in May 2016 to determine the diameter of seal energising springs after manufacture.

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  Pressings subcontractor replaces two CMMs with one Nikon video measuring machine
Pressings subcontractor replaces two CMMs with one Nikon video measuring machine

Optical inspection time halved and touch probing cycles cut 15-fold. Supplier of light pressings and small assemblies to the automotive industry, Berck Limited, has deployed an iNEXIV VMA-4540 system fitted with tactile probing capability.

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  A hit in Hyderabad: Fine Forge accelerates turbine blade inspection with Nikon LC15Dx
A hit in Hyderabad: Fine Forge accelerates turbine blade inspection with Nikon LC15Dx

Industry leader in turbine blades for power applications, Fine Forge has deployed a multi-sensor ALTERA CMM at its Hyderabad facility. The LC15Dx laser scanner helps to increase productivity and to support the expansion of its product portfolio.

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  Driving breakthroughs in Mexican manufacturing with micro CT
Driving breakthroughs in Mexican manufacturing with micro CT

The Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, is one of the country’s most prestigious universities. Its mission is to give its students “the capacity to innovate and apply knowledge with quality and social relevance.”

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  SSDE promote green future by manufacturing turbine blades for supercritical power generators
SSDE promote green future by manufacturing turbine blades for supercritical power generators

For a greener future, the manufacturing of supercritical components in power generation is vital. SSDE using an ALTERA CMM have helped to increase energy efficiency by 40% with the production of super-critical turbine blades.

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  Equipped to double inspection capacity
Equipped to double inspection capacity

Requiring a higher level of productivity and better insight into product conformance, Continental – Chassis & Safety upgrade their measurement facilities.

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  Comprehensive inspection of impellers with CT
Comprehensive inspection of impellers with CT

Being subject to excessive temperatures and pressures, the smallest variations or defects can enormously effect the performance of automotive components such as impellers in turbochargers. This makes 100% inspection necessary not only for dimensions but also for structural and build quality.

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  Comprehensive quality inspection of turbocharger castings with CT
Comprehensive quality inspection of turbocharger castings with CT

For turbocharger castings, the Nikon X-ray CT range provides a comprehensive inspection of the inner and outer dimensions of castings including its structural quality. The high power 450 kV source penetrates dense materials allowing the quality of the castings to be checked in a non-destructive way.

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  New knowledge from ancient specimens using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)
New knowledge from ancient specimens using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT)

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is delivering new knowledge from ancient specimens

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  CT inspection of dental implants and prostheses
CT inspection of dental implants and prostheses

The demand for dental implants has increased due to new advanced manufacturing technology and our aging society. CT provides a detailed 3D image that enables users to verify the correct positioning and orientation of dentures on prostheses, or structural integrity of assembled implants.

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  CT inspection of medical devices or drug delivery systems
CT inspection of medical devices or drug delivery systems

With medical devices, failure is not an option. The reproducible examination and inspection of key components is vital. The Nikon X-ray and CT range ensures no area is inaccessible. With the high image resolution and ultra-fast CT reconstruction, the sharp images provide a fundamental insight.

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  Faster inspection and reporting with 3D laser scanning
Faster inspection and reporting with 3D laser scanning

A significant increase in orders for prototype pressings and bracketry has prompted Birmingham Prototypes to install two multi-sensor CMMs. The goal: to measure the sheet metal parts more quickly and to speed subsequent report generation.

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  Industrial CT inspection of implants and prostheses
Industrial CT inspection of implants and prostheses

Many sizes of implants produced today and their dimensions are critical for use in the human body. New manufacturing technologies need careful inspection to guarantee a long service life. CT provides a detailed inner and outer 3D image that verifies the correct positioning, shapes and structural.

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  Open University establishes world lead in weld testing for safety-critical applications
Open University establishes world lead in weld testing for safety-critical applications

At the Open University, UK, Nikon Metrology photomicrography equipment supports high precision stress-strain analysis at elevated temperatures and under vacuum. It is used to assist research into optimal procedures for welding aero engine fan blades.

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  Inspection and measurement of Cataract lens
Inspection and measurement of Cataract lens

The demand for intraocular lens (IOL) used in cataract surgery is increasing. Nikon`s New NEXIV Metrology instrument has overcome difficulties with soft, foldable materials and is capable of measuring the critical dimensions using search capability and vision auto focus.

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  Inspection and Measurement of LED Light
Inspection and Measurement of LED Light

Recently LED light demand is increasing rapidly due to conservation of the environment. LED is mounted on the die and this position and tilting is very critical for efficient brightness. In order to check big volume LED, measurement requires high accuracy and throughput.

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  Computed Tomography accelerates product time-to-market by NDT analysis
Computed Tomography accelerates product time-to-market by NDT analysis

Advanced filters are used in many industries such as automotive, medical, oil & air filtration. As filters are often complex assemblies, advanced inspection techniques help to provide a better insight in structural or operational deficiencies such as internal voids, sealing problems or filter tears.

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  Inspection and measurement of the percentage ferrite and pearlite
Inspection and measurement of the percentage ferrite and pearlite

Ductile cast iron is a composite material in which we have 2-phases metal matrix made of ferrite and pearlite including graphite aggregations in spherical shapes. Nikon Imaging software determines automatically the percentage of ferrite and pearlite.

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  Inspection and Measurement of Wire Bond Loop Height
Inspection and Measurement of Wire Bond Loop Height

Wire bonding is the method of making interconnections between an integrated circuit (IC) or other semiconductor device and its packaging during semiconductor device fabrication. Controlling the Loop Height of a wire bond is very important and requires accurate measurement to guarantee device integrity.

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  Nikon Metrology addresses the challenge of inspecting graphene
Nikon Metrology addresses the challenge of inspecting graphene

In recognition of the importance of graphene, the new wonder material that is ultra-light and flexible yet 200 times stronger than steel, Nikon focuses on providing inspection solutions for research of these new industrial materials and its application areas.

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  Richard Weston Studio takes photomicrographs of minerals to produce stunning art
Richard Weston Studio takes photomicrographs of minerals to produce stunning art

Richard Weston Studio, specialising in creating aesthetic designs and artworks from small specimens of minerals, fossils and stones uses the Nikon Metrology SMZ1270.

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  Inspection and measurement of electronics connectors
Inspection and measurement of electronics connectors

The design of electronic connectors for many applications has become more complex in recent years. As the design and manufacturing requirements for these connectors has become more complex, the need for a faster, more accurate, more highly automated inspection of finished connectors has increased.

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  Inspection and measurement of Food Packaging
Inspection and measurement of Food Packaging

The design of food packaging and films has become more complex in recent years. As design and manufacturing requirements for these films have become more complex, the need for faster, more accurate, and more highly automated inspection of these materials has also increased. 

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  Inspection and measurement of fuel injectors
Inspection and measurement of fuel injectors

The design of fuel injection systems for internal combustion engines has become increasingly complex in recent years. As the design and manufacturing requirements for fuel injectors have become more complex, the need for a fast and accurate, automated inspection method has also increased.

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  Inspection and measurement of Medical MEMS
Inspection and measurement of Medical MEMS

A Medical MEMS (Micro-Electro Mechanical System) is a miniature implantable device often used to continuously monitor health issues like blood pressure or blood analysis, providing data to remote locations and require full 100 percent inspection.

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  Inspection and measurement of Multi-Lumen Tubing
Inspection and measurement of Multi-Lumen Tubing

Multi-Lumen tubing typically has a number of individual channels running through its interior. Variables in sample dimensions that must be measured include outer diameter, numerous inner diameters, and various wall and web thicknesses.

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  Inspection and measurement of Probe Cards
Inspection and measurement of Probe Cards

A probe card is a mechanical interface between an electronic test system and a semiconductor wafer. Probe tip position and geometry is critical to the proper function of the probe card and a stable and highly accurate platform is necessary to perform these complex measurements.

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  Inspection and Measurement of Sensors
Inspection and Measurement of Sensors

Sensors are electronic devices that measure an environmental condition, quantifies and converts it into a signal that can be read by an observer or an instrument. Many sensors are based on etched silicon wafers and it is important to measure its critical dimensions and the depth of the etching.

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  Inspection and measurement of Soft Material Seals
Inspection and measurement of Soft Material Seals

The design of soft material seals for automotive doors and other applications has become more complex recently. As design and manufacturing requirements for soft material seals have become more intricate, the need for fast and accurate, automated inspection of finished seals has also increased.

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  Inspection and Measurement of Solar Cells
Inspection and Measurement of Solar Cells

Use of photovoltaic solar cells has grown rapidly in recent years and is expected to continue into the future. They are used in a wide variety of applications, but must adhere to strict quality standards, so a fast, accurate, highly automated inspection method is required.

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  Inspection and measurement of grain size
Inspection and measurement of grain size

Metals, except for single crystals, contain internal boundaries known as grain boundaries. A metallographer examines polished cross sections of specimens from appropriate locations to determine the local grain size. Nikon Imaging software classifies grain size automatically.

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  Inspection and measurement of the gray cast iron
Inspection and measurement of the gray cast iron

Iron castings with graphite flakes (gray iron) are not as strong or impact resistant as those with round nodular graphite (ductile iron). Nikon Imaging Software classifies automatically the form, distribution, and size of the graphite which is useful in the determination of the mechanical behavior of the cast iron.

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  Inspection and measurement of the malleable cast iron
Inspection and measurement of the malleable cast iron

Iron castings with graphite flakes (gray iron) are not as strong or impact resistant as those with round nodular graphite (ductile iron). Nikon Imaging Software Classifies automatically the form, distribution, and size of the graphite which is useful in the determination of the mechanical behavior of the cast Iron.

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  Nikon L100, the ultimate CMM laser scanner combining productivity and accuracy
Nikon L100, the ultimate CMM laser scanner combining productivity and accuracy

The L100 CMM laser scanner offers the best possible combination of speed, accuracy and ease-of-use. Suited for both surface and feature measurement, even on shiny or multi-material parts, the L100 quickly delivers accurate data and insightful part-to-CAD comparison reports.

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  Printed circuit board manufacturer embraces X-ray inspection for QA of next-generation devices
Printed circuit board manufacturer embraces X-ray inspection for QA of next-generation devices

Nikon Metrology X-ray machine cuts the price of placing BGA devices by 70 per cent.

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  Subcontractor upgrades metrology department and offers service to other manufacturers
Subcontractor upgrades metrology department and offers service to other manufacturers

Nisan Engineering installs new ALTERA CMM and retrofits Mitutoyo machine with CMM-Manager software.

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  Nikon microscope allows highly efficient rock sample categorisation
Nikon microscope allows highly efficient rock sample categorisation

CASP is a non-profit, charitable trust carrying out field-, literature- and analysis-based geological research in prospective hydrocarbon basins. Funding comes entirely from subscriptions by the oil and gas industry.

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  Automated video measuring speeds inspection by a factor of 60
Automated video measuring speeds inspection by a factor of 60

UK subcontractor Microtec EDM supplies prototypes and components for innovative and high profile projects. The company recently raised the capability of its metrology department with a powerful CNC video measuring system, an iNEXIV VMA-4540.

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  Spring S.r.l. uses laser scanner for quality control of additively manufactured products
Spring S.r.l. uses laser scanner for quality control of additively manufactured products

Rapid prototyping and AM bureau - Spring srl, Italy, invested in a 7-axis articulated measuring arm and a digital laser scanning head. The equipment allows parts to be digitised quickly and accurately for reverse-engineering and 3D printing.

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  Creating complex ”spare“ tooling using MV330 laser radar
Creating complex ”spare“ tooling using MV330 laser radar

VDL Steelweld BV is one of Europe’s premier suppliers of integrated robotic production lines. It called on Nikon Metrology UK to help produce a spare robot gripper on one of its newest systems.

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  Video Measuring System Ensures Diamond Quality for Waterjets
Video Measuring System Ensures Diamond Quality for Waterjets

A CNC video measuring system from Nikon Metrology helps Diamond Technology Innovations produce a more accurate diamond waterjet orifice.

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  Foam gaskets seals in the line of fire
Foam gaskets seals in the line of fire

Kiekert AG, the global leader for automobile door lock systems, now uses digital cross scanners from Nikon Metrology to test the positions and dimensions of sealing lips on door and rear compartment locks.

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  Quality assurance focus: prototype parts
Quality assurance focus: prototype parts

The dimensional evaluation of prototype parts is integral to the actual serial production. Kiekert AG, the Heiligenhaus-based global leader in vehicle locking systems, primarily relies on digital Cross Scanners for prototype inspection.

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  X-ray inspection shifts a gear higher at SGC - SwitchGear Company!
X-ray inspection shifts a gear higher at SGC - SwitchGear Company!

SwitchGear Company uses a 225 kV Microfocus CT system to non-destructively inspect the quality of various components to accelerate product development and maintain high quality standards for incoming components from suppliers.

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  High voltage CT system advances inspection of automotive turbochargers
High voltage CT system advances inspection of automotive turbochargers

Computed Tomography transforms automotive turbocharger R&D at BorgWarner by non-destructively inspecting components and assemblies.

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  First teaching laboratory in Denmark with scanning electron microscopes
First teaching laboratory in Denmark with scanning electron microscopes

Five Nikon Metrology SEMs will attract hundreds more students every year with the aim of promoting physics and nanotechnology.

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  Laser scanners replace tactile probing for body-in-white inspection at fiat -tofas.
Laser scanners replace tactile probing for body-in-white inspection at fiat -tofas.

Turkish automotive OEM FIAT-Tofaş installed a XC65Dx-LS Cross Scanners and CAMIO multi-sensor software, which are retrofitted on an existing CMM at Bursa for their diagnostic measurements of sheet metal components and (BIW) assemblies.

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  High accuracy horizontal arm CMM inspects next-generation automotive fixtures
High accuracy horizontal arm CMM inspects next-generation automotive fixtures

RapidFit modular gauging and holding fixtures with additively manufactured locators provide major benefits in vehicle manufacture.

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  High resolution CT scanning to shed new light on human evolution
High resolution CT scanning to shed new light on human evolution

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is using a Nikon Metrology micro-CT scanner in its Palaeosciences Centre.

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  X-Ray Computed Tomography expands horizons of anthropology at Duke University
X-Ray Computed Tomography expands horizons of anthropology at Duke University

At Duke University, X-ray micro CT equipment is used to research anthropology studying the origin of mankind. But also biotech firms, electronic materials companies, government research organizations, and others have interest in using CT.

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  En Route for the Moon
En Route for the Moon

iGPS helps lunar rover “Jade Rabbit” jump higher.

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  Automated Nikon photo-microscope supports world-leading rock analysis
Automated Nikon photo-microscope supports world-leading rock analysis

Founded in 1997, Conwy Valley Systems in North Wales has become a global leader in the supply of computerized photo-microscopy systems for inspection, statistical analysis and classification of rock samples to assist oil and gas exploration.

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  In-process x-ray inspection improves quality control of circuit boards
In-process x-ray inspection improves quality control of circuit boards

ESCATEC has deployed an X-ray inspection machine that sits alongside two lines producing PCB assemblies. The XT V 160 machine is used for real-time, in-process quality control and detects defects, reduces lead-times and optimizes costs.

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  Scanning electron microscope supports development of next-generation ceramics
Scanning electron microscope supports development of next-generation ceramics

A JCM-6000 NeoScope SEM microscope was deployed at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Innovation Hub in the UK. It is a world-class facility combining technically advanced analytical equipment and development expertise to meet the challenges of its customers.

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  University of Leuven applies metrology CT to research geometrical accuracy of inner and outer features of industrial components
University of Leuven applies metrology CT to research geometrical accuracy of inner and outer features of industrial components

The PMA division of Leuven’s university is using X-ray CT machines to research and measure the interiors of complex AM components such as a hollow hydroformed camshaft, a 3D printed mould with conformal cooling channels.

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  Laser scanning opens new business opportunities at diecasting company
Laser scanning opens new business opportunities at diecasting company

PMS Diecasting products are inspected by 3D laser scanning to an accuracy of 2.5 microns using  a Nikon LC15Dx laser scanner on an LK ceramic bridge CMM, enabling faster product-to-market and reduce development costs.

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  Omco Group - Glass moulds produced faster and less expensively using modern multi-sensor metrology
Omco Group - Glass moulds produced faster and less expensively using modern multi-sensor metrology

Nikon Metrology laser scanner cuts project approval from 2 weeks to 24 hours

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  New X-ray research facilities at Southampton University
New X-ray research facilities at Southampton University

The µ-VIS X-ray Imaging Center at the University of Southampton provides consultancy services to examine the internal structure of objects. The XT H 450 supports research in fields such as biomedical science, engineering and archaeology.

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  3D laser scanning advances tool creation
3D laser scanning advances tool creation

Laser scanning combined with touch probing fits perfectly with additive manufacturing practices at Applications Additives Avancées (3A) resulting in reduced lead-times and lower costs in the manufacture of medical, aerospace and other components. 

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  Nikon Metrology CT-scanner grades up titanium implant research at NRC
Nikon Metrology CT-scanner grades up titanium implant research at NRC

Industrial material researchers at the National Research Council Canada (NRC) investigate titanium foam plugs implanted into rabbits. After six weeks, they operate an XT H CT-scanner to visualize bone ingrowth into the porous titanium foam implants.

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  Nikon Metrology iGPS helps LASR Lab research advanced trajectory following for space applications.
Nikon Metrology iGPS helps LASR Lab research advanced trajectory following for space applications.

Engineers at the Texas A&M University’s LASR Laboratory use iGPS to provide the HOMER robot with sub-millimeter trajectory following. Space applications cover experiments involving a 1:10 scale model of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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  Airbus automates A340/350/380 composite nose cowl inspection using Nikon Metrology Laser Radar
Airbus automates A340/350/380 composite nose cowl inspection using Nikon Metrology Laser Radar

To inspect composite jet engine inlet cowls, Airbus opted for a Laser Radar inspection cell that turns around inspection in a fast and automated fashion. The Laser Radar offers automated targetless inspection and smooth production floor operation.

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  FMI masters silicone molding of critical medical components using iNEXIV
FMI masters silicone molding of critical medical components using iNEXIV

FMI in the Chicago area produces molded silicone components for medical applications which are measured optically using an iNexiv system. FMI engineers say that investigating parts under Nikon optics and illuminations result in superior digital imaging that guarantees high accuracy and R&R numbers.

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  Ford Otosan standardizes on Nikon Metrology for faster-turnaround vehicle body inspection
Ford Otosan standardizes on Nikon Metrology for faster-turnaround vehicle body inspection

Ford Otosan uses a Nikon Metrology XC65Dx laser scanner for the inspection of small commercial vehicles. Detailed Cross Scanner benchmark tests confirmed similar data quality compared to tactile inspection, and revealed 65% higher throughput.

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  High voltage microfocus CT for inspection of dense, complex parts
High voltage microfocus CT for inspection of dense, complex parts

The unique microfocus XT H 450 is capable of measuring large parts and penetrates dense materials, opening CT applications for turbine blades, aluminium castings or larger fossil or rock samples, making it the must-have tool of quality departments.

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BW Series Application Case

Building on Nikon’s Industry leading Double Beam Interferometry objectives, Nikon Metrology has launched a series of White Light Interferometry (WLI) Systems, which will set a new the standard in 2D and 3D surface profiling.

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  SENER has giant heliostats for its Gemasolar thermal plant produced using Laser Radar
SENER has giant heliostats for its Gemasolar thermal plant produced using Laser Radar

SENER’s heliostat subcontractor Moncobra uses Laser Radar to precisely position flat mirror panel arrays on giant heliostats. Laser Radar completes automatic non-contact and gauge-free inspection of a single heliostat in a matter of minutes, allowing Moncobra to turn out 22 heliostats every day.

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  Nikon Metrology Helps Joe Gibbs Racing Drive for the Checkered Flag
Nikon Metrology Helps Joe Gibbs Racing Drive for the Checkered Flag

In the high-octane, fast-paced world of NASCAR, there is no room for error – and the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Team is no exception. More than 450 employees work to keep the team in top form, responsible for everything from hand-building engines to moving the entire racing fleet to competitions.

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  Philips Lighting pushes innovation using X-ray and CT
Philips Lighting pushes innovation using X-ray and CT

Philips Lighting, Belgium, recently took delivery of an XT V system for X-ray and computer tomography (CT) inspection. Engineers investigate electrodes and parts of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp prototypes, to push the boundaries of lamp performance, lifespan and ecological material usage.

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  Industrial Rubber plc takes quality control to new levels with iNEXIV VMA-2520
Industrial Rubber plc takes quality control to new levels with iNEXIV VMA-2520

Industrial Rubber plc manufactures the Department of Transport approved “Light Dome” road stud reflector, for use on all the UK’s roads and motorways. Industrial Rubber recently invested in a new iNexiv VMA-2520 to assure consistent high-quality products.

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  Clamason presses ahead with rapid video measurement
Clamason presses ahead with rapid video measurement

With the acquisition of a Nikon Nexiv CNC Video Measuring System, Clamason Industries is now able to check small, tightly toleranced parts and maintain high production levels. It can closely monitor the quality of complex pressed components, without compromising its production schedule.

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  NEXIV gives DEK the edge in emulsion screen dimensional deposition measurement
NEXIV gives DEK the edge in emulsion screen dimensional deposition measurement

By investing in a Nikon Nexiv CNC video measuring system, DEK Screens has significantly improved the accuracy and precision of its emulsion screen processes, leading to enhanced quality and reduced wastage.

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  Video inspection has a key bearing on success at Westwind
Video inspection has a key bearing on success at Westwind

Vital QC tolerance checks on components destined for use in high performance air bearings that used to take up to 25 minutes, are now completed in less than 30 seconds following investment by Westwind Air Bearings in a Nexiv VMR 3020 system.

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  X-ray irons out electronic flaws at Process Sciences Inc.
X-ray irons out electronic flaws at Process Sciences Inc.

Process Sciences Inc. (PSI) runs Nikon Metrology X-ray inspection to trace connectivity issues in electronic circuitry that otherwise remain hidden for the eye. Using intuitive real-time X-ray imaging, PSI collaborates with OEMs and contract assemblers nationwide to reveal and resolve weak points in their PCB manufacturing processes.

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  CMM-Manager simplifies and automates tool inspection at BTM Corporation
CMM-Manager simplifies and automates tool inspection at BTM Corporation

Michigan-based tool maker BTM Corporation opted for Nikon Metrology’s user-centric CMM-Manager software to automate serial inspection on different CMM brands. BTM quality technicians also rely on CMM-Manager’s walk-in measurement capability to quickly take points on prototype and first-part articles.

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  O’Fallon Casting reduces production time by 50% using 3D laser scanning
O’Fallon Casting reduces production time by 50% using 3D laser scanning

3D scanning and point cloud based inspection at O’Fallon Casting increases prototyping speed and quality for an integrated wing tip light on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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  Nikon Metrology’s micro-CT scanning unveils mysteries of nature at the natural history museum
Nikon Metrology’s micro-CT scanning unveils mysteries of nature at the natural history museum

Researchers of the Natural History Museum investigate natural specimens using micro-CT. Stunning 3D visualizations of fossils, animals, rocks and meteorites enable ground-breaking insight into mineral deposits and the evolution of animals.

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  X-ray further increases product quality at Mentzer Electronics
X-ray further increases product quality at Mentzer Electronics

Quality control at Mentzer Electronics in Burlingame, California, includes tracing electronics assembly issues using an XT V inspection system. This system allows quality engineers to navigate through the internal structure of assembled PCBs.

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  CT scanning helped reveal complex mysteries of Antikythera Mechanism
CT scanning helped reveal complex mysteries of Antikythera Mechanism

An exciting link-up between high-tech industry and international universities, the secrets of the Antikythera Mechanism – were unraveled using the unique 400kV microfocus CT system leading to an astonishing new theory of how the mechanism worked.

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Italian electronics firm ROJ (www.roj.com) manufactures control systems for its Belgian parent group VANDEWIELE’S carpet and velvet weaving machines, as well as mechatronics and embedded electronics for automation in a wide range of other industries

Italian electronics firm ROJ (www.roj.com) manufactures control systems for its Belgian parent group VANDEWIELE’S carpet and velvet weaving machines, as well as mechatronics and embedded electronics for automation in a wide range of other industries worldwide, from banking to agriculture.

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Scottish company improves the way it interprets Nikon Metrology's CT scans of rock core samples

Drilling for oil or gas is an expensive business, whether offshore or on land, so it is essential for E&P (exploration and production) companies to minimise the risk that their planned drilling operations will fail or not meet target yield.

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