Automotive News Nikon turns lens on auto factory build quality
Automotive News: Nikon turns lens on auto factory, build quality
Richard Truett, technology and engineering reporter for Automotive News discovers how Nikon Metrology's APDIS Laser Radar assists automotive manufacturers with delivering on the refinement demands of next generation electric vehicles.
New high-speed video measuring system for quality control
To measure components reliably and efficiently, whether in an inspection room or on the shop floor, Nikon Corporation in Japan has developed a new CNC video measuring system that provides unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and reliability. Also known as a vision measuring system, the NEXIV VMZ-S3020 is optimized for automated quality control applications in a production line, as its high speed allows real-time feedback of measured results to the manufacturing process.
New partnership between Nikon Metrology and NSI Microscopy Inspection Automation
New partnership between Nikon Metrology and NSI Microscopy Inspection Automation
new APDIS Laser Radar
Quality control in large-scale applications to be revolutionised. New APDIS Laser Radar inspection system from Nikon Metrology is twice as fast as its predecessor whilst maintaining industry-leading high accuracy
Wenzel and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership
The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology, Inc. – Americas and WENZEL America sees two of the biggest global players for metrology create a new partnership in North America. This distribution partnership provides customers with the ultimate combination of innovative CMMs, with Nikon Metrology’s unequalled laser scanning technology.
Precision Portable Scanning - The New Nikon Metrology MCAxS
Nikon Metrology’s new and advanced MCAx S articulated arm augments the best-in-class ModelMaker H120 laser scanner with improved precision, confidence and connectivity. This perfect partnership is the go-to portable handheld laser scanning solution for supreme accuracy, detail and productivity, reinforcing its position as the ideal measurement tool in the metrology lab, on the shop floor or in the field.
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.
Selecting the best microscope objective
One of the most important steps to purchasing a microscope that will provide the accurate imaging needed is selecting the right objective. There are hundreds of varieties of objectives on the market, which can make it tough to know where to start when it comes to selecting the best microscope objective for a specific application.
A need for speed - fast production facilitates faster track performances
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.
Advantages of CMM-Manager software vs traditional digital readout
Many inspection facilities have spent years collecting the variety of microscopy equipment and vision systems that are used on a daily basis. Often, that means a number of machines function with different levels of technology, and with different capabilities. One way to increase efficiency for facilities like these is to unify all equipment with one user-friendly inspection software, like Nikon Metrology's CMM-Manager.
Seeing is believing: 2D and 3D X-ray technologies for nondestructive testing
Download Herminso Villarraga-Gómez's latest white paper 'Seeing is believing: 2D and 3D X-ray technologies for nondestructive testing' on the use of X-ray technology for Nondestructive testing here.
NEW: Nikon Metrology releases CMM-Manager version 3.9
Nikon Metrology, market leader in optical measurement systems, releases CMM-Manager 3.9. This latest version allows CAD import up to 20 times faster, improves 3D scene and CAD display, and ISO GD&T in addition to existing ASME GD&T evaluations. There are numerous vision improvements for NEVIX and iNEXIV video measurement systems, and CAD import and rendering is improved by the use of multi-thread processing and GPU rendering.
Measurement room of the future
Nikon Metrology is proud to support the BMW Group’s body shop at Dingolfing. As Industry 4.0 introduces a new era of digitalisation, BMW has developed a new and innovative, fully automated inline measurement cell for quality control. Featuring the Laser Radar, the multiple measurement cell combines a whole range of industry leading measuring solutions for full geometric inspection of vehicle body parts.
Rethink shop floor processes with Quality 4.0
Nikon Industrial Metrology offers manufacturers a new vision for efficient, productive and intelligent manufacturing. The goal is to enable manufacturers to produce better products at a lower cost, speed up the response to changes in demand, and shorten time to market, everything together resulting in greater competitiveness. At Control 2019, Nikon Metrology presents its portfolio of digital, automated and connected shop floor solutions to meet the new and varied demands of Industry 4.0.
Frost & Sullivan forecasts Laser Radar to revolutionize automotive body-in-white inspection
Following extensive primary research, key industry analyst Frost & Sullivan anticipates great opportunities for shop floor body-in-white inspection in Industry 4.0
7D Kinematic Metrology has acquired the iGPS dynamic tracking business from Nikon Metrology
Leuven, March 29, 2019. Nikon Metrology announced today that Canadian based 7D Kinematic Metrology Inc, has acquired Nikon Metrology’s iGPS dynamic tracking business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place on Mar 31, 2019.
Nikon Metrology - Upcoming events - March & April
Over the next few months, Nikon Metrology is hosting and attending many events around the world. If you would like to experience the Nikon Metrology solutions with an interactive demonstration or discuss your applications, find your nearest location below and come along to meet the team.
High voltage microfocus CT for inspection of dense & complex parts
CT is accurate and reliable for measuring internal and external dimensions simultaneously, without destroying the part. The insight it provides through the additional fourth dimension of material density makes it the must-have tool for quality and production departments. High voltage microfocus CT offers the same capabilities for measuring large parts and penetrating dense materials. It opens new CT applications for turbine blades, aluminium castings and many other sizable parts.
Nikon Metrology presents at iCT 2019
From 13-15th February, Nikon Metrology will present at iCT 2019 - the 9th International Conference on industrial Computed Tomography, in Padova, Italy.
Focus 2019 further expands laser scanning capability
Nikon Metrology announces the release of Focus 2019. This latest version of Focus laser scanning software introduces new and improved features. These features include improved alignment workflow, advanced 3D graphics engine and extended GD&T functions, such as “Surface profile per unit” tolerance to identify local imperfections on surfaces and “Runout” tolerance, typically used on cylindrical features.
The Evolution of Flashlights imaged using Nikon CT
X-ray CT Metrology Specialist, Herminso Villarraga-Gómez continues his annual themed X-ray images, with this depiction of the evolution of flashlights. The images obtained using a Nikon XT H 225 ST show the evolution from a 1900’s matchless fisheye flashlight, to a modern LED flashlight of today.
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.
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.
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.
To customers using Nikon biological, stereo, measuring and industrial microscopes
The Nikon in-house inspection has reported that certain parts of the main bodies and accessories of our biological, stereo, measuring and industrial microscopes contain lead and hexavalent chromium which exceed the standard value specified in the RoHS Directive.
WEBINAR: X-ray inspection of PCBs – Dec 6th & 13th 2017
In collaboration with SMTA, Nikon Metrology contributes to a series of upcoming webinars concerning X-ray inspection for printed circuit boards. Kamran Iqbal of Nikon Metrology, an expert on the subject will discuss with X-ray researcher, Bob Wetterman of BEST Inc., a contract rework and repair facility in Chicago.
NEW: CMM-Manager 3.7 for CMM, portable measuring and iNEXIV video systems
This latest release of CMM-Manager 3D Metrology software adds support for Renishaw SP25 on Mitutoyo CMM, improved support for Renishaw UCC Server, an updated Gear Module, reporting and vision enhancements, and improved CAD graphics display.
Don’t let manufacturing faults come back to haunt you, use Nikon CT
As the nights get darker and the days get colder, Halloween approaches… but don’t let hidden defects creep up on you. Computed Tomography pulls the mask off of those frightful errors by revealing internal and external structure, geometry and surface flaws.
New 3D metrology demonstration facility in Yokohama, Japan.
New 3D demonstration facility in Yokohama City, Japan focuses on non-destructive and non-contact inspection applicationsNew 3D demonstration facility in Yokohama City, Japan focuses on non-destructive and non-contact inspection applications.
Improving quality of treatment for patients
For the quality assurance of 3D-printed medical implants, Baltic Orthoservice uses the LC15Dx laser scanner on an ALTERA CMM. The goal is to guarantee the absolute best quality of product for its patients and to make patient specific implants more readily available.
Ultra-fast scanning & uncompromising detail with the ModelMaker H120
22 years since the inception of the ModelMaker product line, the cutting-edge ModelMaker H120 firmly pushes the ever-exacting boundaries of handheld laser scanning. Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed Nikon optics and the ability to measure the most challenging materials this represents the next generation of portable laser scanning. The H120 makes no compromises in addressing the market needs by efficiently delivering the most detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time of competing technologies.
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.
Universal, flexible, profitable: measuring technology for sub-contract inspection
Measuring prototypes and initial samples on commission is a field of work which requires high-precision measuring technology that can be deployed flexibly and universally for a wide range of measuring tasks. For DIMESS in Winnenden, laser scanners and coordinate measuring machines made by Nikon have proven to be perfect for the job.
Precision meets productivity for aerospace component inspection.
Already using a LK bridge CMM for measurement and geometric aerospace component inspection, LPO invests in a second Nikon CMM system to cope with the additional business due to the increase in production capacity.
Nikon CMM assures IP class rating for thermal cameras
FLIR manufactures thermal imaging tools for use in various harsh conditions. The Technical department uses the ALTO CMM with CMM-Manager to check the quality of incoming components to guarantee they are as specified. The quality of the magnesium and plastic moulded components from sub-contractors is vital for use in the marine industry as the equipment FLIR produces must adhere to a stringent IP67 class rating, to approve its protection from water and dust.
Team Penske and Nikon Metrology announce technical alliance
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 10, 2017) – Team Penske announced today that it has formed a technical alliance with Nikon Metrology, a market leader in metrology instrumentation and technological innovation. The announcement expands upon an already existing relationship between the two companies.
DTU Energy uses industrial CT to research the development of green energy solutions.
DTU uses 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.
Pressings subcontractor replaces two CMMs with one Nikon VMA-4540
Second-tier supplier of light pressings and small assemblies to the automotive industry, Berck Limited, has invested in a iNEXIV VMA-4540 CNC video measuring machine fitted with tactile probing capability. Installed at the subcontractor’s factory in West Bromwich, UK, the multi-sensor machine has greatly speeded the inspection of 2D and 3D sheet metal components, improved measuring accuracy, and facilitated the production of detailed quality reports for customers. It also allows manufacturing processes to be optimised by providing detailed historical measurement data to be compared with current inspection results.
Mindarika adopts microfocus CT to inspect automotive components
Industry leader Mindarika based in India, designs, develops and manufactures all kinds of electrical switches and safety devices for automotive OEMs. Requiring a non-destructive inspection method, Mindarika install the Nikon Metrology XT H 225 ST to introduce non-destructive testing for an increased insight to maintain customer satisfaction and high levels of quality.