The XT V 160 is specifically designed for use in production lines and failure analysis laboratories. With a precision joystick, system users control the 5-axis sample manipulator. Real-time X-ray allows users to intuitively navigate complex printed circuit boards and electronic components and quickly trace defects. In automated inspection mode, samples can be inspected at highest throughput.
Leading proprietary micro-focus source technology
Fast automated component inspection through customizable macros
4K Ultra HD display for combined measurement and real-time analysis
Low cost of ownership and maintenance with open-tube technology
Safety as a design criterion
CT and X.Tract (laminography) ready
Benefits & features
Proprietary NanoTech 160 kV source with submicron spot size
A tightly controlled nanofocus X-ray spot and the latest digital imaging technology ensure that the XT V 160 produces sharp images of micron level features even in the most challenging samples. The advanced electromagnetic lens is computer controlled to ensure that the image remains in focus at all kV settings and the target does not burn when using high power.
True parallel tracking for best views of BGA analysis
A combination of tilt and rotate is required to give the best unobstructed view of BGA inspection. The next step is to scan along the rows to inspect for failures. With standard manipulators, this necessitates the simultaneous operation of 3 axes - requiring considerable skill on behalf of the operator.
Nikon's true parallel tracking maintains the X and Y axes parallel to the BGA, allowing the rows to be scanned using a single X or Y axis. This feature is enabled as part of the advanced system control concept.
True concentric imaging
The operator chooses a region of interest (ROI) to inspect and positions it in the centre of the screen. Under any combination of rotate, tilt and magnification, the ROI remains completely locked into the center of the field of view.
The true concentric imaging feature operates over the entire scan area of the manipulator. The ROI stays locked in, regardless of the sample’s position on the manipulator table, ideal for inspecting around single layer, dual layer assemblies and complex packages.
Superior image resolution and magnification reveals all defects
The transmission target design fitted to the XT V160’s X-ray source has an ultra thin output window that enables samples to be safely placed within 250 microns of the focal spot providing up to 36000x system magnification. The patented X-Tek Xi "Open Tube" X-ray source is smaller than any other design and allows X-ray images of fine detail in thick and dense samples to be seen with ease. This high energy vacuum de-mountable unit allows views at steep angles through solder joints and heatsinks without ever running out of energy.
Advanced user friendly software interface
The XT V 160 incorporates the most advanced image capture and analysis software running on the latest specification processing hardware. The resulting data can be saved or exported directly any COM compliant package e.g. Word, Excel, Access and SPC systems. Processing hardware and software are both controlled in-house so that advances in technology can be passed on to the user without delay.
Inspect-X includes special functions for inspection of semiconductor package voids, wire bonding and BGA solder bumps. It also makes use of Microsoft VBA as a scripting/macro language, allowing rapid software customisation to suit specific inspection requirements.
Low cost of ownership and maintenance with open-tube technology
Nikon's open X-ray tube development has driven down the size, weight and cost of the system whilst maintaining superior quality and performance. By introducing a patented zero-maintenance cable-less HT generator, the preventative maintenance has been dramatically reduced making the long term cost of ownership considerably lower than any comparable system.
With a footprint of only two square metres, XT V 160’s volume provides a generous 406x406 mm (16”x16”) scan area in a system
Advanced ergonomics for ease of use
The XT V 160 has been designed for ease-of-use without compromising performance. With a fully adjustable console arm which ensures that all system controls are at the operator’s reach whether standing or sitting, independent of the operators height.
The software interface control screen is laid out logically with all regularly used functions in view on single click buttons, while movement of the precision joysticks gives a direct and logical response from both sample manipulator and X-ray image. The system is highly intuitive to operate and as a result, operator training time is significantly reduced.
Ready for CT applications (option)
XT V 130C is pre-configured to turn the system into a CT system. This way 3D images can be reconstructed to gain even more insight into components and sub-assemblies.
20 W (radiography), 10 W (CT)1
Open tube transmission target
Focal spot size
1 µm1 (below 2 W) rising to 10 µm depending on power
Defect recognition capability
Up to 36,000x
Imaging system (Standard)
1.45 Mpixel 12-bit camera with dual field 4"/6" image intensifier
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.
Philips Lighting pushes innovation using X-ray and CT
Philips Lighting, Belgium, recently took delivery of a 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.
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.
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.
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.