Nikon Metrology

Nikon iNexiv enables novel method for measuring the length of free-form springs

Paul Thomas, development engineer at Clifford Springs, measuring the circumference of an irregularly shaped seal energising spring to an accuracy within single-figure microns on the Nikon Metrology iNexiv VMA-4540 video measuring machine

Redditch-based seal energising spring manufacturer, Clifford Springs, is using a new, highly accurate, automated procedure on a Nikon Metrology iNexiv VMA-4540 CNC video measuring machine to determine the length of an irregularly shaped loop of welded coil. The result is equivalent to the circumference of the spring when it eventually strengthens a circular seal. The iNexiv is more accurate than the former hard gauges. Up to 1,000 successive coordinates around the loop are recorded automatically and subsequently linked to create a series of small, Read more...

NEW RELEASE: CMM-Manager 3.6

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Nikon Metrology announces the release of version 3.6 of CMM-manager, the task-oriented, highly intuitive metrology software for manual, CNC, portable CMMs and video multi-sensor systems.   A range of new features and functions makes CMM-Manager 3.6 highly intuitive and easy-to-use: Excel 2016 report output CAD synchronization indicator in status bar Left hand helix gear support Multi-copy option added to Transform New datum alignment report output Path planning enhancements iNexiv integration Specialized functionality for ease-of-use This release Read more...

Higher resolution & faster: X.Tend your CT scanning capability

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Nikon Metrology introduces Inspect-X 5.1, the latest release of the acquisition and control software for Nikon Metrology’s range of X-ray and CT systems. With 5.1, Inspect-X now features X.Tend; a new CT acquisition method that enables users to scan taller samples with improved image quality. Accompanying the Inspect-X 5.1 release is the introduction of new, high performance, reconstruction workstations that provide world leading reconstruction times. X.Tend doubles the speed of the CT process for taller samples. Scanning tall parts often Read more...

Feel Nikon | Watch the new Nikon company profile video

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How does Nikon support people’s everyday lives, by developing cutting-edge technologies, expanding future possibilities? As Nikon’s 100th anniversary approaches, find out here how Nikon will continue to expand as it moves into its second century in the latest company profile video. Click on the image below to go to the Nikon Movie Theatre. To celebrate its fast approaching 100th anniversary, Nikon has released a new company profile video to demonstrate just how far it has come and what can be expected in the future. Nikon has been helping society Read more...

Webinar Thu, Aug 18, 2016 17:00 CET– HN-C3030: Introducing the new high accuracy, high speed non-contact 3D gear measuring system

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Don’t miss the webinar introducing the HN-C3030, the high-accuracy, high speed, non-contact 3D gear measuring system taking place on August 18th 2016 by registering here. 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 Read more...

Is X-ray and CT the solution for evaluation of additive manufactured components?

Color map of deviations from CAD model for a Nickel-based AM specimen designed with interior spherical pores incorporating different sizes.

Herminso Villarraga-Gomez (Nikon Metrology, inc.) in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently written and published a paper addressing the viability of X-ray CT for inspecting additive manufactured components. Here you can read or download the paper to take a closer look at the experiment and understand the findings.   Additive Manufacturing continues to threaten to be the next big thing in manufacturing industries. The only hindrance is the ability to gain a reliable and comprehensive Read more...

Assessing the structural integrity of additive manufactured metal parts with X-ray CT

Additive Manufactured metal parts for CT inspection

Nikon Metrology in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) recently investigated the non-destructive assessment of both structural and functional integrity of additive manufactured (AM) parts. In this article, you can discover where to learn more about how X-ray CT is a vital tool in failure analysis of additive manufactured parts.   CWRU (Cleveland, Ohio. US) in collaboration with Nikon Metrology recently investigated the progression of X-ray CT as a tool for assessing the process of additive manufacturing. Following on from Read more...

X-ray and CT inspection enables non-destructive testing in material research

X-ray scan of carbon fibre sample

Chesapeake’s 450kV micro-focus system  identifies damage and failure modes in composites Chesapeake Testing based in Maryland, USA use a collection of X-ray and CT equipment including the dual-source 225/450kV walk-in room system to facilitate non-destructive testing. Chesapeake use X-ray and CT in a wide range of applications from ballistics, sporting goods, to aerospace and automotive components, but the high resolution system has become an extremely valuable tool in material research too. Chris Peitsch, Lead NDT Engineer at Chesapeake Read more...

Seeing is believing: Quality Magazine reports on X-ray/CT for quality control

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By Herminso Villarraga-Gómez X-ray computed tomography (CT) is an important industrial tool that enables us to see not only external surfaces but also internal features of an object without cutting or disassembling the sample. CT is widely used as a technique for quality control, but it is not as well known for its capacity to evaluate dimensional information. With accuracies comparable to or (in some circumstances) better than coordinate measurement machine (CMM) data, industrial X-ray CT machines can acquire a specimen’s dimensions and contribute Read more...

Nikon Movie Theater – Beyond the logo

Movie Theater - a video introduction to Nikon

Want to discover more about Nikon and find out what goes on behind the scenes? Take a look at the Movie Theater for a video introduction to the brand.   From the precision equipment and instruments to the imaging products, take an in depth look at what happens within Nikon, beyond the logo. See the history of the first ever microscopes, lenses and cameras to the present day development and production activities across the widening scope of solutions. Nikon has had an enormous impact on the modern society, not just with the digital cameras and Read more...