Nikon Metrology

Show review – Control 2016: focusing on automation and increased productivity

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For Nikon Metrology, the 30th edition of the Control show saw the introduction of the Laser Radar next-generation shop floor CMM, HN-C3030 gear inspection system and ceramic bridge Altera range among a variety of video and microscope measuring systems. With a multitude of robotized inspection applications, the emphasis on automation and increased productivity was evident. The Nikon Metrology team would like to thank everybody who came to visit. For the people who couldn’t make it to the Control show this year, or would like to learn more about what Read more...

QMT cover story – Next-generation shop floor CMM accelerates body-in-white inspection

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Nikon Metrology introduces the next-generation shop floor CMM There  is  an  increasing  importance  for  automotive assembly  plants  to  continuously  monitor  process quality throughout the production process. This need is  driven  by  OEMs  pushing  the  limits  of  design  by using  complex  shapes,  new  materials,  and  cutting edge processes. Locations of holes, slots, studs, and welding lines along with flush & gap of doors, hoods, deck lids, and other hangers need to be measured and monitored  throughout  the  Read more...

Robot Accuracy: Considerations to make when using robots in high accuracy applications and programming robots off-line

Image courtesy of GKN and StEM

This paper gives an overview of the niche field of high accuracy robotics, particularly in the area of moving from virtual world (3D CAD robot simulations) to production – where the tolerance requirements are less than 1mm. We explain the construction and reference systems for the robot and its environment, and the main sources of error between nominal and reality. This includes practical examples of robot measurements. In summary of sources of error we show an “Absolute Accuracy Robot” specified as being accurate to within 1mm of nominal. Read more...

Nikon Metrology Laser Radar, the next-generation CMM for shop floor automotive BIW inspection

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With the need for shorter and more flexible production cycles, automotive manufacturers  are  continuously  looking  to  cut  time  and  costs  whilst improving product  quality.  Nikon Metrology – in close cooperation with key automotive OEM and integration partners- addresses these challenges by introducing an innovative approach to body-in-white (BIW) inspection based upon its non-contact Laser Radar system. This shop floor system provides accurate, dimensional measurements in the car coordinate system allowing direct comparison to CAD Read more...

Inspect-X 4.1 provides ultra-sharp X-ray images and advanced BGA analysis

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Inspect-X 4.1, the latest release of the acquisition and analysis software for our of X-ray and CT systems, provides improved real-time imaging and advanced BGA analysis. The C.Clear real-time image enhancements provide easy-to-interpret images for fast online defect recognition. The new image processing algorithms enable automated BGA analysis and reporting for stacked components and multi-layered boards. Nikon Metrology X-ray systems with Inspect-X 4.1 are ready to handle today’s and tomorrow’s complex electronics boards and components. See Clear Read more...

Nikon Metrology delivers advanced robotic system to GKN Aerospace

Adaptive Robot Control cell at GKN aerospace

Nikon Metrology  has recently delivered a robot cell for GKN Aerospace’s research center on the Isle of Wight, as part of UK Government STEM project. This technology demonstrator has at its heart an optical metrology system, guiding the robotic processes and managing the build, a process called “Metrology Assisted Production”. The goal of the project was to “one-shot” drill and countersink – then apply adhesive and fastener. The first major technology advance was to prove that a robot can take one tool (drill and countersink) and make Read more...

Robotic Metrology: The Future Is Now

Article by Jay Elepano, Business Development Manager – Large Scale Products Robots have been playing an important role in automated manufacturing for decades. However, the larger question has always been, if the robot is smart enough to move the parts around, can we measure with it, as well? When we think of robots, iconic images such as C3PO and R2D2 from Star Wars often come to mind, or perhaps even Rose, the Jetsons’ housekeeping Read more...

Delcam holds first meeting of project on machining with robots

  Delcam holds first meeting of 8 million Euro project on machining with robots Delcam recently held the inaugural meeting in Alicante, Spain, of the eight million Euro COMET project funded by the European Commission.  As the Co-ordinating Partner, Delcam is combining its experience and expertise in manufacturing with thirteen other technical partners from eight countries across Europe to develop plug-and-produce Components and Methods for Read more...