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WATCH: semi-automated CT inspection reduces operator involvement

Semi-automated CT inspection

In a production environment where fast inspection tact-time is required, semi-automated CT inspection systems are a solution that leave only one manual task involved with CT inspection; part handling. Parts can be loaded by the operator individually or as a rack of multiple parts that are loaded individually to the CT scan position by an internal loading system.  Watch the video below to see how semi-automated sample loading increases CT inspection productivity…         Find out more about batch CT inspection, full in-line Read more...

Computed Tomography details the evolution of X-ray tubes

CT Metrology Specialist, Herminso Villarraga-Gomez continues his Evolution collection this year with a third project – The Evolution of X-ray Tubes. Herminso is based in USA at Nikon Metrology’s Brighton office and in the previous two years has worked on The Evolution of The Computer Mouse and The Evolution of Electric Light Bulbs. Take a look at the fascinating images below and learn a little more about the history of x-ray tubes.       All of the pictures in this article were taken with a Nikon XTH225ST CT system housing a Read more...

Understanding the metrology language for X-ray computed tomography

When compared to CMMs, CT as a technique applied for industrial dimensional metrology is relatively new. In a recent article for Quality Magazine’s NDT special section, Herminso Villarraga-Gomez from Nikon Metrology looks to define the language and teminology used.   Interest is growing across many industries in the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for dimensional metrology in the pursuit of improved quality control. Currently, however, there exists a lack of agreement among governing bodies in metrology, research institutions, Read more...

Adam Savage’s Maker Tour – Featuring the XT H 160 CT system

In this video, watch Adam Savage encounter the Nikon XT H 160 on his tour through The Centre for Bits and Atoms at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   Adam Savage, formerly of The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television show takes a look into the history, and the future of manufacturing. In this episode of Adam Savage’s Maker Tour, he visits the media lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). At MIT, the first computer controlled milling machine was developed in 1952 and the invention of several modern day 3D printers Read more...

Nikon’s CT technology paves the way towards E-mobility

Elbflorace uses Nikon's CT technology.

Elbflorace verifies the quality of new vehicle technology with Nikon’s CT technology.     The Formula Student event brings together Engineering, Business Studies, and Economics students to design mobility concepts for the future. The Elbflorace team from Dresden University participates in the global Formula Student events annually. The requirements for teams entering this event is to design, construct and produce their own electric vehicle. At TU Dresden, up to 70 students join the Elbflorace team each year to participate in Formula Read more...

Automated CT scanning enables 100% inspection of complex parts

Nikon Metrology - automated CT - in process CT

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. There is a problem if components are complex or already partly assembled, however, as they can take too long to inspect by probing or laser scanning. In the case of additively manufactured components or plastic mouldings containing electronics, it may even be impossible to check them at all Read more...

Configurable CT | Everything starts at the source

Configurable CT

Multiple sources & infinite possibilities with configurable CT Nikon Metrology microfocus sources offer unmatched versatility for objects big and small. Featuring a wide range of spot sizes and power ratings, these open-tube sources are fully configurable and interchangeable to accommodate a wide range of density and material requirements. Expect precise measurements and stunning spatial resolution with every scan.     Microfocus accuracy for a broad spectrum of materials. Nikon Metrology’s configurable CT systems are optimized for high Read more...

Patient-specific implants made affordable

First class CT inspection advances the production of 3D printed bespoke medical implants. 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.     Ortho Baltic is a medical company based in Kaunas, Lithuania and is the first patient-specific TMJ (temporomandibular joint) endoprosthesis manufacturer in the Baltic Read more...

Get the insight inside with CT inspection for automotive OEMs

CT inspection of metal casting.

With shorter lead times and constant cost pressures, OEMs are adopting CT inspection to analyse internal structures without the disassembling of countless prototypes.     Today’s automotive OEMs and suppliers face ever shortening lead times for introducing new products at a lower cost. Consequently, fewer prototype iterations are required and destructive testing is no longer wanted. Tactile probing and laser scanning is well suited to external inspections, but CT inspection makes analysing internal structure and dimensions just as Read more...

X-ray CT: a powerful partner in the 3D printing revolution

X-ray computed tomography is the optimal solution for non-destructively assuring geometrical and tolerance quality control. Here you can read more about what Nikon CT experts Andrew and Herminso have to say on the matter.     More and more manufacturers expect that within three to five years, 3D printing will be used in high-volume production. Introducing components at a lighter weight, without compromising strength, metal printed parts offer many significant advantages. In the recent Quality Magazine article, Nikon Metrology CT specialists Read more...