Nikon Metrology

The Scan of August – Discover the details of a steering wheel

In the previous months, we have been sharing a lot of details on inspections of batteries and electric cars. This month, we have scanned a more usual car part although it’s still from a famous electric car. The steering wheel and stalks remain one of the most important parts of the car to get from point A to point B. Inside the part are a lot of interesting electronic connections to control different steering and safety mechanisms.      Both the plastic and metallic parts are beautifully visible and are outlaying the complete of this automotive Read more...

Ask Our Experts – Spencer Smith, Measuring Microscope Edition

Spencer Smith is the Sales Manager for the UK within the Microscopy Business Unit. He has over 21 years of experience working with Nikon microscopes in the materials and metrology sectors. Today we spoke to him about Nikon’s range of Measuring Microscopes and the many benefits they provide for customers.   Hi Spencer, what is a Measuring Microscope? A measuring microscope is just like a conventional metallurgical microscope, it is for examining samples but with the added ability to measure these samples too. A measuring microscope provides highly Read more...

The Scan of July – World Ice Cream Day

To celebrate World Ice Cream Day 2021, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned a large tub (465 ml) of ice cream to get the scoop on its structure and some of the hidden treats found within. World Ice Cream Day is celebrated annually on the third Sunday of July, but it’s origins date back to the USA in 1984, when President Ronald Regan signed into public law a resolution (No. 5219) proclaiming July as ‘National Ice Cream Month’ as well as introducing ‘National Ice Cream Day’ within it. This highly popular food holiday in the Read more...

Ask our experts – Sergei Kolobov, X-ray Applications Engineer

Today we speak to Sergei Kolobov, Applications Engineer within the X-ray Business Unit, about his responsibilities and his expertise on the XT V systems range. Hi Sergei, could you please tell us what are your individual responsibilities within Nikon Metrology? In my role as an Applications Engineer, I provide technical guidance by identifying customers’ specific requirements and helping to find the best possible solution for specific applications. During the pre-sales process, I am mainly involved in performing benchmarks, assisting in technical Read more...

The Scan of June – Discover the details of a high voltage breakdown pathway

This month, James Finch (Applications Engineer) scanned a rotating 450kV X-ray target drive tube. The drive tube governs the rotation of the target and supplies coolant to it while isolating the high voltage target from the rest of the source. The tube scanned was from a customer high voltage component that they brought it to us after suspecting breakdown due to not following the maintenance cycle, and therefore had contamination build up within the coolant. This led to a charge build up within the coolant and the drive tube suffered a high voltage Read more...

Ask our Expert – Paul Lightowler, Product Manager APDIS Laser Radar

Nikon Metrology APDIS Laser Radar

Paul Lightowler, Product Manager for the APDIS Laser Radar, has been working at Nikon Metrology for many years. We have taken the time recently to speak with him about his responsibilities at Nikon, his experience and of course his favorite feature of the APDIS Laser Radar. Read his ‘Ask our Expert’ Interview below: Could you please tell us your individual responsibilities within Nikon Metrology? My roles and responsibilities cover most aspects of the APDIS Laser Radar product including development of promotional material with the Marketing Read more...

Ask our experts – Toby French, X-ray Applications Engineering Manager

Toby French, Applications Engineering Manager within the X-ray Business Unit, has been working within Nikon Metrology for 8 years. Today we spoke to him about his responsibilities, his expertise and the new Offset.CT module launched a few weeks ago. Hi Toby, could you please tell us what are your individual responsibilities within Nikon Metrology? I am Applications Engineering Manager, responsible for the inspection services of the X-ray Business unit concerning the UK and European territories. Using the fleet of Nikon Metrology’s X-ray and CT Read more...

The Scan of May – Take a deep dive into a dry powder inhaler!

This month, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned a dry powder inhaler. X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively inspect a wide range of drug delivery devices, to check not only the assembly quality of the entire device but also the build quality of each individual component in micron level detail! The clipped 3D rendering and 2D slice movie of the inhaler clearly show an abundance of porosity within many of the plastic cogs, ranging from the micron to millimetre scale. The X-ray CT scan of the dry powder inhaler was acquired a matched Read more...

Ask our experts – Mark Eaton, Laser Radar & Laser Scanner Sales Account Manager UK

Ask our experts – Mark Eaton, Laser Radar & Laser Scanner Sales Account Manager UK

Mark Eaton is a Sales Account Manager for the Laser Radar and Laser Scanning Business Unit. With his five years of experience with laser scanners at Nikon and his longtime experience in quality engineering at a major automobile manufacturer, he is one of our experts working with handheld scanners. Today, we spoke to him about the Nikon ModelMaker H120 and the MCAx S arm and the benefits of their combination for customers. Hi Mark, what is the ModelMaker H120 laser scanner? The ModelMaker H120 is our handheld scanner with blue laser technology and Read more...

Ask our experts – The SMZ Edition

Ask our experts – the SMZ edition Our expert, Wilfried Vogel has been working the last 17 years within optics and lasers. We spoke to him regarding his favourite Nikon microscope family – the SMZ and why he gets so enthusiastic about this product range.   What is an SMZ Microscope? SMZ stands for Stereo Microscope Zoom. If you take each word separately, you receive the whole picture and purpose of these extremely functional instruments very quickly. Let’s break this down…First of all, yes – it’s a microscope! The name Read more...