Nikon Metrology

The many benefits of wafer loaders in combination with Nikon NEXIV

We spoke to our NEXIV Application Engineer, Philipp Wachenfeld – who has worked vastly on semiconductor projects with fully automated metrology tools, about his knowledge and experience with wafer inspection using the NEXIV’s.   Hi Philipp, please can you talk us through Wafer Inspection in the Semiconductor industry & the different requirements the Nikon NEXIV can accommodate? Of course! The Semiconductor industry is a fast growing and developing industry with a very high level of requirements that need to be fulfilled by the Read more...

Ask our experts – James Finch, X-ray Applications Engineer

Today we spoke to James Finch, Applications Engineer within the X-ray Business Unit, about his responsibilities and his expertise with the Contract Inspection Bureau. Hi James, could you please tell us what are your individual responsibilities within Nikon Metrology? As an Applications Engineer within the Contract Inspection Bureau, I provide non-destructive testing using our range of X-ray CT systems. We provide this service for individuals or companies that either don’t have enough demand to buy an X-ray system themselves; have surplus demand for a Read more...

The Scan of September – Discover the details of an insulin syringe

With medical devices, failure is not an option. From the simple to the most complex applications, the reproducible examination and inspection of key components is vital. With the high image resolution and ultra-fast CT reconstruction, the sharp images provide a fundamental insight to ensure reliable and repeatable performances. X-ray CT is particularly suited to verify the dimensions of drug delivery systems’ inhaler chamber or dispenser mechanisms, syringes, stents, pacemakers and many more. This month, Thomas Dreisbusch (X-ray Application Read more...

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...