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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...

Laser Radar Unlocks Sky-High Flexibility for Aerospace Manufacturers

Nikon Metrology APDIS Laser Radar

Once upon a time, aerospace metrology professionals needed to make some hard choices when setting up their measurements. These decisions were driven by many factors, including the size of the part or parts, the type of feature or features requiring measurement, the amount of data needed to achieve statistical significance, and more. Technicians were often required to utilize complicated, expensive, and fragile jigs and fixtures to accurately measure their large assemblies. All of this tended to make measurement inefficient and costly, not to mention Read more...

Laser Radar Helps Automotive Manufacturers Push the Accelerator

Nikon Metrology APDIS Laser Radar

      Metrology professionals in the automotive sector are often confronted with harsh “speed limits” in terms of measurement setup and execution that tend to constrain throughput. Speed and precision rule side-by-side for carmakers, and operators cannot afford to be forced into choosing one or the other. Yet many pieces of measurement equipment do just that, and technicians struggle to reconcile the need for the speed represented by in-line sensors with the superior accuracy of off-line fixed CMMs. Today, Laser Radar (LR) Read more...

Revolutionizing Automotive Quality Control with Nikon Metrology’s APDIS Laser Radar

APDIS Automotive

Nikon Metrology’s Laser Radar has been at the forefront of a quiet revolution in automotive quality control, bringing high accuracy, absolute measurements to the shop floor. With over 150 installations in 36 vehicle plants worldwide, the Laser Radar has proved itself to be an invaluable tool for manufacturers to improve their quality, reduce scrap and ultimately save money. The release of the new APDIS Laser Radar builds on this success to give the most productive Laser Radar ever built. This will drive the changes required for an automotive industry Read more...

Estimating the true cost of metrology in automotive BIW laser radar as part of quality 4.0

This upcoming Laser Radar webinar is scheduled for Tuesday 18th June 2019 – 15:00 CEST | 14:00 BST | 08:00 CDT | 09:00 EDT. Register here.     Quality 4.0 is a new vision for quality following the lead of the Industry 4.0 concept. Automotive production relies on quality to upkeep an automaker’s brand image within its customer base. In the production process, sub-optimal dimensional quality can lengthen lead times and cause cost overruns related to the reworking of non-compliant parts or forced downstream production Read more...

Measurement room of the future

Nikon Metrology is proud to support the BMW Group’s body shop at Dingolfing. As Industry 4.0 introduces a new era of digitalisation, BMW has developed a new and innovative, fully automated inline measurement cell for quality control. Featuring the Laser Radar, the multiple measurement cell combines a whole range of industry leading measuring solutions for full geometric inspection of vehicle body parts.     In the past, body-in-white measurements have been performed in two phases. Firstly on the production line with low accuracy sensors to Read more...

Frost & Sullivan forecasts Laser Radar to revolutionize automotive body-in-white inspection

Following extensive primary research, key industry analyst Frost & Sullivan anticipates great opportunities for shop floor body-in-white inspection in Industry 4.0 The latest thought-leadership paper from Frost & Sullivan, ‘Quality 4.0: A Paradigm Shift of In-line Inspection in Body-in-White’ addresses the changing landscape of the automotive industry. Based on automotive industry trends and primary research, this paper presents insights and analysis from leading automotive players, body-in-white experts, and dimensional metrology solution Read more...

Rethink shop floor processes with Quality 4.0

Nikon Industrial Metrology offers manufacturers a new vision for efficient, productive and intelligent manufacturing. The goal is to enable manufacturers to produce better products at a lower cost, speed up the response to changes in demand, and shorten time to market, everything together resulting in greater competitiveness. At Control 2019, Nikon Metrology presents its portfolio of digital, automated and connected shop floor solutions to meet the new and varied demands of Industry 4.0.     By rethinking shop floor processes, Nikon Metrology Read more...

Quality 4.0 in car body inspection

High-end manufacturing has always required feedback of reliable measurements to adjust parameters precisely and keep components within tolerance. The better and more regular the data provided, the more tightly a production line can be controlled. Nikon’s Laser Radar technology – capable of providing fast, automated, accurate, absolute measurements – clears the way for faster feedback of quality information, leading to exceptional levels of accuracy, high manufacturing efficiency, reduced rework and less scrap.     Offline versus Read more...

Nikon opens up about its strategic focus on Quality 4.0

A recent interview with Nikon’s Corporate Vice President Tadashi Nakayama provides insight into the strategy of the firm’s Industrial Metrology Business Unit, of which he is Deputy General Manager. In particular, he explained the company’s strategic focus on Quality 4.0, where digital, automated and connected inspection enables complete process control from design through to manufacture.     The core elements of a Quality 4.0 based process are the requirement for automated measurement of key features on components, as close to Read more...