Nikon Metrology

Ancient Greek bronze machine predicted multiple features of eclipses

A new paper for PLOS ONE, “Eclipse Prediction on the Antikythera Mechanism”, transforms our understanding of eclipse prediction on this amazing geared calculating machine from ancient Greece: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103275 Quote: “The Antikythera Mechanism is an astounding landmark in the history of science and technology—one of the true wonders of the ancient world. Understanding how it worked has been a fascinating detective story over more than a hundred years.” A simple and ingenious design Not only did the Antikythera Read more...

3D Engineering Solutions Forms Partnership with Nikon Metrology to Create an Industrial CT Scanning Center of Excellence

3D Engineering Solutions has agreed to form a strategic partnership with Nikon Metrology, Inc to create an industrial CT scanning laboratory and Center of Excellence, to meet the growing need for CT scanning engineering services. 3D Engineering Solutions (3DES), an advanced design engineering and metrology services company in Cincinnati, Ohio is pleased to announce their strategic partnership with Nikon Metrology, Inc (NMI) of Brighton, Read more...

High voltage CT system advances inspection of automotive turbochargers

Computed Tomography transforms automotive turbocharger R&D at BorgWarner by non-destructively inspecting components and assemblies A microfocus computed tomography (CT) system from Nikon Metrology is being used by BorgWarner Poland to improve research and development of turbochargers for passenger cars, light trucks and commercial vehicles. The high power (450 kV) X-ray equipment is able to penetrate the dense materials used in turbocharger production, allowing the internal material quality of castings to be checked non-destructively and the Read more...

High voltage microfocus CT for inspection of dense, complex parts

By now most of us in the metrology world have seen beautifully rendered images from Computed Tomography (CT) data. We see images of bones, fossils, dinosaurs, teeth, and of archaeological treasures, and hear about various universities that use CT systems. But perhaps we are left wondering, is this a viable inspection tool in terms of capabilities and cost, or is it just an experimental toy? Don’t be fooled.  CT’s accuracy, ability to measure internal and external dimensions simultaneously without destroying the part, and the insight it provides Read more...

High resolution CT scanning to shed new light on human evolution

Dr Kristian Carlson about to put the bubble-wrapped Taung Child cranium into the Nikon Metrology XTH 225/320 LC dual source micro-CT scanner at Wits.

The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg is using a Nikon Metrology micro-CT scanner in its Palaeosciences Centre Discovered in South Africa in 1924, the Taung Child was the first hominin fossil to show both human and ape-like characteristics, a species later named Australopithecus africanus. Estimated to be 2.5 million years old, the fossil consists of most of the face, a mandible with teeth and a natural limestone cast of the inside of the cranium (endocast). Anatomical studies of this and similar fossils show that the species regularly Read more...

X-Ray Computed Tomography expands horizons of anthropology at Duke university

At Duke University (Durham, NC), the school’s X-ray micro Computed Tomography equipment spans a growing number of disciplines and users. One of the main researches is related to anthropology studying the origin of mankind. But also biotech firms, electronic materials companies, government research organizations, and many others have interest in using CT to investigate and characterize materials on a micron scale. Housed at the Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering, the XT H 225 ST micro CT X-ray Read more...

In-process X-ray inspection improves quality control of circuit boards – and cuts costs

Escatec has deployed a new X-ray inspection machine from Nikon Metrology.

Nikon Metrology equipment will pay for itself in less than two years Swiss-owned electronic and mechatronic systems manufacturer, ESCATEC, has deployed a new X-ray inspection machine that sits alongside two lines producing printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA) at its factory in Heerbrugg. Supplied by Nikon Metrology, the XT V 160 machine is used for real-time, in-process quality control and replaces post-process X-ray inspection methodology. The in-line procedure is more efficient at detecting defects, has reduced the lead-time from order to delivery Read more...

Nikon Metrology Newsmagazine Volume 8 is available!

Nikon Metrology Newsmagazine

The new issue of the Nikon Metrology Newsmagazine (Volume 8) is online available on the Nikon Metrology website. The “free” Newsmagazine is packed with application cases and new product features on CMMs, laser scanning, X-ray and CT, microscopes and many more. Summary Glass moulds produced faster and less expensively using modern multi-sensor metrology Automated Nikon photo-microscope supports world-leading rock analysis University of Leuven applies metrology CT to research geometrical accuracy of inner  and outer features of industrial Read more...

University of Leuven applies Metrology CT to research geometrical accuracy of inner and outer features of industrial components

Nikon Metrology XT H 450 Computed Tomography system at KU Leuven

Many components and assemblies have internal features that are difficult to inspect nondestructively, as conventional metrology requires them to be sectioned. Examples are a hollow hydroformed camshaft, a 3D printed mould with conformal cooling channels, or a plastic injection moulded electrical connector with metal inserts. Now, the PMA division of Leuven’s university is using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) machines to research measuring the interiors of such components in 3D. CT has been widely used for many years in medicine for imaging and Read more...