Nikon Metrology

X-ray CT aids research into defect formation in AM parts

X-ray and CT technology is the leading method of quality assurance, but it is also being used for research into understanding how additive manufacturing process parameters influence defect formation in AM built parts. In his latest paper, Herminso Villarraga-Gómez explores the details.   Additive manufactured parts and components can be difficult to qualify. They consist of very complex, free-form shapes with rough surfaces and internal geometry, as well as interconnected structures and channels. Whilst additive manufacturing provides a unique Read more...

Nikon sponsors the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie

Nikon was an official sponsor for the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie this past week (15th – 22nd July 2018). The eventual winner of The Open was Francesco Molinari, who secured his first career major title.     The Open Championship is the world’s oldest and most traditional golf tournament, as well as one of the major golfing events. For over 150 years, the Open Championship has played host to some of the world’s best players who set out to become the “Champion Golfer of the Year”. The 147th Open was hosted this year Read more...

See the light with CT

Heavy-duty industrial lighting manufacturer, Nordic Lights deploys computed tomography to avoid expensive destructive testing, check for defects and to eliminate critical measurement errors caused by powder spraying for part preparation.     Nordic Lights is a Finnish company based in Pietarsaari and was founded in 1992. It is part of the Herrmans Oy Ab Group and is a manufacturer of premium, high-tech work and driving lights for heavy duty vehicles in extreme conditions. Its products are used throughout the mining, construction, forestry, 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...

Nikon’s global X-ray User Forum addresses CT in Industry 4.0

Nikon Metrology and Nikon Corporation recently held its first global X-ray User Forum at Tring, UK. Customers from around the world were invited to share their implementation of CT technology and review applications and new practices consistent with the demands of Industry 4.0.     The goal of the User Forum was to create a common platform for Nikon and its customers, allowing for learnings and further advancement within CT (computed tomography) technology and applications. Customers active in aerospace, automotive and medical industries, as Read more...

Micro-CT unravels mummy mystery

CT scans of 2,100 year old mummy from the Ptolemaic period – previously thought to be that of a hawk – have surprised experts by revealing it is actually a human fetus. Maidstone Museum UK, worked with Andrew Nelson (Western University) and a team specialists to determine dates, places of origin and mummification methods of its artefacts. With the help of Nikon CT (computed tomography), the unexpected discovery was made.     Maidstone Museum is home to a vast collection of fine art and historical artefacts with over 600,000 items Read more...

Imaging Science Center installs highly versatile CT system

Providing NDT and CT services for multiple industries, Nexus Metrology deals with a broad spectrum of applications. To handle the various rare and complex inquiries, the company relies on the Nikon Metrology XT H 225 ST, a versatile, non-destructive X-ray system delivering fast and insightful CT scanning. The adaptability of the system makes it a valuable tool for revealing defects, cracks and pores in many materials ranging from bones to cast parts.     Nexus Metrology is a division of Trikon Technologies, Inc., which has been providing Read more...

University of Manchester uses CT to scan moon rock

The Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility (HMXIF) at the University of Manchester was established in 2003. With a total of 11 imaging systems including 3 Nikon systems, the facility takes on various industrial inspection tasks and research projects. A recent example, is this scan of the Northwest Africa 11444 moon rock, watch the video and find out more here.     Northwest Africa 11444 is a rock that has been found on Earth that originally came from the Moon. It is a meteorite that was blasted off the lunar surface when an asteroid or comet Read more...

Major advance in well bore analysis with Nikon CT inspection

Scottish company improves the way it interprets Nikon Metrology’s CT scans of rock core samples. Drilling for oil or gas is an expensive business, whether offshore or on land, so it is essential for E&P (exploration and production) companies to minimise the risk that their planned drilling operations will fail or not meet target yield. Aberdeen-based Premier, COREX, part of the Premier Oilfield Group and a leading global provider of core analytical services to the oil and gas industry, is the preferred supplier of data for risk mitigation to Read more...

X-ray imaging facility develops world leading research

In the Henry Moseley X-ray Imaging Facility at The University of Manchester, the unique versatility of the Nikon CT systems enable its staff members to take on a great range of research and commercial projects. Nikon CT systems have been installed in the facility for almost 20 years, and they remain the workhorses of the facility today.     The University of Manchester has been using Nikon CT for almost 20 years. The first system – an XT H 225 – was installed in the year 2000. Following this first investment, the Henry Moseley X-ray Read more...