Nikon Metrology

Insight into the inside: X-ray inspection of solder quality

Nikon Metrology XT V 160 checks power semiconductor devices in production line. IXYS UK Westcode (www.westcode.com), part of the global power semiconductor manufacturer, IXYS Corporation, is investing in its Chippenham, UK factory to manufacture a new range of power semiconductor devices, which will be marketed alongside the company’s long-established Press-Pack Capsules. Nikon Metrology (www.nikonmetrology.com) was chosen to supply the all-important X-ray equipment for checking the quality of the reflow soldering process during Read more...

Nikon Metrology delivers 1,000th 160 kV X-ray source

Since the manufacture of X-ray inspection machines began at Nikon Metrology’s Tring, UK factory in 1987, 1,000 Xi sources with an internal X-ray generator have been designed, produced and integrated into the company’s XT V systems, in addition to numerous other sources for the XT H range of X-ray and computed tomography machines.     The latest Xi source has been incorporated into an XT V 160 electronics inspection system that is supporting quality assurance of power semiconductor device production at IXYS UK Westcode, Chippenham, Read more...

WATCH: semi-automated CT inspection reduces operator involvement

Semi-automated CT inspection

In a production environment where fast inspection tact-time is required, semi-automated CT inspection systems are a solution that leave only one manual task involved with CT inspection; part handling. Parts can be loaded by the operator individually or as a rack of multiple parts that are loaded individually to the CT scan position by an internal loading system.  Watch the video below to see how semi-automated sample loading increases CT inspection productivity…         Find out more about batch CT inspection, full in-line Read more...

Computed Tomography details the evolution of X-ray tubes

CT Metrology Specialist, Herminso Villarraga-Gomez continues his Evolution collection this year with a third project – The Evolution of X-ray Tubes. Herminso is based in USA at Nikon Metrology’s Brighton office and in the previous two years has worked on The Evolution of The Computer Mouse and The Evolution of Electric Light Bulbs. Take a look at the fascinating images below and learn a little more about the history of x-ray tubes.       All of the pictures in this article were taken with a Nikon XTH225ST CT system housing a Read more...

WEBINAR: X-ray inspection of PCBs – Dec 6th & 13th 2017

In collaboration with SMTA, Nikon Metrology contributes to a series of upcoming webinars concerning X-ray inspection for printed circuit boards. Kamran Iqbal of Nikon Metrology, an expert on the subject will discuss with X-ray researcher, Bob Wetterman of BEST Inc., a contract rework and repair facility in Chicago. Register here…     Who should attend? SMT assembly process engineers and technicians responsible for production or new product introduction processes SMT quality personnel interested in helping improve end-of-line yields and Read more...

Don’t let manufacturing faults come back to haunt you, use Nikon CT

As the nights get darker and the days get colder, Halloween approaches… but don’t let hidden defects creep up on you. Computed Tomography pulls the mask off of those frightful errors by revealing internal and external structure, geometry and surface flaws.       This top to bottom scan created by Sergei Kolobov at Nikon Metrology reveals the inside of the office pumpkin. You can see seed clusters as well as the individual seeds as the video flies through the pumpkin.     X-rays aren’t strictly limited to skeletons (or Read more...

Understanding the metrology language for X-ray computed tomography

When compared to CMMs, CT as a technique applied for industrial dimensional metrology is relatively new. In a recent article for Quality Magazine’s NDT special section, Herminso Villarraga-Gomez from Nikon Metrology looks to define the language and teminology used.   Interest is growing across many industries in the use of X-ray computed tomography (CT) for dimensional metrology in the pursuit of improved quality control. Currently, however, there exists a lack of agreement among governing bodies in metrology, research institutions, Read more...

Adam Savage’s Maker Tour – Featuring the XT H 160 CT system

In this video, watch Adam Savage encounter the Nikon XT H 160 on his tour through The Centre for Bits and Atoms at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   Adam Savage, formerly of The Discovery Channel’s MythBusters television show takes a look into the history, and the future of manufacturing. In this episode of Adam Savage’s Maker Tour, he visits the media lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). At MIT, the first computer controlled milling machine was developed in 1952 and the invention of several modern day 3D printers Read more...

Nikon’s CT technology paves the way towards E-mobility

Elbflorace uses Nikon's CT technology.

Elbflorace verifies the quality of new vehicle technology with Nikon’s CT technology.     The Formula Student event brings together Engineering, Business Studies, and Economics students to design mobility concepts for the future. The Elbflorace team from Dresden University participates in the global Formula Student events annually. The requirements for teams entering this event is to design, construct and produce their own electric vehicle. At TU Dresden, up to 70 students join the Elbflorace team each year to participate in Formula Read more...

Rules of micro-CT and when to break them

In the recent Metal AM Magazine, Herminso Gomez and Andrew Ramsey discuss the rules of micro-CT. Metal AM parts are increasingly being considered for the reduction of component weight without compromising strength. For safety critical components, it is essential to know whether voids or inclusions are present and where they occur. In such cases, X-ray Computed Tomography is a powerful tool for non-destructively assuring geometrical tolerances and assessing internal defects.     High-accuracy micro-CT technology has continued to evolve over Read more...