Nikon Metrology

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 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...

The Scan of May – Take a deep dive into a dry powder inhaler!

This month, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned a dry powder inhaler. X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively inspect a wide range of drug delivery devices, to check not only the assembly quality of the entire device but also the build quality of each individual component in micron level detail! The clipped 3D rendering and 2D slice movie of the inhaler clearly show an abundance of porosity within many of the plastic cogs, ranging from the micron to millimetre scale. The X-ray CT scan of the dry powder inhaler was acquired a matched Read more...

Ask our experts – Ben Morgan, X-ray Product Manager

Ask our experts - Ben Morgan, X-ray Product Manager

Ben Morgan, Product Manager for the X-ray Business Unit, has been working within Nikon Metrology since 13 years. Today we spoke to him about his responsibilities, his expertise and about the new XT H 225 ST 2x launched few weeks ago. Hi Ben, could you please tell us what are your individual responsibilities within Nikon Metrology? I am a product manager for the X-ray Business Unit and it is quite a varied role at Nikon Metrology, addressing Product Manager, Product Marketing Manager and Global Application Engineer responsibilities. This results in a Read more...

The Scan of April – A unique insight into the detailed anatomy of a Lizard

This month, Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned a 70mm long, common UK lizard (Zootoca vivipara). X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the lizard’s anatomy in exceptionally high detail. The 3D rendering of the entire specimen shows the lizard’s skeleton in relation to external body composition, whereas the region of interest (ROI) renderings show the bone thickness of each component of the lizard’s skull in 3D. We also created a movie to show the internal bone structure of the skull, using both a scrolling slice Read more...

Nikon celebrates American Football

Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned an American Football helmet to showcase the key components that help aid player safety in the modern game. X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the different components of the fully assembled helmet and inspect them to assess their build quality and conformity with design, each of which plays a vital role in protecting the athlete. X-ray CT scans of the facemask and helmet were acquired at 143 and 156 µm voxel resolution and 450 and 350 Watts respectively, using a Nikon C2 Large Read more...

Nikon celebrates World Radiography Day!

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery X-rays, for which he went on to win the first ever Nobel Prize for Physics. To celebrate World Radiography Day 2020 Dr. Andrew Mathers (X-ray CT Project Manager) scanned two species of large beetles native to the United Kingdom, namely a Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) and a Dung Beetle (Geotrupes spiniger). X-ray CT enables us to non-destructively visualise the exceptionally complex fine structure of both these wonderful insects. The 3D renderings of the exoskeleton Read more...

Nikon Metrology celebrates Bonfire Night

Bonfire night is held annually on the 5th November in the United Kingdom to celebrate the failed attempts of Guy Fawkes and his fellow conspirators in 1605, to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords. Following an anonymous tip, authorities discovered and arrested Fawkes in an undercroft directly below the first floor of the House of Lords, guarding 36 barrels of gunpowder, equating to approximately 1 metric tonne of explosives. The annual celebrations include firework displays, lighting of bonfires and the burning of Guy Fawkes Read more...