Nikon Metrology

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...

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 – Mark Eaton, Laser Radar & Laser Scanner Sales Account Manager UK

Ask our experts – Mark Eaton, Laser Radar & Laser Scanner Sales Account Manager UK

Mark Eaton is a Sales Account Manager for the Laser Radar and Laser Scanning Business Unit. With his five years of experience with laser scanners at Nikon and his longtime experience in quality engineering at a major automobile manufacturer, he is one of our experts working with handheld scanners. Today, we spoke to him about the Nikon ModelMaker H120 and the MCAx S arm and the benefits of their combination for customers. Hi Mark, what is the ModelMaker H120 laser scanner? The ModelMaker H120 is our handheld scanner with blue laser technology and Read more...

Ask our experts – The SMZ Edition

Ask our experts – the SMZ edition Our expert, Wilfried Vogel has been working the last 17 years within optics and lasers. We spoke to him regarding his favourite Nikon microscope family – the SMZ and why he gets so enthusiastic about this product range.   What is an SMZ Microscope? SMZ stands for Stereo Microscope Zoom. If you take each word separately, you receive the whole picture and purpose of these extremely functional instruments very quickly. Let’s break this down…First of all, yes – it’s a microscope! The name 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...

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...

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...

Ask our experts – The NEXIV VMZ-S edition

Nikon’s NEXIV series offers a wide range of products from entry-level bench tops to large extremely high specification systems. Designed to meet demanding manufacturing requirements with automated measurements of mechanical parts, electronic devices, tools and moulds plus medical devices. We spoke to our Nikon NEXIV expert Ulrich Beck, who is based in North Germany, about his experience working with the NEXIV series for over 20  years and what he thinks the newest member of the NEXIV family – the VMZ-S, brings to the table.   What is Read more...