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...

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...

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...

Automated in-line CT – Ready for production

Automated CT - Nikon Metrology introduces production ready, in-line, CT.

Production-ready industrial CT ensures the fastest insight into product quality, watch the video below…     In-line CT inspection 100% part inspection The in-line CT inspection system is a solution for fully automated production environments where critical parts with complex internal geometries or material structures need to be inspected. As such, this is the ideal inspection solution for companies that implement “Industry 4.0” methodology on the shop floor. The complete CT inspection process is automated and requires no Read more...

Configurable CT | Everything starts at the source

Configurable CT

Multiple sources & infinite possibilities with configurable CT Nikon Metrology microfocus sources offer unmatched versatility for objects big and small. Featuring a wide range of spot sizes and power ratings, these open-tube sources are fully configurable and interchangeable to accommodate a wide range of density and material requirements. Expect precise measurements and stunning spatial resolution with every scan.     Microfocus accuracy for a broad spectrum of materials. Nikon Metrology’s configurable CT systems are optimized for high Read more...

Patient-specific implants made affordable

First class CT inspection advances the production of 3D printed bespoke medical implants. Ortho Baltic, a manufacturer of patient-specific medical implants recently invested in additive manufacturing and CT inspection technology. It is vital for such components to be of outstanding quality, therefore an assured quality control system is integral to the company’s success.     Ortho Baltic is a medical company based in Kaunas, Lithuania and is the first patient-specific TMJ (temporomandibular joint) endoprosthesis manufacturer in the Baltic Read more...

DTU Energy uses industrial CT to research the development of green energy solutions.

DTU uses a high flux Nikon Metrology CT system to non-destructively investigate energy materials such as batteries and fuel cells. The high energy 225 kV microfocus source penetrates dense battery, electrolysis cell and fuel cell samples in the search for suitable materials to develop sustainable, green energy systems.   Non-renewable energy resources are used to generate approximately 85% of the world’s energy today, but the issues with these finite sources have been known for a long time. It’s not just that the supplies of fossil fuels are Read more...