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Nikon Metrology has developed the Altera range of bridge co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs) for shop-floor metrology.

Altera CMMs are available in three probing configurations: the Essential series, the Optimum series and the Ultimate series. Each configuration offers a different level of functionality to suit a variety of metrology applications.

With a range of motorised and manual probe heads and accessories, the Altera Essential series touch-trigger probe CMMs are suitable for general measurement and inspection applications.

The Altera Optimum series five-axis CMMs are available with the PH20 infinite positioning touch-trigger probe head and have been optimised around four key requirements for measuring complex internal geometry: productivity, probe access, accuracy and best use of the CMM volume.

Providing a combination of productivity and flexibility, the Altera Ultimate series of multi-sensor-ready CMMs is both touch-trigger probe and scanning probe ready. Its scanning function provides a more complete and detailed insight, while dimensional deviation is displayed graphically.

Key features and benefits

  • The Altera CMMs are available in seven sizes ranging from small to medium and with various measuring volumes.
  • Each CMM has key structural components made from ceramic, which helps to provides the best possible stiffness-to-weight ratio, a greater resistance to temperature shifts and long-term dimensional stability.
  • Passive anti-vibration and fully enclosed covers protect the guideways from contamination and accidental damage.
  • Two software options are available with Altera: CMM-Manager and Camio. CMM-Manager features intelligent path planning with real-time workpiece and probe simulation.
  • Nikon Metrology non-contact laser scanners can be added to the Altera Ultimate series.

Nikon Metrology yields the most complete and innovative metrology offering. Our reliable and innovative metrology solutions respond to the advanced and time-restricted inspection requirements of manufacturers active in consumer, automotive, aerospace, electronics, medical and other industries.

The following products lines are now available in the portfolio:

Co-ordinate measuring machines (CMMs)

Designed and manufactured with a heritage of more than 45 years’ experience and expertise, LK CMM’s deliver the ability to perform dimensional, positional and surface measurement in one system. Combined with a range of contact and non-contact sensors, Nikon Metrology CMMs have multi-sensor capability.

Portable arms and optical CMM

Combining Nikon’s ModelMaker scanner with a seven-axis MCAx articulated measuring arm results in a powerful measuring system that’s easy to use.

To inspect larger parts, K-Scan MMDx with optical CMM allows the operator to freely walk around and scan as desired.

Laser scanning

Laser scanners capture the entire part geometry for inspection or reverse-engineering purposes, covering both freeform surfaces and geometric features. Laser scanners are used with CMMs, articulated arms, optical CMMs or even robots.

X-ray and computed tomography (CT)

Nikon Metrology’s X-ray and CT inspection systems provide detailed insight into the internal structure of parts. Typically used for inspection of loaded PCBs, compact castings and plastics, these imaging systems facilitate detection of connectivity failures, material defects and assembly issues.

Our UK X-Ray Centre of Excellence offers a contract inspection service. This comprehensive bureau service is bookable by the hour, day or scan for radiographic and CT imaging

Vision systems

Nikon’s CNC video measuring systems cover precision optical and digital imaging systems for inspection and non-contact surface inspection.

Microscopes/optical inspection systems

Measuring microscopes focus on industrial measuring and image analysis, designed for complete digital control for maximum measuring accuracy. Nikon’s industrial microscopes serve a wide range of visual inspection applications. Our microscope portfolio includes the portable ShuttlePix, which allows users to pick it up and take images and measurements anywhere needed.

Large-scale measuring/positioning

The Laser Radar is a large-scale system that performs fully automated, non-contact measurement and inspection up to 60m.

The iGPS is a modular, large-volume tracking system used in manufacturing and assembly, enabling factory-wide localisation of multiple objects with metrology accuracy.

Nikon Metrology also provides a full range of software solutions for CMM and point-cloud-based inspection and reverse-engineering applications.

The product portfolio is completed with comprehensive support, metrology and integration services.

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