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Nikon Metrology has launched two video measuring systems, the Nexiv VMZ-R3020 and VMZ-R6555, which join the VMZ-R4540 model released in February 2013. The next-generation systems are capable of the fast and accurate measurement of the dimensions and shapes of mechanical parts and high density, multi-layered electronic components.

Utilising optical measuring technology and image processing, the CNC video measuring systems automatically capture the dimensions and shapes of components using precise edge detection. The Nexiv VMZ-R3020 meets the demand for shorter-stage strokes, smaller dimensions and lighter body weight. The Nexiv VMZ-R3020 is suitable for inspecting small components used for various mechanical and electric applications.

The Nexiv VMZ-R6555, featuring a large 65 x 55cm measuring platform, enables the fast measurement of larger printed circuit boards or mechanical parts. It is also suited to the automatic measurement of many smaller parts on the large stage, helping to reduce the cost of parts inspection.

Nikon claims that a higher level of accurate measurement is achieved by its in-house-developed linear encoder. In addition, improvements to the image transfer technology and changes to the illumination source have reportedly shortened overall measuring time.

A third ring illumination angle features advanced edge detection, while enhancements to the through-the-lens (TTL) laser auto-focus have strengthened the system’s ability to measure transparent components. Furthermore, the CCD camera’s high-resolution image option enables a broader range for video measurement.

Key features and benefits

  • Precise edge detection automatically captures the dimensions and shapes of components
  • Linear encoder enables increased measurement accuracy
  • Shorter overall measuring time is ensured
  • Third ring illumination angle enables advanced edge detection
  • High-resolution image option is included

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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