Nikon Metrology

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For over a decade, Nikon Metrology pioneered laser scanning and gradually sharpened the capabilities of this non-contact measuring technology. Nikon’s superior optics combined with innovative 3D laser scanning technology resulted in this new, groundbreaking Nikon scanner. The LC15Dx digital laser scanner is a new milestone, as it brings laser scanning in the accuracy range of tactile inspection. The LC15Dx is a viable alternative to a tactile probe for an increasing number of high precision CMM applications; including molds, small turbine blades, medical devices and other complex geometry.

Closing the gap with tactile probe accuracy

Following an intense R&D phase involving engineering from Nikon Japan, the LC15Dx is the first CMM laser scanner to benefit from a high quality Nikon lens and receive the Nikon branding. “The LC15Dx is a significant breakthrough product, our customers can now realize the measurement possibilities and productivity gains they have been asking for.  This  further bolsters our position as industry innovator and market lead for metrology grade laser scanners.”commented Kenji Yoshikawa, chairman and CEO of Nikon Metrology.

LC15Dx accuracy comes close to the accuracy expected when using a CMM and tactile probe. Thanks to new solid state laser scanner technology, an innovative calibration method and high quality Nikon lens, the LC15Dx achieves a probing  accuracy of 2.5µm (0.0001in) multi-stylus test accuracy of 6µm (0.00024in) in tests comparable to EN/10360-2 and -5. A unique thermal stabilizer inside the scanner body eliminates the uncertainty and delay caused when the laser scanner is used before it has reached operating temperature. Probe tip compensation errors are also eliminated by using non-contact triangulation between the laser source, workpiece and CCD sensor to measure the surface of the workpiece directly.

Versatile scanning without the hassle

The LC15Dx provides significant benefits for a wide variety of high precision parts and geometry, including small details, semi-rigid parts and the more demanding materials. A greater range and mix of surface materials, finishes, colors and transitions can be measured more efficiently without user interaction, manual tuning and part spraying. Nikons unique third-generation Enhanced Scanner Performance (ESP3) technology maintains accuracy, speed and data quality by intelligently adapting the laser settings for each measured point in real-time. Unwanted reflections are neutralized by an advanced software filter while changes in ambient light are absorbed by a high grade daylight filter.

Better insights, earlier

Manufacturers gain a full appreciation of the dimensional quality of their products without compromising on cycle times. As the LC15Dx passes over the workpiece mounted on a CMM, a laser line is projected onto the surface. The line measures 70,000 points per second at intervals of 22µm (0.0008in). As the entire part is checked to the design intent CAD model, any areas of concern are immediately highlighted using color mapping. Further investigation and analysis is possible using fly-outs, sections and a library of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).

Multi-sensor applications , ready to retrofit to your CMM

In situations where a single sensor technology is insufficient for measuring all the features, the LC15Dx can be combined with a tactile probe and change rack to create a versatile fully automated multi-sensor CMM. Depending on the application both technologies can be used independently or together within the same inspection program.

The LC15Dx is available with any Nikon Metrology CMM and can be retrofitted to existing CMMs fitted with CMM controllers from Aberlink, Deva, Coord3, Dukin, LK, Hexagon DEA, Hexagon Brown & Sharpe, Hexagon Sheffield, Mitutoyo, Mora, Renishaw, Wenzel, Werth, Zeiss and probe heads Renishaw PH10M, PH10MQ, PHS and Hexagon CW43.

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More than 100 Metrology and Manufacturing Professionals gathered to visit the new Nikon Metrology, Inc. Technology Center, located at their Headquarters for the Americas in Brighton, Michigan.  The purpose of the event was to introduce one of the most advanced technology centers in Livingston County, Michigan, a sentiment echoed by Brighton Mayor Ricci Bandkau, who was on-hand to cut the ribbon, opening the Technology Center.  Also present was Gary Vasilash, Editor-in-Chief of Automotive Design and Production, who keynoted with a state of the Automotive Industry.  The Theme of “Advances in Industrial Metrology” was evident in the number of new and updated products on display.  These included the HN-6060, Nikon Metrology’s leading Multi-Sensor Metrology System; BW-H501 3D Surface Profiler; MMDx Laser Scanners featuring increased speed of operation; and the ShuttlePix portable, digital Microscope, among many others.  Product demonstrations and Technology overviews were held throughout the day, along with customer presentations from Arizona State University and Joe Gibbs Racing.

Also on display was a range of products highlighting:

Traditional measuring systems
Bridge CMM
Horizontal arm CMM
Articulated arms
Optical CMMs
Camio software

Large scale metrology
Laser Radar
iSpace /iGPS
Gantry CMM

Laser scanning
CMM scanning
Handheld scanning
Walkaround scanning
Robotized scanning
Pointcloud software

X-ray /CT
Electronics X-ray inspection
Computed Tomography
CT inspection of turbine blades

Vision based systems
Industrial Microscopes
Measuring microscopes
Scanning electron microscopes
CNC Vision systems
Semiconductor inspection
Optical comparators
Digital height gages
Vision measuring software

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Geomagic® and Nikon Metrology today announced a new cooperative agreement that enables Nikon Metrology to fully integrate and offer its entire range of handheld 3D laser scanners with Geomagic Studio®, Geomagic Qualify™, and Geomagic Wrap®.

This partnership enables customers to seamlessly collect scan data directly from Nikon scanners into Geomagic Studio software for processing 3D polygon, surface and parametric models for reverse engineering, product design, rapid prototyping and analysis. Similarly, scan data is immediately passed to Geomagic Qualify to graphically and rapidly compare as-built parts with digital reference models for first-article inspection, production inspection and supplier quality management.

As a plug-in to Geomagic, the Nikon Metrology API manages point cloud acquisition by controlling all interaction between the new generation digital ModelMaker laser scanners and handheld localizer of choice. Highly accurate and reliable, it delivers control tools for the laser scanner, including scanner parameter modification or running of qualification routines. The resulting point cloud data is fed directly into Geomagic in real time, ready for processing into usable 3D data and models.

“This integration of Nikon Metrology data with Geomagic software products aligns with our belief that obtaining and using 3D data should be as easy and simple as possible,” said Tom Kurke, COO, Geomagic. “As part of our continuous efforts to integrate leading handheld point cloud digitizers, we see it as a big step forward that ModelMaker scanners can be interfaced with and directly controlled from within Geomagic.”

Jos Jans, Nikon Metrology Executive VP Marketing, adds that Geomagic software users now have direct access to the best digital laser scanning technology, offering high accuracy, fast data capture and automatic laser intensity adaptation to scan nearly all surfaces. “The plug-in offers design and manufacturing engineers fast-lane access to first-class laser scanners, while enjoying the convenience of the point cloud software environment they know inside out.”

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CONTROL 2011 in Stuttgart – Nikon Metrology announces new digital laser scanner systems to its range of next-generation of metrology scanners, featuring attractive pricing, top performance and stripe width up to 200 millimeter. These scanners allow customers to put in place a process where they first digitize parts and subsequently run inspection on the acquired digital data. The vast automation and flexibility benefits offered by this Digital Inspection Process help manufacturing companies reduce time to market and cut development costs.

A scanner for every application

In the digital ModelMaker range of handheld laser scanners, Nikon Metrology announces the MMDx200 next to the existing MMDx100 and MMDx50 models. Compared to these scanners, the MMDx200 with its 200-millimeter laser stripe doubles or even quadruples the surface space captured in a certain time frame. It is a handheld scanning productivity multiplier combining highest scanning speed and accuracy. Also new are the attractively priced MMCx80/160 scanners that share the same mechanics, also including Enhanced Sensor Performance, advanced reflection filter and practical plate qualification. Both scanners are designed for effortless handheld scanning of hard-to-scan surfaces.

Digitizing parts and analyzing point clouds faster

With its next-generation series of LC line scanners, Nikon Metrology offers higher scan accuracy and productivity. The LC60Dx, the reference in CMM laser scanning released in 2010, is now also supported on MCAII articulated arms. This is an ideal dual-use solution for customers owning both a CMM and an articulated arm. To meet the demand for entry-level scanners, Nikon Metrology offers the LC50Cx that shares the same revolutionary digital scanner technology. It incorporates Enhanced Sensor Performance (ESP3) to digitize hard-to-scan shiny or reflecting objects or surfaces with varying colours. In addition, the scanner’s advanced reflection filter avoids capturing scattered reflection points.

The scan result is a highly accurate, fine-pitch point cloud of the freeform surface of the scanned part shape. Focus Inspection 9.3 successfully handles a nearly infinite number of measuring points on a Windows 64-bit operating system. It introduces tighter feature detection integration and easier GD&T tolerances assignments. Regarding gap and step measurements, Focus improved the robustness of caliper positioning. The updated Focus software is able to exchange information with the latest versions of leading CAD software packages, and interacts with more CMM/scanner combinations then ever before.

The extensive offering allows users to pick the 3D laser scanner that precisely matches the metrology requirements of the inspection or reverse engineering application at hand. Customers can opt for manual or automated laser scanning and trade off productivity versus accuracy in the selected budget category to speed up their measurement process and gain more detailed geometry information.

Worthwhile visiting the Nikon Metrology booth

At the CONTROL trade fair for quality assurance, Nikon Metrology will also demonstrate the milestone multi-sensor HN-6060 system. It addresses the market need for fast, high accuracy 3D inspection of complex shapes by combining innovative non-contact optical technology with highest precision measurement hardware. The HN-6060 is ideal for inspecting machined (toothed) rotating parts, composites and smaller stamped or cut sheet metal components as well as plastic and metal devices made using (injection) molding or additive technologies.

On the Nikon Metrology booth, CONTROL visitors can check out new powerful CAMIO7 and CMM-Manager 3.0 metrology software releases, both offering a new user interface. Also on display is the new innovative ShuttlePix microscope, a portable digital microscope developed for observation, inspection, measurement and recording of onsite samples. In the large scale application area, Nikon Metrology demonstrates Adaptive Robot Control (ARC), iSpace measurements and Laser Radar. On the other side of the scale spectrum visitors can gain insight in the inside with X-ray/CT system, or observe samples with complete offering of vision or microscope systems.

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Nikon Metrology introduces CAMIO7, featuring a new metrology software interface that redefines 3D tactile and laser CMM inspection. With fewer mouse clicks and instant access to programming functions from a single ribbon toolbar, the programming experience is both faster and easier than previous versions of the software. CAMIO7 users are able to program many features of different types within a single operation, and graphically step around the measurement path before committing to the part program or CMM. By packaging powerful capabilities into such an uncluttered user interface, CAMIO7 metrology software makes CMM programming an altogether more flexible and productive experience.

The standard for CMM programming

CAMIO7 is a major software release in many ways. The multi-sensor CMM software now reflects the latest standard in Microsoft Windows featuring the ribbon style toolbar. This serves as the central location where all software functions are logically grouped into tabbed sections, each containing all the required operations. This setup avoids the need to search through long menu structures and navigate between groups on the ribbon. For example, GD&T tolerances are located within the Inspect group so that feature output is always available.

The CAMIO7 programming environment is developed with every user profile in mind. An important design criterium was to combine the powerful functionalities yet providing workflows that are very easy to use. Users can select any combination of features to measure by using ‘teach and learn’ from the handbox, picking from a CAD model, or typing coordinates from the component drawing. CAMIO7 automatically programs the touch points for each feature, however specific touch points can be defined if required.

Offering true multi-sensor capability

Laser scanning with CAMIO7 is now easier to use for feature inspection. The new software interface allows both feature related measurement and reporting to be defined in the same effort. Such improvements reduce programming time drastically, in particular for more complex parts exhibiting hundreds of features.

For measuring surface areas, CAMIO7 users can choose to simply cover the target area with a configurable grid to automatically define the measurement points. Alternatively, CAMIO7 includes full support for laser scan area definition, leaving the possibility to use the scan data for reverse engineering or surface analysis.

CAMIO7 offers true multi-sensor capability and simplified probe management to change between contact and non-contact probing within the same measurement program. In this way the best CMM inspection routine can be achieved for the application at hand.

Comprehensive off-line programming capabilities

CAMIO7 planning provides the ability to open inspection plans either directly from CAD (Product Manufacturing Information) or a customer specific format. The plan data can then be used to easily create a DMIS program including planned inspection routines and the application of GD&T tolerance data. In this regard, the software supports the latest versions of all popular CAD formats available on the market.

To support the off-line programming environment, the software provides full machine simulation and collision detection. CAMIO7 creates true DMIS output without translation, which also makes it the ideal stand-alone solution to create programs to run in compatible 3rd party DMIS software including PC-DMIS and Metrolog.

Making informed decisions faster with CAMIO7

CAMIO7 offers an integrated approach to the quality control process of CMM inspection. This true multi-sensor CMM metrology software supports traditional touch-trigger probes, continuous contact (or analogue) scanning probes as well as the full range of Nikon Metrology laser probes. This way, CAMIO7 supports design and manufacturing teams to efficiently maintain control over production processes and to make informed decisions.

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Nikon Metrology introduces the HN-6060, a next-generation non-contact inspection system providing the latest in metrology capabilities to improve production process quality and performance. With its advanced laser scanner, 5-axis synchronized hardware control and ultra stiff design combined with powerful processing software, the HN-6060 sets new standards for ultra-precise and fast inspection of complex shapes including gear teeth, turbine blades, appliance housings and many more.

“The HN-6060 multi-sensor system fits well in the Nikon Metrology portfolio of 2D and 3D solutions.” comments Kenji Yoshikawa, CEO of Nikon Metrology, “It addresses the market need for fast, high accuracy 3D inspection of complex shapes by combining innovative non-contact optical technology with highest precision measurement hardware.”

The HN-6060 captures high-density 3D point clouds from part surfaces with high speed and precision. The newly designed laser scanning sensor extracts the surface form and waviness data in one scan, whereas previous tactile gear inspection tools needed to rely on 2D sections of data. This new advancement creates better inspection possibilities, as the 3D surface data reveals all shape and waviness information in one simple measurement.

“What the HN-6060 provides is a much easier, quicker and more precise method of 3D data capture than metrology systems have demonstrated before,” says Jos Jans, Executive VP Marketing for Nikon Metrology. “The demand for high-accuracy 3D surface metrology systems continues to increase as products in the automotive, aeronautics and home appliances industries also implement higher precision.”

For the HN-6060, Nikon combined leading-edge optical and hardware control technology, developing a laser scanner system that acquires point clouds a rate of 120,000 points per second with an accuracy of 5µm. Jos Jans adds: “In specific gear measurement benchmarks we have already achieved less than 1 micron repeatability with non-contact measurement,  which  is comparable with the performance of contact type CMMs”.

The metrology system’s laser scanner and SFF (shape from focus) sensor use active texture projection to perform high-precision measurement of shapes even with glossy surfaces or with no surface texture. Touch probes and optical heads with built-in TTL laser AF complete the multi-sensor system. The system’s use of multi-sensors allows it to perform diverse shape measurements of parts such as complex automotive and machined components, molded parts, and medical devices.

Another core element of the HN-6060 is its five axes synchronized hardware control. This allows optimum part orientation to the sensor and can measure the part from different angles. The system is not only designed to measure complex shaped gear teeth surfaces such as hypoid gears, worm gears and helical gears, but also inspects turbine blades, digital camera housings, complex closures and more. In addition, the extreme stiffness of the HN-6060’s CMM body combined a high-rigidity air-bearing structure and newly designed low thermal expansion encoder scales on the 3 axes guarantees high-precision inspection over a long period of time.

The HN-6060 software seamlessly integrates with the measurement hardware and is designed for user operability and safety. It features macro-based teach in, simulation for collision avoidance, easy acquisition of point clouds from 2D and 3D shapes, and insightful part-to-CAD comparison.

The new metrology system will be exhibited for the first time in Europe at Control Show in Stuttgart (May 3-6, 2011).

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Deva Electronic Controls recently teamed up with Nikon Metrology to integrate the Deva CMM Controller with Nikon Metrology digital laser scanning probes and Focus Scan software.

Laser scanning is a developing technology well suited to today’s quality control and reverse engineering challenges providing CMM users with greater versatility, shortened development cycles and increased productivity.  Nikon Metrology’s latest scanning probes take the technology a step further by tripling traditional scan rates and eliminating user interaction when scanning components with varying colour or high reflectivity.

The highly popular CMM System Pack from Deva includes the fully featured 004 CMM Controller, 030 Servo Amplifier and the 031 Colour Touch screen Joystick.  This complete CMM hardware solution already offers support to a number of third party CMM software packages.

Users familiar with Nikon Metrology Focus Scan software will already appreciate the many features offered by this powerful application including the 2D preview window, which facilitates laser set up and operation.  Using the Deva 031 joystick PC View feature, this information and other PC information can be viewed remotely on the joystick screen enhancing ease of use and leading to more effective operation.

“Deva are proud to partner with Nikon Metrology who share our commitment to product innovation” said Simon Moruzzi, Managing Director of Deva.

This Deva-Nikon solution is available on new CMMs from Aberlink Innovative Metrology and from Nikon Metrology as an upgrade package to retrofit to any CMM using the Deva CMM controller.  In addition Nikon Metrology offers  a range of new machines and upgrade packages available for other controllers.

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CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 is by far the most value-for-money tactile inspection software that runs on nearly all CNC and manual CMMs. The modern and intuitive Windows 7 graphical interface makes the software even more informative and interactive. Get more work done with CMM-Manager, by automating serial inspection or by easily taking a few points on the spot. And when combined with the new Renishaw 5-axis PH20 probe head, CMM-Manager 3.0 turns around inspection jobs up to 3 times faster.

Versatility to get the most out of your CMMs
The dashboard has been upgraded with intuitive new icons and a ribbon bar style layout. CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 also incorporates touch screen and multi-touch support and intuitive navigation paths. Simply walk up to the CMM, quickly align the part, and immediately measure geometric features and points on planes. When CAD is available, you can even take snap point measurements on the screen to eliminate manually probing the work piece – and automatically create dimensional charts with color-coded point deviations.

CMM Manager 3.0
Docking and sliding panels provide a more open and simplified workspace, and inspection tools are simple to use. To create a serial inspection routine that runs on any CMM brand, you simply click points and features on a 3D part view and drag-and-drop them as icons on to a part program representation. CMM-Manager automatically converts the icon program into a collision-free touch probe motion path. Automated inspection results in graphic part-to-CAD comparison, a digital communication tool providing all the answers.

PH20 support triples CMM productivity

CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows 7 supports the new Renishaw PH20 probe head that drives fast, infinite, rotary positioning for high-speed point measurement with minimal CMM movement. The new probe head brings five-axis inspection capability to smaller CMMs by optimizing the working volume of the measurement platform. Through PH20 support, CMM-Manager 3.0 for Windows increases touch-trigger CMM inspection throughput up to three times. CMM-Manager software operates on a PC or laptop running a Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit operating system.


Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircrafts. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time.

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