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Technology Metrology system uses X-rays to root out hidden problems

Editor: Eric Culp

A quality control system from Nikon is said to identify all shrinkage, deformation and dimensional errors with easy-to-understand inspection reports so toolmakers can define corrective actions more easily. This cuts the time to market for new products.

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A look inside a plastic component. Tool and mould makers can take advantage of the technology to drastically reduce correction times during development, according to Nikon
A look inside a plastic component. Tool and mould makers can take advantage of the technology to drastically reduce correction times during development, according to Nikon
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The MCT225 HA combines more than 95 years of Nikon experience in optical metrology, 50 years of LK experience in CMM metrology and 25 years of X-Tek experience in computed tomography (CT), according to the supplier. The MCT225 HA – claimed to be the most accurate in its class – is said to provide high accuracy metrology CT for a wide range of sample sizes and material densities with 3.8+ L/50 µm MPEl accuracy in accordance with the VDI/VDE 2630 guideline.

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Is this the future of dimensional inspection?

The supplier noted that all internal and external geometry is measured efficiently in a single non-destructive process. A full 3D visualization of the sample volume additionally provides valuable insights into part deformations and internal structural integrity. According to Nikon, metrology CT, which fuses metrology and X-ray computed tomography (CT), is poised to become the future of dimensional inspection.

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