Nikon Metrology, Wenzel America Form Distribution Partnership
The partnership will provide CMM-based laser scanning products to the North American market.
Nikon Metrology Inc. and Wenzel America have implemented a distribution partnership. Wenzel is now an official Nikon Metrology partner for the sale and distribution of Nikon Metrology products in North America, providing coordinate measuring machine (CMM)-based laser scanning products
“One of our core philosophies at Wenzel is working with market-leading technology partners to offer broad solutions to our customers,” says Drew Shemenski, Wenzel president. “Combining the power and capability of Nikon sensors with the accuracy and reliability of Wenzel systems will give the market unparalleled solutions to the metrology challenges faced by modern manufacturing.”
Laser scanning is a key component in the implementation of Industry 4.0 practices, says Nikon. The technology helps to obtain rapid insights into deviations, a significant benefit of high-speed digital data capture.
Measuring workpiece dimensions is relatively simple for machine operators but measuring workpiece geometry which involves more complex comparisons of part shape to an ideal shape--is now also practical on the shop floor. The gaging equipment for doing this is coming down in price while becoming easier to use.
InspectionXpert software from Extensible CAD Technologies has standardized and automated this manufacturer’s process for ballooning drawings and generating inspection reports.
A laser scanning system helps this shop capture the free-form surfaces on a hand-sculpted original. The resulting digitized models are the basis for CAM applications such as programming a CNC machining center.