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Nikon Metrology Inc.


Modelmaker H120 Delivers Unrivalled Productivity for Handheld Scanning

Published: Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 14:28

(Nikon Metrology: Brighton, MI) -- Twenty-two years since the inception of the ModelMaker product line, the cutting-edge ModelMaker H120 firmly pushes the ever-exacting boundaries of handheld laser scanning. Incorporating blue laser technology, ultra-fast frame rate, specially developed Nikon optics, and the ability to measure the most challenging materials, this represents the next generation of portable laser scanning. The H120 makes no compromises in addressing the market needs by efficiently delivering the most detailed and accurate data in a fraction of the time of competing technologies.

High productivity for challenging applications
With a field-of-view width up to 120 mm and a point resolution of up to 35 μm, the ModelMaker H120 is the perfect fit for users requiring fast data collection over a large area but cannot afford to compromise on detail.

An extremely fast frame rate of more than 450 Hz is available even when measuring difficult materials such as carbon fiber, gloss black, reflective, or significantly multicolored parts. The ModelMaker H120’s uncompromising speed is completely independent of its robust ability to capture high-quality data on the most challenging parts. With 2,000 points per scan line and no reliance on point-to-point interpolation to artificially boost data density, it is possible to measure very small details on large surfaces even when cycle time is critical. So whatever the application, users can be confident that the productivity and clarity of the data remain at the highest level.

Performance meets detail and accuracy
To complement such high productivity, the ModelMaker H120 uses advanced Nikon optics and a blue, low-speckle, laser to give very high accuracy and low-noise data. This means it is now possible to clearly identify very small scratches and abrasions on a surface. As well as the shape of the surface, sharp edges are represented like never before. With a scanner accuracy of 7 μm (1 sigma) and combined system accuracy with the MCAx arms of up to 28 μm (2 sigma), the ModelMaker H120 stands far apart from other similarly perceived solutions.

The fourth generation of Enhanced Sensor Performance (ESP4) dynamically adapts the laser parameters not just for every scan line, but for every point in each scan line—enabling parts with significant color changes or reflectivity to be measured from any angle. This fast-tracks the user’s confidence with the system and minimizes training needs since a single scanner setting is capable of measuring almost all parts encountered in industrial metrology applications.

Efficient and easy to use
The new ModelMaker H120 has been designed to provide users the most efficient, user-friendly and accurate measurement experience on the market. Temperature compensation and robust thermal stability mean warm-up time to achieve a stable setup is unnecessary. Simply connect to the PC using a USB cable, power on, and start scanning within a few seconds. Real-time feedback is provided by display of the boundaries of the measurement area on the measured part, which ensures the user is always scanning at the optimal position. An integrated locking mechanism provides a simple, user-friendly, and repeatable connection to the MCAx arm. This allows the scanner to be used on MCAx arms of different sizes and specifications located throughout a facility rather than needing to move the whole arm assembly.

Multisensor measurement at your fingertips
By combining the ModelMaker H120 scanner with the high performance MCAx arm, the combination of noncontact scanning and contact probe measurement allows users freedom to measure almost anything. This includes freeform and geometric parts, hard-to-reach features, highly textured or transparent materials, and even materials that deform easily, such as foams or textiles. In many cases of industrial feature measurement, the accuracy performance and low noise level of the new scanner significantly exceeds the performance of tactile probes.

Results you can be confident in
With handheld laser scanning, users can rapidly and easily understand the dimensional quality of their company’s products both inside the metrology lab or on the shop floor. By combining the portability, accuracy, and application flexibility of the MCAx arm with the extreme performance capabilities of the ModelMaker H120, users can achieve precise measurements with confidence in diverse situations.

Through direct integration with a variety of class-leading software tools for scanning, probing, processing, and dimensional analysis of measurement data, users can tailor the solution for their needs. These include advanced inspection using geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) with color-map comparisons; to nominal CAD, fly-outs, and sectional cut-throughs; to reverse engineering or even simply using high-definition scan data to generate polygon meshes for additive manufacturing. No matter what the application is, the ModelMaker H120 delivers on all fronts through its no-compromise design and Nikon Metrology’s superior laser scanning development experience.

About Nikon Metrology
Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircraft. 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. Further information is available at www.nikonmetrology.com.

For further information please contact:

Renaat Van Cauter (EN/EU)
Director Corporate Marketing Communications
Nikon Metrology NV
Geldenaaksebaan 329
B-3001 Leuven, Belgium.
Tel: +32 16 74 01 00

Meghan Meinert (EN/US)
Assistant Marketing Manager
Nikon Metrology, Inc.
12701 Grand River Rd.,
Brighton, MI 48116.
Tel: 1-810-220-4360


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Nikon Metrology Inc. offers the most complete and innovative metrology product portfolio, including state-of-the-art vision measuring instruments complemented with optical and mechanical 3-D metrology solutions. These reliable and innovative metrology solutions respond to the advanced inspection requirements of manufacturers active in aerospace, electronics, automotive, medical, consumer, and other industries. Systems are available in both fixed and portable configurations, equipped with single or multiple sensors.