The VOXLS 30 series meets a specific industry need for users looking for a fully-automatable system with the versatility to meet a wide range of industrial applications.
Nikon's IMBU has launched three new models in its VOXLS range of X-ray CT (computed tomography) systems for non-destructive inspection. The high-performance models VOXLS 30 C 225, 30 C 320 and 30 C 450 are now available to order, offering 225 kV, 320 kV and 450 kV microfocus sources respectively for inspection of parts of various densities and sizes. They are also more compact than Nikon's Series 40, while retaining advanced features traditionally reserved for larger, more expensive solutions.
The systems are designed for automated production operations, and in particular for quality control in factories producing lithium-ion batteries or using additive manufacturing. The automotive, aerospace, medical and pharmaceutical industries are other target markets, and numerous applications will also be found in the fields of materials science, natural sciences and academia.
At the heart of this series is a metrology-grade granite manipulator combined with rigid steel towers, resulting in a solid, thermally stable construction. High-precision motors, ball-screw drives and encoders ensure precise positioning and movement of all axes, including synchronous vertical movement of X-ray sources and detectors.
The 30 series complements Nikon's flagship VOXLS 40 C 450, a higher-capacity model launched in early 2023. The 30 and 40 series systems have been designed using the latest technologies, and offer the full range of CT acquisition techniques and reconstruction algorithms, including X.Tend Helical CT, Offset.CTPanel Shift, Pixel Split CT, Half.Turn CT and Tilted CT.
Andrew Mathers, CT and X-ray product manager at Nikon, said: "Multi-level automation is one of the main aims of the new 30 Series, from batch CT allowing technicians to gain in efficiency to full factory integration with a robotic solution and automated inspection via Nikon's OPC UA interface."
To make automation even easier, the systems feature motorized, radio-protected double doors that open and close in less than five seconds, while the cabin interior can accommodate objects up to 1,000 mm in diameter and 1,370 mm in height. The 225 kV Series 30 model offers a scan volume unrivalled in its class, because together with all the other models, it is possible to scan maximum volumes of over 600 mm in diameter and over one meter in height. The systems are equipped with Nikon X-ray source technologies, including the 225 kV 2.0 rotating target and the 450 kV reflection target.
A. Mathers commented, "Nikon's Rotating.Target technology enables continuous operation at up to 450 W, three times the power of conventional reflection targets with significantly higher X-ray photon flux. All these factors translate into significantly faster scan times and a better signal-to-noise ratio without loss of resolution."
Series 30 booths feature a manipulator-locked outer glass door, giving the operator full visibility of the enclosure when the radio-protected doors are open. This design allows confident positioning of the object to be scanned, minimizing the risk of collision with the X-ray source and detector, while providing a physical safety barrier between the operator and the moving manipulator. Several high-resolution internal video cameras provide excellent visibility, even when the radio-protected doors are closed and the X-rays are activated.
A. Mathers concluded: "As manufacturing standards become ever more stringent, the capabilities and throughput of inspection solutions must continue to increase to meet demand and help manufacturers achieve the ultimate goal: guaranteeing defect-free parts. The VOXLS 30 Series not only enables companies to meet their current inspection needs, but will also support the design and development of higher quality products."
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