|AMRC Manufacturing Ltd|
|University of Patras|
Nikon Metrology NV (NIKON) is the new name for Metris NV, a company that was founded as a spin-off company of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 1995. In September 2009 Metris’ shares were acquired by Nikon Corporation. Metris became a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikon and was renamed to Nikon Metrology NV. Its headquarters in Leuven are complemented with development centres in Derby, UK and Virginia, USA. NIKON comprises more than 500 employees worldwide. The NIKON R&D team consists of 104 employees of which 55 are working in Europe. NIKON designs, develops and markets a unique range of 3D hardware and software inspection systems for both design and manufacturing communities. The comprehensive product range covers the full scope of measurement volumes required by customers, in both fixed and portable configurations and with optical and touch sensors.
NIKON developments include solutions for non-contact industrial motion and displacement measurements based on the K-Series Optical CMM. NIKON adopted this technology through the acquisition of Krypton Electronic Engineering NV in 2005, taking over their 14 historical years of experience in robot calibration and motion measurements. In 2006, NIKON received the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year' which is the annual award organised by Ernst & Young in Flanders. NIKON currently holds 74 patents and 47 applications are pending. These include EP 02803328.0, US7268892B2 "Method and device for the verification and identification of a measuring device", on a calibration method for tracking systems, and EP 98901891.6 "Measurement system" on the use of addressable cameras, again for tracking systems.
NIKON offers its expertise as an R&D performer in the field of non-contact industrial motion and displacement measurements and in adaptive robot control to the COMET project. The research will be performed by its excellent researchers based in Belgium (optical tracker technology) and the UK (adaptive robot control). NIKON will handle the commercialization of the ATIR after the lifetime of the project.
|dr. ir. Anuschka Kerstens|