Industrial Metrology and Others

Core technologies bear much fruit.

Technologies accumulated since our founding have borne much fruit. In addition to cameras, semiconductor lithography systems and microscopes, there are many more products and systems vital for people's lives and industry, as well as cutting-edge technologies used in space exploration. Nikon supports advancement in a broad diversity of fields, as we continue to look toward the future of human society across the world.

Industrial Metrology Business

Exhaustive quality control is indispensable to sophisticated manufacturing processes, like those employed for electronic components, automobiles and aircraft. To this end, our industrial metrology business offers a diverse lineup of measuring and inspection tools, including industrial microscopes, measuring instruments and nondestructive, noncontact inspection systems. Furthermore, in the field of construction and surveying, Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Nikon and U.S.-based Trimble Navigation Ltd., delivers high-precision surveying solutions that boost productivity.

CNC Video Measuring System NEXIV VMZ-R4540

Utilizing optical measuring technology and computer image processing, this system automatically measures the dimensions and shapes of precision parts and electronic components, as well as transparent workpieces and those of complex design. Embedded with Nikon's exclusive linear encoder, it achieves highly accurate measurement.

Non-Contact Multi-Sensor 3D Metrology System HN-C3030

As a non-contact 3D metrology system, the HN-C3030 offers the world's most precise*, high-speed measuring in a compact body. The device quickly acquires various data of the target such as surface form, surface undulation, abrasion, deformation and subtle unevenness, that were previously difficult to determine conventionally.

  • *Statement based on Nikon research as of October 23, 2014.

X-ray/CT Inspection System XT H 450

This system utilizes X-ray transmission to display the inner structure of electronic components, injection moldings and castings for nondestructive inspection. Employing a high-power X-ray, the XT H 450 enables inspection of large castings and high-density metal products/objects, such as turbine blades. Providing internal images with the world's highest level of resolution delivered by the powerful 450kV X-ray, the XT H 450 addresses increasing demand for more accurate industrial inspections.

Autofocus Total Station Nivo-Z

Total stations are surveying instruments used to measure distance and angle. The advanced autofocus function speeds up survey job and reduces fatigue in aiming work. Compact and lightweight, the Nivo-Z is especially effective in dangerous places such as steep slopes and high-rise construction sites.

Customized Products Business

State-of-the-art Technologies for Space

Nikon's Customized Products Business addresses advanced customer needs by capitalizing on our state-of-the-art technologies. It has supplied products for use in space exploration, including optical systems for Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter Akatsuki project and observation systems for the Subaru large-scale infrared telescope.

Optical systems for Akatsuki

Nikon designed and manufactured the IR1 and IR2 infrared cameras, ultraviolet imager (UVI) and lightning and airglow camera (LAC).

Glass Business

Optics Based on Our Accumulated Technologies

Nikon started research on glass manufacturing in 1918, the year after our founding. Today, we continue to produce high-quality optical glass and photomask substrates for FPD, in vertical integration — from manufacturing of optical materials to applying final processing. We also provide analysis and measurement services for optical materials and optics, contributing to quality control in a host of different sectors.


Nikon's optical materials feature high homogeneity and possess excellent optical characteristics. Our advanced processing technologies enable us to manufacture high-performance optics.

Encoders Business

Contribution to Advancing Robotic Technology

Encoders are employed as sensors in the joints of industrial robots and machine tools, measuring the quantum or angles of rotation. They support sophistication, automation and increased energy efficiency in a variety of industry fields, by involving all kinds of innovations — from Nikon's unique optical technologies to ultra-high-precision, electronics, high-density packaging and accurate pattern forming technologies.

MAR-M50A Multi-Turn Absolute Encoder

Using a reflective optical system, the MAR-M50A achieves a height of only 12.74 mm. It is suitable for use in small AC servomotors for industrial robots and service robots.

Ophthalmic Lenses Business

Optical Technology for Today's Environment

At Nikon, we have been researching the eye and ophthalmic lenses for more than half a century, developing many groundbreaking products to provide more comfortable, natural vision. Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd., a joint company with Essilor International, is in charge of ophthalmic lenses.

Seemax Master

A progressive lens that makes use of lens shape and fitting parameter optimization to deliver the maximum lens performance. This premium-grade lens is optimally customized for each user.