Nikon Metrology’s new MCAx S articulated arm

Nikon Metrology’s new and advanced MCAx S articulated arm, partnered with ModelMaker H120 laser scanner, offers improved precision, confidence and connectivity.

The combination of the industry-leading ModelMaker H120 laser scanner and the new MCAx S articulated arm helps users improve quality, accelerate time-to-market and streamline manufacturing processes. It guarantees unprecedented levels of detail and precision for a portable shopfloor solution, regardless of user experience, the company says.

System scanning and arm probing accuracy certifications to the comprehensive ISO 10360-8 Annex D and ISO 10360-12 standards mean the solution meets modern industry expectations. Cable-free use is supported by high-speed Wi-Fi connectivity and battery power, with absolutely no reduction in productivity, while seamless integration with leading metrology software suites also features.

The new MCAx S ranges in size from 2m to 4.5m and comprises three performance levels. Compatibility with tripods and magnetic bases allow freedom to select the right mounting for the task in hand. Infinite rotation and 7-axis freedom of movement give unrestricted reach in and around parts. Thermal stability and advanced encoder technology eliminate warm-up, reducing setup and inspection time. The MCAx S offers true multi-probing. Alongside the scanner, tactile probes can be used in parallel to measure geometric features or hard-to-reach areas. Advances such as automatic intelligent pre-selection of scanner or probe depending on the type of measurement enhances ease-of-use for full remote operation of the solution.

Seamless integration with the ModelMaker H120 leverages exclusive Nikon scanning technology, including patented ESP4 automatic optimisation of settings for every single measured point with no reduction in speed. A combination of low-speckle blue laser and expertly crafted bespoke in-house Nikon lens design enables the smallest structural resolution and lowest noise measurements in handheld scanning. This guarantees high productivity and superior non-contact measurement of freeform and geometric surfaces without compromising on small details no matter the size or material.

For further details contact WD Hearn on TEL: 021 534 5351 or visit or B&R Metrology Solutions on TEL: 082 852 6371 or 072 392 4934 or visit