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User Guide
YDM0061B1

INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing a NIKON METROLOGY product. Before starting any operation
with your new measuring arm, please read these instructions.
This guide describes best practices for installing, configuring, and using your measuring arm.
For any other device or option not described in this manual please refer to other Nikon
manuals (e.g. RDS Data Collector, RDS Service) available on the DVD.
For further information, please contact your local Nikon Metrology agent (see back page).

Important note
All information contained in this document is subject to modification without any notification
and does not represent a contract with Nikon Metrology. The software described in this
manual is supplied under a license agreement and must be used only in conformity with the
terms of this license. No part of this manual may be reproduced or transmitted under any form
or by any way, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy or recording, for any purpose
without Nikon Metrology formal authorisation.
Nikon Metrology

Disclaimer note
Any unauthorised modification, repair or incorrect use of the MCAx system will automatically
void the original manufacturer's guarantee. The manufacturer is not responsible for damage
to the software or hardware caused by unauthorised handling or use of this material. For
information regarding the warranty, repair, technical assistance, latest updates and current
prices, please contact Nikon Metrology.

Patent notice
Products described in this manual may be covered by one or more of the following U.S. patents
5,829,148; 6,598,306; 7,003,892; 7,568,293; 7,779,548; 7,908,757; D643,319 ; 8.174.682
and other U.S. and foreign patents pending.

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Conventions used in this guide


This manual uses the following conventions to alert you to information that varies from optional
to critical in nature. These guidelines are used to distinguish the difference between these
passages:

DANGER
DANGER indicates a hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, will result in death or
serious injury

WARNING!
WARNING indicates a hazardous situation, which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

CAUTION!
CAUTION, used with the safety alert symbol, indicates a hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.

NOTICE
A NOTICE indicates useful advice about the operation of your Nikon system or its
components. Information contained in a Notice is not safety related. Failing to heed this
advice may result in damage to your system or inaccurate measurements..
INFORMATION indicates general advice, or a link to relevant documentation.

Symbol

Description
General danger

Electrical risk

Chemical risk

Trapping risk

Laser risk

Pictures in the manual

Pictures in this manual are not contractual; especially regarding colours, which may
change depending on the version or type.
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Important Safety Note


The following directions should enable the person responsible for the product and the person
using the product to anticipate and avoid operational hazards.
The person responsible for the product must ensure that all users understand these directions
and adhere to them.
The user of the product must read carefully all notes regarding mechanical and electrical
safety, battery operation, correct use of the product and all other safety information before
unpacking the system.

WARNING!
Incorrect use can lead to personal injury, equipment malfunction and/or damage. The person
responsible for the product should inform the user about hazards and how to counteract
them. The product should not to be operated until the user has been instructed on correct
use.

Responsibilities
Manufacturer of the product
Nikon Metrology, is responsible for supplying the product, including the user manual and
original accessories, in a complete and safe condition.
Manufacturers of other accessories
The manufacturers of other accessories for the product are responsible for developing,
implementing and communicating safety devices for their products, and are also responsible
for the effectiveness of those safety devices in combination with the Nikon product.
Person in charge of the product
The person in charge of the product has the following duties:

To understand the safety instructions of the product and the instructions in the user
manual.

To be familiar with local regulations relating to safety and accident prevention.

To inform Nikon Metrology immediately if the product and the application becomes
unsafe.

To ensure that the national laws, regulations and conditions for the operation of radio
transmitters are respected.

WARNING!
The person responsible for the product must ensure that it is used in accordance with the
instructions. This person is also accountable for the training and the deployment of personnel
who use the product and for the safety of the equipment in use.

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Environment
The product is suitable for use in an atmosphere appropriate for permanent human habitation.
The product is not suitable for use in harsh or explosive environments.

WARNING!
The person in charge of the product should contact local safety authorities and safety experts
before working in any hazardous areas or in close proximity to electrical installations.
AC power supplies are suitable for use in dry environments only and not under adverse
conditions.

Mechanical safety
CAUTION!
Danger of pinch points

While the risk of personal injury is low, for your personal safety, avoid handling the areas
of the device shown in the following diagram while operating / moving the device..

NOTICE!
NOTICE
Arm installation
The base of the MCAx arm is designed to provide a reliable measurement platform when
placed on a level and stable work surface. The Mounting Ring can also be fixed on a custom
fixture by fixing through the holes provided to a rigid support.

Always ensure that the arm is correctly and strongly fixed to the base
Always ensure that the base is correctly and strongly fixed to the support

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NOTICE!
Accuracy deterioration.

Before any use, always make sure the arm is in good condition (accuracy verification,
counterbalance pressure, button response)

When moving the arm, or using the arm, always pay attention to obstacles that may
damage the device.

It is advisable to place the arm and the computer in their respective cases when not in
use or during transportation, to avoid any risk to the calibration.

Moreover, for any transport by plane, boat, train or vehicle, please pack the products in
the correct way as delivered, using the foam for protection, with shock detectors.

Do not modify the counterbalance pressure or strength.

Battery safety
WARNING!
Battery parts
Risk of injury

Do not attempt to service or open the battery.


Do not short-circuit the battery.
Do not use with any other battery case than the arm feature pack.
CAUTION!
Battery parts
Risk of electric shock

Do not attempt to service or open the battery.


Do not short-circuit the battery.
Do not use with any other battery case than the arm feature pack.
NOTICE!
Battery parts
Risk of damage to the system

The arm should only be operated with the battery cover properly installed.

Failure to properly install the protective battery cover may result in


environmental contamination of the battery enclosure, accidental
damage to the battery, and / or loss of data if the battery is inadvertently
dislodged during operation

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NIKON safety

WARNING!
Power supply parts
Risk of electric shock!

Do not attempt to service or open DC power supply.


Do not short-circuit the power supply.
Do not use if cable is visibly damaged or insulation is worn.
Do not plug any other power supply in to the arm power jack.

WARNING!
Transport
Correct handling

When removing the arm from its case, returning the arm to its case, or moving the case,
always use the correct lifting tecnique

CAUTION!
Non-contact probe : Laser Guide Product Class 2M
Exposure toward the eye can result in eye injury !
Do not look into the laser guide when laser is on.

WARNING!
Mounting Screw handling : sharp threads
Risk of injury !

When handling the base for installation, removing or replacing in the


case, never hold the threaded part

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NOTICE!
Arm use
Component safety

Do not switch the MCAx arm on if any covers have been removed
Do not use outdoors
Never remove any axis covers
Do not cut or twist any cable
When using or moving the arm, always pay attention to obstacles that may damage the
device.

Do not store the arm case and the computer case in a place where there would be a risk:
Significant heat or of freezing.
Significant moisture.
Magnetic fields or vibration.
Always carefully plug and unplug each connector

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Table of Contents
A

Nikon MCAx Arm Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

A.1

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

A.2

Levels of Nikon MCAx Arm / feature packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


A.2.1Levels and options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
A.2.2Feature packs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

A.3

Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
A.3.1Arm identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
A.3.2Feature pack stickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

A.4

Components description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
A.4.1Arm description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
A.4.2Base description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
A.4.3Handle and probes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
A.4.5Feature pack description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
A.4.6Counterbalance locking system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

A.5

Standard accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

A.6

Travel case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

A.7

Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Management software installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

B.1

Prerequisities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

B.2

Measurement software installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

B.3

RDS installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Arm installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

C.1

Install mounting base . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34


C.1.1 Mounting ring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
C.1.2 Mounting ring on simple plate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
C.1.3 Standard magnetic base . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
C.1.4 Circular magnetic base (option) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
C.1.5 Vacuum Base (option) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
C.1.6 Stands (option) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

C.2

Extract the Arm from the case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

C.3

Install the arm on the base . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

C.4

Mount centered contact probe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

C.5
Mount scanner or probe on center male TKJ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . 42
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C.6

How to put the arm in its carrying case . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

C.7

Feature pack installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44


C.7.1Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Arm connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

D.1

USB connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

D.2

Wi-Fi (Mobility Pack or RS Scanning Pack) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46


D.2.1Note about Wi-Fi network SSID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
D.2.2Arm setting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
D.2.3Computer setup (on Windows XP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
D.2.4Computer setup (on Windows 7) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
D.2.5RDS setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

D.3

Scanners connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Start your measurements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

F.1

How to handle the Arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87


F.1.1Rest position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
F.1.2Counterbalance locked position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
F.1.3Holding the arm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88
F.1.4Carrying position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

F.2

How to use contact probes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90


F.2.1Contact probe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
F.2.2Touch trigger probe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90
F.2.3Tips and tricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
F.2.4Contact Probe change and Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96

F.3

Non Contact Probes for Tube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

F.5

How to use the arm remote mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

F.6

How to use the buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118

F.7

How to interpret the arm sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

F.8

How to do verification, calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120

F.9

RDS, warning and status messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121


F.9.1RDS icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
F.9.2Display arm status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
F.9.3Messages and sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

G.1

Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124
G.1.1Battery change on FP2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124

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G.1.2Battery change on FP3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125


G.2

LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

Complete documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Troubleshoot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

Appendix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

J.1

Technical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130


J.1.1Dimensions and weights: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
J.1.2Accuracy specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134
J.1.3CE compliant and other specifications: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

J.2

NIKON scanner specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139

J.3

Storage, use and transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 142

J.4

European Union (and EEA) only Recycling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

J.5

Electrostatic discharge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144


J.5.1Symptom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144
J.5.2How to diagnose a defective electric network? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

J.6

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Illustration table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

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Introduction to the Nikon MCAx Arms

A.1

OVERVIEW

The Nikon MCAx arm is an articulated 3D coordinate measurement device, constructed


from high-grade carbon fibre, which is inherently temperature stable.
The construction duplicates and enhances the movement and reach of the human
arm (shoulder, elbow, and wrist). Each element offers several degrees of freedom (2 at the
shoulder, 2 at the elbow, 3 at the wrist).
This provides 7 rotation axes. These axes are conventionally named A / B / C / D / E / F /
G. A and B are the shoulders of the arm, C and D the elbows and E F and G the wrist.
On each axis, an encoder detects the axis angle from which the coordinates of the probe
centre are calculated.

A, C, E and G axes have infinite rotation, which provides ergonomic and comfortable use..

Fig 1 - Arm rotation axis

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At the end of the arm (ie the G axis) a handle is used to install and control the probe, which is
fixed through a TKJ connector and the correct probe data is automatically detected.
The handle has 3 buttons which can be used to take measurement points, delete erroneous data, validate message boxes and perform other functions within the
software.

Fig 2 - SI Wrist

The Nikon MCAx Arm is managed by RDS, which is the interface server between the arm and
the final measurement software. RDS allows you to configure the functions of the arm, the
communication protocol, to calibrate the probes, verify the system, and perform many other
tasks.

A.2

NIKON MCAx ARM Models and Options

A.2.1

Models and options


The Nikon MCAx Arm is available in two models : MCAx (standard performance) and
MCAx+ (high performance).
The following table shows standard and optional configurations for each type of arm:

Basic arm
Feature Pack

Grip type

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Description
USB

Scanning Pack

Connections for laser


scanner

Mobility Pack

WiFi + battery + connections


for laser scanner

Round grip

Grip on elbow

Spin grip

Grip on E-axis

MCAx

MCAx+

Option

Option

12

Mounting base

TKJ probes

Basic plate

Option

3-point
magnetic
base

Option

Circular
magnetic
base

Option

Option

Option

Option

Standard
probes

15mm / 6mm / 3mm

TTP

Touch trigger probe

Probe case

Others

Hard case
Dust cover
Qualification
sphere
Verification
bar
Camera / light

A.2.2

Option

F-axis camera and work light

Feature packs
Feature packs (FP) can be added to any model. It consists in a module connected to the rear
of the base of the arm.
Two types of feature pack are available:

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Scanning
Pack

Power-on USB Probing connection

Power-On Wired scanner connection

Mobility

Stand-alone USB probing connection (on battery)

Stand-alone Wireless probing connection


(battery or PSU) for contact
measurement only

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A.3

IDENTIFICATION

A.3.1

Arm identification

Each Nikon MCAx Arm unit has a serial number. This number is the identity of your arm, and
any support query or request should refer to it.
The serial number is on a label located in two places: on the base of the Nikon MCAx Arm
and on the front of the travel case. The serial number can also be found in supporting documents received with the arm, such as the arm certification.

Fig 4 - Identification

The label on the arm includes important other information such as arm type, size and date of
manufacture.

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A.4

DESCRIPTION

A.4.1

Arm description

Fig 7 - Arm overview

Grip (MCAx+ only)

On/Off Button

Spin Grip (MCAx+ only)

Mounting Ring nut

Wrist of the arm

Counterbalance cradle

Buttons

10

Counterbalance lock

Contact probe

11

Handle of the Arm

LEDs

12

Base of the arm

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A.4.2

Base description

Fig 8 - Base-back

1. DC power IN
2. Data port for Feature Pack
3. USB connector to computer
4. Guides for Feature Pack

Fig 9 - Base description

1.

Error LED

2.

Battery Level LED

3.

WiFi On LED

4.

External Speaker Plug

5.

On-board speaker

6.

Temperature sensor

6.

On / Off Button

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A.4.3

MCAx handle and probes

Fig 10 - SE Handle description

1.

TKJ-F connector for contact probe

2.

TKJ-M connector for contact probe and scanners

3.

Main button

4.

Handle

5.

Probe selector

6.

Right button (button 2)

7.

Left button (button 0)

The MCAx Arm is designed to for contact probes, touch trigger probes or optical probing
systems such as laser scanners.
On the handle, two TKJ connectors are available, a male connector for digitizing scanners
or contact probes and female connector for contact probe to be used when the scanner is
attached.
A switch is used to select which TKJ connector is in use.
3 push buttons are provided to take points, start digitizing, validate or cancel.

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A.4.5

Feature pack description

All Feature Packs

Scanning Pack (FP1) is standard for all arms. Mobility pack (FP2) is an optional replacement.

Fig 12 - Feature Pack description

Guides to the base of the arm


1.

DC power connector

2.

External Accessory connector

3.

Connector for scanner

USB connector to computer

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A.4.6

Counterbalance locking system


The counterbalance of the Nikon MCAx Arm contains a smart locking system to prevent the
counterbalance to move down. A locking button on the side of the arm is used to lock or
unlock the counterbalance.
When the counterbalance is unlock (standard operating position), then whatever the position
and the orientation of the wrist is, the elbow of the arm will always be counterbalanced and
follow the imposed movement.
The unlock position is only an operating position and as soon as the arm is left in its rest position, the counterbalance should be locked.
When the counterbalance is locked, then the position (= angle) of the counterbalance is fixe
and the arm is secured (it cannot fall down).
This "locked" position can be also used to impose a height to the arm, for example to prevent
any obstacle above the arm.

When the arm is placed in its case, the counterbalance has to be locked, to prevent any
mistake when taking it out.

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A.5

STANDARD ACCESSORIES
Picture

Item
Probe Box

Contact Probe: choice of 15mm (ref probe) or 6mm ball:


this is the final point of the arm, giving the coordinates of the center
of the ball.

Any kind of M3 probe tip or (other than standard ones) can be mounted on a
probe base and used, therefore these cannot be certified here.
Picture

Item
Installation CD-Rom : containing Software installation and product
documentations.
Certified sphere, probe calibration tools and certificate.
Sphere Certificate

Calibration sphere

M5 screws and key to fix the sphere


Documentation : Quick Installation Guide
(full documentation on installation CD-Rom)

USB cable: standard connection between the arm and the operating
system.
Power Cable: Power Supply for the arm.

Verification Bar (only MCAx+): to check the accuracy of the arm.


Mounting Ring - mounting interface for the arm

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Picture

Item

Base plate (MCAx): simple circular plate, with a mounting ring.

Magnetic base (MCAx+ only): support including a mounting ring


base, on 3 magnets.

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A.6

TRAVEL CASE

Fig 14 - Travelling case description

A.7

RDS driver and documentations disk

Certified sphere

USB and Power cables

Dust protection and certificates

Verification bar (MCAx+ only)

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Probe box

Mounting base

SYMBOLS
Symbol

Location

Description

IEC 60417-5031

Direct current

ISO 7000-0434

Caution, risk of danger

EXT.

Back panel

For approved extension

SCANNER

Back panel

For external scanner connection, or supplied foot


pedal switch

Front of base

For standard head phone jack

Back panel

For Nikon MCAx Arm specific USB cable only

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Management software installation

Management software installation


The arm is managed by a driver application. Maintenance software is also necessary to be able
to calibrate and verify the arm etc: "RDS Data Collector".
RDS is a service which is activated as soon as the computer starts and is always available for
any application software: the application software simply connects to the RDS service, and
several applications can be connected at the same time.
RDS provides an "RDS Control Panel" for configuration, and an "RDS Data Collector", for
verification and calibration.
For further information about RDS, refer to the "RDS Service" and "RDS data Collector"
manuals.

B.1

PREREQUISITIES
RDS can be installed on a computer supplied with a Windows XP Pro SP2 or
Windows7 32-bit or 64bit operating system. No specific software dongle is necessary to use
RDS. RDS by default will be installed in C:\Program Files\RDS, and arm data in C:\Arm\ .
Depending on the connection, a USB lead, or a Wi-Fi device is necessary to connect the
computer to the arm.

B.2

MEASUREMENT SOFTWARE INSTALLATION


Measurement software (CMM Manager or other software) can be installed before or after
RDS. Follow the instructions for the specific installation.

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B.3

RDS INSTALLATION

1. Insert the RDS CD in your CD drive


2. Installation should start automatically. If the installation does not start automatically, run
"Setup.exe"on the CD-Rom
3. The following window appears. Click on Next.

4. Click on {next}

5. Read the licence agreement and press Yes

6. At the end of the installation, press OK

7. Then restart your computer

NB : No arm data files have to be loaded at this stage.


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When updating to a newer version, RDS must first be uninstalled. During the
update installation, click on YES to uninstall the previous version before
proceeding to the new installation.

All settings, configuration and options are preserved.


It is recommended that any firewall is d is ab l ed as it may prevent RDS
from functioning properly

Depending on the version of Windows , it may be necessary to confirm


certain message boxes such as Jungo driver installation.

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Arm installation

C.1

INSTALL

MOUNTING BASE

The Nikon MCAx Arm offers several different mounting options.


The standard base is a simple mounting ring, either on a plate (MCAx) or on a magnetic
support. Optional supports are available (circular magnetic base, mobile stand, heavy-duty
tripod, complete worktable, raisers, vertical supports etc)

Standard base

Standard magnetic base

Circular magnetic base

Vacuum base

NOTICE!
The arm is designed to be used in a correct up horizontal position. Nikon cannot

guarantee against damage due to incorrect orientation of the arm, and the accuracy of
measurement will be affected.

For a complete list of accessories, please consult the product catalogue.


For further details on each accessory, please read the applicable technical
sheet.

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C.1.1

Mounting ring

The mounting ring is the interface between the different kinds of supports and the arm itself.
This ring can be fixed with 6 bolts (M6) on any kind of optional support of even directly on a
customized support made by the customer. Tighten securely to 17 N/m.

Fig 15 - Mounting ring

The arm is positioned onto this base, and is then locked with a main screw at the base of the
arm.

NOTICE!
It is very important that the main screw is fastened securely to ensure stability of the arm.
The operator has to make sure that the 6 screws of the base are well tightened on the
support.

See the appendix for data on the mounting ring base.

C.1.2

Mounting ring on a simple plate

1. Place the plate on the worktable, and clamp it using G-Clamps, screws, etc.

Fig 16 - Mounting plate installation

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C.1.3

Standard magnetic base

C
1. Place the base on a level and stable magnetic surface

2. Lock the magnets

C.1.4

Circular magnetic base (option)

1. Fix the mounting ring on the circular base.


2. Put the complete support on the work surface.
3. Lock the magnet by turning the key.

Fig 17 - Circular magnetic base installation

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C.1.5

Vacuum Base (option)

WARNING!
For all safety related information, please read the complete Vacuum Base manual.

Overview
The Vacuum Base is designed to be placed on a perfectly flat and smooth surface:

Fig 18 - Vacuum base description

Item
1

Description

Battery LEDs
Battery discharged recharge now.
Battery half-charged - please recharge.
Battery fully charged - optimal conditions for use

2
3
4
5
6

On / Off
Power supply
Exhaust
Top plate
Manometer

Base

Powers up the vacuum pump


Connect to power supply to charge the battery
To release the vacuum under the base
Threaded holes to fix the mounting screw
Make sure that the pressure is constantly -12 psi (0.85 bar) during
operation.
Including vacuum holes

Quick installation
1. Fix the mounting screw on the vacuum base.
2. Make sure that the work surface is impermeable to air, smooth and clean.
3. Position the base on the work surface
4. Connect to the power supply
5. Switch on the vacuum
6. The base is ready for the arm installation.
For more information, please read the complete Vacuum Base manual.

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C.1.6

Stands (option)
Install the stand at the desired height and ensure it is rigid, then install the arm on the
mounting nut

NOTICE!
Poor installation or stability.
Wrong measurements!

Read the manual for your stand carefully, to make sure it is installed securely.
-

Light Tetralock portable stand

Adjustable stand

Carbon-fibre portable stand

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C.2

REMOVE THE ARM FROM THE CASE

1. Hold the handle and the E axis and lift the arm straight from the case.

Fig 19 - Extract the arm from the case

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C.3

INSTALL THE ARM ON THE BASE


1.

Position the arm over the mounting ring.

2. Tighten mounting ring nut.

NOTICE!
It is very important that the nut is securely tightened to ensure the accuracy and stability of
the arm. It is also important to ensure the 6 screws on the mounting ring are well-tightened.

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C.4

MOUNT-CENTERED CONTACT PROBE


NOTICE!
The probe must be approached with the correct orientation: align the notch of the probe
with the TESA logo

1. Install the probe on the connector


SE

2. Lock the probe with the key

3. Move the handle switch to the low position

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C.5

MOUNT SCANNER OR PROBE ON CENTER MALE TKJ

C
1. Mount the scanner on the connector and lock with the probe key.

NOTICE!
Do not overtighten.
Make sure that the lock is in a good horizontal position

2.

Move the handle switch to the low position.

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C.6

HOW TO PUT THE ARM IN ITS CARRYING CASE

1. Bring the arm to its rest position

2. Lock the counterblance

3.

While holding the arm, unscrew the mounting ring nut from the base support. .

4.

Hold the arm by the handle and E axis, then slowly lower the arm into the travel case.

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C.7

FEATURE PACK INSTALLATION

By default, the feature pack is already installed on the arm before delivery.
To upgrade to another FP, for service, or to install or remove from the arm, please read the
following instructions.

C.7.1

Installation
1. Position the FP to the base of the arm and connect.

2. Locate each of the 4 pins into the holes in the base.


3. Tighten the 4 screws.

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Arm connection

D.1

USB CONNECTION

1. Connect the power supply to the arm.


2. Connect a USB cable from the arm to the PC.

3. Switch the power on by pressing the power button for at least 1 second..

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D.2

WI-FI (MOBILITY PACK)

D.2.1

Note about Wi-Fi network SSID

The SSID (identification) of your Nikon MCAx arm refers to the Feature Pack and has the
following format:

D.2.2

"T-UN-FF"

T : type of Feature Pack

UN: serial numer of the Feature Pack

FF : Factory

Arm setting
1. Make sure that the FP2 Mobility Pack is installed on the arm
2. Power on the arm by holding the power button for at least 1 second..

3. Make sure that the blue light on the front of the arm is lit. If not, make sure that the USBcable is unplugged.

Wi-Fi is only available when the USB cable is unplugged!

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D.2.3

Computer setup (on Windows XP)

D
1. Switch on the WiFi sensor of the computer.
2. On the computer, access the advanced settings :
3. Enter "Start Menu" -> "Settings" -> "Network Connections"

4. Enter Network configuration


5. Right click on "Wireless Connection" -> "Properties"
6. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click on "Properties".

7. Use the following IP address and subnet mask: 192.168.0.1 and 255.255.255.0 then "OK"

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D.2.4

Computer setup (on Windows 7)

D
1. Switch on the computers WiFi adapter.
2. On the computer, access to advanced settings :
3. Enter "Start Menu" -> type in "ncpa.cpl"

4. Right click on "Wireless Network" and select "Properties"


5. Select Internet Protocol (TCP/IPv4), then "Properties".

6. Use the following IP address and subnet mask: 192.168.0.1 and 255.255.255.0 then "OK"

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Some computers may use by default a different management application for


Wi- Fi instead of Windows. These applications may not be able to
communicate with the Nikon Wi-Fi. In this case it is necessary to deactivate it
and to use Windows management for the Wi-Fi.
NB: The computer Wi-Fi might be managed by specific device software. In this
case, refer to the relevant manual to connect to the Nikon MCAx arm network
and set up the IP address.
NB: If the computer Wi-Fi uses a preferred order for networks, make sure
that "T-UN-FF" network is at the top of the list.
If Windows XP manages the Wi-Fi, in the wireless configuration, select
"change the order of preferred networks"

You can then access the following dialog and select "T-UN-FF" network and
click on "Move up" until it reaches the top of the list.

Select "Properties" to switch the "T-UN-FF" network to automatic connection if


this is not already enabled.

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D.2.5

RDS setup

D
1. Select the RDS Control Panel
2. Select the Connection tab

3. Select WiFi type

4. Click on "Modify"

5. Choose the WiFi interface and "Select"

6. Choose the Feature Pack and "Select"

7. Close the WiFi window and save the modifications

8. RDS automatically connects the arm

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F.1

HOW

F.1.1

Rest position

TO HANDLE THE

ARM

The arm should be put in its rest position when not in use. The arm
naturally rests in a vertical position with the elbow bent near- ly 180 :
move the arm up to highest level and the arm will now stay in the rest
position.

If the arm needs to stay for a prolonged period in the rest position, or to
put the arm in its case, lock the counterbalance with the lever : the arm is
now in a safe position and cannot be lowered.

F.1.2

Counterbalance locked position


To avoid hitting the elbow of the arm against an obstacle above the arm, it may be helpful to
lock the counterbalance.
It can be also useful to lock it when a small part has to be measured or digitized: move down
the elbow of the arm and lock it, to achieve a comfortable position.
Don't forget to lock it as soon as the arm has to be left for a long period or to place the arm
back in its case.
Locked Position :
- Arm left for a long time
- An object above the arm may damage the elbow
- The part to probe or scan is very small
- To store the arm in its case
Unlocked Position :
- Standard operating mode

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F.1.3

Holding the arm


The Nikon MCAx Arm is designed to be held with one hand only. Left handed or right
handed users should hold the wrist of the Nikon MCAx Arm with their main hand, and put
their thumb or forefinger on the buttons.
The other hand of the user can then be used to hold the part to measure, or guide the ball
of the probe precisely.

On Nikon MCAx+ arm, the other hand may hold the arm grip (Long Spin Grip or Hand Grip)

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F.1.4

Carrying position
Carry the arm by holding the handle of the arm, and either the B-C axis or D-E axis.

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F.2

HOW TO USE CONTACT PROBES

F.2.1

Contact probe

Unlock the counterbalance to free the arm and hold the arm wrist in one hand. Approach the
part with the probe, ensure the ball is touching the surface and press the middle button on the
arm to record a measurement point (XYZ coordinate).

F.2.2

Touch trigger probe


Touch trigger probes (TTP) automatically take points when the sphere of the probe touches the
surface.
Those probes reduce the effort when the probe is in contact with the surface. This is very
useful for soft surfaces or movable parts.

The TTP is composed by a TKJ TTP base, on which an M6 TTP sensor can be mounted.

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F.2.3

Tips and tricks

Which tip diameter to use


Any tip diameter can be used on a Nikon MCAx Arm. The choice of probe depends mainly on
the type of inspection.

What size is the feature to probe ? The tip diameter must be appropriate for the
feature:

Is the surface of the part uneven? A large tip diameter will skip over an uneven surface,
but a small tip will integrate surface deformities into the measurement.

- How deep is the feature? An M3 tip extension may be necessary to reach the bottom of a
feature.

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Probe orientation
Any contact probe is calibrated to integrate all its deviations, so that no matter how the
orientation of the probe is, the coordinates of the ball probe will remain the same: there is no
need to pay attention to keep the probe orthogonal to the surface.

Therefore, a few recommendations should be respected in the following cases:

If the material is a bit soft, or if the part can move easily, incline the probe to reduce the
pressure on the surface of the part.

If a probe extension has been added, it advised to reduce the pressure on the stem by
keeping the probe perpendicular to the surface.

To take a continuous series of points, the probe must slide over the surface, so the
probe must be perpendicular to the surface to avoid friction.

Depending on the software and the options, the probe has to point toward the surface
side. (see "Probe radius compensation").

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Number of points to probe

From a purely theoretical point of view, each kind of feature needs a minimum number of
points to be calculated.
For example, a plane needs at least 3 points to gives a value.
Therefore, it is vital to take at least one additional point (for example, 4 points for a plane), to
reduce errors due to the feature itself or to the measurement.
Item
Plane

Pts required
Theory
3

Real

Recommendations

Circle

Single Point

Cylinder

10

Line

Cone

10

Sphere
surface Pt.
Polyline

4
1
2

9
1
2

In fact, the more points taken, the better the measurement will be. 1000 points will give a
better average calculation than 5 points. Using continuous measurement (keeping BP1
pressed) will allow taking a large number of points, therefore, the user has to take care to
always keep the probe in contact with the part surface.
Most of the time, it is not necessary to take a large number of points (the measurement is
stabilized after a certain number of points), except if the feature has a very bad shape error, or
if it is very small (see following section).
Depending on the functionality and size of the feature, and the expected accuracy, more or
less points may need taking, from 4 to 500 for example.
Special case

Explanation

Bad shape error


Small radius
Small arc angle

Location of probed points


As important as the number of points is their location.
The location of the points will depend on the type of feature.
For example, a plane should be measured with at least 5 points as in the following
picture

The location of the points has to follow a uniform distribution, not grouping them in one area.

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Probe guidance
Some software has special functionality, to guide the user to take points at the right place.
This may be helpful to probe a very thin circle for example, or to take a specific XYZ point.
A sound is then emitted and the point is taken as soon as the probe is inside the tolerance
zone.

It may be useful to manually guide the end of the probe (= the tip) with your other hand, to
locate it accurately. The closer your hand is to the tip of the probe, the more stable the
measurement will be, and the more accurate the location will be.

Counterbalance
The Nikon MCAx Arm is counterbalanced, so there is no need to hold the elbow of the arm
when measuring. Let the counterbalance work for you and simply hold the wrist of the arm to
guide the probe to the part and to press the button for capturing points.

It may be necessary in some conditions to hold the elbow of the arm, to avoid the arm
contacting another object, or to use the remote control mouse with the arm in a horizontal
position.
In this case, with an MCAx+ arm, simply hold the grip on the elbow, ensuring you do not
constrain the axes of the arm.
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Probe radius compensation


When probing, the software registers the point coordinates of the ball center, not the contact
point. The software then calculates the feature that has been selected and compensates for
the radius of the probe :

For a plane, it translates the plane along its own vector with the radius value

For a circle, cylinder, sphere, or similar feature, it adds the probe diameter to the feature
diameter.

For a surface inspection point, it translates the point along the nominal surface vector with
the radius value

For a simple 3D point, there is no way to calculate the contact point and so no
compensation is possible.

Even if the probe doesn't need to be perpendicular to the surface, a minimum orientation of the
probe is necessary to obtain correct probe radius compensation. The probe has to point
towards the material.
Please refer to your measurement software user manual for more details about probe
compensation.

Measurement Best-fit
Except for individual point features (single points, surface points, etc) each geometric feature is
calculated using a specific method (eg least square, minimum radius). Once the feature is
calculated, each probe point is compared to the resultant feature, to get the shape error
(flatness, circularity, etc). Most software can give the maximum error value after each new
point once the feature is validated. This maximum error value ("best-fit") gives very useful
information to ensure that the feature has been correctly probed.

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F.2.4

Contact Probe Change and Calibration

Overview
To obtain accurate measurement results, each probe must be calibrated with the MCAx Arm
it is being used on. Each unique set of probe calibration data is stored in the memory on the
arm. The arm checks each time when a probe is changed. If the new probe has not
previously been calibrated with this particular arm, the user will be prompted to proceed with
the probe calibration procedure described below.
If the probe has been already calibrated, when the operator connects the probe, RDS simply
selects the correct probe file.
In case of poor accuracy, or a change of probe tip, it is possible to recalibrate
a probe, using the RDS Data Collector.

Principle
Default probe calibration needs the certified calibration sphere (included in the arm case) and
requires 3 steps:

Measurement of the sphere with a reference probe (15mm Probe #1)

Measurement of the sphere with the uncalibrated probe

Calculation and validation


It is possible to use other methods of calibration. In this case, run RDS Data
Collector and choose the appropriate method (simple plane / plane with reference plane / simple sphere / sphere with reference sphere (default) / seat ).
Refer to the RDS Data Collector manual for full description of all methods.

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Calibration short description (sphere method)


When a new probe is connected to the arm, a message automatically appears to check for
the method of probe calibration, then RDS Data Collector automatically opens and starts the
probe calibration process.
The method described in this manual is the sphere method. To use another method, (plane,
single point), please refer to the RDS Data Collector Manual.

1. From the measurement software, start probe calibration

2. Position the reference sphere

3. Enter the diameter

4. Insert 15mm Probe

5. Take 9 points on sphere with 15mm probe

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6. Check reference sphere results and "OK"

7. Insert probe to calibrate

8. Measure 4 x 9 points on the sphere with the 4 orientations of the probe

9. Validate the results of the measurement to start calculation.

10. At the end of calculation, click on Yes

Residual deviation value for Sphere with reference method is :


Best-fit + deviation diameter + deviation center
3
For more details, please refer to the RDS Data Collector manual.

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F.5

HOW TO USE THE ARM REMOTE MOUSE


The pointer on the computer can be remote controlled by the arm. This functionality allows the
user to control the measurement software functions without returning to the computer.
The arm E and F axes control movement respectively

For a vertical position of the arm


-

Rotate the F axis around a center position to move the pointer up and down from the
center of the screen

Rotate E axis around a 90 position, to move the pointer left and right around the center of
the screen

The use of the E and F axis are toggled for a horizontal position.

Buttons
Buttons: by default, the main button (B1) is left click, right button (B0) is middle click and left
button (B2) is right click.

Activate / deactivate remote mouse


-

Put the F axis at its mechanical stop

Rotate the E axis through 90


The arm remote mouse settings (buttons and on/off switch) can be
configured. Please refer to the RDS Service manual.

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F.6

HOW TO USE THE BUTTONS


The management of the buttons depends on the measuring software. Please refer to the
measurement software to check these definitions.
Usually, the buttons are defined as follows:
Button
Left
0

Middle
1

Right
1

Duration of
click
Short click

Measure
action
Cancel Point

Mouse
action
Right click

Long click

Cancel Points

Short click

Hit a Point
Left click

Long Click

Take Burst
Points

Short click

Validation

Long click

Middle click

Fig 25 - Buttons

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F.7

HOW TO INTERPRET THE ARM SOUNDS


When taking points, validating features, or performing other operations with the arm, the arm
emits sounds.
Low-pitch sounds usually mean cancel, go back, down, or delete. High-pitch sounds usually
mean validate, go forward, up, or complete. Many sounds are context sensitive and will
become more familiar to the user with daily use.
The volume can be controlled from the RDS control panel.
An external speaker or earphone can be added for more volume, through the 3.5mm audio jack
in the arm base.

F.8

HOW TO VERIFY AND CALIBRATE


RDS Data Collector has multiple "Quick-check" procedures the user can perform to verify the
accuracy and calibration of arms and accessories accuracy. It also has full certification
procedures such as B89.
Please refer to the RDS Data Collector manual for full descriptions of each procedure.

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F.9

F.9.1

RDS, WARNING AND STATUS MESSAGES

When using the arm, information or error messages may be displayed at screen by RDS.
They can be displayed at the top right (warning messages) of the screen or beside the RDS
icon in the task bar of windows (status messages).

RDS icon
The MCAx

arm is managed by the RDS service in Windows.

For access to configuration, an RDS Icon is available on the Windows task bar. For further
information, read the RDS service manual.

The connection status is shown by a small symbol beside the symbol of the arm.

Low battery
Arm connected
Warning on the arm (eg: axis on limit)
Right click on this icon to access RDS functions:

RDS Control Panel:


access to RDS settings (read RDS Service manual)

RDS Data collector:


access to maintenance program (read RDS Data Collector manual)

Execute a script:
direct access to main maintenance scripts(read RDS Data Collector manual)

Display arm status:


see next section

About:
display RDS version

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F.9.2

Display arm status

Right click on the RDS icon to display the status of the arm.

Fig 26 - Arm status

The information that is displayed is :


Information

Description

Possible values

Arm

Type of arm and of connection

MCAx

Probe

Current probe

Name of the current probe

Status

Current status of the arm

Connected
Connecting.
Warning! An encoder is over limit!
X, Y, Z coordinates in mm

Temperature

Information area (connection errors,


encoder limit
Coordinates of the center of the
probe due to arm reference (see
Nikon MCAx Arm Manual)
Temperature measured by the arm

Battery

Battery level

Clients conn.

Version of software currently using


the arm through RDS
Frequency of reading of the arm.

Position

Rate
Reference

Position of the arm in case of VPS,


LOK or Leapfrog

USB
Wired Ethernet
Wi-Fi

Temperature in degree
Power Supply
Low battery
Level in %
Version of software
Frequency
Position

At any time, you can check the status of the arm by holding the mouse over the RDS icon.

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Start your measurements

F.9.3

Messages and sounds

Connection messages (Status)


When the arm is connected, or disconnected, RDS automatically shows a status message
NB: if no probe is connected to the MCAx arm, arm status is "disconnected"

Warning messages
They are displayed for a few seconds, to warn the operator about an event
Message
Mechanical stop
Battery

Description
When one axis comes to its mechanical limit (B, D or F), the mouse is
automatically stopped, and a message indicates which axis in at limit
Message when battery level is low

Other messages and sounds


RDS can also show a message dialog for some events, such as if a new probe is
connected.
For some events also, the arm will emit sounds (mechanical stop, new probe, points taken,
long press, etc)

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Accessories

Accessories

G.1

BATTERY

G.1.1

Battery change for FP2

With a n FP2 Mobility Pack, the Nikon MCAx Arm can be used either with a DC power
supply or the battery.
It switches automatically to battery as soon as the power supply is switched off and charges
the battery when the power supply is on.

1. Remove the 2 screws.

Remove the cover.

Pull the battery with the strip.

Take out the battery.

If a battery change is required, open the cover, and remove the battery. Install the new
battery with the contacts on top and close the cover.
NB: for battery specifications, see appendix.

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Complete documentation

G.2

LEDS
Red
ON
No action
Slow blinking
No action

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Green

Blue

No action
Fast blinking

No action

No action
Slow blinking
ON

No action
Slow blinking
ON

Description
Warning coming from PC
AC power plugged
Charging (battery)
Low power (battery)
Fully charged (battery)
On battery
USB - connected to PC
WiFi powered on
WiFi - associated

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Troubleshoot

Troubleshooting

Common problems can be solved by going through the following questions :


No connection to the arm
Is the LED on the arm, switched on?

Check power is on and all cables connected correctly

Is the USB cable between the arm


and computer in good state?
Is the USB cable correctly plugged
in?

Use correct cable

LED is off
Are the cables correctly plugged in ?
Is the arm button switched on?

If you still have a problem:

Contact a regional agent with the following information

fill out and send the following details form

RDS.log file

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Troubleshoot

Nikon MCAx Arm


Type

Serial number
Your company name

Software
Software

Version
Connection
Type
CPU Wi-Fi IP@
RDS Wi-Fi IP @

USB
Wi-Fi

Accessories
Scanner
Probe

Boards versions
Mother board
Encoders boards
Probe board
Diagnostic informations
Sounds
Status of the LEDs
Tests with different
materials
Ping answer
Other information

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Appendix

Appendix

J.1

TECHNICAL

J.1.1

Dimensions and weights:

SPECIFICATIONS

Arm dimensions

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Extension C

Extension E

1500
2000
2500
3000
3500
4000
4500

450
600
750
900
1050
1200
1350

300
400
500
600
700
800
900

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Appendix

Weights
Weight (kg)

Case
MCAx MCAx+ MCAx

2.0m

7.9

8.2

8.3

2.5m

8.2

8.5

8.6

3.0m

8.5

8.8

8.9

3.5m

8.8

9.1

9.2

4.0m

9.1

9.4

9.5

4.5m

9.4

9.7

9.8

Weight (kg)

Size (mm)

16.5
(foam included 3.5
kg)
18.6
(foam included 4
kg)
22.0
(foam included 4.5
kg)

1320 x 510 x 290


1580 x 510 x 290

1860 x 510 x 290

Axis permissible angles and resolutions


Axis

Min angle ()

A
B

infinite rotation
-0.93

C
D

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infinite rotation

-1.35

E
F

Max angle ()

1.22
infinite rotation

-1.75

1.75
infinite rotation

Range

Accuracy

Resolution

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

0.5"

0.07"

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Appendix

Mounting nut

Fig 27 - Mounting ring dimensions

Mounting plate

Fig 28 - Mounting base dimensions

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Appendix

Vacuum mounting base

Fig 29 - Vacuum base dimensions

Arm Tube raiser

Fig 30 - Arm Tube raiser dimensions

Raiser

H (mm)

Small
Tall

237.3
487.30

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Appendix

J.1.2

Accuracy specifications
Counterbalance with locking system

Tactile probing accuracy


The following data represent the accuracies of the different sizes and levels of MCAx.
All the values refer to the ASME B89.4.22 standard and are displayed in millimetres.
All probing specifications are achieved with a Nikon MCAx Arm mounted on a base plate
or magnetic base plate and using a 15mm steel ball probe with a length of 50mm under
stable environment conditions.

2000 (6ft)

Volumetric Accuracy

Single Point Repeatability

MCAx

MCAx+

MCAx

MCAx+

+/- 0.061

+/- 0.033

+/- 0.044

+/- 0.023

2500 (8 ft)

+/- 0.069

+/- 0.038

+/- 0.049

+/- 0.027

3000 (10 ft)

+/- 0.100

+/- 0.058

+/- 0.079

+/- 0.042

3500 (12 ft)

+/- 0.125

+/- 0.081

+/- 0.099

+/- 0.055

4000

+/- 0.151

+/- 0.098

+/- 0.115

+/- 0.067

4500

+/- 0.179

+/- 0.119

+/- 0.141

+/- 0.084

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Appendix

J.1.3

CE compliant and other specifications:

Temperature
Storage temperature:

-30C to 70C (-20C to 50C if battery is installed)


(-22F - 158F)

Ambient Temperature for


measuring operation:

0C to 50C (32F - 122F)

Temperatures conditions in which the specified length-measuring uncertainties are guaranteed :


Ambient temperature:
20C +/- 3.3C
Air temperature variation:

Per Hour: +/- 1.1C

Permissible Environment Conditions


Use:

Indoor only

Humidity:

Maximum relative humidity 80 % for temperatures up to 31


C decreasing linearly to 50 % relative humidity at 40C

Pollution:

Degree 2

Vibration:

(55 to 2000Hz): <= 100ms/s*s EN 60 068-2-6

Shock:

(6ms): <=1000ms/s*s EN 60 068-2-27

Altitude:

Up to 2000m (6000 ft)

Vibration during transportation:

ISO 9022-3:1998-0710 to 150 Hz


0.15 mm, 2g
20 sweeps/ axis at 1 octave/min

Acceleration
Permissible angular

105rad/s^2

Vibration maximum

55-2000Hz (IEC 68-2-27)

Shock and Impact

6ms (IEC 68-2-27) Safety

Electrical rating of the Arm


15 VDC
2.5 Amps
Mains supply voltage fluctuations up to 10% of the nominal
Communication
USB

Type 2
Auxiliary sensor pass through data bus on selected 7 axis
models (FP1, FP2)

Wifi

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Appendix

Power supply specification summary


Manufacturer

CUI Inc.

Model Number

A3-60S12R-V

Part Number

DTS1500400UC-P5P-ET

AC Input
100V-240V AC, 50-60Hz, 1.8A max.
DC Output
15V, 4.0A max.
Replace power supply with CUI INC model number ETS150400UC-P5P-ET provided
by Nikon Metrology only.
Battery pack specification summary
Manufacturer

Inspired Energy

Model Number

Capacity

ND2057
4.8 Ah

Run / Charging time

4h / 3.5h

Chemistry

Lithium Ion

Voltage

7.2 V Nominal

Max discharge Current

2A Continuous

Weight

220g

Communications

SMBus compatible

Height/Length/Width
22.9 / 86.4 / 78.7 (mm)
Replace battery with Inspired Energy, model number ND2057 Only.

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Appendix

CE compliant
Electromagnetic
compatibility

Directive 2004/108/EC (as amended by 92/31/EEC) of the European


Union (EU)
Applicable norms :
IEC 61000-4-2: 2008 : Electrostatic Discharge Immunity
IEC 61000-4-3: 2006 : Radio Frequency Immunity
IEC 61000-4-4: 2004 : Electrical Fast Transient Immunity
IEC 61000-4-5: 2005 : Power Line Surge Immunity
IEC 61000-4-6: 2008 : R F Conducted Common Mode Immunity
IEC 61000-4-11: 2004 : Voltage Dips and Short Interruptions

Low voltage

Compliant with low voltage directive 73/23/EEC, 93/68/EEC


Norm applicable : EN61010-1 (2001)

ROHS Compliant
This product and supplements meet the ROHS guidelines for electronic components and
hardware. This complies with the requirements of the EU directive for banned substances:

Lead

Hexavalent Chromium

Polybrominated Biphenyls

Pentabromodiphenyl ether (PentaBDE)

Decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE)

Mercury

Cadmium

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether

Octabromodiphenyl ether (OctaBDE)

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Appendix

NIKON Scanner safety care

Class 2 laser

Class2 laser products


Warning
Precautions

Cleaning / Handling

The laser built into the product produces a visible red


laser beam which emerges from the bottom of the
product.
The laser product described in this section, is classified
as Class 2
Laser Product in accordance with: IEC 60825-1, Ed 2:
2007-03, "Safety of Laser Products.
It complies with FDA performance standards for laser
products except for deviations pursuant to Laser Notice
No. 50 , Dated June
24, 2007.
These products are safe for momentary exposure but
can be hazardous if you deliberately stare into the
beam.
From a safety perspective class 2 laser products are
not inherently safe for the eyes.
Avoid staring into the beam or pointing the beam at
other people
Before any handling of NIKON Scanner for assembly,
disassembly, cleaning etc. check that the laser is
switched off.
It is recommended not to use the NIKON Scanner for
the measurement of reflective surfaces. If necessary,
the use of a matting agent is strongly recommended.
Do not touch the optical window on the camera.
Do not use solvents.

Users of the Nikon laser scanners must be familiar with laser safety and must have read this
manual carefully.

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Appendix

J.3

STORAGE, USE AND TRANSPORT

Measurement Arm and computer


Arms and computers are delivered in cases specially designed and tested to avoid any
damage during transport. It is advised to place the arm and the computer in their respective cases when not in use or during transportation, to avoid adverse effect on
calibration.
Do not modify the counterbalance pressure or strength.
Storage place
Do not store the arm case and the computer case in a place where there would be a risk
of:
- Significant heat or of freezing.
- Significant moisture.
- Electromagnetism or excessive vibration.
Delivery of the measurement arm
- When shipped, products are packed in foam for protection and fitted with shock
detectors

Transport of the measuring arm


- It is advised to place the arm and the computer in their respective cases each time
they are transported.
- Moreover, during transport by plane, boat, train or vehicle, please pack the products as
delivered, using the foam for protection and with shock detectors.

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Appendix

J.4

EUROPEAN UNION (AND EEA) ONLY RECYCLING


This symbol indicates that this product is not to be disposed of with
household waste, according to the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) and your
national law. This product should be handed over to a designated collection
point, e.g., on an exchange basis when you buy a new or similar product or
to an authorised collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic
equipment (EEE).
Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible negative
impact on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous
substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time,
your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to
the effective use of natural resources. For more information about where
you can deliver your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your
local city office, waste authority, approved WEEE scheme or your
household waste disposal service.
(EEE: Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)

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Appendix

J.5

ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE

J.5.1

Symptom

Although the Nikon MCAx arm is protected against electrostatic discharge, it could be
damaged by extreme discharges (eg welding systems).
If this happens, an error appears on the arm and the
software. To avoid that:
- Make sure the arm power supply is grounded and of the correct voltage.

J.5.2

Switch off the power supply for the arm.

Wait few seconds

Turn it ON and connect the arm to reset communication.

Use a probe tip made of non-conductive material such as industrial ruby.

How to diagnose a defective electrical supply?


When does the problem appear?
Frequent communication errors with the arm, loss of points, malfunctioning electronic boards,
electrical discharges.

Checks:
Check the plug where the arm is plugged in with a test meter by a qualified technician (4 points
to check)
Control voltage

Touch both contacts


of tester in the plug
sockets. Measure
for 1 full minute.

110 V +/- 15 V
220 V +/- 20 V

Voltage spikes,
incorrect voltage,
power cut.

Check the position Connect a voltmeter


of the phase
between ground and
one of the plug
sockets. Touch
contacts between
ground and the
second hole

If neutral 0 to1V
If phase
110 V +/- 15 V
or
220 V +/- 20 V

Incorrect phase
position

Check connection
of the ground and
resistance to the
ground

Between 0 and 5
ohms. (increases
with the length of
the cable)

Ground not
connected or
incorrectly
connected.

Touch one probe on


plug ground, and the
other one on a known
safe ground
(ohmmeter).

Check that no
Touch one probe on
0 to 1 V
current is passing plug ground, and the
through the ground other one on a known
safe ground
(voltmeter) for 1 full
minute.

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through the ground.

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Appendix

Solution to use if the problem occurs often:

Use a Universal Power Supply. Characteristics recommended:


Power

600 VA

Output connector

2 IEC or NEMA minimum

Gain

0.6

Input Voltage

100, 110, 220, 230, 240 Volts

Input voltage range

+/- 25 %

Output voltage

100, 110, 220, 230, 240 Volts

Output voltage range

+/- 5%

Input frequency

50-60 Hz +/- 5 % auto select

Output frequency

50-60 Hz +/- 1 Hz auto select

Protection & filters

Voltage pikes : 320 joules, 2 ms

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