Nikon: imaging solutions for life sciences and technologies

Nikon, a leading provider of advanced optical solutions, offers a vast array of optical OEM components to enable superior imaging system performance.

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Nikon is a leader in the development and manufacture of optics, imaging, and microscopy products. With more than 100 years of experience in driving advances in optical technology, Nikon is committed to accelerating innovation in research, clinical imaging, and biotechnology. To realize its vision to unlock the future with the power of light, Nikon provides complete original equipment manufacturer (OEM) solutions for its business partners and their imaging systems.

Nikon offers a wide range of components of the highest standard—from design to manufacture—to fulfill almost any optical requirement for any life sciences application. In particular, Nikon leverages its glass and optical manufacturing facilities to develop precision-crafted objective lenses (Fig. 1), the most important element in an optical train.

Fig. 1 | Nikon’s microscopy catalog includes more than 150 objective lenses for biological and industrial applications. All CFI60 and CFI75 objectives are restriction of hazardous substances (RoHS)-certified. RoHS, Restriction of Hazardous Substances.

Nikon was first established as an optics company, and remains the only microscopy manufacturer to formulate glass for its imaging products. Vertically integrated manufacturing and uncompromising quality standards enable Nikon to produce components that meet narrow tolerances with reliable, longlasting stability. Significant technological advances to support digital imaging and analysis have resulted in additional specialized objectives with enhanced optical quality and functionality. Today, Nikon’s objectives continue to provide exceptional clarity and resolution to enable cutting-edge research and technologies.

Meeting the world’s OEM demands

Nikon provides a large range of microscopy components to satisfy diverse optical requirements. Through their modular design, they can be easily incorporated into an imaging system. Nikon’s optics are designed and manufactured with unrivaled imaging aberration corrections and transmission efficacy, enabling systems to image at tight technical specifications.

Standing behind the quality of its products, Nikon provides the technical expertise needed to support every stage of a product’s life cycle, from the design phase through production. If a system requires a custom imaging solution, Nikon’s team of optical design engineers will collaborate with the customer to develop custom components and optical assemblies.

To support diverse imaging applications and requirements, Nikon provides a staggering range of objectives to choose from. Technical imaging specifications, such as the magnification, numerical aperture (NA), field of view (FOV), working distance (WD), depth of focus, and aberration correction, should be prioritized for the desired application. Additional functionality, such as a correction ring, ceramic tip, integrated phase ring or iris, or retraction stopper, is also available with certain objectives designed for particular applications.

Some of Nikon’s objective offerings include:

• the CFI Plan Apochromat λ series, which features chromatic aberration correction over a wide wavelength range, superior image flatness, and Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat technology for high optical transmission through the multiple lens elements;

• the CFI S Plan Fluor series, which supports fluorescence and brightfield imaging by combining high NAs, long WDs, and peak transmission efficacy—the large FOVs and image flatness maximize throughput for high-content scanning applications;

• the CFI Plan Apo VC series, which supports confocal and fluorescence imaging by extending chromatic aberration correction and transmission efficacy to the violet range;

• the CFI90 and CFI75 objectives, designed for deep imaging of cleared tissues by providing a large FOV, high NA, ultra-long WD, and protective ceramic tip; and

• the CFI SR and CFI HP series, which enable super resolution imaging—the former utilizes optics with the lowest possible asymmetric aberration and the latter is optimized for high-intensity pulsed laser transmission. The Nikon website features an interactive objective selector to easily compare objective specifications, features, and recommended applications.

Collaborative optics relationship

When a customer chooses Nikon for their OEM needs, they gain a partnership. Nikon recognizes that, in addition to performance, the value of a system relies on the quality of the team that supports it.

Nikon has a large team of dedicated engineers and staff to support the imaging needs of new and existing OEM customers. Technical expertise and support are available during the optics evaluation phase as well as at the time of manufacture. Nikon’s flexible shipment scheduling ensures purchases are delivered in time for sensitive manufacturing deadlines. Every division of the company is committed to prioritizing environmental and societal sustainability for its optical technologies.

Contact Details

Michelle N. Adan, National OEM Manager
Nikon Instruments, Inc.
Melville, NY, USA
Tel: +1-631-547-8500

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With over 100 years expertise in the field, Nikon has always been at the forefront of optical and technological innovation, promoting creativity and trustworthiness as part of the company's global mission statement. The Nikon story began back in 1917 when three Japanese optical manufacturers merged to form a company known as Nippon Kogaku KK ('Japan Optics'), producing precision optical glass. In 1925 the brand expanded to produce the first microscope with a revolving nosepiece and interchangeable objectives - the Joico microscope. Today Nikon is a world-renowned brand, firmly established as a market leader in optical instrumentation and the only microscope company to manufacture its own glass, ensuring the very finest quality assurance throughout production. Nikon’s broad portfolio of microscope systems includes products for the educational, clinical, materials science, and research market as well as the biotech/pharma industry.

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