Mr. Sasaki is unique among Nikon Master Craftspersons in that he is not directly involved in production. How, then, does he support manufacturing at Nikon?
When we asked him for details about machine inspection, he replied that it entails verifying whether measuring instruments used at production sites meet their specifications.
At the machining plant, for example, materials must be worked so that their dimensions are as specified in the blueprint. After processing has been completed, the shape and dimensions of the product are measured in order to ascertain whether they are within the specified tolerance limits. Unless the measuring instruments required for this operation yield precise measurements, it is impossible to check the degree of accuracy of the processing and impossible to maintain product quality.
Nikon uses various types of measuring instruments at its production sites, including vernier calipers, micrometers, industrial microscopes, and 3D Metrology. The craft of checking and ensuring the accuracy of these instruments is known as "machine inspection."