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Monday, 21 July 2014 13:37

Hexagon Acquires Vero Software

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Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, announced the acquisition of Vero Software, a world leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.

Vero Software is a UK-based company with a strong brand and proven customer satisfaction track record. Their software aids the design and manufacturing process with solutions for programming and controlling machine tools, addressing the rising challenge of achieving manufacturing efficiencies with high-quality output.

Several well-known brands in Vero Software’s portfolio include Alphacam, Cabinet Vision, Edgecam, Radan, SURFCAM, VISI, and WorkNC. The company has large market coverage with offices in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Japan, USA, Brazil, Netherlands, China, Korea, Spain and India supplying products to more than 45 countries through its wholly owned subsidiaries and reseller network.

The acquisition strengthens Hexagon’s software offerings, providing the means to close the gap of making quality data fully actionable by extending the reach of the newly developed MMS (metrology planning software) to include CAM (manufacturing planning software).

“Together with its unique suite of manufacturing software solutions, Vero Software has the expertise, knowledge and resources to deliver even higher levels of productivity to our customers,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Leveraging our global footprint, the synergies from our combined technologies will advance our strategy, supporting the growing need to integrate all data and processes across the manufacturing lifecycle.”

Vero Software will be fully consolidated as of August 2014 (closing being subject to regulatory approval) and will positively contribute to Hexagon's earnings. The company's turnover for 2013 amounted to approximately 80 million EUR.

Hexagon has more than 14 000 employees in over 40 countries and net sales of about 2 400 MEUR.

For more information, visit: www.hexagon.com

Hexagon Metrology announced the next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm. The portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) provides non-contact laser scanning capabilities for CAD-to-part inspections and reverse engineering applications. It provides immediate feedback of critical features after design iterations for quality control or rapid prototyping. The enhanced portable measuring arm features optimized ergonomics, a new wrist design, and greater stability to create a better user experience while further reducing operator fatigue. Hexagon Metrology’s ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately worldwide.

The 6-axis portable measuring arm introduces a new wrist designed around the complex contours of the human hand. The new wrist on the 7-axis Absolute Arm has a more natural feel with rotation centered around the system’s probe. Both systems feature a lockable, Zero-G counterbalance which improves arm movement, protects it from hard falls, and enables single-handed operation. In addition to upgraded ergonomic features, the 6-axis wrist includes a built-in work light and digital camera. Haptic feedback vibrates the wrist and warns the user of possible harmful conditions, making it ideal for noisy shop-floor environments. The arm also features a redesigned tube inspection configuration for quick inspections and reverse engineering of bend paths. The 7-axis arm is designed to accept an integrated or external, high performance laser scanner at any time. It may also be purchased without the scanner and used as a hard probing system. Both arms do not require recalibration after a probe or scanner change.

“With this next generation of the ROMER Absolute Arm, we have created a versatile and mobile non-contact measurement tool for 3D printing and design engineering applications,” said Burt Mason, product manager for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “The arm’s optimized ergonomics, thermally stable construction, reliable encoders and plug-and-play probes deliver a new level of performance for this rapidly growing market.”

All ROMER measuring arms are available with PC-DMIS Touch Portable, a revolutionary measurement software that utilizes high-resolution Multi-Touch display technology on a tablet PC. The PC-DMIS Touch interface is particularly well suited to ROMER portable arm users and further complements their experience.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/portable-measuring-arms/romer-absolute-arm

Hexagon Metrology announced the launch of the 7.10.7 SF, a new generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) specially designed to excel in harsh industrial environments. The new product line introduces significant advancements based on decades of experience, the implementation of thousands of shop floor machines, and the support of those CMMs in the field worldwide. The 7.10.7 SF offers distinctive usability enhancements aimed at making the CMM more convenient and productive for manufacturing operations. The 7.10.7SF is available immediately worldwide.

The 7.10.7 SF’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are housed in one self-contained unit for easy transport on the shop floor.  The CMM has a measuring stroke of 710mm x 1010mm x 680mm, and uses standard 110/220 volt single phase outlets with no need for shop air. A major new feature is the integrated and flexible part fixture system enabling customers to locate up to four 300mm x 300mm fixture plates or one 500mm fixture plate on the table. Using a unique kinematic locating system, the fixture plates can be quickly loaded and unloaded, allowing users to swap individual parts or part types in a matter of seconds.

“The 7.10.7 SF is our new generation offering in the SF series, and a natural progression from the original 4.5.4 SF design and its quantum leap in CMM usability,” said Eric Bennett, product manager of bridge CMMs from Hexagon Metrology. “The 7.10.7 SF continues the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. Our attention to detail and focus on usability has resulted in a CMM with great value and exclusive benefits for our customers."

Other user experience improvements include fully integrated workspace lighting and message lighting. The workspace lighting feature fully illuminates the measurement volume addressing the concern that a poorly lit measurement volume is a major impediment to productivity. Message lighting on the CMM’s Z-axis cover displays the status of inspection operations on the shop floor, and eliminates the need to “baby sit” the CMM. Status lights visually indicate when the inspection process is complete, whether a part passed or failed, or if an unexpected problem occurred during the operation.

PC-DMIS Touch, an optional software feature on the SF series, features an intuitive touch screen interface that expedites measurement tasks and creates, selects and launches inspection programs. Shop floor personnel do not require CMM expertise to inspect parts using PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. With a few selections on the touch screen, PC-DMIS Touch graphically guides users through part setup and measurement, and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. The 7.10.7 SF and PC-DMIS Touch create an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/cmms-shop-floor/7-10-7-sf

Hexagon Metrology announced the release of WLS qFLASH, a compact white light solution (WLS) that utilizes state-of-the-art blue light technology, for industrial measurement applications. The new Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a non-contact, stereo vision system used to quickly capture 3D measurements on the shop floor. The portable solution creates reports and digitizes acquired data on the spot for analysis or direct CAD comparison. Handheld or used on a mobile pedestal, the overall optical head design is smaller, lighter, and easier-to-handle in limited or confined industrial spaces. The new WLS qFLASH is ideal for measuring aerospace components, automotive plastic parts or interiors, closures, aluminum and metal castings, as well as medium sheet metal parts, molds and dies.

The WLS qFLASH is wrapped in a rock-solid carbon fiber optical housing, and employs advanced blue LED high power illumination for reliable results. The system’s rapid image acquisition provides high throughput by utilizing patented stereo vision technology and 2D image processing to measure surfaces, closed features and edge lines. With low sensitivity to machinery vibration, industrial light or temperature changes, qFLASH enables manufacturers of small to medium size parts to measure surfaces and features in shop-floor environments. Hexagon Metrology’s patented stereo-vision technology allows the qFLASH to easily operate in production environments including stamping facilities and aircraft flight lines. The product is paired with Hexagon Metrology’s proprietary CoreView measurement software suite.

“The WLS qFLASH comes with state-of-the-art blue light technology based on the WLS400 product family. Its price point, small footprint, and light weight design make it a very attractive product”, said Amir Grinboim, Product Manager White Light & Automation for Hexagon Metrology Inc. “Together with the new CoreView 7.0 software, we are enhancing our white light solution offering to better support our customer base.”

The qFLASH stereo-vision technology enables fast image acquisition at an average of 10 milliseconds for constant measurement workflow. Shiny objects and surfaces can be measured without treatment. A random pattern is projected on a part, captured by the cameras, and analyzed at subpixel level, finding the differences in gray levels. Using the three cameras for triangulation, a 3D point cloud is reconstructed. Combined with 2D image analysis and propriety algorithms, the WLS qFLASH can extract closed features and edge points/lines without any post processing, such as STL generation, in a robust and repeatable process. This gives the qFLASH the unique ability to output inspection studies based on dense point cloud and 2D image analysis.

The product also includes a reverse engineering image acquisition mode which utilizes the sensor for both fast dimensional measurement and for reverse engineering. Among the new capabilities of CoreView 7.0 software is STL on-the-fly functionality to quickly and seamlessly generate high-quality data in the STL format for reverse engineering applications.This STL on-the-fly functionality is generated in the background so it will not slow down qFLASH’s data acquisition, enabling the qFLASH to maintain the WLS industry leading time from measurement to actionable data.

The WLS qFLASH is available immediately through Hexagon Metrology’s sales network and resellers.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/white-light-measurement/wls-qflash

With the new Optiv Performance 443, Hexagon Metrology offers a complete multi-sensor package in the mid-price range: the tactile LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor, touch-trigger probes, a variety of optical sensors and the optional Dual Z-Design.

The new Optiv Performance 443 provides users with a precision system for an affordable price. The device is capable of both contact-less and tactile measurement procedures. The comprehensive options package includes tactile scanning, touch-trigger probes, vision sensors, chromatic white light and through-the-lens lasers. As the only machine of its class, the Optiv Performance 443 can be provided with the exclusive Dual Z-Design from Hexagon Metrology.

The Dual Z-Design involves two vertical Z-axes which can be moved independently of one another. One axis is intended for optical sensors, and the other holds tactile sensors. While the tactile sensor is taking measurements, the axis with the optical sensors is located outside the measuring range. As a result, there is plenty of space for any type of sensor to be used with the measuring machine. The Optiv Performance 443 Dual Z can thus, for example, be combined with the TESASTAR-m (motorised indexable head for probes) and the LSP-X1 High-Speed Scanning Sensor. Any feature can be effortlessly achieved with this Leitz-branded sensor, which is also part of Hexagon Metrology. Shapes and contours can be measured quickly and very precisely.

With conventional multi-sensor systems, optical and tactile sensors are attached to a single axis. This limits the amount of space available. For example, the use of tactile probes on motorised indexable heads is not possible with conventional multi-sensor measuring machines.

The software used with the Optiv Performance 443 is PC-DMIS Vision, the origins of which reach back to tactile measurement technology. PC-DMIS Vision contains all the functions required for tactile and optical measurement. The software supports tactile single-point measurements, tactile scanning and camera measurement, to name a few examples.

The new Optiv Performance 443 is ideal for both the measuring room and use on the shop-floor. It is now available at all Hexagon Metrology commercial operations in the EMEA region.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.com

With the ROMER Absolute Arm, Hexagon Metrology has entered the round of the last ten contestants for the 2012 PRODEX award. This is the most important Swiss prize for production products and is awarded for the third time by Vogel Business Media AG in partnership with Exhibit & More AG.

The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is now more rapid compared to previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This means that the user can move the scanner significantly faster across the object to be measured compared to previously, while maintaining high data quality that is typical for ROMER. This also applies when the surfaces are difficult to scan, for example with high gloss carbon fibre. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous models of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. Now there is also an option for wireless scanning: with the help of the wireless scanning pack all arms with integrated scanner can be operated via WiFi. In addition, the battery system has a facility for replacing the battery while the machine is running, thus facilitating uninterrupted wireless operation anywhere.

PRODEX 2012 will be held from November 20-23, 2012 at the Basel Exhibition Centre. Hexagon Metrology presents the ROMER Absolute Arm at stand H01 in hall 1.1. The PRODEX award will be announced during the exhibitor evening event on November 22, 2012. In addition to the ROMER Absolute Arm from the ultra high-precision measuring machine series, Hexagon Metrology will exhibit the new Leitz Reference Xe and the Leitz Infinity as well as the Optiv Classic 321 GL tp multisensor measuring machine. From the portable metrology range, the company will be exhibiting the two Leica Absolute Trackers AT401 and AT901.

Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection. With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centers for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world.

For more information, visit: us.romer.com/products/romer-portable-cmms/absolute-arm

The enhanced ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is more rapid than previous versions, offering an acquisition speed of up to 50,000 points per second. This enables users to move the scanner over the measurement object faster than before, while achieving the same high-quality data which ROMER users have come to expect, even on difficult-to-scan surfaces such as high-gloss carbon-fiber. This means that users can now scan up to 66% more surface area in the same amount of time as with previous versions of the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner.

Along with this development, Hexagon Metrology is launching a wireless scanning option for the ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner. This new Wireless Scanning Pack allows any arm with an integrated scanner to be operated completely wirelessly, and at the same data transmission speed as with a traditional cable. Furthermore, for unlimited wireless operation in the field, the Wireless Scanning Pack includes a dual “hot swappable” battery system, where one battery can be charged continuously while the other is in use.  Offered as an accessory, the Wireless Scanning Pack is compatible with all new and existing ROMER Absolute Arms with integrated laser scanner. Upgrade Installation for existing ROMER arms can be user completed in just a few minutes.

The ROMER Absolute Arm with integrated laser scanner is a portable CMM for both tactile and non-contact 3D measurement. The laser scanner is completely integrated into the arm, which allows the measuring arm to be certified as complete system according to international standards such as B89 or VDI/VDE.

For more information, visit: us.romer.com/products/romer-portable-cmms/absolute-arm-7-axis-si

Monday, 09 July 2012 11:32

Hexagon Metrology Debuts PC-DMIS 2012

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Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of PC-DMIS 2012, a signigicant development release of the world’s most popular metrology software. PC-DMIS focuses on the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data to reduce scrap, improve throughput, reduce costs, and build lean manufacturing operations.
 
PC-DMIS 2012 rolls out a major new feature, ClearanceCube, to eliminate potential collisions of part and probe. ClearanceCube attaches a protective virtual envelope around the part being measured and guides the probe to avoid that area. The software automatically completes all safety moves so the operator can simply box-select a group of features, then use the Path Optimizer feature to determine the most effective path. Most importantly, the ClearanceCube is assigned to the selected feature, not the plan, which simplifies additions and changes to the inspection routine.

When inspection data is imported into CAD, PC-DMIS 2012 has the ability to “remember” the current translation of assembled components, so the CAD file does not need to be repositioned. Revisions to the CAD file prompt the Change Manager to highlight those design changes automatically. Another enhancement is the new Measurement Strategies for AutoFeatures. Users can now scan planes, circles, cylinders and cones directly from the AutoFeature dialog box with automatic setting of speed, point density, and filtering parameters.

Sortable Features is another addition to the user interface, which provides a fast and easy way to search features by ID, type, program sequence or time in various dialog boxes.  The new Summary Mode enhancement adds intelligent, color-coded and symbolic text to avoid the time spent sorting through an inspection report for dimensional compliance. Specialized options are also available for customers with an Optiv vision system or those involved in the inspection of blades.   
 
“PC-DMIS 2012 is built around measurement plan efficiency for greater productivity,” states Ken Woodbine, president of the PC-DMIS software division of Hexagon Metrology. “With more than 100 software enhancements, PC-DMIS moves far beyond run-of-the-mill inspection functionality, with automation and customization capabilities that anticipate and solve real world product development and quality control issues.”

For more information, visit: www.pcdmis.com/products/pc-dmis-2012

Hexagon Metrology Inc. will feature innovations in measurement automation at IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) 2012 being held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10-15, 2012. In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will exhibit a full complement of metrology solutions with a spotlight on the new Cognitens WLS400A for automated measurement applications and  PC-DMIS 2012 inspection software. The company will also demonstrate recently released products: ROMER portable arms, Optiv Vision 321, Sheffield and Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF CMMs, and PC-DMIS software.

In Booth E-5202, Hexagon will also showcase an official racecar from Hendrick Motorsports, winner of a record 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships. Hendrick Motorsports is a longtime user of Hexagon Metrology products for inspection and assembly of auto body, chassis and engine components for both pre-race adjustment and post-race evaluation.

New Product Announcements from Hexagon

At IMTS, Hexagon Metrology will debut the Cognitens WLS400A designed for automated inspection applications. The 3D optical measurement solution can transform a robot into a high-accuracy metrology device. Ideal for the motor vehicle or aerospace industries, the white light based system is used to accurately measure large components, analyze early root causes of potential assembly issues, and lower scrap costs during assembly ramp-up. The manual version of the system, the Cognitens WLS400M can also be utilized for rapid prototype part development, and used to certify holding fixtures and assembly tools.

The WLS400A uses digital stereo vision technology to generate highly accurate 3D data in vibration-prone shop floor environments. Due to the system’s ultra-fast data acquisition rate (less than 10 milliseconds), any vibration in frequencies up to hundreds of Hz do not affect the results. The device's performance is not impaired by variable lighting or temperature changes, making it a robust troubleshooting tool for complex engineering issues during product development or for automated measurement tasks. The 3D measurement solution can also be used to standardize quality criteria across global production facilities and with suppliers.

Hexagon will also feature PC-DMIS 2012, the company’s popular CMM software developed for the collection, evaluation, management and presentation of manufacturing data. The software is standard on all Hexagon Metrology measurement devices, and also available on non-Hexagon equipment. Incremental improvements and new enhancements have been added to PC-DMIS 2012, which is used to create, automate and customize inspection routines, and to build lean manufacturing operations. The extensive product line includes PC-DMIS CMM, PC-DMIS NC, PC-DMIS Planner, PC-DMIS Portable, PC-DMIS Vision, PC-DMIS Reshaper, PC-DMIS Gear, PC-DMIS Blade, PC-DMIS Retrofits, and DataPage.

For more information, visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us or www.imts.com

Hexagon AB, leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, commenced its second annual international conference, Hexagon 2012, yesterday, welcoming more than 3,000 attendees. The conference, held 4-7 June at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, USA, unites user communities from Intergraph®, Leica Geosystems, Z/I Imaging, Hexagon Metrology and NovAtel.

Professionals from the geospatial, surveying, power and energy, construction, aerospace and defence, public safety and security, automotive and manufacturing industries, among others, were invited to attend the four-day event. Hexagon 2012 features more than 400 educational breakout sessions, hands-on training courses and visionary keynote presentations. In addition, the international conference includes previews of groundbreaking technologies, interactive technical demonstrations, technology certifications, compelling customer best practices and limitless networking opportunities. The Hexagon 2012 TechPark, which showcases products, solutions and sponsor exhibits, also includes a number of integrated technologies highlighting Hexagon's synergistic portfolio.

For those who are unable to participate in the conference, Hexagon will stream President and CEO Ola Rollén's keynote presentation, "Hexagon: Moving Businesses, Industries and the World Forward," live today at 08:00 PDT. Rollén will speak about Hexagon's charge to empower customers with actionable information to proactively address tomorrow's challenges today. He will be joined on stage by Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) President Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) President John Graham, Hexagon Metrology President Norbert Hanke and Hexagon Geosystems President Juergen Dold, who will highlight stories describing how customers have employed Hexagon technologies to positively impact the global trends and changes facing the world.

"Hexagon and our family of brands have always strived to work more closely with our customers to help meet their industry challenges and needs," said Rollén. "By uniting our customers and partners from across the globe and also providing them with easy access to our advanced technologies, we continue to provide them with the tools to move our industries and the world forward."

Following the success of Hexagon 2012, Hexagon 2013 will take place 3-6 June 2013, also at MGM Grand.

For more information or to register, visit: www.hexagonconference.com

Hexagon Metrology announced the North American debut of its new ROMER Absolute Arm series. The new series will be launched at the Hexagon 2012 conference June 4–7 in Las Vegas, NV. This premier event is the second such international conference, expected to draw more than 3,000 attendees, which unites users from all Hexagon group companies to learn and share ideas with peers.

The Absolute Arm is already known for its pioneering advancements. The upgraded design innovations increase the accuracy of the portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) by up to 23% compared to previous versions. With point repeatability values from 0.016 mm, the ROMER Absolute Arm is the most accurate portable measuring arm produced by Hexagon Metrology. Other cutting-edge features include SmartLock technology, which securely locks the arm in its rest position using a simple switch at the base. SmartLock enables users to lock the arm in any intermediate position to ease inspections in physically limited areas. The new version also contains an easy-to-access battery pack to minimize downtime required for battery changes. Absolute encoders recognize the position of the arm at all times, effectively eliminating the need for complex homing procedures. Automatic probe recognition allows operators to change probes within seconds without the need for recalibration.. Its optional integrated scanning solution is factory calibrated and certified with the arm and scanner as a complete system.

The ROMER Absolute Arm is available in seven lengths, from 1.5 m to 4.5 m. “The Absolute Arm was already the most accurate arm on the market, but with advancements in design the new version is even more accurate than before. This pushes the envelope of what is possible with portable measurement technology,” states Eric Hollenbeck, product manager for portable technology at Hexagon Metrology. “The most dramatic improvements will be seen on the larger models including our 4 m and 4.5 m arms – the largest in the industry.” All new orders will be shipped from the state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, CA with the revised specifications.

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/products-by-brand/romer

Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of the Sheffield 4.5.4 SF, a new line of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) built for the shop floor and designed to withstand harsh manufacturing environments. The SF series introduces a variety of evolutionary advancements based on the Discovery line with thousands of earlier units in the field worldwide. With a major focus on portability, the CMM delivers a small footprint of 52.2”x 32.8” x 79.5” which fits through a standard door. The CMM’s computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels for mobility throughout the shop floor. The Sheffield 4.5.4 SF also uses standard 110/220 volt outlets with no need for shop air. Product availability is limited to North America, with other worldwide launches planned later in 2012.

The overall durability of the Sheffield 4.5.4 stems from hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings, features originally pioneered on the Discovery line. The CMM’s unique design and standard elastomeric dampers isolate the measuring platform from most vibrations. Inverted high resolution Heidenhain scales, covered ways, and internal cable management protect machine components from ambient dust and debris while minimizing friction. An optional active vibration dampening system is available for extreme environments. The 4.5.4 SF also incorporates design improvements for measurement and inspection applications, such as advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation elements to ensure accuracy in unstable shop floor environments.

The SF series comes standard with PC-DMIS, the leading industrial metrology software. With a few steps, the software graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. This makes the CMM an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor. PC-DMIS STI+ (single touch interface) is controlled via a touch screen, expediting inspection program selection and launch. The software makes it easy for shop floor personnel to check parts without becoming CMM experts.

The SF series is poised to enter the market at a very attractive, entry level, price point with many options available. “With features and performance required by large manufacturers, the 4.5.4 SF’s price point makes the technology very accessible to small job shops too, states Eric Bennett, Product Manager from Hexagon Metrology. “The Sheffield Discovery line was the original shop floor CMM and the 4.5.4 SF continues its tradition of shifting dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor. Inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process.”

For more information, visit: www.sheffieldmeasurement.com/products/coordinate-measuring-machines/4-5-4-sf

The ROMER Absolute Arm is now up to 23% more accurate compared to the previous versions. With point repeatability values from 0.016 mm, the ROMER Absolute Arm is the most accurate portable measuring arm that Hexagon Metrology has ever produced. It is available in seven different lengths, from 1.5 m to 4.5 m. “Due to design improvements, the new revision enables especially the longer arm types to reach significantly higher accuracies than before” says Pirmin Bitzi, Product Manager for Portable Measuring Arms.

With the new ROMER Absolute Arm, Hexagon Metrology is also introducing SmartLock. This locking mechanism safely locks the arm in its rest position for added security. In addition, users can lock the arm in any intermediate position for measuring in tight spaces.

Hexagon Metrology is also releasing a new specific ROMER Absolute Arm variant for tube inspection applications. These ROMER tube inspection arms feature a measurement volume of 2.5 or 3.0 m, a special gas shock and a tube measurement stand to make tube and hose measurement as easy as possible.

The new ROMER Absolute Arm is available immediately and Hexagon Metrology will be presenting the new product version at the CONTROL show in Stuttgart, Germany from May 8th to 11th, 2012.

ROMER is the originator of the portable measuring arm (first created in 1986 in Montoire, France). The technological advance, the know-how, the demand for constant quality in the manufacture of the arms, the international presence are the main strengths of ROMER. Other products from ROMER include scanning probes for reverse engineering, non contact probes for tube inspection and milling of raw materials.

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, Optiv, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER and TESA. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivaled global installed base of millions of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services.

For more information, visit: us.romer.com/products/romer-portable-cmms

Hexagon Metrology today announced the launch of the Brown & Sharpe 4.5.4 SF, the latest generation of shop floor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). Designed from the ground up to excel in harsh manufacturing environments, the SF series introduces a variety of advancements based on decades of experience with thousands of prior models in the field worldwide. With a focus on portability, the new CMM has a small footprint of 52.2” x 32.8" x 79.5” which fits through a standard door. Its computer, controller, and interface boxes are integrated into one self-contained unit with locking wheels, adding an unparalleled level of mobility throughout the shop floor. The 4.5.4 SF also uses standard 110/220 volt outlets with no need for shop air. Product availability is limited to North America, with other worldwide launches planned later in 2012.

The 4.5.4 SF incorporates evolutionary design improvements for measurement and inspection applications, such as advanced thermal isolation and temperature compensation elements to ensure accuracy in changing shop floor environments. The CMM’s unique design and standard elastomeric dampers isolate the measuring platform from most vibrations. Inverted high resolution Heidenhain scales, covered ways and internal cable management protect machine components from ambient dust and debris while minimizing friction. Hardened linear drives and recirculating bearings contribute to the CMM’s overall durability. For extreme environments, an optional active vibration dampening system is available.

The SF series comes standard with PC-DMIS, the world’s most popular metrology software. PC-DMIS STI+ (single touch interface) is controlled via a touch screen, expediting inspection program selection and launch. The software makes it easy for shop floor personnel to check parts without becoming CMM experts.  With a few steps, STI+ graphically guides users through part setup and measurement and then produces concise, meaningful reports for immediate action. STI+ makes the CMM an attractive alternative to functional gaging on the shop floor.

The SF series is poised to enter the market at a very attractive, entry level, price point with many options available. Eric Bennett, Product Manager from Hexagon Metrology stated, “The 4.5.4 SF is one of the biggest advances in CMMs, continuing the trend of pushing dimensional inspection from the quality lab to the shop floor so inspection becomes simply another operation in the manufacturing process. With features and performance required by large manufacturers, the product's price point makes the technology very accessible to small job shops."

For more information, visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us/products/products-by-brand/brown-and-sharpe

Hexagon AB, leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies, will host its second annual international conference, Hexagon 2012, 4-7 June at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Bringing together users from Hexagon Metrology, Intergraph®, ERDAS, Leica Geosystems and NovAtel the Hexagon 2012 agenda promises attendees hands-on training courses, interactive technology demonstrations and exhibits and unlimited networking opportunities. As the conference will bring together users from all Hexagon group companies the event will be split into several tracks in order for users to follow sessions aligned within their industry.

The Metrology Track at Hexagon 2012 will include insightful presentations by industry experts, visionary keynote presentations on industry trends and compelling customer testimonials from industries such as Automotive, Aerospace, Energy and so much more. Other events will include hands-on software workshops, developers feed-back sessions and round table discussions.

"Following the success of last year's inaugural event, our focus for Hexagon 2012 is to enrich our attendees' experience with content concentrated on our synergistic and comprehensive technology portfolio," said Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon AB. "We look forward to welcoming customers from more than 65 countries and to yet again delivering a conference of exceptional quality and value."

The Hexagon 2012 theme, "Think Forward," highlights Hexagon's continued determination to take on the challenges of the design, measurement and visualisation world by mobilising the full capabilities of its brands to innovate across boundaries and chart future directions. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to attend Hexagon 2012.

Call for speakers

Hexagon Metrology is seeking users from across the international community that wish to present case histories on how their company has employed Hexagon Metrology products to improve processes, raise quality and efficiency, and do business smarter than before. All selected speakers receive complimentary access to the conference. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a speaker information pack.

For more information or to register, visit: www.hexagonconference.com



ROMER Inc., a brand of Hexagon Metrology Inc, announced today the launch of CMS108, a high-precision, non-contact laser scanner available for their portable coordinate measuring machines. The newest option in ROMER’s laser scanning portfolio, the CMS108 is the most adaptable and adept at scanning a wide range of materials with enhanced sensitivity to color and surface finishes. Its improved accuracy makes it attractive for inspection and reverse engineering applications where laser scanners have been unable to meet tight tolerances. The CMS108 mounts with a kinematic joint to the seven-axis ROMER portable CMMs, which include the Absolute Arm SE and the Infinite 2.0 SC Arm.  

The CMS108 is the most precise laser scanner offered by ROMER with an accuracy of 20 microns, which is a 16% gain in accuracy over previous scanning solutions.  In addition, the device was engineered for applications with a wide variety of color and surface finishes.  Flying dot technology allows the laser scanner to rapidly detect changes in color and surfaces via their reflectivity.  An operator can scan traditionally difficult finishes, including shiny and mirrored surfaces, without making manual exposure adjustments.  The laser scanner can transition from matte to shiny features without additional calibration.  With 3 different line widths and differing point densities, the CMS108 is able to perform inspection routines on small intricate parts and large surfaces.

“The CMS108 is the perfect addition to our portable scanning portfolio,” states Eric Hollenbeck, Hexagon Metrology’s Product Manager for portable products, ”With versatility and an exceptional data collection rate, we now offer an incredibly accurate scanner capable of inspecting different consecutive surfaces on the fly with no adjustments.  The CMS108 system integrates our industry leading Scanning System Specification which specifies and calibrates the arm and scanner as a single unit.  Although any organization with portable metrology requirements could potentially benefit from this technology, typical users include those in the automotive, aerospace, medical, rail, and energy production industries.  The addition of the CMS108 to our lineup demonstrates Hexagon Metrology’s commitment to offering the customer unrivaled choice in portable metrology.”

The CMS108 is currently available for the seven-axis Absolute Arm SE with measuring ranges of 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, and 4.5 meters. The sensor can also be added as an upgrade to the seven-axis Infinite 2.0 SC Arm. Both products are produced in the new, state-of-the-art facility in Oceanside, California.

Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million handheld, stationary and portable measurement devices, and over 35,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software.

For more information, visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us

From Point Clouds to CAD models with PC-DMIS Reshaper

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. is pleased to announce a free live webinar on reverse engineering techniques using PC-DMIS Reshaper software on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 from 10:30 am to 11:00 am central daylight time.  PC-DMIS Reshaper is a standalone software product specializing in point cloud collection, processing and meshing tasks.  The software quickly coverts 3D data into usable formats for CAD design, rapid prototyping and other forms of 3D manipulation. Anyone interested in learning about the reverse engineering process is invited to the informative session.

The webinar signup page contains the complete details and system requirements: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/193913680

Ute Burton, a senior application engineer for ROMER portable arm products, will present the session using live screen capture so viewers can follow along with each phase of the process.  During the 30 minute webinar, the main steps of reverse engineering will be covered: data collection, point cloud cleanup and editing, creation of polygonal mesh models, editing of mesh models, and finally, section cuts that can be exported into other 3D design software.

A live question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Archived versions of the webinar are posted within two weeks of the live event at: www.PC-DMIS.com

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. announced today the immediate availability of their new white light measurement products in North America. The manual measurement system Cognitens WLS400M and the automated measurement system Cognitens WLS400A replace all former white light products from Hexagon Metrology.

Hexagon Metrology developed both hardware and software for these new systems. Customers can choose between a portable configuration and an automated system which can be operated with all common industrial robots. Cognitens systems are always turnkey solutions including the software suite CoreView by Hexagon Metrology. CoreView version 5.0 software has been configured to achieve improved utilization of the operating system, memory management, and 3rd-party 64bit software. This enhancement is critical in speeding up large point cloud processing and CAD utilization. In one case study, processing time was cut by 80%.

"The WLS400 uses digital stereo vision technology to generate highly accurate 3D data. The automotive and aerospace industry has embraced this technology because it accelerates quality control, and performs well in vibration-prone shop floor environments. The problem of vibration is resolved by the WLS400's ability to shoot and capture 3D surface data in less than 10 milliseconds, as compared to the competitor's rate of 1-2 seconds. Due to the ultra-fast data acquisition rate, any vibration in frequencies up to hundreds of Hz do not affect the results. The outcome is higher data integrity (no ghosting) and no repeat measurements. The device's performance is also not impacted by variable lighting or temperature changes," states Eric Hollenbeck, North American Portable Business Manager.

The new product generation comes with innovative, reliable, and safe Blue Light, LED technology which enables a greater variety of surface finishes to be measured or reverse engineered. This advancement virtually eliminates the use of spray-on developers in all but the most extreme cases.

The Cognitens WLS400 product family will be presented at the Hexagon Metrology Booth 1508 at the AeroDef show held in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall D, April 5-7, 2011.

For moore information visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us or www.cognitens.com

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. today announced a new strategic distribution partnership with Ford Tool & Gage Corp. (Milwaukee, WI). The company will serve as an authorized distributor of Hexagon Metrology's Sheffield Measurement and Optiv product lines in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Hexagon Metrology’s large portfolio of dimensional measurement products are used by manufacturers for quality control applications, and include programmable coordinate measuring machines, portable articulating arms, and inspection software under the brand names of Brown & Sharpe, ROMER and PC-DMIS. The new partnership leverages the strong suits of both companies to address the technology needs of manufacturers producing complex, precision parts.

"Ford Tool & Gage Corp. is excited to be representing Hexagon Metrology’s Sheffield and Optiv product lines, as both are excellent additions to our current product offerings. We represent the very best names in the metrology marketplace, and these industry leading products will greatly enhance our ability to provide state-of-the-art technology and solutions for our customer’s dimensional inspection needs," states Bill Ruf, President of Ford Tool and Gage Corp.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Ford Tool & Gage Corp. into our North American distribution network," said Angus Taylor, president and CEO of Hexagon Metrology, Inc. "Their competence in the industrial market with over 75 years of combined gaging experience, and their geographic coverage in the Midwest ideally complement our existing network. Ford Tool & Gage Corp. will provide a high level of customer service and more local coverage in this key territory."

For more information visit: www.hexagonmetrology.us

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. announced that precision component manufacturer Milwaukee Machine Works has purchased a Leitz PMM-G ultra-accurate coordinate measuring machine. The Leitz measuring machine has a supersized measuring capacity of three meters wide by four meters long, and two and a half meters high, tailor made for the large scale machined components that are a Milwaukee Machine Works specialty. The PMM-G is a gantry configuration machine that allows large scale parts up to 30,000 pounds to be easily moved inside for precision measurement. It also boasts the highest accuracy specifications for its size, enabling ultra precision measurements to be made for case, cover and housing parts for the wind, off-highway and mining industries which comprise MMW’s typical customer base.

“This new machine is a huge enhancement to our capabilities,” said Mike Manna, General Manager of Milwaukee Machine Works. “We are known for tackling the toughest, highest precision, turning and machining jobs in the business—jobs that other shops just don’t have the capability or expertise to handle. Now we will have a measuring machine with the size, capacity and accuracy to handle the very largest parts we are capable of making—single parts that are the size of small cars.”

Milwaukee Machine Works also plans to keep the new machine busy by pursuing ISO/IEC 17025 certification and offering contract inspection services to other manufacturers in the area. “Not everyone can have a machine with this capability, so when we’ve got available machine time, we’re also going to offer high accuracy inspection services to the local manufacturing community,” said Manna.

“Milwaukee Machine Works has always been a good customer of Hexagon Metrology, and represents the best of what American manufacturing is capable of,” said Jack Rosignal, Vice President of Sales for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “We are pleased that the first PMM-G Coordinate Measuring Machine to be installed in America is going to a company like Milwaukee Machine Works, that has the commitment to precision manufacturing and the highest quality standards.”

The new Leitz PMM-G is scheduled to come on line in Milwaukee Machine Works’ ISO 9001:2008 certified facility by the second quarter of 2011.

For more information on the Leitz PMM-G visit: www.leitz-metrology.com/leitz-pmm-g_545.htm

Hexagon Metrology Inc. announced today the completion and opening of its newest facility located in Oceanside, California. The state-of-the-art factory, and Research and Development Center, will serve as the North American manufacturing headquarters for the ROMER® brand of portable coordinate measuring machines.

The new 14,000 sq. ft. facility was designed specifically for the production of portable coordinate measuring machines such as the newly released Absolute portable articulating arm series. The layout and design of the new building integrates the latest in JIT and lean manufacturing concepts, which enables efficient, cost effective, and higher volume production of the high precision devices.

The new Hexagon Metrology plant also includes an expanded R&D facility to drive innovation in the portable metrology market. All manufacturing and R&D functions in Hexagon’s Carlsbad, California facility will transition to the new Oceanside location starting on March 1, 2011, with full customer services and operations projected to commence on Monday March 7, 2011.

The new address for the ROMER Factory and Research & Development center is:

Hexagon Metrology
Seagate Corporate Center
3536 Seagate Way
Oceanside California 92056
Main Telephone Number: 760-994-1401
Main Fax Number: 760-994-1420

For more information visit: www.HexagonMetrology.us

The phoenix computed tomography (CT) line of GE Measurement & Control Solutions has significantly enhanced its marketing capabilities by entering into a commercial co-operation with Hexagon Metrology, one of the world’s largest metrology Groups. This exciting collaboration will see the first computed tomography system introduced into Hexagon Metrology’s key industry segments within the next few months.

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Leica Geosystems and Leitz. It boasts a comprehensive global installed base of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, as well as tens of thousands of metrology software licences. As Norbert Hanke, President Hexagon Metrology, explains, “It has always been our strategy to offer the most comprehensive portfolio of metrology solutions. We consider the cooperation with GE as the next logical step in this philosophy.”

GE sees the collaboration as an ideal match, marrying its expertise as a technology leader in industrial and healthcare computed tomography with Hexagon Metrology’s strong presence in a wide range of industrial sectors, its metrology know-how and its market-leading software. ”With its global sales network and its metrology application expertise, we believe that Hexagon Metrology will greatly help to boost the use of computed tomography in industrial metrology,” states Juan Mario Gomez, General Manager of Radiography, GE’s Measurement & Control Solutions business.

GE Measurement & Control Solutions

Measurement & Control Solutions is part of GE Energy Services and is a leading innovator in advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil & gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. It has over 40 facilities in 25 countries.

For further information visit: www.ge-mcs.com

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