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Hexagon Empowers Smart Manufacturing with Quality Data at MMTS 2022

Hexagon-Sponsored-Blog-Photo-Body.jpgStop by Booth #617 at MMTS and experience digital transformation in action with experts from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. MMTS attendees will get a first-hand view of the new modular Absolute Scanner AS1, which operates with both laser trackers and portable measuring arms. The scanner can be easily swapped between the devices without the need for realignment, setup, or calibration. Demonstrations of the AS1 will be held in regular intervals along side of Hexagon’s latest Global coordinate measurement machine (CMM), a structured light scanning system, a portable measuring arm, and a laser tracker for dimensional measurement and metrology-assisted automation. PC-DMIS, REcreate, and Inspire metrology software programs will be on hand to complement the hardware offering for data acquisition, analysis, and evaluation, in addition to powerful data management and reporting tools.

The groundbreaking AS1 was developed for smart manufacturing applications requiring high-speed scanning within automated cells and assembly structures on the shop floor or in the quality room. The blue laser line scanner integrates Hexagon’s SHINE (Systematic High-Intelligence Noise Elimination) technology so users can scan most any surface type at maximum accuracy with a data collection speed of 1.2 million points per second, more than 3x faster than its predecessor.

“We are excited to locally serve the growing manufacturing industries of Canada from coast to coast,” states David Hill, Commercial Operations Manager – Canada, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “The Smart Factory movement is opening people’s eyes to the benefits of dimensional measurement throughout the product development cycle. Hexagon leads the way in advancing portable and stationary metrology products, as well as the automation of measurement processes for inline, online, and near-line applications. From entry-level products to the most sophisticated measurement solutions, we can offer personal consultations and application knowledge to help manufacturers take pivotal steps toward the future – large or small.”

Hexagon continues its strong commitment to the Canadian industrial landscape, and recently announced the opening of a new OEM laboratory at its Precision Center in Oakville, ON. The calibration lab will serve as the main Canadian hub to support and service Absolute Arms used for high-end portable measurement and inspection applications. These versatile measuring arms enable high-speed scanning and ultra-high-accuracy touch probe measurement of small to medium-sized parts. Hexagon’s investment in the Oakville Precision Center also adds a large training facility equipped with Absolute Arms for customer use, as well as a new shipping and receiving bay. The training area will also support Hexagon’s comprehensive metrology software portfolio.

In 2021, Hexagon also opened a new technology center in Montreal providing a product showcase area where Québec manufacturers can get an in-person look at a wide range of advanced solutions for production, automation, metrology, and reality capture applications under a single roof. The newly renovated office serves as a regional center of talent, technology, and training to support customer learning, testing, technical support, and product demonstrations. Hexagon’s direct presence in the region is crucial to supporting our customer base and future clientele planning to move forward with smart manufacturing initiatives. This collaborative space is where Hexagon subject matter experts (SMEs) and users can solve challenges and innovate applications with our advanced manufacturing and metrology technologies.

Also last year, Hexagon opened a dedicated certification center in Montreal in cooperation with its strategic partner Amrikart Ultraprecision. The new facility is situated in Amrikart’s Technology Center and serves as a nationwide Leica Absolute Tracker calibration laboratory for servicing new or pre-owned laser trackers. The certification laboratory is supported by Amrikart’s highly experienced, Hexagon-trained service engineers. Hexagon’s calibration process ensures the equipment remains in top condition to minimize downtime and maintain accurate measurement results throughout the lifetime of a laser tracker.

Hexagon expanded its footprint into western Canada in 2019 with an office in Calgary, Alberta. The location and staff serve the region’s diverse range of manufacturing industries including aerospace, advanced composites, machinery, wood products and more. The large facility accommodates business offices and a training room, with ample space to offer seminars covering Hexagon’s most innovative metrology and manufacturing technologies. The spacious Silver LEED-rated building is also the area headquarters for other Hexagon divisions.