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New Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-XL Defines a New Market Segment with a Larger Scanning Field than any Other Laser Scanner on the Market

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, the leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, today announced the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS-XL, a new ultra-large scale portable laser scanner. Designed for industries and applications where both speed of measurement and metrology-level accuracy are indispensable, the expanded measurement field and point acquisition rate of the LAS-XL means large parts and surfaces can be fully digitized in far less time than ever before.

Operating on the same flying-dot scanning technology as the Leica Absolute Scanner LAS, the LAS-XL benefits from a scan-line width of up to 600 millimeters (24 inches) and a measurement stand-off distance of up to a full meter. The extreme flexibility this delivers makes the LAS-XL as ideal for mapping large blade surfaces as it is for digitizing aircraft and rail carriage interiors. Accurate to within just 150 microns, the LAS-XL is suitable for the wide range of applications for which increased measurement speed is extremely valuable.

“What we’re seeing with our customers is that there is a huge range of applications out there for which much improved speed of measurement is more critical than unbeatable accuracy,” says Daniel Moser, Technical Product Director at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. “The LAS-XL is our attempt to meet the needs of this part of the market that has until now been under-served by the metrology industry. Absolute Accuracy is a key part of our product philosophy, but sometimes really great accuracy done really quickly is the better solution.”

The LAS-XL is compatible with all Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 models and is available to order worldwide immediately.

About Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.

Through a network of local service centers, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity improvements across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

 

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    The MetraSCAN 3D R-Series solution enables manufacturing companies to combine both optical measurements and industrial automation, to ensure reliability and increase inspection cycles. The solution provides actionable results with a smaller factory footprint, facilitating integration into any factory.

     
  • Hexagon Launches New Version of HxGN SMART Quality

    Latest Release Offers Enhanced Workflow Capability and Equipment Effectiveness Management Tools

    Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division today announced a new release of its HxGN SMART Quality online quality data and measurement resource management software, the enterprise IT solution designed to help manufacturers utilize aggregated quality data to gain actionable intelligence and insight for process optimization. Providing a single platform for managing product quality and measurement resources, HxGN SMART Quality homogenizes data from disparate systems across multiple locations to offer a company-wide view of quality. The latest version adds new capabilities to help manufacturers improve equipment effectiveness, assess manufacturing process capability, and handle documents and workflows efficiently.

    The new release of HxGN SMART Quality features OEE-like functionality for all machines connected to HxGN SMART Quality so that manufacturers can assess and compare Overall Equipment Effectiveness using a standard metric. Offering insight into both availability and performance, it supports root cause analysis for investigating anomalies on an individual piece of equipment in line with total productive maintenance principles. Improvements to the software’s document- and workflow-management toolset enable manufacturers to build robust processes for measurement and minimize the risk of common operational errors. The user interface has also been enhanced with an individually-configurable dashboard, while user-friendly functionality such as the ability to display part-mounting instructions within INSPECT helps to simplify shop-floor operations. HxGN SMART Quality’s statistical process control capabilities are boosted with the addition of Q-DAS Monitoring, which enables near real-time visualization of measurement and process data. The software’s connectivity credentials are enhanced by the ability to directly interface with Heidenhain CNC controllers, offering new potential for data exchange with production equipment.

    “HxGN SMART Quality was created to address the underutilization of quality data within the manufacturing process by connecting equipment and automatically aggregating and structuring data in a standard format so that it can be used to make improvements,” said Benjamin Bickel, Product Manager for HxGN SMART Quality. “In this release we’ve really focused on equipment effectiveness, with new resource management tools designed to assess and improve utilization and performance in the context of environmental conditions. In conjunction with the software’s powerful toolset for manufacturing process capability studies, this new functionality adds a huge amount of value for manufacturers who need to streamline processes to remain competitive.”

    The latest release of HxGN SMART Quality is available worldwide from today. Visitors to HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s premier cross-industry technology conference, can see the new version featured in the Tech Highlights program. More information is available via local Hexagon commercial operations and dealers.

    About Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division

    Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.

    Through a network of local service centers, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity. For more information, visit HexagonMI.com.

    Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 18,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

     
  • ASF Metrology Intends To Acquire The CMM Business From Nikon Metrology

    Nikon Metrology announced recently that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months.

    • Nikon Metrology intends to focus on non-contact metrology.
    • Nikon Metrology intends to focus on non-contact metrology.
    • ASF Metrology intends to grow the coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business in the global automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries.
    • All employees mainly dedicated to the CMM business are part of the transaction.• Closing of the transaction is to be expected in 2 months.

    Leuven, February 8th 2018. Nikon Metrology announced today that ASF Metrology intends to acquire Nikon Metrology’s coordinate measuring machines (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in about 2 months.

    Nikon Metrology’s CMM activities, with offices in Belgium, France, Germany, the UK and the USA, represent approx. 25 % of the total Nikon Metrology worldwide consolidated turnover. Coordinate measuring machines (CMM) are used in sectors where accurate dimensions and quality control are crucial, such as aerospace, automotive and medical implants. 

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