Talking Points Blog

The blog for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Check here for information, ideas, commentary and news about products and services from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

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Honoring a Lifetime of Achievement

In the past 32 years, Rick Hendrick of has amassed 245 Cup Series wins and 12 NASCAR championships.  Rick’s passion and commitment make him a winner, and we’re thrilled to offer our congratulations on being inducted to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.   

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Experts Desk December 2016

It's the Holiday Season! Bring in the new year with our "12 Tips of Hexagon" in this edition of The Expert's Desk.

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Section 179

Section 179 of the IRS tax code can help you save up to $500,000 by allowing you to deduct the full purchase price of equipment or software purchased during the tax year.  

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Hendrick Rookie Honoured for Speed and Confidence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence extends its congratulations to Hendrick Motorsports driver Chase Elliott and Team #24 on their impressive award this past weekend. 

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Incredible Victory Powered by World-Class Technology

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence extends its congratulations to Hendrick Motorsports, driver Jimmie Johnson and Team #48 on their stunning victory this past weekend.  On Sunday November 20th, 2016, Jimmie Johnson gained and held the lead during the final 3 laps of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the Ford Ecoboost 400 race.  When he crossed the finish line at Homestead-Miami Speedway he earned his fifth win of the season, and his seventh Sprint Cup championship — equaling legendary driver Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most championship wins in Sprint Cup history.

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Employee Spotlight Ryan Toole

Get to know Ryan Toole, our Product Manager for Stationary Systems.  Find out how he got into this line of work, what is hobbies are and what Sensing, Thinking, Acting means to him.

Experts Desk November 2016

This month's Expert's Desk features information on our GLOBAL Advantage Shop Floor package, user experience enhancements to VISI from Vero Software, and what to do when you get the "No Edge Detected" error in PC-DMIS.

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Scan hard to see geometries with the HP-C-VE CMM Sensor

Do you find that some of your components have hard to reach, and therefore hard to see, geometries?

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Employee Spotlight - Neil Kay

25 years ago, I accepted an offer for a year working at TESA METROLOGY LTD (Telford, UK), as part of my Computer Science B.Sc. degree. 25 years later, the company name and role have changed a few times, but like with the Mafia, it seems once you’re in, you can never leave.

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Who left the door open? A story of connectivity & the future of metrology

Join Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence's Milan Kocic, UX Business Development Manager, to learn how Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence transformed their research into actionable insight, providing their customers with solutions that challenge manufacturers every day.

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Expert's Desk: OASIS Alignment Services

Orient-To-Gravity (OTG) is a standard feature on the Leica AT960 laser tracker and it is arguably one of the most important for us at OASIS. As a service company providing 3D metrology services to many different industries, we often have applications that require a reference level-to-Earth.

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Expert's Desk: Acieta

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Employee Spotlight - Jeff Perry

I have been working in the Manufacturing and Quality Engineering business since I attended High School as a co-op student, and my entire family has been involved in the automotive industry for over 100 years, so it was natural for me.

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Employee Spotlight - Nick Powers

The trail that led me here all started down in the iron pit at Northrop Grumman as an entry level jig and fixture builder. My father had put in a good word for me, which is what started my career off in the right direction (thanks dad!). The tools and experience I gained from Northrup Grumman I wouldn’t trade for anything!

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What to expect at IMTS 2016

It’s IMTS time again! From the iconic waterfront views of Lake Michigan to the IMTS balloon outside the convention center, IMTS (International Manufacturing Technology Show) brings over 114,000 attendees to the 1.3 million net square feet of exhibit space at the McCormick Place complex in Chicago, Illinois.

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Who left the door open? A story of connectivity & the future of metrology

Join Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence's Milan Kocic, UX Business Development Manager, to learn how Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence transformed their research into actionable insight, providing their customers with solutions that challenge manufacturers every day.

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Employee Spotlight - Anthony Vianna

My background is in industrial and automotive design, and I was really interested in new technologies to help the design process. One of those was portable 3D scanning, and to be honest with you, I soon realized I was more interested in it than actually designing, so you could say that design’s loss is metrology’s gain!

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Expert's Desk

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Small Machine Shop with Big Aspirations

Thomas Engineering began as a small machine shop nearly 40 years ago in Coventry, RI. For Greg Vanasse, it all started when he was just out of high school, joining Thomas Laboissonniere in his one-man shop providing quality parts to a select number of clients. Turning this one-man operation into a two-person shop, Greg quickly learned the value of his labor.

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6 Harsh Truths About an Optical Comparator That You Don't Know About

So you’re looking for an optical comparator? Before you send in that purchase order, there are a few things you will need to consider. Read below and learn why optical comparators may not be the best choice for your company, and what alternatives are available. But first, let’s start with the basics.

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Scanning a Jet Wing in Four Minutes or Less

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence experts and Mr. Brian Brown (Director, Robotics and Automation at the National Institute for Aviation Research) will show you how to rapidly and accurately scan a small business jet wing at the "Scanning a Jet Wing in Four Minutes or Less" webcast.

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HxGN LIVE: Through The Eyes of a First-Timer

Since joining the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence team nearly 6 months ago, a large part of my work has consisted of content coordination for HxGN LIVE 2016. Mostly, my responsibilities included the generation and coordination of the Manufacturing Intelligence track’s sessions and television content (I even volunteered to host a few HxGN TV sessions myself, but we will get into that later).

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Employee Spotlight - Amir Grinboim

What is your name and position within Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence? Amir Grinboim, Product Manager White Light & Automation.

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Expert's Desk - June 2016

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Grand Opening for our newest Solution Centre in Wilimington, Delaware

Our first HxGN LOCAL event of 2016 was a success! The day started with a meet and greet, followed by a welcome address from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence President and CEO, North America, Angus Taylor.

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Guest Expert’s Desk - OASIS Alignment Services

With thousands of successful projects completed since 1982, OASIS Alignment Services is the largest and most experienced service provider in the business of industrial precision alignment, machine maintenance, and machine installation. Customers, whether they are in the pulp and paper, plastics and films, converting, aerospace, automotive or power generation industry, all rely on one very important service from OASIS – highly accurate, reliable, precision measurement.

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Employee Spotlight: Scott Everling

Scott Everling is the Product Development Manager for Integrated Solutions at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Scott drives the creation of new measurement solutions through integration and automation of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s core products. This portfolio includes coordinate measurement machine (CMM) technology, laser tracker and white light (WLS) solutions that integrate with machine tools, robots, and within other automated environments.

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Stationary CMM Points Aerospace Gear Manufacturer toward Excellence

Legendary NBA Coach Pat Riley famously said, “Excellence is the result of always striving to do better”. In the case of Triumph Gear, the organization strives for excellence by embracing the values of integrity, innovation, quality and service, flawless execution, and commitment. Triumph Gear, an ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) Gold aerospace company focuses on excellence in every aspect of their company, including their metrology department.

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Expert's Desk: From the Stationary/Vision Line

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Employee Spotlight: Scott Grumbles

I worked in manufacturing for Duracell Batteries, Electrical Boxes and Wall Plates, where I gained knowledge of 3D CAD as well as some programming languages. I wanted to expand outside of the manufacturing plant environment and was seeking a career, when I stumbled across an ad for a position at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, (then Hexagon Metrology) as an applications engineer. Upon further research, I learned that Hexagon supported a lot of the large manufacturing facilities with CMM technology, strong CAD and programming capabilities were viewed as strengths for the position.

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Top 5 Questions To Ask Yourself When Budgeting for a CMM

It’s that time of year again. Budgeting season is here, and strategic decisions need to be made on where your allocations will go. As you begin to plan for the new year, prior year performance and expenditures, activities inside the marketplace and your company’s goal alignment are all good ways to start preparing. But is purchasing a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) in your budgeting plan this year? If so, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before establishing your budget.

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There's more than one way to buy a CMM: Capital Leases

No matter what kind of measuring equipment you’re thinking about acquiring: stationary coordinate measuring machines, portable measuring arms, laser trackers or vision systems, there are now more ways than ever to get the measuring equipment you need without having to write a check or obtaining a bank loan for an upfront purchase.

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There's more than one way to buy a CMM: Rentals

No matter what kind of measuring equipment you’re thinking about purchasing: stationary coordinate measuring machines, portable measuring arms, laser trackers or vision systems, there are now more ways than ever to acquire the measuring equipment you need without having to write a check or obtaining a bank loan for an upfront purchase. In this series, we will explore some alternative ways that our customers have procured measuring equipment.

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Why We Changed Our Name to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

What do Quantum Computer Services, Brad’s Drink and Blue Ribbon Sports have in common? They are all companies that changed their name to become some of the world’s most recognizable brands. You know them now as AOL, Pepsi and Nike-brands instantly recognizable by their logo, brand colors and even brand spokespeople.

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Employee Spotlight - Joel Martin

Joel Martin serves as the Laser Tracker Product Manager for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Martin has spent nearly 20 years dedicated to the Leica laser tracker product line and the industrial metrology market. He entered the profession as an Applications Engineer after his university studies in Electrical Engineering. He worked hands-on with clients to ensure successful product integration into industries such as automotive, aerospace and more. Martin transitioned into other roles in sales and key account management. Promoted to Product Manager, Joel focused on new product development working closely with the technical staff at the Leica factory headquarters in Unterentfelden, Switzerland.

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From the Portable Line

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Steal this ROMER!

This year, North American advanced manufacturers are part of the action. New for 2016, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is offering the Measurement Madness ROMER Absolute Arms promotion.

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Employee Spotlight - Doris Swartz

The first thing that you need to know about Doris Swartz is that she is the Queen of Miamisburg, Ohio — and she has a sign to prove it. The second thing you need to know about Doris is that she’s spent the entirety of her fifty-year career in the metrology space, nearly all of it with what has evolved to be called Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

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From the Software Line - PC-DMIS Tips and Tricks

As a valued customer, we always want you to know the latest updates of what we are working on to continue to help you measure. Here are some updates on your favorite products right from the expert's desk.

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Go Red Event Goes Big at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

February 5th 2016 was National Wear Red day to raise awareness for heart disease, which claims the lives of 432,000 women each year.

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Hartzell Propeller Embraces Done in One Manufacturing Philosophy

Piqua, OH sits 30 miles outside of Dayton, close to Wilbur and Orville Wright’s family home. It’s no coincidence that today, Piqua is home to Hartzell Propeller, a global leader in advanced technology propeller design and manufacturing. Piqua had a date with destiny: in 1917, none other than Orville Wright himself advised the Hartzell lumber mill operation to use their supply of walnut trees to manufacture aircraft propellers.

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Improve Your Tube Manufacturing Process with TubeShaper

Looking for a new improved way of manufacturing bent tubes? Well, 'Shaping Smart Change' is Hexagon's core purpose. It defines our role of empowering our customers with information technologies that put meaningful data and ideas to smart use. This is exactly what we have done with our new TubeShaper software. No longer does Tube bending have to be a manual, intensive trial-and-error adventure. The idea was to reduce the time it takes an operator to get a tube from the design phase and to a finished product.

Introducing the latest version of PC-DMIS

Employee Spotlight Shaun Wissner

Shaun Wissner, Marketing Communication Specialist Software talks about his career in metrology.

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Blue Light Scanning with Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Did you know that optical non-contact measurement devices have been used in the automotive and aerospace industry for the past 15 years?

HxGN LIVE

Hexagon’s annual international conference, HxGN LIVE, contains inspiring keynotes, unlimited networking and must-see technologies.