Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Spotlights Closed Loop Tube Inspection System at FABTECH 2017

Hexagon Expands Commitment to the Tube and Pipe Industry; Increases Fabrication Inspection Offerings

25 October 2017

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announced today it will spotlight the advanced Tube Inspection System in Booth #A1032 at FABTECH 2017, November 6-9, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The closed loop work cell features the innovative TubeShaper software and a portable ROMER Absolute Arm coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) integrated with a fully automatic Pines CNC Bender (Pines Engineering, Wickliffe, OH). The work cell demonstrates an automated bend-measure-correct approach to streamlining tube production. This scalable system can address various sizes of tube and pipes to meet the needs of engineers, quality managers and shop-floor users at advanced manufacturing facilities. Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence develops closed loop manufacturing solutions like the TubeShaper work cell that utilize engineering, manufacturing, and quality data to deliver actionable intelligence.

Hexagon debuted its groundbreaking TubeShaper software at FABTECH 2015. Since that time, the company has significantly expanded its commitment to the tube fabrication industry by establishing key Value-Added Reseller (VAR) relationships with leading CNC Pipe Bending machine manufacturers Pines Engineering, Universal Tool and Engineering (Johnson City, TN) and Hines Bending Systems, Inc. (Fort Myer, FL). The TubeShaper environment can interface directly with one or more CNC tube benders, and includes an advanced CAD engine for importing and exporting tube data in various formats. An informational video demonstration of the Tube Inspection System can be found here. Also at FABTECH, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence strategic distribution partner Advanced Tubular Technologies (Waterford, MI) will scan and measure tubes in Booth #B10064, demonstrating its VTube-LASER software working with a 7-axis ROMER Absolute Integrated Scanner Arm.

In Booth #A1032, Hexagon will exhibit more of its extensive portfolio for the inspection needs of companies specializing in metal forming and fabrication. In the software arena, Hexagon will reveal its new Smart Quality software, an online quality data and measurement resource management software platform delivering information automation to quality management. The portable Leica Absolute Tracker AT960 will also be shown on the exhibition floor. This high-speed measurement system is used for six degrees of freedom (6DoF) probing, reflector measurements, scanning and automated inspection for large-scale fabrications. 

Hexagon will also showcase its exciting AICON line of highly precise 3D scanners for fabricated components  the AICON StereoScan Neo and the AICON XR8. Delivering the highest data quality, these systems generate the maximum level of detail (AICON StereoScan Neo) and rapidly capture multiple points simultaneously (AICON XR8). Glossy, reflective and dark surfaces can be easily scanned without pre-treatment.

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 centres, 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.

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