Capture real-world quality data for measurement, positioning and inspection, and gain actionable insights to make manufacturing processes smarter.


The role of metrology within the manufacturing process has long been associated with quality assurance – a post-production inspection of the dimensional measurements of a part against specifications. Results either indicated that the part was either good to go, or that it was not to standard and needed at best reworking or at worst to be scrapped completely. Metrology was the necessary evil; quality the barrier to productivity.

Yet quality data provides manufacturers with far greater opportunities than simple component checks. The function of the quality department shouldn’t be to find fault. By analysing quality data to its full potential, the quality team can influence decision-making upstream and downstream. It can help other stakeholders within the manufacturing process to ensure that quality runs throughout the product lifecycle. It can be the architect of quality design, quality production and quality product delivery. Smart manufacturing needs metrology and the data, analytics and insights it provides.

Hexagon’s metrology technologies capture quality data for measurement, positioning and inspection. They are the key bridge between the real and virtual worlds, bringing real-world data into the digital domain to power smarter manufacturing approaches. Our technology is helping manufacturers pioneer new manufacturing digitalisation strategies that use quality data more effectively – informing design and engineering processes and providing feedback to production. Our measurement-assisted production technology is best-in-class, and we continue to innovate towards more real-time feedback and machine learning applications that leverage digital transformation to make manufacturing smarter.

Metrology innovations

Explore the latest Hexagon metrology solutions to support smart manufacturing

Hexagon has a proud heritage in metrology, delivering accuracy and precision from the quality room to the shop floor. Our research and development teams are committed to driving quality inspection technology trends: from contact to non-contact; from offline to integrated; from manual to automated. And, by digitally connecting data from our metrology hardware and software solutions with data from throughout the product lifecycle, we are redefining the role of metrology inspection and helping you reimagine quality for smarter manufacturing.

HxGN Robotic Automation

See how ŠKODA AUTO developed an advanced automated inspection approach to gather the rich data sets it needs to power smarter vehicle manufacturing.

Absolute Scanner AS1

Gain the flexibility to create smarter measurement workflows with the first ever cross-platform 3D laser scanner for portable measuring arms and laser tracker systems.

HP-L-10.10 Laser Scanning Sensor

Combine the rich data capture of coordinate measuring machine (CMM) scanning technology with unprecedented accuracy and usability to maximise measurement insights.

Customer success

See how metrology solutions are accelerating smart manufacturing for our customers

As a manufacturer, Hexagon understands the challenges and pain points our customers face daily. We work consultatively with you to deploy or even co-develop metrology solutions that not only deliver on your data needs but also provide value in the broader manufacturing process. Our solutions enable you to work smarter.

Automated inspection at ŠKODA AUTO

See how ŠKODA AUTO developed an advanced automated inspection approach to gather the rich data sets it needs to power smarter vehicle manufacturing.

Closed-loop manufacturing at BOOSTER

Read how BOOSTER Precision Components reduced scrap by 20% using an intelligent machine control solution to for tool correction.

Discover metrology solutions

Hexagon supports smart manufacturing with the broadest portfolio of metrology solutions on the market

Hexagon’s metrology portfolio includes all mainstream sensor technologies and metrology hardware including hand tools, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), portable measuring arms, laser trackers and 3D optical scanners. We also develop an extensive range of 3D metrology software, CT analysis software and statistical process control (SPC) solutions, enabling manufacturers to easily capture real-world data and gain insights that support better decisions.

Metrology Hardware

Industrial metrology devices from hand tools to automated inspection systems, coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to portable measuring arms, laser trackers and optical scanners.

3D Metrology Software

3D metrology software packages deliver intelligent and effective data acquisition, analysis and evaluation as well as powerful data management, visualisation and reporting tools.


SPC software provides data management and statistical evaluation methods to support quality assurance, capability evaluations and parameter-based process controls.

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