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.
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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.