General-purpose measurements of size and form features with high performance tactile scanning

Efficient measurement of geometric size and form features on functional parts by tactile scanning

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GLOBAL Scan+ adds tactile scanning to the range of possible applications. With tactile scanning, a large number of surface points are captured within a short time, enabling highly accurate form and profile measurements on functional parts.

GLOBAL Scan+ combines tactile scanning capability with the flexibility of an automatic probe head. The scanning probe can be positioned at various spatial angles, making accessing more complex workpieces easy. An accompanying styli changer rack accelerates the inspection process by enabling fast changes of styli configurations within a measuring program without restricting the available measurement volume.

Typical applications


Application challenges

General-purpose measurement of size and form features

  • Functional fit assessment
  • Assembly parts with narrow form tolerances: Straightness, flatness, roundness, cylindricity, line/surface profile
  • Efficient in-line measurement of the most complex part geometries with high precision

GLOBAL Scan+ benefits

  • Measurement of features with tolerances in a low micron range
  • High scanning speed and measuring throughput
  • High measuring point density for an accurate evaluation of form errors
  • CAD-based scan path creation, 3D simulated collision checks and probe path optimisations, real-time part-to-CAD comparison and GD&T analysis

Options tailored to individual application needs

Manufacturers can further tailor the capabilities of each base model GLOBAL Scan+ machine with options to meet their application needs best. A range of options can be selected during initial CMM configuration, and most can be set up later as upgrades to the in‑service machine. 


QUINDOS is the specialist modular software that sets the standard for measuring complex geometries. It handles the most challenging metrology projects and is the go-to solution for regular, freeform, and special geometries, including gears, gear-cutting tools, blades, screw compressors, and other intricate applications. 

QUINDOS can be freely configured for all measurement needs and expanded using any combination of over 50 options for inspecting special parts. 


The GLOBAL Scan+ model can be equipped with additional probe heads and sensors to make it suitable for a larger field of applications: 

Compact and rugged fixed tactile probe head for highly accurate scanning applications 

Fixed tactile probe head for scanning at the tightest tolerances with high precision and repeatability. It can also be used to carry the PROFILER R roughness sensor.

Surface and roughness sensor for surface evaluations in the same measurement setup 

Versatile tactile probe for outstanding single point measurement performance and functionality 


The XT (extended temperature) option allows the GLOBAL Scan+ model to be used in less controlled temperature environments, enabling accurate and reliable measurements near the production line without needing a costly climate room. 


Accuracy+ reduces the CMM’s volumetric measurement error to the next level of accuracy and increases repeatability to address tighter part tolerances. The need for such capability is a growing trend in many industries. 

At the same time, throughput is critical to avoiding delays and ensuring parts are shipped on time. High measurement throughput is particularly important for near-line and 100% part inspection. 

Throughput+ boosts measurement productivity of the GLOBAL Scan+ by significantly increasing the machine’s maximum measurement speed without compromising accuracy or precision. 


The GLOBAL Scan+ model can be equipped with various other options to get the most out of the machine for every application. 

Rotary tables 
Tabletop rotary tables for the GLOBAL Scan+ model enhance access to workpieces from any angle, so even highly complex parts can be measured quickly, with fewer probe changes, increasing throughput. 

PULSE wireless real-time environmental monitoring 
The system helps ensure measurement data integrity by notifying users of temperature, humidity, vibration, air pressure and luminosity changes that might affect measurement results.  

Messaging lights 
Messaging lights give operators the ability to monitor the machine’s status even from a distance, to optimise time and resource management. 

Eco Mode+ 
The option reduces compressed air consumption by up to 90% when the machine is idle and saves up to 25% of compressed air costs under normal machine operating conditions. 
Efficient measurement of geometric size and form features on functional parts by tactile scanning



Features and benefits

GLOBAL CMMs are built on advanced design principles to inspire certainty and confidence. They combine quality components and state-of-the-art technologies for long-term stability, reduced measurement uncertainty, adaptability to harsh measuring environments, fast measuring point capture and an advanced user experience. These metrology solutions will provide manufacturers with maximum value over the entire lifecycle. 

Sturdy mechanical design 
The solid granite base with integrated dovetail guide guarantees long‑term system stability and consistent accuracy over the entire measurement volume. 

Bridge with triangular crossbeam 
Featuring an improved stiffness-to-mass ratio relative to square or rectangular traverses, this design allows for the highest dynamics and high‑speed measurements.

Preloaded air bearings on all axes 
Contactless, low-friction and low-wear axis motion ensures fast and repeatable positioning at all speeds and accelerations, resulting in low measuring uncertainties. 

Low-maintenance belt drive system 
Flat and V-ribbed belts ensure smooth and low-vibration axis motion. 

Temperature compensation 
Real‑time compensation of thermally caused measurement deviations through temperature sensing at the scales and on the workpiece ensures reliable measurement results. 

Extended temperature operating range (option) 
Measure your components with more resistance to environmental influences. An extended temperature operating range (15 - 30°C) allows the CMM to operate closer to the production line without needing a costly climate room. 

Real-time environmental monitoring (option) 
PULSE enables the user to monitor and log any environmental conditions surrounding the CMM and receive real‑time machine information. 

Eco Mode 
Eco Mode supports sustainability and productivity goals by automatically powering down the CMM when idle, which improves energy efficiency while keeping the machine ready to go.

Messaging lights (option) 
Messaging lights give operators the ability to monitor the machine’s status even from a distance, to optimise time and resource management. 

High-speed and safety 
Continuous monitoring of a defined safety area around the CMM allows worry-free high-speed measurement in CNC mode. The machine will slow down automatically when the user or an object encroaches upon the protected area. 

Future-ready concept 
The future‑ready pre‑cabling enables easy adaptation of the CMMs to future measurement tasks without costly downtime. A range of adaptability options can be flexibly selected during initial CMM configuration or set up later as upgrades. 


Multisensor versatility 
Using the widest range of tactile and optical sensors with Hexagon’s universal sensor interface, the CMM becomes a multisensor inspection device that can adapt to the most complex measuring tasks. 

  • Measuring volume
    Information about the different sizes of the GLOBAL measuring machines
    Type X (Width) Y (Depth) Z (Height)
    5.5.5 500 mm 500 mm 500 mm
    5.7.5 500 mm 700 mm 500 mm
    7.7.5 700 mm 700 mm; 500 mm
    7.10.7 700 mm 1000 mm 700 mm
    9.12.8 900 mm 1200 mm 800 mm
    9.15.8 900 mm 1500 mm 800 mm
    9.20.8 900 mm 2000 mm 800 mm
    12.15.10 1200 mm 1500 mm 1000 mm
    12.22.10 1200 mm 2200 mm 1000 mm
    12.30.10 1200 mm 3000 mm 1000 mm
    15.22.10 1500 mm 2200 mm 1000 mm
    15.30.10 1500 mm 3000 mm 1000 mm
    15.20.14 1500 mm 2000 mm 1400 mm
    15.26.14 1500 mm 2600 mm 1400 mm
    15.33.14 1500 mm 3300 mm 1400 mm
    20.33.15 2000 mm 3300 mm 1500 mm
    20.40.15 2000 mm 4000 mm 1500 mm

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