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A Metrology Marriage Made in Heaven?

Posted February 25, 2011 8:30 AM by Steve Melito

Earlier this week, Hexagon Metrology joined forces with GE Measurement & Control Solutions in a commercial partnership that could boost the use of computed tomography (CT) in industrial applications. Within the next few months, Hexagon plans to add the first CT system to its already robust portfolio of metrology products.

Hexagon Metrology is the world's largest supplier of metrology software and equipment. With brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Leitz, and Leica Geosystems, Hexagon boasts a global sales network and established customer base. The company, part of the Hexagon AB Group, makes coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), portable and handheld measurement instruments, and metrology software.

GE Measurement & Control Solutions designs and builds sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing (NDT), and condition monitoring systems. With over 40 facilities in 25 countries, this division of GE Energy Services includes customers in the oil and gas, aerospace, power generation, healthcare, and transportation industries.

Is collaborating with GE the "next logical step," as Hexagon president Norbert Hanke asserts, in his company's quest for "the most comprehensive portfolio of metrology solutions"? Or should Hexagon Metrology have continued its strategy of acquiring other companies, as it did most recently with the software development firm Technodigit SARL?

Sources: MCADCafé and Hexagon

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