Global CMM Drives Productivity Performance

Hexagon has announced that this summer the 10 000th GLOBAL CMM manufactured at its Qingdao, China factory rolled off the production line. Since 2001, when the Qingdao factory started producing GLOBAL CMMs, the hard-working local team has made breakthrough after breakthrough to continue driving production capacity and bring this ever-innovating CMM to manufacturers in the region.

The GLOBAL CMM itself has also evolved over the years to become a truly international machine. Some 20 years’ ago, Hexagon acquired and brought together two of the top CMM manufacturers, Brown & Sharpe and DEA. With such trusted brands under one roof, Hexagon had a unique opportunity to unite the capabilities of the standout CMMs on the market – the DEA Mistral and Scirocco, and Brown & Sharpe’s Xcel and Micro Xcel – into a new level of CMM.

With the approach of the millennium and increasing globalization, it was clear that manufacturers needed a CMM that could not only keep pace with increasing throughput and accuracy demands but that would meet the varying requirements of customers worldwide. Hexagon’s R&D and product management teams from around the world were brought together to develop a CMM that could be manufactured in multiple plants and serve a global manufacturing base with the same product characteristics, reliability, and quality worldwide.

With a global team behind it and a global market on its horizon, there was only one name for this CMM and the GLOBAL CMM went into production in factories in Qingdao, Rhode Island, USA and Torino, Italy, spurring a series of technological innovations.

The GLOBAL’s patented TRICISION architecture ensures higher machine stability with its triangular beam. The GLOBAL’s throughput capabilities have been increased with enhancements to machine dynamics. And enhanced thermal compensation algorithms were implemented to maintain high accuracy even when used in environments with changing temperatures.

Hexagon’s research and development teams’ commitment to keeping the GLOBAL ahead of the competition has delivered the latest GLOBAL S model. The GLOBAL S is the first of a Enhanced Productivity Series (EPS). It is tailored to manufacturers’ productivity drivers, and in doing so expands the GLOBAL system in terms of performance, integrability, and technology compatibility, from sensors and accessories to software. With this latest generation of GLOBAL CMM, dramatic improvements have also been made in scanning performance due to the patented Compass functionality.

One of the challenges to accurate high-speed scanning is the vibration effect of the CMM’s own movement during operation, which can impact results. With Compass technology, a combination of hardware and firmware solutions, the system guarantees the ability to operate at the highest scanning speeds without compromising on accuracy. Compass enables faster scanning to drive productivity by reducing measurement cycle times.

At the celebrations in Qingdao, Norbert Hanke, President & CEO at Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, signed the qualified certificate of the 10 000th GLOBAL CMM and reiterated his vision for the 100 000th GLOBAL being produced at the factory that uses robotic part assembly and automatic guided vehicles.

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