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Leading automotive OEM deploys Hexagon Metrology 360 deg. SIMS

Leading automotive OEM deploys Hexagon Metrology 360 deg. SIMS

Added to MTDCNC by Hexagon MI on 27 February 2015
100% inline inspection supports latest vehicle launch and ongoing production quality
Hexagon Metrology today announced that one of Europe’s leading automotive OEMs has selected and implemented the innovative 360° SIMS system for fully automated in-process inspection of car body units.
360° SIMS (Smart Inline Measurement Solutions) uses non-contact area sensors with robotic integration to deliver accurate dimensional data directly within the production line. The implementation follows a comprehensive technical evaluation and benchmarking exercise, which led the OEM to add this rapid area measurement solution to its quality inspection equipment. 
The end-of-line body in white cell configuration is directly integrated with the production line PLC and IT systems to automate inspections on the OEM’s new model, and the installation has measured tens of thousands of vehicles since launch. 360° SIMS initially supported the critical production launch and ramp up stages and is now engaged in quality monitoring during the ongoing production of the model and its variants. 
"The customer selected 360° SIMS because of its ability to measure critical points and features as well as full surface areas and edge lines within the cycle time. It provides a live information stream to their quality analysts, supporting production efficiency," said Giacomo Barilà, head of Hexagon Metrology’s automated solutions. "The system is operational 24 hours a day, gathering measurement data and packaging it as actionable information such as full surface deviation colour maps. We’re happy to have been part of this very successful vehicle launch, and we look forward to developing our collaborative relationship further."
360° SIMS joins a large number of Hexagon Metrology solutions, including sheet metal horizontal CMMs, laser trackers and metrology software tools in use at this OEM’s factories and supplier network around Europe and beyond.
About Hexagon Metrology
Hexagon Metrology offers a comprehensive range of products and services for all industrial metrology applications in sectors such as automotive, aerospace, energy and medical. We support our customers with actionable measurement information along the complete life cycle of a product – from development and design to production, assembly and final inspection. 
With more than 20 production facilities and 70 Precision Centres for service and demonstrations, and a network of over 100 distribution partners on five continents, we empower our customers to fully control their manufacturing processes, enhancing the quality of products and increasing efficiency in manufacturing plants around the world. For more information, visit www.hexagonmetrology.com. 
Hexagon Metrology is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B). Hexagon is a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.
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