Hexagon has continued its steady acquisition program, taking on AICON 3D Systems, an optical metrology company for industrial manufacturing, and sheet metal software Forming Technology Inc. (FTI).
Founded in 1990 and based in Braunschweig, Germany, AICON has been providing the measurement needs of renowned automotive manufacturers and companies in the aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy and mechanical engineering markets for over 25 years.
Its technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialised optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production.
FTI has its heritage in sheet metal forming, with the Canadian company adding CAE and applications knowledge to the existing Hexagon metrology solutions.
FTI serves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers, reported to include BMW, Ford, Nissan and Harley Davidson, with sheet metal design, simulation, feasibility, and costing solutions.
“Closing the manufacturing feedback loop to enhance quality and productivity is an integral part of our solutions strategy,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Combining FTI’s CAE (computer-aided engineering) technologies and knowledge of automotive sheet metal applications with our CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) and metrology solutions will enable us to deliver substantial productivity gains to our automotive customers.”