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Multisensor Optical Metrology System suits precision parts inspection.

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May 1, 2012 - Pre-configured with touch-probe for multi-sensor measurement, Optiv® Classic 321GL tp is used for inspection of complex, densely populated features of precision parts. Benchtop unit's 6.5x motorized CNC zoom optics deliver accuracy levels approaching 2 microns, while calibrated lighting, hi-resolution color CCD camera, laser locator, and 8-segment LED dual angle ring light are optimized for edge detection. Other features include RGB sensitivity controls and image processing software.

Hexagon Metrology Inc.

250 Circuit Drive, North Kingstown, RI, 02852, USA

Original Press Release

Hexagon Metrology Rolls Out New Release of Optiv Classic

Press release date: April 23, 2012

Innovative Multisensor Vision Technology Features PC-DMIS CAD Software

North Kingstown, RI - Hexagon Metrology announced today the release of the Optiv® Classic 321GL tp, which will be assembled at its North Kingstown, RI facility for the North American market. This benchtop vision measuring machine features 6.5x motorized CNC zoom optics that contribute to levels of accuracy approaching 2ì. Each unit is pre-configured to add a touch-probe for multi-sensor measurement. The Classic 321GL tp is ideal for the inspection of complex, densely populated features, such as medical, electronic or other precision parts including micro-hole dies, sieves, filters, fiber optics and inkjet nozzles. It is the smallest model in the Optiv product line, complementing Brown and Sharpe's Global bridge CMM series.

Highlights of this innovative vision technology include calibrated lighting, a high resolution color CCD camera, a laser locator and an 8 segment LED dual angle ring light to create better contrast for edge detection. The system also delivers software controls for RGB (Red/Green/Blue) sensitivity allowing for adjustment over contrast, improving overall consistency and precision for colored parts where edges can be difficult to capture with only grayscale or lighting modifications.

The Classic 321GL tp comes standard with PC-DMIS® Vision image processing software and full online 3D CAD capabilities for live programming of the machine to compare measured values to nominals. The software includes the groundbreaking MultiCapture feature which finds all 2D characteristics in the field of view, regardless of their type, and measures them simultaneously. MultiCapture then moves the camera to the next cluster of features and measures them. This sequence continues until the inspection program is complete, and is automatically optimized by creating the most efficient path with the fewest number of stage movements. Inspection speeds increase by 50% or more, depending on feature size and density, which can significantly raise throughput.

"The Classic 321GL tp provides accuracy, multi-sensor capability, and maximum flexibility," states Dan Farnsworth, Product Manager for Hexagon Metrology. "The granite construction with mechanical bearings make it a particularly robust machine for use in a temperature controlled environment. It's well suited for quality assurance in a variety of industries. Its economical price point makes it ideal for entry-level multisensor metrology applications providing an excellent return on investment."

About Hexagon Metrology

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, Optiv, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER, Sheffield and TESA. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivalled global installed base of millions of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services. Learn more at www.HexagonMetrology.us

About Hexagon AB

Hexagon is a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies. Our customers can design, measure and position objects, and process and present data, to stay one step ahead of a changing world. Hexagon's solutions increase productivity, enhance quality and allow for faster, better operational decisions, saving time, money and resources. Hexagon has over 12,500 employees in more than 40 countries and net sales of about 2.2 billion Euro. Our products are used in a broad range of industries including surveying, power and energy, aerospace and defense, safety and security, construction and manufacturing. Learn more at www.hexagon.com.

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