Hexagon Metrology Supports Future Engineers

Hexagon Metrology UK is giving a helping hand to tomorrow’s engineers thanks to a deal to supply its equipment to a top university.

Staffordshire University has taken delivery of a Hexagon Optiv 321GL TP multi-sensor co- ordinate measuring machine and Romer portable measuring arm for use in its engineering centre at Stoke-on-Trent.

Hexagon Metrology has also provided an extensive range of Tesa hand tools, a work station which doubles as a base for the Romer arm and equipment storage, plus a series of training sessions for university staff and 20 educational off-line licenses for its industry-standard  PC- DMIS software.

The Hexagon Optiv machine is equipped with a touch-trigger tactile probe and a non-contact vision sensor so that students can learn about two different principles of CMM measurement and their applications. It is also fully direct computer controlled which means it can be used to teach CNC measurement and manual techniques.

The equipment uses Hexagon’s PC-DMIS software and is fully CAD capable, allowing students to use CAD models to program directly in the measuring device rather than working with 2d drawings.

“The Optiv is highly accurate and living up to our expectations while the Romer arm is an important asset in our active automotive section where it will be used in the field for measuring important dimensions in applications such as race car suspension settings,” explained Prof David Cheshire.

“Hexagon Metrology was very professional and extremely helpful throughout the purchasing process and their trainers proved to be extremely thorough,” he added.

The university annually recruits 150 MSc students and over 200 undergraduate engineering and technology students. It has close links with major employers such as Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover and JCB.

“As one of the UK’s leading metrology solutions providers, Hexagon recognizes the importance of supporting the next generation of engineers and the vital role they play in a healthy, vibrant manufacturing sector,” commented Chris Ivory, Hexagon Metrology UK’s area sales manager.

In addition, Hexagon Metrology will be offering students an opportunity to expand their skills by attending periodic open days at its Telford head office where they will be able to learn more metrology techniques.

Elsewhere, Hexagon Metrology is set to showcase its latest products, including a new Romer

Arm model and Leica laser tracker B-Probe, at MACH (stand 5710, Hall 5), NEC Birmingham, from April 7-11.