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Dossier: Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Dossier
PLM @ Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is a division of Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. In 2001, Hexagon acquired coordinate measuring machine (CMM) manufacturer Brown & Sharpe and Wilcox, makers of the PC-DMIS metrology software and formed Hexagon Metrology. The business acquired and developed other quality hardware and software, moving more towards portable measurement and later automated and shop-floor metrology solutions. In 2015, a year after the acquisition of CAD/CAM specialist Vero Software, Hexagon Metrology was rebranded as Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. The acquisition of MSC Software, a developer of simulation and CAE software, followed in 2017. Also within Hexagon's PPM (Process, Plant and Marine) division, formerly known as Intergraph, there is both CAD and asset management software focused on the energy sector.

Today, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence offers a broad portfolio of products within the PLM space. Its software solutions weave a digital thread through design and engineering, production and metrology, enabling customers to break down silos in manufacturing, ensure quality throughout the product lifecycle and continuously improve productivity. Hexagon's metrology hardware provides the ability to bring real world data to the digital thread, providing unique insight into product quality and enabling better decision making.

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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence's PLM Products & Services

The core components of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence's offering are simulation and CAE tools for design and engineering, CAD/CAM software for production and metrology hardware and software for quality assurance. Within those three business units there are multiple products and services focusing on different technologies.


  • Metrology hardware including CMMs, automated inspection solutions, portable measuring arms, laser trackers, white light scanners, hand tools, and gauges
  • Metrology software including the PC-DMIS, SpatialAnalyzer, and QUINDOS software suites
  • Q-DAS statistical process control software
  • Services including training, retrofits, spare parts

Production (under the Vero Software brand)

  • Alphacam - CAD/CAM software for woodworking and metal stone cutting
  • Cabinet Vision - kitchen manufacturing from design through to manufacturing
  • Edgecam - Toolpath generation with seamless CAD integration
  • Javelin - Production planning and control system
  • Machining STRATEGIST - generates optimum roughing and finishing toolpaths
  • PEPS - CAM technologies for wire EDM, multi-axis laser trimming, and rotary axis tube cutting
  • Radan - CAD/CAM software for sheet metal fabrication (punching, profiling, nesting and bending)
  • SMIRT - CAM software designed for the die build stamping
  • SURFCAM - CAD/CAM system for milling, turning and multi-axis machining
  • VISI - CAD/CAM for the mould and die industries
  • WorkNC - CAM software for mould, die and tooling industries for 2 axis to 5 axis
  • WorkPlan- fully scalable family of manufacturing software from project management to ERP
  • WorkXplore- High speed CAD file viewer and analyser
  • Services - CAM Consulting & Training

Design and Engineering (under the MSC Software brand)

  • Actran - Acoustic simulation software
  • Adams - Multibody dynamics simulation solution
  • Cradle - Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software
  • Digimat - The nonlinear multi-scale material and structure modelling platform
  • Dytran- explicit finite element analysis (FEA) solution for simulating short-duration
  • EASY5 - Advanced controls and systems simulation
  • Marc - Advanced nonlinear simulation solution
  • MSC Apex - Unified CAE environment for virtual product development
  • MSC Fatigue - FE-based durability and damage tolerance solver
  • MSC Nastran- MSC Nastran is a multidisciplinary structural analysis application
  • MSC One - Token system that lets users take advantage of the breadth and depth of MSC Software's simulation portfolio
  • Patran - pre/post-processing software events
  • SimDesigner - CAD-embedded multidiscipline simulation
  • SimManager - Simulation process and data management
  • SimXpert- Fully Integrated Multidiscipline Simulation Solution
  • Simufact - Manufacturing process simulation for metalworking industry
  • Sinda- Advanced Thermal Simulation Solution
  • VIRES - Complete tool-chain for driving simulation applications
  • Services - CAE consulting and training


PLM Market Segments Include: CAE, CAD/CAM, Metrology software, Statistical process control software

Primary Markets & Focus Include: Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Power and Energy, Medical, Machinery,Heavy Industry, Tooling, Mould and Die


Sample Customers/Partners

Airbus, Alstom, BMW, Boeing, Caterpillar, Flextronics, Ford, GE Aviation, GM, Medtronic, Samsung, Toyota, VW Group, Zimmer

Strategic Alliances/Partnerships

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