Hexagon add Volume Graphics CT to Smart Factory

  • December 12, 2019
  • imc

Swedish industrial sensor and automation specialist Hexagon AB is acquiring German industrial computed tomography (CT) software specialist Volume Graphics.

Founded over 20 years ago, Heidelberg based Volume Graphics produces analysis and visualisation CT software that allows manufacturers to produce three-dimensional external and internal representations of scanned objects. Using CT, they’re able to “see” inside the complicated structures of components, otherwise inaccessible with traditional inspection methods. This allows hidden or hard to reach internal features to be measured and inspected for dimensional deviations and flaws without destroying the parts and compromising the integrity of the data in the process.

Volume Graphics’ customers are found in the automotive, aerospace, and electronics industries. The company employs around 160 people worldwide. Subsidiaries in Japan, Singapore, China and the USA.

“Volume Graphics offers an invaluable tool-set for leveraging CT data across many use cases – from flaw detection and failure analysis to reverse engineering applications. We look forward to merging our capabilities so that customers can ensure the highest product quality throughout product development and production,” says Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, industrial CT scanning is fast becoming a critical asset to manufacturers as more and more industries embrace additive manufacturing. The addition of CT software capabilities strengthens our portfolio in this growth area.”

Volume Graphics will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction (closing) is subject to regulatory approvals. 2018 sales amounted to €25 million.