Las Vegas in June . . . Good idea or bad idea? I’ll try and stay neutral on this one, but this town is not exactly my favorite, regardless of time of year. However, it’s always worth the trip when a company like Hexagon invites me for its annual international conference, HxGN LIVE 2017.
What is today Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (MI) grew up and out of what was known as Hexagon Metrology because it has grown far beyond just measurement to encompass virtually all aspects of product development from design and manufacturing (with the acquisition of Vero Software) to simulation (with the acquisition of MSC Software) to inspection and statistical analysis (with the acquisition of Q-DAS). This is all literally tied together with the so-called Hexagon Digital Thread. The newest part of this digital thread is Smart Quality, an online quality lifecycle management software platform that uses the quality data stream across the various phases of manufacturing, providing knowledge through comprehensive statistical analysis, visualization, and workflow management that enable real-time process improvements. I found Smart Quality to be one of the most interesting and significant aspects of HxGN LIVE 2017 (with more to come about it specifically in the near future).
Hexagon’s President and CEO, Ola Rollen at HxGN LIVE 2017
Hexagon is an interesting company and its growth and value have been enormous over the past few years, especially after hearing the company’s President and CEO, Ola Rollen, admit that 10 years ago virtually no one knew who or what Hexagon was. Since 2000, Hexagon has acquired around 100 companies, such as Intergraph, Brown & Sharpe, and more recently, MSC Software. According to Rollen, 50 percent of Hexagon’s growth can be attributed to acquisitions and 50 percent to organic growth, but that the latter will become a bigger contributor going forward. (more…)