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Hexagon Acquires CogniTens

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2007 - 23:00

(Hexagon Metrology Inc.: North Kingston, Rhode Island) --  Hexagon AB has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of CogniTens Ltd., a leading provider of shop floor noncontact dimensional measurement solutions. The company will be integrated into Hexagon Metrology, the world’s largest industrial measurement group, incorporating industry-leading brands Brown & Sharpe, DEA, Leitz, Leica Geosystems, Sheffield, ROMER, PC-DMIS, and TESA. CogniTens’ product portfolio is built on the concept of providing manufacturers with full surface and feature measurements using advanced 3-D optical technology, available as both portable solutions and integrated cells. The company’s dimensional measurement solutions are especially designed for use in demanding engineering and shop floor environments of automotive and other manufacturing industries. Leading automotive OEM’s around the world are already implementing CongiTens’ products in engineering and manufacturing applications.

As part of Hexagon Metrology, CogniTens will continue to develop and introduce new products, closely support installations, and provide value-added services for the benefit of its global customer base. CogniTens customers will enjoy enhanced support from the globally diverse Hexagon Metrology network with local support and service from over sixty local offices worldwide. 

“The acquisition of CogniTens gives Hexagon an exciting new technology in the high-speed, noncontact, shop floor measurement and scanning segment of the metrology market. This addition in technology and market proven products will enable Hexagon to position itself in all segments of the rapidly growing noncontact sheet metal market combining CogniTens 3-D measurement products with the laser tracker technologies from Leica Geosystems and the articulated arms technologies from ROMER,” says Ola Rollén, CEO and president of Hexagon AB.

“We are excited to join the world’s premier metrology group and believe our customers will benefit from combining CogniTens innovative technology and products with Hexagon’s ability to deliver broad solution offerings on a global scale,” says Ofer Sandelson, president and CEO of CogniTens Ltd.

The company is a subsidiary of Hexagon Measurement Technologies, a business unit of Hexagon AB (Nacka Strand, Sweden), a publicly-traded company (OMX Nordic: HEXA B). The Hexagon group consists of nearly 8,200 employees located in 30 countries.

For more information, visit www.cognitens.com or www.hexagonmetrology.us.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS)—presenter of the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC)—is comprised of users, service providers, and OEMs of close-tolerance, industrial coordinate measurement systems, software, and peripherals. The metrology systems represented at the annual CMSC include articulated-arm CMMs, laser trackers, laser radar, photogrammetry and videogrammetry systems, scanners, indoor GPS, and laser projection systems. The CMS gathers each year to gain knowledge of the advancements and applications of any measurement system or software solution that produces and uses 3D coordinate data.