Hexagon enhances its Smart Manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P.Technology Corp
Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P.Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications.
Well known for its machine-optimised, edit-free G-code (toolpath), ESPRIT leverages a digital twin simulation platform to model the finished part, tools, and CNC machine. AI-based algorithms eliminate manual data input and provide machine operators with greater assurance of what will happen on the shop floor. The result – simplified programming, increased tool life and utilisation, reduced cycle times and improved productivity.
“D.P.Technology is an innovator with a strong focus on building smarter, data-driven manufacturing solutions. When combined with our production software portfolio, it cements our market-leading position in CAM, particularly around CNC manufacturing processes, and accelerates the development of our Smart Manufacturing portfolio,” says Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the D.P.Technology team has built excellent working relationships with leading machine tool providers and other manufacturing technology experts, which will prove invaluable in our open and interoperable manufacturing ecosystem approach.”
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, D.P.Technology employs around 260 people in 27 locations worldwide. The company is also represented by a network of 130 resellers across 44 countries, giving ESPRIT a global footprint and install base. D.P.Technology will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction (closing) is subject to regulatory approvals. 2019 sales amounted to 35M EUR.
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. It puts data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Hexagon technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous, ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. The group has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR.
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NCSIMUL exhibits with Hexagon’s CADCAM software for the first time in the UK
Market-leading CAD/CAM software products EDGECAM, VISI and RADAN have exhibited in the UK for the first time since becoming part of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Production Software business.
They were also joined for the first time on the stand at the Southern Manufacturing trade fair by NCSIMUL, a G-code simulation software from recent acquisition SPRING Technologies.
Gareth Henwood, area sales manager for the Production Software business, says visitors to the stand were excited by and impressed with on-screen demonstrations of NCSIMUL, showing its versatility and ease-of-use:
“Although there’s a powerful simulator in EDGECAM, it simulates from the file, whereas NCSIMUL reads the data that’s actually going into the machine, giving manufacturers full confidence that when they start to cut metal there won’t be any collisions or gouging.”
Described as a high-end CNC simulation software, NCSIMUL manages the complete machining process from the NC program to the machined part.
Visitors to the Hexagon stand saw how its capabilities allow users to fully master the shop floor, including automatic G-code reprogramming and G-code simulation. Other benefits that complete the platform and enhance production include DNC program management, real-time machine monitoring and publishing technical content.
As well as NCSIMUL, three of the Production Software business’s CADCAM solutions were on display, along with the WORKPLAN ERP system, while a section of the stand was dedicated to Hexagon’s scanning devices.
Demonstrations of the latest release of EDGECAM included its Additive Machining module, supporting the Direct Energy Deposition method, offering a specific manufacturing cycle which accurately guides a laser as it deposits material to form a shape. After that, the shape is machined using EDGECAM’s milling cycles to create the final component.
Visitors also saw how RADAN 2019 R1 focuses on doing more with fewer clicks, plus a range of new and enhanced CAD/CAM functions in VISI, providing a boost for reverse engineering for the mould and die market.
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