Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence announces that HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon digital solutions conference, held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, june 12-15, has attracted visitors and guests from 70 countries. The Manufacturing Intelligence space has welcomed hundreds of production specialists in three areas: design, engineering, production and metrology. Users of MSC Software's IAO solutions, Vero Software's CAD/FAO solutions and PC-DMIS metrology software attended group meetings and technical sessions during the HxGN live conference. They also met with Hexagon product specialists in The Zone, where the digital thread could be seen at work as a common communication framework with feedback channels that integrate continuous improvement in the product lifecycle.
Manufacturing Intelligence presentations involved directors and experts, clients and opinion leaders, including Virgin Hyperloop One, Electroimpact, WL3 Solutions, the National Aeronautical Research Institute (NIAR), The University of Fullerton, ToolingU (SME), the National Composites Centre and Safran Aero.
Hexagon's HxGN Live 2018 conference also hosted the fifth Shaping Smart Changes Awards, honoring customers for their pioneering use of smart change, and this time paid tribute to the National Aeronautical Research Institute (NIAR) for its groundbreaking use of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence's digital solutions. Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon, presented Brian Brown, Director of ROBOTICs and Automation at NIAR, with a Shaping Smart Change Award for major innovations and research in the field of aeronautics.
Norbert Hanke, President of the Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Division, invited participants to "rethink quality" during his introductory presentation in the Venetian Hotel's ballroom. The presentation focused on the key factors of the smart plant, including the transformative potential of quality management across the product lifecycle to boost manufacturing productivity. Alongside N. Hanke were Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director of the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design Center (CAMID) at the Florida Institute of Technology, and Brian Shepherd, Vice President of Software Solutions at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. This presentation discussed the effectiveness of the principles of intelligent manufacturing to make design, production and productivity more rational.