Hexagon AB has announced the acquisition of Q-DAS, an international provider of statistical process control (SPC) software solutions for industrial production.
Software solutions have become an essential component of manufacturing process optimization. While reinforcing Hexagon's strategy of expanding its software portfolio in this area, the acquisition of Q-DAS enables the integration of software supporting a company's data management. While people, tools and methods can all lead to fluctuations in machine and process capabilities, Hexagon's solutions will now provide the means to accurately observe and evaluate production processes in real time, enabling employees to control and eliminate fluctuations where necessary. This will help customers avoid costly errors, adhere to global industry standards and gain high-quality production efficiency.
Headquartered in Germany, Q-DAS has offices and distribution partners worldwide. The Q-DAS portfolio, compatible with Hexagon and third-party solutions, is widely used in manufacturing sectors where production volumes and dimensional quality requirements call for statistical analysis, such as the automotive sector, where Q-DAS is the de facto standard. Hexagon and Q-DAS intend to maintain the company's position as a technical partner by keeping Q-DAS platforms open to the many system suppliers currently supported.
The Q-DAS portfolio will strengthen Hexagon's planning solution, MMS (Metrology Management System), designed to provide easy access to measurement data in a single location, regardless of source or supplier. The application of statistical procedures will improve measurement accuracy and consistency, while helping to automate the analysis of measurement results, making quality data fully exploitable throughout the production process.
" The addition of Q-DAS to the Hexagon family has many advantagessays Ola Rollén, President and CEO of Hexagon. It not only increases the value of our MMS solutions, but also enhances growth opportunities for our business, enabling significant market penetration of Q-DAS solutions through our global presence and customer network. "
The merger with Q-DAS will be complete once the usual regulatory approvals have been obtained. Q-DAS will make a positive contribution to Hexagon's earnings, with 2014 sales of €15 million.