Hexagon reduces cycle time for bladed disc measurement with a ready-to-manufacture solution

Updated on Friday 9 July 2021, 12:26 PM

A specialized CMM solution helps the aviation industry dramatically reduce the time to create and run measurement routines.

Contactless sensor controlling a bladed disc. The sensor’s red laser is visible on the bladed discs Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division has launched the new Leitz Reference HP HTA solution for bladed discs, enabling the aerospace industry to reduce inspection times for bladed discs by up to 50%.

By bringing together the Leitz Reference CMM, the HP-O non-contact laser interferometric sensor, and specialized bladed rotor measurement software into an all-in-one solution, Hexagon enables manufacturers to dramatically reduce development and execution time of bladed disc measurements.

Ryan Toole, Product Manager for Automated Measuring Systems in North America, explains: “The new Leitz Reference HP HTA Hexagon solution for bladed disc measurement removes the barriers that previously made checking these complex items slow. and difficult. Aircraft equipment manufacturers can now increase their productivity by creating and running optimized bladed disc measurement routines in hours, whereas previously this task required days or even weeks. ”

Bladed discs have complex geometries which make their control difficult and laborious. The Leitz Reference HP HTA solution combines with the HP-O non-contact interferometric laser sensor and bladed rotor measurement software designed by Hexagon, to provide accurate inspection data with the best speed and flexibility on the market. Hexagon bladed rotor measurement software uses a series of parametric techniques, automated path creation functions to measure airfoils and avoid collisions, reducing the time to create measurement routines by up to 70% , also facilitating the execution of measures.

The system also offers the advantage of automatically adapting the scanning speeds according to the complexity and size of the areas measured. The Leitz Reference HP HTA solution for bladed discs is now available in Europe and North America. Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence helps industrial manufacturers develop the disruptive technologies of today and the life-changing products of tomorrow. As a leading metrology and manufacturing solution specialist, our expertise in sensing, thinking and acting – the collection, analysis and active use of measurement data – gives our customers the confidence to increase production speed and accelerate productivity while enhancing product quality.

Through a network of local service centers, production facilities and commercial operations across five continents, we are shaping smart change in manufacturing to build a world where quality drives productivity.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence is part of Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries.

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has more than 21,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.8bn EUR. Learn more at and follow us @HexagonAB.

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