Hexagon standardizes on Wind River for next-generation metrology equipment

March 14, 2012 // By Nick Flaherty
Hexagon Metrology in Cobham, UK, is standardizing on the Wind River Platform for Industrial Devices for its latest coordinate measuring machine (CMM), the GLOBAL Silver. Such machines measure the physical characteristics of an object and allow engineers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that manufactured products precisely conform to the original product design.

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Swedish Hexagon Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, Optiv, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER and TESA.
Wind River Platform for Industrial Devices combines real time operating system VxWorks, the Workbench embedded software development suite and networking and connectivity run-time technologies. Hexagon Metrology is taking advantage of the modular firmware architecture based on VxWorks, and the application being used is characterized by strict determinism achieved by the real-time features of VxWorks. The New Bridge CMM GLOBAL Silver features high accuracy, dynamics, and throughput for the dimensional inspection of mechanical components with tight tolerances. Its versatility allows it to be adapted for multiple vertical markets.
“Hexagon Metrology has selected Wind River as a development technology provider due to its well-established market leadership in the real-time operating system industrial application field,” said Dario Francescon, firmware and system design manager at Hexagon Metrology. “Wind River Platform for Industrial Devices is highly performing, stable, and well-supported in the long-term, all of which are necessary for providing a robust platform for a variety of metrology applications and enabling us to commit to a long-term investment.”