After more than two years of planning, Hexagon Metrology commenced construction of a new 10-metre-high production hall in Wetzlar. "Now we can get going," said Holger Fritze, Managing Director of Hexagon Metrology GmbH on 18th November 2011. A host of honoured guests, among them Mayor Manfred Wagner, were welcomed to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new production hall.
The number of machines made at Wetzlar has doubled over the last two years. To keep up with the increasing demand, the company decided to expand its existing production area by 1500 square metres. The new production hall also has 600 m2 of offices on each of two floors.
"High-precision metrology can only be produced in a protected environment and requires a permanently constant temperature," says Holger Fritze. For this reason, the third floor contains the air-conditioning plant. This keeps the temperature in the hall at a constant 20°C ±0.1°C.
As well as temperature stability, the new building needs to be free of vibration. The 130 concrete piles supporting the floor slab are designed to ensure this. They have a diameter of 75 centimetres and are based up to ten metres deep in the ground.
Leitz coordinate measuring machines will be among products manufactured by Hexagon Metrology in the new hall. These measuring machines can be up to 10 metres high and are specially designed for large parts such as gears.
The new production hall will be opened in a public ceremony following its completion, which is scheduled for the second half of 2012.
The Leitz brand as part of Hexagon Metrology stands for high accuracy coordinate measuring machines, gear inspection centers and probes. Leitz measurement systems master quality assurance tasks equally well both in metrology labs as well as on the shop floor. The development and production are located in Wetzlar, Germany. For more than 30 years Leitz has been offering its customers the best innovative measurement technology available. The primary goal remains offering modern solutions for demanding measurement tasks.
About Hexagon Metrology
Hexagon Metrology (hexagonmetrology.com) is part of the Hexagon AB 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. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivaled global installed base of millions of Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services.