Hexagon Acquires Non-Contact Measurement Company CogniTens Ltd.

Hexagon AB (hexagonmetrology.us) has acquired the outstanding shares of CogniTens Ltd. (www.cognitens.com), a provider of shop floor non-contact dimensional measurement solutions. The company will be integrated into Hexagon Metrology, the largest industrial measurement group, that includes the Brown & Sharpe, DEA, Leitz, Leica Geosystems, Sheffield, Romer, PC-DMIS and TESA brands.

CogniTens product portfolio is built on the concept of providing manufacturers with full surface and feature measurements using advanced 3D optical technology, available as both portable solutions and integrated cells.

The company’s dimensional measurement solutions are especially designed for use in demanding engineering and shop floor environments of automotive and other manufacturing industries. Leading automotive OEM’s around the world are already implementing CongiTens’ products in engineering and manufacturing applications.

As part of Hexagon Metrology, the company said CogniTens will continue to develop and introduce new products, closely support installations and provide value added services for the benefit of its global customer base. CogniTens customers will enjoy enhanced support from the globally diverse Hexagon Metrology network with local support and service from over sixty local offices worldwide.

CogniTens provides comprehensive dimensional measurement systems that are focused on improving engineering and manufacturing processes in the automotive and other manufacturing industries. It is headquartered in Israel, and has U.S. offices in Wixom, Michigan.

Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with an extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories, and customer services. The company is a subsidiary of Hexagon Measurement Technologies, a business unit of Hexagon AB of Nacka Strand, Sweden.

The Hexagon group consists of nearly 8,200 employees located in 30 countries. www.HexagonMetrology.us

Separately, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in early September told Romer, a unit of Hexabon Metrology, of its intent to issue a second re-examination certificate for the company’s U.S. patent No. 5,829,148 that concerns the “infinite rotation” feature of its articulated measuring arms.

The company said the reexamination certificate confirms the claims of a patent; and that the notice is the second confirmation from the U.S. Patent office that all the claims on the patent are valid.

William Gruber, president of Hexagon Metrology Inc., said the confirmation of the patent claims has made the patent “solid and worth defending,” and that the company has a renewed commitment to defend its patent rights to the infinite rotation feature for portable measuring arms in the U.S. market.”

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