Hexagon and Plex partnership to deliver smart manufacturing solutions
May 25, 2021
Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division, headquartered in Cobham, Surrey, UK, and Plex Systems, Troy, Michigan, USA, have entered into a strategic partnership that will allow Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division and Plex to co-sell Plex Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to Hexagon’s manufacturing customers.
“There’s no question that more connected, data-driven approaches to manufacturing are central to bringing better products to market faster and more cost-effectively with confidence,” stated Paolo Guglielmini, president of the Manufacturing Intelligence division at Hexagon. “Plex brings valuable experience to our customers, and its impressive open MES solution augments our technologies offering a path to ramp up shop floor efficiency by bringing together data from siloed processes to solve manufacturing problems faster and more collaboratively.”
Hexagon and Plex have both commented on their common vision for smart manufacturing, offering users an incremental path to achieve greater automation. Using Plex’s MES with integrated quality control, Hexagon customers will be able to augment their workflows by streaming quality measurements, engineering data and other manufacturing information into the MES, thus creating a real-time digital record.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hexagon, an organisation that is just as dedicated to delivering smart manufacturing solutions as we are, and with a global scale,” added Bill Berutti, CEO at Plex. “Smart manufacturing isn’t something that will happen years down the road – it’s real, it’s imperative and it’s happening now.”
“Smart manufacturers are seeking continuous product and process improvements to ensure that quality is measured, enforced and managed in a closed-loop across design, production and inspection,” commented Reid Paquin, research director, at IDC. “This new partnership will enable manufacturers to do just that and on a global level.”
Hexagon and Plex’s partnership will initially extend to Europe and India, where Hexagon prospects and customers have MES needs. The combination of Hexagon and Plex for these manufacturers provides a fully digitalised solution from plant measurement and metrology to managing end-to-end production.