Leaving Las Vegas

With so many different events at the Hexagon 2012 conference, it was hard to focus on just one, so here’s a partial list of things I’ve learned during the trip. After arriving on Tuesday, I was just in time to catch the end of the Hexagon product overview  — and the bad jokes thrown in. (I’ll spare you the details, but one of the punch lines was “Banano-second.”) Later that afternoon I gained a new appreciation for NASCAR’s measurement process during the Hendrick Motorsports talk. And that night during the Hexagon Metrology comedy event, the crowd loved the measurement-related jokes. Though Hexagon products can be found around the world, Metrology is still not widely understood. One of the comedians asked a fellow media attendee, “Metropolis magazine? Isn’t that where Superman worked?”

But the next day’s sessions brought more serious discussions of technology, specifically, micro-CT technology for stents. Though the scanning process was described as long as about 30 minutes, that seemed short for something close so your heart, literally.  And later in the day I saw a photo of a laser tracker wearing a jacket during a winter application test, heard how Gage R&R can be done better (don’t forget to de-grease) and listened to the charming Hexagon CEO Ola Rollén explain where the company is headed.

Today I had the chance to talk to Al Chiasson, general manager of Hexagon Metrology’s Metrology Services, about industry trends. (Watch for the clip on qualitymag.com in a few weeks.) Though the hype at the MGM for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight this weekend almost makes me want to extend my trip, I am on my way back to New York now.


About the Author

Michelle Bangert, Quality Magazine, Editor


Michelle Bangert is editor of Quality Magazine. She’s been with the magazine for more than five years, and recently returned after taking time off for graduate school. Now, armed with a master’s degree from the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, she writes for Quality, NDT and Vision & Sensors.


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