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Hexagon Acquires Vero

Thursday, July 31, 2014
 
Metrology-equipment provider Hexagon AB, Stockholm, Sweden, has acquired CAM-software developer Vero Software. Vero’s portfolio includes Alphacam, Radan, Edgecam and VISI. The acquisition will allow Hexagon to extend the reach of its newly developed metrology-planning software; www.hexagon.com/.

UPM Adds Shear, High-Def Plasma Cutting

Thursday, July 31, 2014
 
The United Performance Metals (UPM) facility in Houston, TX, has increased its inventory of nickel plate, and invested in a new plate shear and high-definition plasma-arc cutting table. UPM processes stainless-steel, nickel- and cobalt-alloy products including sheet, coil, strip, plate and near-net shapes; www.upmet.com/.

Record-Breaking Robot Sales

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
 
The North American robotics industry is on track to record its best year ever, according to first-half 2014 sales statistics from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), Ann Arbor, MI. Through June, unit sales (14,135 robots) by North American suppliers are up 30 percent year over year, registering a 16-percent gain in revenue.  Second-quarter robot sales (8197 units valued at $450 million) shattered the previous sales record for a single quarter (fourth quarter 2012) by 31 percent in units and 17 percent in revenue. Overall, the market has averaged 26-percent growth per year since 2010. More at www.robotics.org/.

 

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