The Expert’s Desk: The CMM Designed to Deliver Productivity

This month, we launched the GLOBAL S, first of Hexagon’s enhanced productivity line  of coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). GLOBAL S utilizes smart technologies to offer a complete solution packaged with hardware technologies, UX (User Experience) capabilities, and software integrations. In this article, we will take a deeper dive into what these smart technologies are and howthey are designed to deliver productivity to your manufacturing facility.

Hardware Technologies


Compass technology is an advanced vibration-reduction system which guarantees performance accuracy even during high-speed scanning. Using the combination of hardware and firmware solutions, it enables you to maximize throughput without compromising accuracy. 

Scan Pilot

Programming and setup times are minimized by utilizing the advanced firmware algorithms in Scan Pilot. GLOBAL S scans the most complex profiles and even the trickiest workpieces can be scanned quickly and accurately.


With the help of Fly2 Mode, a next-generation trajectory-control technology, your CMM glides smoothly through its movements, cutting program execution times. Fly2Mode also automatically optimizes the route between measurement points, reducing machine idle times.

UX Capabilities

Status Lighting

The GLOBAL S messaging light kit integrates LED alert lights into the CMM so you can check machine status at a glance, even at a distance. This means the CMM can be left to measure, allowing you to optimize time and resource management.


PULSE uses a networkof sensors to provide real-time monitoring of environmental conditions that could influence the quality of measured data. PULSE records variations in temperature, humidity, vibrations as well as probe crashes and can send automatic alerts when an environmental condition threshold is breached. Information is displayed on an easy-to-understand dashboard to support the fast pace of lean manufacturing environments.  


The balanced design offers a solid and secure feeling in your hand, allowing you to measure with more confidence. The materials selected for the NJB ensure the right feel and reduce fatigue during usage. Crafted from carefully chosen and robust materials, the Next Jogbox allows you to measure with confidence knowing your system is fully protected.

Software Integrations

PC-DMIS Notification Center

The recently released PC-DMIS R1 has an integrated notification center that allows you to always keep an eye on multiple inspection processes with the debut of configurable warnings. This first version supports both embedded lights, like those on the GLOBAL S, as well as external light stacks. For quieter lab environments, you can also configure multiple sound events from the PC speakers.


INSPECT is a single touch interface built for the shop floor production environment. INSPECT is simple to configure from the administrator level and even simpler to use from the operator level tool to run PC-DMIS inspection routines without having to navigate PC-DMIS.

To learnmore about these smart technologies or to receive information on the GLOBAL S click here.


  • April Guenet

    April Guenet is a Product Marketing Manager for Bridge and Shop-Floor CMMs at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Guenet has written numerous articles and blog entries for both technical and nontechnical industries. Before joining Hexagon, she served as a marketing coordinator for a global analytical instrumentation manufacturer with experience in marketing, social media management, public relations, and digital marketing. Guenet holds a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Marketing Communications from Johnson & Wales University.

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