Under Ola Rollén’s leadership, Hexagon has taken a path into the future that has surely surprised many. That he could rise as the world’s CAM king, probably few believed until Hexagon purchased Vero Software in 2014. But on the other hand, of course, the connections between Hexagon’s first core area, metrology, and machining related to CAM and CNC solutions, as Ola Rollén saw in the years before 2014, are quite obvious. The point, however, is as always when it comes to interesting inventions to see the connections that competitors don’t. The Swedish empire builder’s ”secret” was that he realized these earlier than any of his opponents in the arena and was also able to gather the financial resources required to complete the deal.
But it did not stop there; now Rollén has seen more and even further: There are also interesting connections between the handling of smart manufacturing schemes and the factory facilities in which these Industry 4.0-based wonders will take place. This is where Infor’s EAM, Enterprise Asset Management solutions come into play.
On the surface, this looks like a very exciting opportunity; now it’s just a matter of developing the integrations needed to put together a platform that may even go beyond anything else on the market.
SCANNING THE HORIZON FOR STATE-OF-THE-ART TOOLS
So, business has turned out well also after 2014. Rollén continuously scans the horizon related to industrial production, smart plant, and asset management looking for state-of-the-art digital tools needed for this.
Some examples alongside Vero: The acquisition of MSC on the simulation and analysis side within PLM, j5 International to establish and support the use of digital twins in operational solutions in areas such as oil and gas, Thermopylae Sciences and Technology for geospatial applications, mobile frameworks and cloud-based positioning services, the 3D printing startup Amendate to strengthen additive solutions. The list can be made longer, but is on the bottom line a reflection of Rollén’s work across the entire scale to build and strengthen, above all, Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. However, the plan is in this case to place Infor EAM under the Industrial Enterprise Solutions umbrella.
Read Verdi Ogewell’s full article on this topic on engineering.com – here’s the link to the article:
The World’s King of CAM Strikes Again: Why did he buy ERP player INFOR’s entire EAM division?
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”Manufacturing Intelligence: Hexagon’s CEO is the New King of CAM”