Hexagon buys New River Kinematics, SpatialAnalyzer maker
by SPAR Point Group staff
January 09, 2013
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Hexagon announced this week it has
bought New River Kinematics, a software firm based here known for its
SpatialAnalyzer product that integrates 3D metrology data from differing acquisition
systems for a variety of applications.
Terms of the acquisition were not released, but NRK did
roughly $13.3 million in 2012 revenue, and Hexagon announced that NRK founders Dr.
Robert Salerno and Dr. Joseph Calkins will join Hexagon and continue with the
NRK got its start in the robotics industry, with an initial
product released in 1994 called RobotAssist. However, the company soon found
that its technology was in demand in a number of industrial applications and in
1996 released SpatialAnalyzer, which is now used in fields as diverse as
shipbuilding, nuclear energy, and molecular modeling.
You can see a variety of videos demonstrating NRK’s software
YouTube channel here.
"When it comes to industries like aerospace and
shipbuilding, where parts are either very large or very expensive, mitigation
of continuous rework is an absolute necessity. NRK's software facilitates
this," said Norbert Hanke, president, Hexagon Metrology, in a statement.
"From single part inspection to highly accurate, large scale
multi-instrument surveys, SA's advanced analysis capabilities support
large-scale manufacturers who have no other option but to make components that
NRK claims SpatialAnalyzer is “the only comprehensive
solution to connect multiple products from any supplier. From arms and
theodolites to trackers and scanners, SA's advanced analysis capabilities
combine inputs from any metrology device into a single platform. This is
especially important in large-scale manufacturing processes, where larger CAD
models and more complex data present additional challenges when it comes to
accuracy, and ultimately, productivity,” according to a press release.
NRK had announced a
distribution agreement with Hexagon as recently as this past September.
Hexagon was also sure to include assurances in its press
release that SpatialAnalyzer will continue to support metrology devices from a
number of suppliers and remain product agnostic. "NRK remains fully
committed to supporting the entire spectrum of portable metrology instruments
and manufacturers,” NRK founders Salerno and Calkins, are quoted as saying. “We
are excited about taking NRK and SA to the next level and will continue to push
the envelope on metrology software in order to help customers meet their
challenges. That is, and will continue to be, one of the key strengths of