Quality Magazine

Metris acquires LK, 3D Scanners and Arc Second

March 20, 2006

LEUVEN, BELGIUM-Metris announces the simultaneous acquisition of LK Ltd. (Derby, UK), 3D Scanners Ltd. (London) and Arc Second Inc. (Virginia, WA). Total funds in excess of 35 million euro have been raised to finance the acquisition and integration of the three privately held companies.

"Through these acquisitions Metris becomes a total solution provider offering both unique breakthrough optical as well as classical tactile metrology technologies combined with best in class services," says Bart Van Coppenolle, Metris president and CEO. "This strategy guarantees our customers a risk and hassle-free upgrade path to new optical metrology technologies."

Metris now is able to offer their customers an integrated hardware and software solution covering the complete range of 3-D inspection tasks. In addition to the classical CMM touch probe technology, Metris offers 3-D optical metrology solutions, in fixed and portable configurations, for measurement volumes applicable in automotive and aerospace applications. Metris' technologies are integrated with native single point and point cloud software, and supported by an extensive service organization.

LK is a CMM manufacturer that offers high-end, accurate horizontal arm and bridge CMMs, as well as a CMM software suite: Camio Studio. LK won a "Customer Service Leadership Award" in an independent market study published in 2005.

Arc Second develops, manufactures and markets Indoor GPS positioning and tracking solutions. The Metris Indoor GPS is a modular, large-volume tracking system enabling factory-wide localization of multiple objects with metrology accuracy, applicable in manufacturing and assembly. Indoor GPS is mainly used by aerospace manufacturers, but is also adopted by automotive and industrial manufacturers both for positioning and tracking applications.

3-D Scanners manufactures noncontact 3-D scanners for articulated and robot arm CMMs. These flexible and portable systems create accurate digital representations of complex-shaped objects for inspections against CAD data and reverse engineering.

The introduction of the Freedom Robot CMM, due for launch in 2007, is both automated and portable and therefore combines the advantages of manual portable CMM arms and fixed-bed CNC CMMs.