Business

December 18, 2013

Adoption of large-scale CMMs, laser trackers to drive demand from aerospace industry

The need for dimensional metrology solutions to measure new aircraft designs or the latest lightweight bodies and components will sustain the metrology market.

Demand from leading aerospace manufacturers for customized, end-to-end solutions is the primary driver for the market.

The top five dimensional metrology companies account for 51 percent of the total market, with coordinate measuring machines and laser trackers being the most widely used metrology solutions. The key factors behind the success of these companies are their global presence, wide product portfolio, technical expertise, and robust project management skills.

“Leading dimensional metrology vendors are seeing huge market opportunities for tailored metrology solutions in the high-precision metrology space in the aerospace industry,” stated Frost & Sullivan Measurement & Instrumentation Research Analyst Aravind Govindan. “Large CMMs and laser trackers with a set of new accessories, such as scanners and probes, can be customized based on end-user manufacturing and quality inspection processes.”

Companies such as Hexagon Metrology, Carl Zeiss, Mitutoyo Corporation and Nikon Metrology have built their product portfolio with a wide range of products that are indicative of their capabilities, intensifying competition. These top players are also leveraging their global reach to build an extensive regional presence and tap into opportunities in emerging countries, restraining the growth of medium-and-small sized dimensional metrology companies.

“CMMs continue to gain share over other technologies, such as VMMs and scanners, in the aerospace industry,” noted Govindan. “They account for 67.2 percent of the total market.”

End users require high-precision and flexible solutions to measure complex structures through contact and non-contact based measurement methods. However, their receptiveness towards latest technologies, such as scanners and VMMs is estimated to be low. Leading dimensional metrology companies are educating end users on the benefits of VMMs and scanners as accessory products in order to generate steady revenue streams.

“Overall, dimensional metrology in the aerospace industry is transforming to accommodate a wide range of products,” said Govindan. “Continuous innovation and investments in technology will help win global aerospace clients and orders.”

Applications involving aerostructures and aeroengines contributed 59.6 percent to the dimensional metrology market in 2012, with Hexagon Metrology, Carl Zeiss, Mitutoyo Corporation, Nikon Metrology and Faro Technologies edging out competition. These application areas are driven by technology and quality and not by price.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Boeing photograph

Boeing Oklahoma City expansion grows facilities, business presence

Boeing photograph July 29, Boeing broke ground on a new laboratory facility in Oklahoma City. Mayor Mick Cornett, Commissioner Brian Maughan, President of Boeing Global Services and Support Leanne Caret, Oklahoma Governor Mary ...
 
 

Boeing unveils first RAAF Growler

Boeing and the U.S. Navy July 29 extended advanced airborne electronic attack capability to a key U.S. ally, presenting the Royal Australian Air Force with its first EA-18G Growler. Australia is the first country other than the U.S. to obtain this aircraft. The Growlers will complement our existing and future air combat capability, and we...
 
 

Northrop Grumman, Missile Defense Agency surpass software affordability target

The Missile Defense Agency and Northrop Grumman have achieved nearly $7 million savings through the Modeling and Operations Software Affordability Initiative during 2014, exceeding the $5 million savings targeted. In collaboration with the MDA, Northrop Grumman launched the initiative to decrease software development costs while increasing productivity and creating more enhanced users’ ex...
 

 
Virgin Galactic photograph

NTSB concludes SpaceShipTwo flight test accident investigation

Virgin Galactic photograph WhiteKnightTwo and the first SpaceShipTwo during a captive carry test flight over the Mojave Desert. MOJAVE, Calif.–The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded the investigation of th...
 
 

Lockheed Martin, StemRad studying first-responder radiation shield for potential deep-space application

StemRad, Ltd. and Lockheed Martin have initiated a joint research and development effort to determine if StemRad’s radiation shielding technology ñ originally designed for first-responders ñ could help to keep astronauts safe on deep-space exploration missions. This collaboration is part of Lockheed Martin’s ongoing effort to establish international partnerships for human explorat...
 
 

General Dynamics to continue modernizing submarine tactical weapons systems

General Dynamics has received a $20 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to continue modernizing the AN/BYG-1 Weapons Control System Technology Insertion and Advanced Processing Build software for U. S. Navy and Royal Australian Navy submarines. The AN/BYG-1 software analyzes and tracks submarine and surface-ship contact information, providing tactical, situational awareness for sub...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>