updated 3/7/2011 12:17:02 PM ET 2011-03-07T17:17:02

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I., March 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hexagon Metrology, Inc. announced that precision component manufacturer Milwaukee Machine Works has purchased a Leitz PMM-G ultra-accurate coordinate measuring machine. The Leitz measuring machine has a supersized measuring capacity of three meters wide by four meters long, and two and a half meters high, tailor made for the large scale machined components that are a Milwaukee Machine Works specialty. The PMM-G is a gantry configuration machine that allows large scale parts up to 30,000 pounds to be easily moved inside for precision measurement. It also boasts the highest accuracy specifications for its size, enabling ultra precision measurements to be made for case, cover and housing parts for the wind, off-highway and mining industries which comprise MMW's typical customer base.

"This new machine is a huge enhancement to our capabilities," said Mike Manna, General Manager of Milwaukee Machine Works. "We are known for tackling the toughest, highest precision, turning and machining jobs in the business—jobs that other shops just don't have the capability or expertise to handle. Now we will have a measuring machine with the size, capacity and accuracy to handle the very largest parts we are capable of making—single parts that are the size of small cars."

Milwaukee Machine Works also plans to keep the new machine busy by pursuing ISO/IEC 17025 certification and offering contract inspection services to other manufacturers in the area. "Not everyone can have a machine with this capability, so when we've got available machine time, we're also going to offer high accuracy inspection services to the local manufacturing community," said Manna.

"Milwaukee Machine Works has always been a good customer of Hexagon Metrology, and represents the best of what American manufacturing is capable of," said Jack Rosignal, Vice President of Sales for Hexagon Metrology, Inc. "We are pleased that the first PMM-G Coordinate Measuring Machine to be installed in America is going to a company like Milwaukee Machine Works, that has the commitment to precision manufacturing and the highest quality standards."

The new Leitz PMM-G is scheduled to come on line in Milwaukee Machine Works' ISO 9001:2008 certified facility by the second quarter of 2011.

About Hexagon Metrology

Hexagon Metrology serves the high precision measurement and inspection needs of worldwide manufacturers with its extensive line of metrology hardware, software, accessories and customer services. The company's name-brand portfolio of quality assurance products include Brown & Sharpe, Cognitens, Leica Geosystems, ROMER, Sheffield, PC-DMIS, DEA, Leitz and TESA. Hexagon Metrology has an unrivaled installed base of more than 1.5 million handheld, stationary and portable measurement devices, and over 35,000 seats of PC-DMIS metrology software. More information is at www.HexagonMetrology.us

The company is a business unit of Hexagon AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a publicly-traded company (Stockholm:HEXA B). The Hexagon group consists of nearly 11,000 employees located in 42 countries.

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About Milwaukee Machine Works

Milwaukee Machine Works is one of the most experienced suppliers of machined components to the Wind Energy market place in the 1000MM to 2 meter size range. Additionally, Milwaukee is a key supplier to Major Off-Highway and Agricultural manufacturers supplying 500-1600MM components in significant volumes while holding exceptionally tight tolerances. 

Link to press release: http://hexagonmetrology.us/news-and-events/221-hexagon-metrology-supplies-ultra-accurate-measuring-system-to-milwaukee-machine-works

CONTACT: Hexagon Press Contact: Belinda Jones
         HiTech Marketing LLC
         (860) 399-1147
         belinda.jones@hitechmarketing.com
         
         Hexagon Marketing Contact:
         Bill Fetter, Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
         (920) 906-7514
         william.fetter@hexagonmetrology.com
         
         Milwaukee Marketing Contact:
         Aaron Remsing, MMW VP Sales & Marketing
         (414) 431-3734
         rremsing@mmwmail.com

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