Hexagaon has been announced as official metrology hardware and software provider for 14-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports until 2032.
This partnership will see the companies implement advanced scanning, measuring and digitization technologies from Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division to enhance the race team’s performance, and includes Hexagon’s presenting sponsorship a 3,000ft2 advanced Quality Control Lab on Hendrick Motorsports’ North Carolina campus.
“A relentless focus on quality, accuracy and attention to the finest details is what wins races and championships in NASCAR,” said Jeff Andrews, president and general manager, Hendrick Motorsports. “In today’s environment, the level of competition is very high, and we must maximize everything we can control. Hexagon’s precision products provide us peace of mind as we enter race weekends on the cusp of some remarkable milestones. With this landmark decade-long commitment, we look forward to celebrating many exciting achievements together in the future.”
By integrating several Hexagon metrology technologies, Hendrick Motorsports will be able to measure a higher volume of parts as it aims to meet stringent racing deadlines and production lead times. The new technologies will also support the team in making informed choices on which vehicle components or assemblies are best suited to achieve performance gains on track.
“Partnering to provide technologies that will help Hendrick Motorsports continue to make race- winning performance innovations is an exciting opportunity and further strengthens the long-time relationship we have maintained,” said Scott Grumbles, commercial operations manager, Hexagon. “In providing metrology solutions that offer more flexibility, capacity and accuracy, the goal is to ensure Hendrick Motorsports has the tools it needs to confidently push the limits of performance and keep crossing the finish line first.”
One of the technologies set to be introduced is collaborative robotic inspection capabilities, which will help to eliminate inspection bottlenecks. This will enable Hendrick Motorsports to automate unattended measurement so that it can redeploy manpower to more critical areas. Three new coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) will provide greater inspection capacity, and the Quality Control Lab at Hendrick Motorsports will also feature portable laser scanners that simplify the measurement of components throughout the facility.