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How Portable Metrology Fuels Optimization Under the Hood

Take a closer look at how Hendrick Motorsports uses technology to deliver speed and actionable data to win big and gain recognition for excellence.

Posted: February 22, 2017

Jimmie Johnson at the Championship Victory Lane celebrations in November 2016 at Homestead, FL. (Photo courtesy of Nigel Kinrade NKP)

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) announced that their portable metrology systems are instrumental in driving optimization under the hood at Hendrick Motorsports (Concord, NC). The two companies formed a trailblazing technology partnership in early 2016 for collaborative technology development and engineering problem solving. The winner of a record 12 NASCAR Cup Series championships, Hendrick Motorsports has recently achieved more accolades, including Jimmie Johnson’s record-tying seventh Cup Series championship, Chase Elliott’s Rookie of the Year honors and team owner Rick Hendrick’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The Hendrick Motorsports engineering team utilizes Leica Absolute Trackers,Global Advantage CMMs, ROMER Absolute Arms and GridLOK volume-expansion systems for high-level dimensional control of parts, processes and mechanics. These portable measurement systems generate 3D production and process data on-demand to support optimal decision-making and expedite issue resolution during the pre- and post-race evaluations. The portable arms and trackers acquire 3D measurements to inspect and aid in the assembly of auto bodies and chassis components, while the CMMs provide sub-micron accurate measurements for engine components and end engine assembly.

Using precision metrology and actionable data, Hendrick Motorsports can build upon its quality analytics to drive improvements and progress its command of vehicle performance intricacies and the challenges of producing winning machines year in, year out. Hexagon supports this technology partnership with expanded in-house metrology capabilities and additional measurement systems, training and expert technical support.

“NASCAR has the longest season in professional sports, and there’s constant change on week-to-week, race-to-race basis,” said Doug Duchardt, the general manager of Hendrick Motorsports. “The speed at which things move is incredible, and these data-driven processes and solutions help us stay ahead. With their support, we’re able to meet engineering, manufacturing and logistical challenges and focus on what’s most important — our performance on the racetrack.”

“I would like to congratulate them on their recent wins and honors, notably the induction of industry trailblazer and Hexagon partner Rick Hendrick into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It is an honor to work with a team that’s just as engrossed in data-driven innovation as we are,” stated Zvonimir Kotnik, the director of business integration at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America. “They are a partner that confidently embraces precision data to optimize every facet of their race car designs. Their engineering team is dually focused on repeatability in quality production and wins on the track. Their search for excellence makes our technology partnership wide open to unlimited advancements.”

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, 250 Circuit Drive, North Kingstown, RI 02852, 401-886-2000,

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