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Moving into Industry 4.0 with Off-line Programming

Powerful and intuitive, Metrologic Group’s Silma X4 software is an off-line programming tool that allows industrial companies to enter into Industry 4.0 thanks to different advanced simulation modules.

Perfect for high production, especially in automotive and aerospace industries, Silma X4 and its Path Planning module meet the need to simplify, streamline and optimize the inspection process. Measurement programs are creating automatically and hands-free!

  • Optimized Productivity and Save Programming Time with Silma X4

Based on years of programming experience, Silma X4 allows to simulate a complete measurement cycle without immobilizing the measuring system. With no downtime during the programming time, the CMM keeps performing its measuring tasks, saving considerable time and resources.

Fully integrated into the measurement process and thanks to its digital twin technology, this tool allows the user to project himself into the complete 3D measurement environment. Measuring systems behavior are simulated as in reality (e.g. kinematics of motorized heads, probe change sequence using tool changers, laser line visibility check with the camera of the optical sensor, cloud density according to sensor capability, etc.). Ensuring the detection of potential collisions during the inspection, Silma X4 offers powerful automatic avoidance capability.

In a universal approach, Silma X4 allows to program any CMM and to simulate several types of measuring cell configurations, with more than 700 CMM models integrated. It is also compatible with several programming types (Native DMIS or MgProg), and all native industrials CAD formats and PMI data are supported.

  • Save Time in Security with the Silma X4 Path Planning Advanced Module

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For existing Silma X4 users, the advanced Path Planning module allows the programmer to reduce programming time by up to 40%* compared to traditional offline programming. This additional module is intended to facilitate the programming by optimizing the measurement system trajectory.

For more safety, this module identifies potential collisions (collision free), and autonomously generates an optimized avoidance path to avoid damage on the measuring devices.

Path Planning also provides an automatic probe orientation assistance to ensure the reachability of the different features of the measured part, and manages automatically probe changing when a tool changer is available.

  • Intelligent measurement process 4.0 with PMI-oriented Path Planning

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CAD included PMI combined with Path Planning allows to save up to 60% of the total programming time.
Product Manufacturing Information (PMI) avoid any input problems and ensure consistency between the different departments for a fully confident inspection. No more programmer errors or interpretations: Using X4, all the information are extract in one click.

If you want to try this offline simulation solution, contact Metrologic Group for a free demonstration or download the brochure.

*Time studied on automotive industry key players



Updated Thursday April 9th, 2020


In these times of change, we need to be proactive and adapt to a world that will be different.  Not only does this apply to us as a technological company but most importantly to our customers who will grow different set of expectations. More than ever, time has come to step up to evolving market demands: we are committed to implementing radical changes to support our end-users. Starting today.


Updated Tuesday March 17th, 2020


At Metrologic Group, safety is our number one priority. We are committed to providing you with the best possible customer experience while protecting our staff. As of Tuesday March 17th noon France is in partial lockdown and we will be applying government mandatory measures.  All of our team is able to operate and work remotely in secured locations.

Preventing the further spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility for us all.

We are monitoring and enforcing all guidelines set out by local governments in the countries in which we operate, whether related to local requirements, general hygiene or to travel restrictions.

During this time, we are doing our best to maintain 100% of our technical support services by phone, email or remote assistance.  If you have any technical problems using our solution or need simple assistance, you can contact us normally through the usual channels and locally available phone numbers:


  • • Technical Support: hotline [at]  (replace [at] by @)
  • • Find and contact your local support
  • • Technical Support for France Hotline Direct Access Number: +33-476-043-033
  • • Or locate your nearest Subsidiary/resseller for local support.
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Trainings, on-site assistance and business trips are cancelled until further notice.

However, our team of experts is available to perform virtual/remote training to support your needs:  contact your local focal to learn more on how we have adpated to the situation to keep providing training on our full range of software solutions.

We will continue to keep you informed as we go along and we invite you to regularly consult this page for the latest information.


Thank you and stay safe,

The Metrologic Group Team

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