Portable metrology

Measure anything anywhere

Existent portable 3D systems available on the market include articulated arm coordinate measuring machines (portable arms), laser trackers and hand held optical scanners. Our universal Metrolog X4 software can enhance any portable 3D measuring device.


Metrolog X4 is compatible with

Portable arms Hand-held systems Laser trackers
Wenzel, Faro, Hexagon, Kreon, Nikon Creaform, Metronor, Nikon Hexagon (Leica)
API, Faro
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Portable metrology solutions

Portable articulated arms allow bringing directly the measuring system to the job and measure on the spot rather than bringing large parts into a dedicated 3D metrology facility.

Laser trackers are suited for large volume measurement, and the alignment and inspection of tooling, fixtures and equipment.

Handheld scanners for industrial applications have no need for external tracking devices such as CMM/portable arms, innovative positioning targets allow quick and easy setup with accuracy guaranteed, allowing complete freedom of scanning even in confined spaces. The quality of scan data is among the best available for portable scanning devices, providing high accuracy and resolution.

However, combinations of different categories of portable metrology are equally possible. For instance, a portable arm can be paired with a laser tracker in the form of a tracked arm has also seen the extension of the portable arm into larger volume inspection tasks. The laser tracker has also seen a focus recently on hand held tactile probing and hand held scanners increasing further the application depth of the laser tracker into production metrology applications.

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Gain a competitive edge with portable metrology 

With the rise of portable metrology, inspection and quality assurance have spread out to almost all industries.  Mainstream, portable CMM can push metrology and manufacturing industry forward by enabling the use a portable CMM right on the factory floor, in particular for small and medium sized parts, gaining data in real-time that can be shared across multiple factories improving production on a larger level than just a single manufacturing run.

Performing inspection directly in the manufacturing environment

Portable metrology solutions collect accurate measurements directly on the shopfloor environments, hence improving productivity and efficiency.

Precise 3D control of all kinds of parts

From precise mechanical part, to free form parts that come in different shapes, colours, complex surfaces and sizes, even parts that frequently move during the inspection process.

Ensuring high performance for large data set acquisition

Given that, the majority of these systems are equipped with optical sensor technology; this makes Metrolog X4 software the best fit because it provides unparalleled performance for large data sets (point clouds).

In a nutshell, portable industrial metrology systems enable fast and simple 3D measurement. Metrologic Group software solutions just make them better.

Why make use of portable measuring devices?

  • Your process requires a portable 3D measurement solution for small and medium applications directly on the shop floor or in field conditions,
  • You are looking for a cost-effective alternative to CMM or devices that are not expert-oriented,
  • You have already a CMM and you’d like to equip your shop floor with an additional portable solution to speed up your quality control productivity,
  • You are new to 3D metrology and a portable measuring device sounds like a good solution to start with.

The right software to boost your portable measuring device

Whatever your portable metrology device, our Metrolog X4 software is the best fit because it can be used with or without CAD file, and it interfaces with all types of portable devices available on the market. This is particularly true when you’re already using our universal 3D inspection software with your CMM, and you’d like to maintain your level of software expertise when acquiring a new portable measuring device for several reasons:

  • program data transfer,
  • working sessions,
  • reporting templates,
  • and above all, to avoid multiplying the management of several software solutions.

Gain peace of mind with Metrolog X4 software

Fast to set up and easy to use, Metrolog X4 enables a seamless measurement workflow using portable metrology solutions in addition to existent conventional 3D measuring machine park.

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With comprehensive tools and the most complete set of features on the market.


Better throughput and important time saving via performant & easy to use software architecture.


A proven results accuracy. Fostered relationships with major 3D measurement equipment brands.

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Extend the capabilities of your solution

Built-in software provided with portable measurement systems are predominantly limited at the operating level, non-universal, and with lengthy point cloud processing time and approximate results.

Not only replacing the built-in software by our universal software solution does not require any physical modification of the device, but it enables a thorough use of the equipment and the most extensive universality on the market. Furthermore, our software solutions have repeatedly proven to be a significant time-saviour delivering real-time most accurate results directly at the point of production.