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Based in 3 laboratories in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield

Services & Capabilities


  •  Commercial measurement services.
  •  SME support—Consultancy.
  •  Measurement related training  (including e-learning).
  •  Product Verification—Measurement & in-process control and verification; post-process and part verification.
  •  Research & Development.

Commercial Measurement Services

Dimensional metrology – measurement of components and assemblies

  • Safety critical parts (eg Aerospace / Medical / Automotive / Oil & Gas / Civil Nuclear).
  • Difficult to measure parts.
  • Specialise in Aerospace (engine parts inc. blades and cores), Medical (implants, medical plastics).
  • FAIRS (First Article Inspection Reports) – first principle and CMM (Co-ordinate Measurement Machines).

Problem resolution

  • Measurement issues
  • Dispute resolution (an independent set of data)
  • CMM programming / programme validation
  • Zeiss, Mitutoyo, Hexagon, Aberlink


  • Bespoke (customers own products)
  • NPL off-the-shelf courses

SME support—Consultancy

  • SME Manufacturers Measurement Network
  • Access to local measurement expertise / knowledge
  • Access to state-of-art laboratories and equipment
  • Technology evaluation
  • Support and advice
  • Measurement related Training
  • Bespoke (customers own products)
  • NPL off-the-shelf courses 

Product Verification

  • Aerospace parts e.g. engine blades
  • Civil Nuclear

Research & Development

  •  Reverse engineering
  •  Tactile
  •  Non-contact (laser)
  •  Understanding accuracy of process / measurement uncertainty

Wide range of measurement equipment including:

  • 2 x Mitutoyo Crysta CMMs (MCOSMOS software).
  • 1 x Hexagon DEA Global Silver CMM (PCDMIS software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Zeiss Prismo CMM (Calypso software).
  • 1 x Nikon LK CMM (Camio software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Aberlink CMM (Aberlink software) + camera system.
  • 1 x Hexagon Optiv Optical CMM (PCDMIS software).
  • 1 x Hexagon Romer Articulated Arm CMM (PCDMIS software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Taylor Hobson Talysurf form PGI (Surface and profilometry).
  • 1 x Taylor Hobson roundness machine.
  • 1 x Baty Projector and electronic scales.
  • Plus manual test equipment / slip gauges etc.

  CONTACT: Rob Woollin. E:  M: 07976 873073


  • Regions: East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Telephone 01484 505714
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