EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

Lead Research Organisation: University of Huddersfield
Department Name: Sch of Computing and Engineering

Abstract

The vision of the proposed EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM) is to break new ground by creating the concept of the factory on the machine to deliver to UK industry disruptive solutions in advanced manufacturing for the next generation of high added-value products. Embracing and developing the factory on the machine concept will be a critical step in enabling a sustainable manufacturing sector for the next generation of engineered products dependent on precision and micro/nano scale geometrical accuracy and functionally optimised surfaces.Key challenges to achieving the concept of the factory on the machine are: Challenge I: Elevation of machine tool accuracies beyond the present formidable barriers to those currently only achievable by advanced metrology equipment in stable operating environments, through embodiment of our leading research in machine error modelling and reduction. Challenge II: Building sound foundations for the factory on the machine by developing new metrology instrumentation, used within the machine environment and a novel toolkit, for geometrical characterisation (size, geometry and texture) for the next generation of engineering products.In order to answer the challenges and vision of the CIM, the overall research programme is divided into key research themes and platform type activities. The two major thematic areas of research within the CIM are:Theme I - factory on the machine : to create a configurable and scalable platform for implementing advanced manufacturing and measurement technologies on machines ranging from nano, micro to large volume capability. Analogous with the lab on a chip concept, the delivered system will fuse production capability with high-precision metrology to provide an automatic quality control feedback loop for both product quality and machining process sustainability. Theme II - underlying techniques for factory on the machine : The aim here is to create new measurement and specification methodologies and products (smart software and hardware systems) and to deliver an underpinning new technology in measurement science for micro/nano scale surfaces on macro/meso dimensioned objects with Euclidean or non-Euclidean (non-rotational and non-translational symmetry) geometry and deterministic texture all to be applied within the factory on the machine environment. Platform activities will encompass: (i) Retention and recruitment of key identified research and technique staff; (ii) Generation of new knowledge and instrumentation derived from fundamental EPSRC, EU and TSB funded research projects (iii) Support blue sky research and feasibility studies in machine tool/surface technology and (iv) Knowledge exchange to key partners through specific projects, collaboration agreements, licensing, workshops, training, national networks, sand pits and open days. Platform activities will be targeted towards key partners firstly, their supply chains/end users, then secondly wider sectors of UK industry, as well as national and international standardisation bodies. Overall, this CIM research will link measurement and production in a unique way to minimise cost whilst at the same time enabling the manufacturing base to meet the challenge of ever increasing complexity and quality in manufacture. It will provide coherent research solutions to the manufacturing sector to ensure that advanced UK manufacture is at the forefront of emerging technologies. Partnership with UK industry will provide a research focal point, a national network to disseminate the outcomes and a link with other networks, CIMs and IKCs to ensure that the research provides the required outputs to drive industry forward. This would boost the capabilities of the project proposers to an unrivalled and unique position within the field of machine tool accuracy and surface metrology, allowing the research team to command a global leading role in the foreseeable future.

Planned Impact

Overall, the CIM research will link measurement and production in a unique way to minimise cost whilst at the same time enabling the manufacturing base to meet the challenge of ever increasing complexity and quality in manufacture. Key beneficiaries of this CIM research will include: the CIM research team, the CIM co-creators, the wider machine tool industry and their supply chain, machine tool users, metrology companies, users of advanced geometrical surfaces (e.g. structured surfaces), users of other mechanical systems (e.g. robotics), etc. Through coherent research solutions for the manufacturing sector to ensure advanced UK manufacture the CIM will be at the forefront of emerging technologies (e.g. production of spherical fuel pellets for inertial confinement fusion for the HiPER project). Short term (2-5 yrs) Companies collaborating will be able to quickly assimilate novel techniques/processes, strengthened by industry based research carried out by the industrially funded PhDs. In addition these PhDs will acquire specific skills relevant to the industry in which they are based. High level training courses will be offered through platform activities and taken up by employees of co-creators their supply chain and other industries, evidenced via course materials and numbers of course attendees. There will also be effective public engagement as evidenced by hosting public events, seminars, visits etc to increase public awareness and understanding of the science produced with the CIM. Medium Term (5-10 yrs) Partnership with UK industry will provide a research focal point, a national network to disseminate the outcomes and a link with other networks and CIMs, IKCs and KTNs to ensure that the research provides the required outputs to drive industry forward. The wider economic benefits from these work packages can considered as a contribution toward the furthering of UK involvement in high precision added value manufacture and design in areas where the UK is playing catch up. The IP created will be available for collaborating companies (through through numbers of patents, licensing agreements, NDAs and possible spin out companies) to move to real product and the market. Commercialisation and exploitation of these new technologies and manufacturing capability will have knock on benefits for UK companies involved with precision manufacture allowing sustainable manufacturing capability in the UK to grow and providing new high technology employment. Public engagement of the CIM research outputs will be used to contribute towards evidence based policy-making and influencing public policies and legislation at a local, regional, national and international level (e.g. national and International standardisation). Long Term (10-25 yrs) The mass technologies enabled, through reduced manufacturing costs/time, due to integrated metrology and automation and are likely to impact on the general public. The specifics of life, health and creative output improvements cannot be predicted, but cheaper technologies have a positive impact once absorbed by society as a whole. Foreseeable benefits can be energy efficiency improvement in engineering applications, chemical pollution reduction in cleaning applications etc. A growing manufacturing capability in the UK will secure high technology employment. Very Long Term (25 yrs +) The metrology for high power laser target fabrication has the potential for huge impact through successful inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and sustainable nuclear fusion. Mass fuel target metrology and manufacture is one of critical challenges requiring solution if ICF is to become a viable route for sustained energy production. This research work will make a valuable contribution to this challenge through links with the STFC and the HiPER project.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description 1. Develoments to improve machine-tool calibration tool and techniques - use of AI planning methods to significantly increase the speed of machine calibration - extending calibration methods to consider geometric, non-rigid, thermal and dynamic factors - development of feedback and self-learning techniques for continuous non-intrusive calibration 2. Development of multi-axis error compensation system(s) for machine tools - Load and thermal FEA prediction modelling methods - Sensor networks for real-time on machine monitoring - Adaptive real-time control systems 3. Establishment of relationships between surface geometry and machine tool characteristics - Machining process modelling - Characterisation of surface finish - Correlation of surface finish to machining conditions 4. Development of optical principles for in-process surface metrology - Multiplexed inteferometer integration - Improved robustness, sped and stability - Calibration and repeatability - Solid-state interferometer integration methods 5. Development of enabling optical methods for robust wavelength scanning instruments - Full field measurement principle and system - Calibration routines and stistch algorithms - Prototype instruments for in-process integration 6. Development of fibre multi-sensor systems for ultra-precision applications - Ligh wavelength scanning principle - Acoustic frequency scanning principle - Probe systems - Post processing and integration in-process 7. Characterisation of non-Euclidian surfaces - Development of surface representation and charaterisation models - Adaptive zoom sampling - Data fusion methods - Development of sampling strategy 8. Characterisation of deterministic surfaces - Development of a variety of feature extraction methods - Surface characterisation for Additive Layer Manufactured surfaces
Exploitation Route Academic/research work will contunue and expand through the recently awarded EPSRC Future Metrology Hub and its extensive research, innovation and industry consortium and wider networks. The large body of research outputs (c. 200 papers) will feed the wider research community whilst new technology and/or methods will be demonstrated via the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network. Specific technologies will also be commercially exploited by key industry partners following the successful IP licensing/assignment of several new technologies during teh lifetime of this award.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other

URL http://conferences.theiet.org/innovation/categories/manufacturing/index.cfm
 
Description The research programmes associated with this award have resulted in the development of a number of new metrology and control technologies and methods which are at varying stages of exploitation/commercialisation: 1. The Wavelength Scanning Interferometer (WSI) sensor has applications in many product types; the first main application currently being investigated is the manufacture of roll-to-roll vapour barrier coatings for flexible PV (photovoltaic) cells, where the WSI is able to detect defects (under half a second for full-field measurement) in the coating (for subsequent repair) that can have a critical impact on product longevity. Minimising these types of defects will ultimately reduce the cost (and increase the reliability) of the flexible PV cells thus improving and widening uptake of this type of renewable energy. A patent application (WO2010082066) is associated with this technology and the intellectual property in this patent has been assigned to a commercial partner for exploitation within a new instrument platform. More generally, the concept of embedded measurement, as exemplified by the WSI sensor, will dramatically improve yields through improved process control and will lead to lower cost and thus increasing uptake of technologies by consumers in areas such as flexible/printable electronics, roll-to-roll manufacture of structured films (for flat panel displays, solar concentrators etc.), as well as more traditional areas of manufacture such as: aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, and bio-engineering applications as well as paper applications such as food packaging, banknotes, etc. It will significantly reduce manufacturing costs and help industry move towards zero waste and a carbon neutral production. 2. Rapid machine tool calibration. Using AI planning methods borrowed from computer science, the research team have developed tools/methods that enable much faster calibration of machine tools. This work has been tested extensively with industry partners and has been shown to reduce measurement times by over 75%, improving productivity and encouraging companies to undertake more frequent calibration which improves product quality. Over 100 industry-based machines have already benefitted from this work. 3. Machine tool thermal error compensation. Building on previous work, the research team have further developed and enhanced understanding in the modelling and monitoring of thermally-induced errors on machine tools. This has led to the development a low cost protoype system for industrial application on small and realtively low-cost machine tools, and this technology has been licensed to a commercial partner for exploitation with a number of high-profile consumer electronics manufacturers, 4. ISO standards. One of the broadest and most enduring impacts from the research team will result from their input to the development of new international standards. In particular, the influence of their research on revisions to ISO standards in surface metrology and machine tool metrology will impact on precision manufacturing across a number of sectors at a global scale. 5. Further Funding - the experience gained and the success of the EPSRC Centre provided the grounding to submit and subsequently be awarded the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub, which commenced on 01/03/17. This will build on the work of the Centre by working with 3 academic partners and up to 49 industrial partners. The sum awarded by the EPSRC is £10 mill, plus contributions in cash and in-kind from industrial partners.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology
Impact Types Economic

 
Description Government Advisory Group Member for National Measurement System - X Jiang
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact Appointment of Xiangqian Jiang to the Government Advisory Group for National Measurement System . Awarding Body - National Measurement System, Name of Scheme - Advisory Group Member
 
Description 3D Micro-field Fast Imaging Technology Using Structured Light
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID IE121613 
Organisation The Royal Society 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2013 
End 03/2015
 
Description Blended Learning Course on Measurement Uncertainty for Advanced Vocational Training
Amount £38,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2011-1-PL1-LEO05-19870 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start  
 
Description Develop MATLAB software for feature parameters Project
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 01/2013
 
Description Development of Single Protein Fibre Matrix Composites for High Performance Cartilage
Amount £23,259 (GBP)
Funding ID 101221 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 01/2015
 
Description Development of on-line interferometric metrology techniques for high dynamic range surface measurement
Amount £30,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NPL Agreement No 398152 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2012 
End 04/2014
 
Description EC Development of a new wavelength scanning interferometer for embedded metrology (X Jiang)
Amount € 149,662 (EUR)
Funding ID 665589 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 04/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description EPSRC Development of Optical System (H Martin)
Amount £99,391 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2014 
End 11/2015
 
Description EPSRC Fellowship (P Scott)
Amount £914,012 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2013 
End 12/2016
 
Description EPSRC Grant 'Miniature Flexible & Reconfig Manufacturing System
Amount £411,572 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K018345/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2013 
End 06/2017
 
Description EU Marie Curie Fellowship
Amount £147,236 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2016 
End 06/2018
 
Description EURAMET
Amount £103,000 (GBP)
Organisation National Physical Laboratory 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2012 
End 05/2015
 
Description Erasmus - Wings +
Amount £48,271 (GBP)
Organisation European Union 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 09/2016 
End 08/2019
 
Description Factory of Aircraft Future
Amount £70,985 (GBP)
Organisation Hexagon Metrology 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 01/2017
 
Description HVM Catapult Centre Special Interest Group - Measurement Excellence
Amount £5,400 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2012 
End 12/2013
 
Description HVM Catapult Fellowship (A Longstaff)
Amount £30,705 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2014 
End 08/2018
 
Description HVM Catapult Fellowship (F Gao)
Amount £37,199 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2014 
End 12/2016
 
Description Innovate TSB Virtual Machine Tools (A Longstaff)
Amount £149,980 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2017
 
Description Integrated framework for a cost effective and ease of Repair, Renovation and Re-use of machine tools within modern factory
Amount £240,000 (GBP)
Funding ID Agreement No 608771 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 07/2013 
End 06/2016
 
Description KTP - MTT Ltd
Amount £137,688 (GBP)
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2015 
End 01/2018
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnerships project with MTT Ltd
Amount £133,177 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2015 
End 12/2016
 
Description MTT Ltd Research Collaboration (A Longstaff)
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation MTT Ltd Machine Tools Technologies 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2020
 
Description Metrology and digital manufacturing for servitisation of manufacturing machines
Amount £783,551 (GBP)
Funding ID 72998-501257 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 02/2019
 
Description Modular Machine Tool and Process Simulator for Precision Machining
Amount £153,132 (GBP)
Funding ID 102182 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2015 
End 07/2017
 
Description Nanoscale Defect Detection, Cleaning and Repair for large Area Substrates (NANOMEND)
Amount £789,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NMP-LA-2011280581 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2012 
End 12/2015
 
Description On-line Surface Inspection of Roll-to-Roll Film Processing
Amount £93,668 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/K007068/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 08/2014
 
Description Orthopaedic Implant Inspection ( P Bills)
Amount £201,883 (GBP)
Organisation Depuy International 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2014 
End 03/2017
 
Description PTG Group Ltd A Myers Chair
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Precision Technologies Group Ltd 
Sector Private
Country Germany
Start 05/2013 
End 05/2016
 
Description Renishaw Studentships (2) A Longstaff
Amount £120,000 (GBP)
Organisation Renishaw PLC 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2014 
End 09/2017
 
Description Royal Academy Chair (X Jiang)
Amount £725,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Learned Society
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 02/2021
 
Description Structured light 3D imaging for freeform and structured specular surfaces
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Council of American Overseas Research Centers 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United States
Start 10/2012 
End 09/2015
 
Description Taylor Hobson Chair (P Scott)
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2011 
End 11/2016
 
Description Yorkshire Innovation Fund - Product Verification Programme
Amount £150,000 (GBP)
Organisation European Commission 
Department European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 10/2014 
End 07/2015
 
Title Reference algorithm of the robust filter 
Description 1. Reference algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for profile surface 2. Reference algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for profile surface 3. Reference algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for areal surface 4. Reference algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for areal surface 5. Reference algorithm of the Linear Spline filter for profile surface 6. Reference algorithm of the Robust Spline filter for profile surface 7. Reference algorithm of the Linear Spline filter for areal surface 8. Reference algorithm of the Robust Spline filter for areal surface 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Available to a collaborator under licence agreement. 
 
Title Software package of DWT based MAP Denoising algorithm 
Description Software package of DWT based MAP Denoising algorithm, Submitted to NPL SSfM-3 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This research database has been used by NPL nationally. 
 
Title Wavelet Toolbox for Transient Signal Detection 
Description Wavelet Toolbox for Transient Signal Detection, Submitted to NPL SSfM-3 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This database is now used nationally. 
 
Description Industrial Advisor 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Liam Blunt - industrial advisor to Rolls-Royce plc
Start Year 2012
 
Description Industrial Advisor - De Puy 
Organisation Depuy International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Liam Blunt - Industrial Advisor to DePuy
Start Year 2012
 
Description Laplace-Beltrami type difussion smoothing for manifolds 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Work with Leeds University. In-kind contribution.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Laser Tracer Measurements 
Organisation Aix-Marseille University
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Aix Marseille Universite
Start Year 2012
 
Description Licence of Machine Tool Compensation System 
Organisation Dapatech Systems
Country Singapore 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Licensing of hardware/software for geometric and thermal error compensation on machine tools
Collaborator Contribution Development of potential routes to market Provision of machine tool for development of new methods/solutions
Impact Demonstration of technology to potential end-users
Start Year 2011
 
Description Machine Tool Error Measurement & Compensation 
Organisation Asquith Butler
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with Asquith Butler
Start Year 2012
 
Description Machine Tool Spindle Measurement and Analysis 
Organisation MTT Ltd Machine Tools Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with MTT. Work undertaken at Rolls-Royce.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Measurement Services - CT 
Organisation Cummins
Department Cummins Turbo Technologies
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Measurement/assessment of turbocharger components
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description Measurement Services - implants 
Organisation Depuy International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Measurement of implants
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2013
 
Description Measurement services - surface 
Organisation Norgren Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Component measurement work
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2013
 
Description Measurement work - ASR 
Organisation University College London Hospital
Department University College London Hospitals Charity (UCLH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Measurement of medical implants for London Implant Retrieval Centre
Collaborator Contribution n/a
Impact n/a
Start Year 2013
 
Description Presence on University Campus 
Organisation Renishaw PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Access to facilities/laboratories for demonstration to customers
Collaborator Contribution Equipment donations
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description SAMULET Phase 2 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Collaboration with Rolls Royce
Collaborator Contribution Support to Calibration Committee Representation at meetings Support to Calibration Researchers Introduction and management of Lean and 6 Sigma methodologies using DMAIC, KPVs and PFMEAs Newly developed process prove outs Demonstrations on target machines Demonstrations on "other" machines Assistance with report compilation Fixture design COST: Services provided by MTT
Impact Opportunities for new projects, e.g. CATAPULT Fellowship with AMRC (A Longstaff)
Start Year 2011
 
Description Sponsored PhD studentships (machine tools) 
Organisation Renishaw PLC
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Two research studentship (started Oct 2014) in key topics agreed with Renishaw
Collaborator Contribution Project definition Joint supervision Loan of equipment
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description Use of nanolab facilities 
Organisation eoSemi
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Access to specialist laboratory facilities
Collaborator Contribution Part-time use of facilities by member of company staff
Impact n/a
Start Year 2014
 
Description WSI Equipment Evaluation 
Organisation IBS Precision Engineering
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Provision of prototype WSI instrument for evaluation by IBS
Collaborator Contribution Evaluation of commercial potential Development of commercialisation plan
Impact n/a
Start Year 2013
 
Title Commercial software Licence(s) 
Description License of commercial software (Licence Code : 112/3566-01, Taylor Hobson Limited): 1. Fast algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 2. Fast algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 3. Fast algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis (To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 4. Fast algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis (To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Collaboration opportunities.
 
Title Commercial software licence(s) 
Description Advance Filtering, License Code: 112/3566-01, February 2006, Taylor Hobson Limited. 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Taylor Hobson have used the software developed by the University in their products, which are sold internationally.
 
Title Interferometric Apparatus and Sample Characteristic Determining Apparatus using DRI apparatus 
Description This is an interferometric apparatus and sample characteristic determining apparatus using DRI apparatus. 
IP Reference WO2014091237 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2014
Licensed No
Impact Possible opportunity to sell patent to company.
 
Title Licence(s) pending (Final Report data) 
Description Negotiations for license agreements on the commercial software 1. Fast algorithm of the linear Spline filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 2. Fast algorithm of the Robust Spline filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 3. Fast algorithm of the linear spline filter for areal surface analysis (To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 4. Fast algorithm of the Robust spline filter for areal surface analysis(To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact Taylor Hobson use in the manufacture of their products, which are sold internationally.
 
Title Surface Analysis Apparatus and Methods 
Description A surface analysis technology for application in foresnic analsysis 
IP Reference EP09772841.4 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2016
Licensed Yes
Impact The technology is being further developed and integrated into a commercial solution for forensics/ballistics applications
 
Title Surface Characteristic Determining Device 
Description Wavelength Scanning Interferometer (WSI) technology for in-line/embedded surface metrology applications. Please note that whilst initial filing of the patent predates this award, the majority of technical development, prototyping, demonstration and assignment of IP took place during this award 
IP Reference WO2010082066 
Protection Patent application published
Year Protection Granted 2010
Licensed Yes
Impact The technology is being prepared from commercialisation (as a new instrument platform) by the asignee of the technology.
 
Title open source software licence 
Description The reference algorithms has been created and will be adopted by the UK's Software Support for Metrology Programme and also be promoted through NPL's Measurement Network. The traceable software derived from the reference algorithms are used to calibrate a wide range of commercial instrument software. This software is publicly available. The reference Algorithms are as follows: 1. Reference algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for profile surface 2. Reference algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for profile surface 3. Reference algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for areal surface 4. Reference algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for areal surface 5. Reference algorithm of the Linear Spline filter for profile surface 6. Reference algorithm of the Robust Spline filter for profile surface 7. Reference algorithm of the Linear Spline filter for areal surface 8. Reference algorithm of the Robust Spline filter for areal surface 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted
Licensed Yes
Impact The Company has been able to use this software in the manufacture of their products, which are sold internationally.
 
Title commercial software for filtration 
Description License of commercial software (Licence Code : 112/3566-01, Taylor Hobson Limited): 1. Fast algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 2. Fast algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for profile surface analysis (To ultra software, Taylor-hobson) 3. Fast algorithm of the Linear Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis (To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 4. Fast algorithm of the Robust Gaussian regression filter for areal surface analysis (To Talymap, Taylor-hobson) 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2010 
Impact Used in the manufacture of products at Taylor Hobson, which are sold internationally. 
 
Description 12th CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12th CIRP-CAT Conference chaired by Prof Xiang Jiang and hosted by University of Huddersfield.

Conference attended by 90 delegates, who were able to tour the EPSRC Centre and its facilities.

Delegates welcomed to the University of Huddersfield and its EPSRC Centre from UK and overseas. They were able to tour the labs. The papers presented were published in 2 journals - a special edition of I Mech E Part B, and the CIRP Journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Accurate determination of material loss at the taper interface of retrieved metal-on-metal hip replacements 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This study aims to improve the understanding of the interaction at the modular taper junction by developing a protocol for the accurate measurement of material loss and resultant surface topography at this interface in clinically retrieved components. The results are discussed and are analysed in light of the possible implications regarding component failure mode.



Poster Presentation at this Conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Advisory Board Member: EPSRC Centre in Medical Devices (X Jiang) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment to the Advisory Board of EPSRC Centre in Medical Devices - X Jiang . Awarding Body - EPSRC, Name of Scheme - Centre in Medical Devices
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Appointment to EPSRC Peer Review College - Haydn Martin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment of Haydn Martin to the EPSRC Peer Review College. Excellent experience and opportunity to raise profile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Asia Pacific Conference on Optics Manufacture 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Programme Committee member . Awarding Body - Asia Pacific Conference on Optics Manufacture 2012, Name of Scheme - Conference Programme Committee. Opportunity to liaise with senior academic representatives involved in the same field, explore opportunities for the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Assessor for ARC13: Halmstad University, Sweden, Research Assessment - X Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment of Xiangqian Jiang as assessor for ARC13: Research Assessment at Halmstad University, Sweden . Awarding Body - Halmstad University, Sweden, Name of Scheme - Research Assessment 2013 - ARC13
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description BSI MTE/1/2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alan Myers:
Member of the British Standards Institute MTE/1/2 "Machine Tools - Accuracy" standards committee . Awarding Body - British Standards Institute, Name of Scheme - MTE/1/2 "Machine Tools - Accuracy" standards committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Board Member of Globe Innovation Centre Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment as University of Huddersfield Director and Board member . Awarding Body - Globe Innovation Centre Ltd, Name of Scheme - Innovation Centre
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Board Member of KITS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Kirkdale Industrial Training Services . Awarding Body - Kirkdale Industrial Training Services, Name of Scheme - Board member
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description British Standards Institution Meeting - A Myers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BSI TDW/4 meeting held at EPSRC Centre on 21/06/2012.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description CIRP Membership (X Jiang) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Member of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) laser tracer special interest group . Awarding Body - International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), Name of Scheme - Laser Tracer Special Interest Group
Annual Paris Meeting and General Assembly
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description EPSRC Centre Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Participants in your research and patient groups
Results and Impact Launch of Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology - 11th November 2011.

The launch included presentations by EPSRC, Centre Director, Chair of Advisory Board and partners, followed by tours and demonstrations.

New Advisory Board members, visitors, industrial partners and University members were enthused with the new research to be undertaken. Contacts were made and followed up with the offer of collaboration/consultancy work/training etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description EPSRC Review panel - X Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment of Xiangqian JIang to review panel of EPSRC . Awarding Body - EPSRC, Name of Scheme - Review Panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016
 
Description Farnborough Air Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition stand for EPSRC Centres.

Aerospace industrial contacts were made and followed up. Interest shown by other stand-holders in similar fields - potential for collaboration in the future. Work shown to public audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description ISO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact International Standards Organisation.

Ongoing work which involves dissemination of centre's work to international standards
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013
 
Description ISO TC 39/SC2 (A Myers) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact member of the ISO TC 39/SC2 "Test conditions for metal cutting machine tools - Accuracy" . Awarding Body - International Standards Organisation, Name of Scheme - ISO TC 39/SC2 "Test conditions for metal cutting machine tools - Accuracy"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
 
Description Innovate '11 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Exhibition stand for EPSRC Centres at 'Innovate 11'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Kirklees Economic Regeneration Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Appointment to the Committee . Awarding Body - Kirklees Economic Regeneration Board, Name of Scheme - Local Council Regeneration Board
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description MTA (A Myers; A Longstaff; S Fletcher) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Member of the Machine Tools Association Technical Committee. . Awarding Body - Machine Tool Association (MTA), Name of Scheme - Technical Committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2013,2014,2015
 
Description Measurement of Bearing Surfaces - P Bills & L Blunt 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In: Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements: Re-solving the Uncertainties.

Keynote Address (Invited Paper) - Royal College of Surgeons, London 28/05/12
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Measurement of material loss 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This presentation aims to improve the understanding of the interaction at the modular taper junction by

developing a protocol for the measurement of material loss and resultant surface topography at this

interface in clinically retrieved components.

A pilot study exploring the issues surrounding measurement of stem taper surfaces is presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Metrological Characteristics of Complex Wavelet 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Metrological Characteristics of Complex Wavelet, NPL SSfM-3 Seminar.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Metrology for Structured Surfaces 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Seminar given for the International Scientific Seminar on Functional Structured Surfaces at the Royal Society, UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Peer Review Panel for European Research Council - X Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment of Xiangqian Jiang to review panel for European Research Council . Awarding Body - European Research Council, Name of Scheme - Peer review panel
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Poster Presentation - EPSRC Theme Day in Manufacturing Research 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The EPSRC Theme Day in Manufacturing Research took place in London on Thursday 15 April 2010. As a review of this important topic is timely given the current economic climate and focus on a more resilient economy, EPSRC was interested in assessing a representative sample of funded research projects relevant to Manufacturing research by an independent panel of international and industrial experts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Precision Measurement - Royal Society Satellite Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation paper presentation
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Following on from the Royal Society Discussion meeting, this Satellite meeting explores advanced metrology for precision engineering by examining the mathematical fundaments, physical principles, methodologies, characterisation analysis, and possible solutions to some of the measurement challenges that are currently limiting future developments in precision engineering.



Experts in their field will discuss the future applications in precision engineering and the current technological restrictions on their measurement requirements. The satellite meeting will produce a vision that identifies the challenges in advanced metrology for precision engineering; anticipating that this will inspire academia and industry to address the solutions of these open problems.

The satellite meeting produced a vision which identified the challenges in advanced metrology for precision engineering; anticipating that this will inspire academia and industry to address the solutions of these open problems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2011
 
Description Precision Surface Measurement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk given at the Royal Society Scientific Discussion Meeting - "Ultra-precision engineering - from physics to manufacturing".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Profile of Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang FREng 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang was interviewed by Michael Kenward OBE, who wrote a profile of her life and achievements which appeared in the March 2016 quarterly issue of 'Ingenia', the magazine of the Royal Academy of Engineering. This magazine is available in printed format or on-line to those interested in engineering at all levels. The article was entitled: "Integrating Metrology in Business and Academe".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ingenia.org.uk/Content/ingenia/issues/issue66/profile.pdf
 
Description STFC Board and grant peer reviewer 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Non-core member of Science Board

STFC grant peer reviewer Non-core member of Science Board

Grant peer reviewer. Awarding Body - STFC, Name of Scheme - Member of Science Board and grant peer reviewer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description SciTech Europe Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 23-24 November 2011, Brussels.

Masterclass: EPSRC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing - National Centre for Advanced Metrology

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Presentation: Facilitating Open Innovation: Creating environments to connect business and academia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Scientific Committee for 14th International Conference on the Metrology and Properties of Engineering Surfaces 2013 - X Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Appointment of Xiangqian Jiang to the International Scientific Committee of the 14th International Conference on Metrology and Properties of Engineering Surfaces, 17-21 June 2013, Taipei, Taiwan . Awarding Body - International Conference on the Metrology and Properties of Engineering Surfaces 2013, Name of Scheme - International Scientific Committee. Opportunity for collaboration with other research institutions in similar fields.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Shift Invariant Surface Characterisation Based on Complex Wavelets/Ridgelets Transform 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Shift Invariant Surface Characterisation Based on Complex Wavelets/Ridgelets Transform, NPL SSfM-3 Seminar. Opportunity for discussion and contact with others working in the same research area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006
 
Description Steering Committee for 11th International Symposium on Measurement Technology and Intelligent Instruments (ISMTII 2013) - X Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Appointment of Xiangqian Jiang to the Steering Committee for 11th International Symposium on Measurement Technology and Intelligent Instruments (ISMTII 2013) - Aachen/Braunschweig, Germany . Awarding Body - 11th International Symposium on Measurement Technology and Intelligent Instruments 2013 - Aachen/Braunschweig, Germany, Name of Scheme - Steering Committee
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description The Definition of Taper Failure in Metal-on Metal Modular Total Hip Replacement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation at ASTM Symposium, 08/05/2012 - Phoenix, USA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Wear Measurement of Metal-on-Metal Hips - P Bills 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Orthopaedic Research UK Meeting - Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements: Solving the Uncertainties.

Keynote Address (Invited paper)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Wounds UK Harrogate Conference November 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact ConvaTec Ltd awarded educational sponsorship of Leigh Fleming to attend Wounds UK Harrogate Conference 2012 As a guest of ConvaTec, Leigh Fleming will receive full congress registration, travel and accommodation. Awarding Body - ConvaTec Ltd, Name of Scheme - Educational Sponsorship
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012