Future Advanced Metrology Hub

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

Abstract

The vision of the Hub is to create ground-breaking embedded metrology and universal metrology informatics systems to be applied across the manufacturing value chain. This encompasses a paradigm shift in measurement technologies, embedded sensors/instrumentation and metrology solutions. A unified approach to creating new, scientifically-validated measurement technologies in manufacturing will lead to critical underpinning solutions to stimulate significant growth in the UK's productivity and facilitate future factories.

Global manufacturing is evolving through disruptive technologies towards a goal of autonomous production, with manufacturing value-chains increasingly digitised. Future factories must be faster, more responsive and closer to customers as manufacturing is driven towards mass customisation of lower-cost products on demand. Metrology is crucial in underpinning quality, productivity and efficiency gains under these new manufacturing paradigms.

The Advanced Metrology Hub brings together a multi-disciplinary team from Huddersfield with spokes at Loughborough, Bath and Sheffield universities, with fundamental support from NPL. Expertise in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science will address the grand challenges in advanced metrology and the Hub's vision through two key research themes and parallel platform activities:

Theme I - Embedded Metrology will build sound technological foundations by bridging four formidable gaps in process- and component-embedded metrology. This covers: physical limits on the depth of field; high dynamic range measurement; real-time dynamic data acquisition in optical sensor/instruments; and robust, adaptive, scalable models for real-time control systems using sensor networks with different physical properties under time-discontinuous conditions.

Theme II - Metrology Data analytics will create a smart knowledge system to unify metrology language, understanding, and usage between design, production and verification for geometrical products manufacturing; Establishment of data analytics systems to extract maximal information from measurement data going beyond state-of-the-art for optimisation of the manufacturing process to include system validation and product monitoring.

Platform research activities will underpin the Hub's vision and core research programmes, stimulate new areas of research and support the progression of fundamental and early-stage research towards deployment and impact activities over the Hub's lifetime.

In the early stage of the Hub, the core research programme will focus on four categories (Next generation of surface metrology; Metrology technologies and applications; In-process metrology and Machine-tool and large volume metrology) to meet UK industry's strategic agenda and facilitate their new products.

The resulting pervasive embedding and integration of manufacturing metrology by the Hub will have far reaching implications for UK manufacturing as maximum improvements in product quality, minimization of waste/rework, and minimum lead-times will ultimately deliver direct productivity benefits and improved competitiveness. These benefits will be achieved by significantly reducing (by 50% to 75%) verification cost across a wide swathe of manufacture sectors (e.g. aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, medical devices, optics, precision engineering) where the current cost of verification is high (up to 20% of total costs) and where product quality and performance is critical.

Planned Impact

Academic community: Measurement science underpins all cyber-physical related research. Embedded sensor nets, metrology-driven control, metrology analytics, and semantic systems can all be applied to other academic fields, where metrology-driven autonomous systems can also be generated allowing efficiencies in design, cost and performance supporting researchers across a broad range of disciplines: applied mathematics and physics, computer science, automation, manufacturing technologies, Micro/Nano systems, clean energy generators, and aerospace technology. The development of new tools and techniques will be revolutionary for research communities to drive a paradigm shift in metrology driven solutions for new and emerging manufacturing processes (e.g. additive layer) and materials (e.g. graphene). Exemplar case studies will be provided to ensure that UK metrology research is world leading.

Industry sectors: The main transformation is to bring about a revolution needed to move from mass production: every component is the same and the metrology is used to ensure interchangeability - to almost exactly the opposite which is dynamic metrology in which every component is different and the metrology is used to ensure that the customer's individual requirements are satisfied. Application of technologies from the Hub will be across a range of industry sectors including: aerospace, automotive, bio-medical, electronics, energy generation, instruments & sensors, optics, and wider precision engineering. The improvements in design, manufacturing and verification capabilities will enable maximum improvements in manufacturing capability, quality and cost.

Policy makers and public corporations: The Hub will act as a national focal point for Advanced Metrology and be a "think tank" that can assimilate knowledge from the research and industrial communities and influence policy-makers through the national measurement strategy and manufacturing metrology standardisation. The Hub will continue to work closely with National Measurement Institutes (NPL, NIST, PTB) and organise road mapping exercises to ensure that future investments and priorities are aligned with industry needs.

Catapult Centres: The Hub has a strong exploitation route with a particularly direct pathway through close relationship with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. The research from the Hub will directly influence the approach to metrology being adopted by these technology transfer centres, maximising impact within their own activities and those of their industrial membership. The research will also benefit the Digital Catapult.

Timescales
Short-term: By continuing the underlying research and exploring new approaches to this research, it is envisaged a new generation of metrology-driven technologies will be delivered quickly. Collaborating companies will quickly assimilate the novel technologies, techniques and processes, strengthened through industry research via sponsored PhDs/EngDs. Knowledge transfer activities, including metrology training, will also see significant industry benefits in skills development and metrology best practice.

Medium term: New technological demonstrators (hardware, software and systems) will facilitate the transition of research to business and ensure a path for commercialisation through patents, licensing agreements, and spin-out companies, delivering higher productivity and efficiency in UK manufacturing. For example, the universal metrology semantic system will be revolutionary for manufacturing industry, potentially applying across the whole value chain.

Long-term: The potential impact of the research for the economic competitiveness of the UK is substantial and will facilitate integrated, digitalised and autonomous manufacturing. The UK will see greater productivity and efficiency, an increase in GVA contributions and a much higher skilled sector as a direct result of the Hub: further developing UK manufacturing.

Organisations

Publications

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Alzarok H (2017) 3D Visual Tracking of an Articulated Robot in Precision Automated Tasks. in Sensors (Basel, Switzerland)

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Asare-Addo K (2018) Direct imaging of the dissolution of salt forms of a carboxylic acid drug. in International journal of pharmaceutics

 
Description 2017-2018
Over the course of its first operational year the Future Metrology Hub has started work on its two grand challenges of embedded metrology and metrology data analytics. As this is the first year the research is still in its early stages and as such there are no major key findings to report beyond what is detailed in the listed publications. However, over the course of the year, several areas have been identified that could prove valuable to the core research programme.
Metamaterial devices have been identified as an additional way in which light may be usefully modified to modulate/extend depth of focus. The possibility of using dynamic metamaterials devices in order to dynamically adjust depth of focus is one area that will be explored. Super-resolution generation using super-oscillatory lensing has also been established as a potentially useful area for further investigation.
Initial simulation work has shown that an interaction of a Bessel beam with a specular surface poses severe challenges in terms of interrogating the returning light. This work will move on to establishing applications where scattered light is analysed e.g. rough surface assessment and industrial OCT in which the benefit of Bessel beams in terms of extending depth of focus could still be realised.
Additionally we will now be developing a more efficient means of describing sensornets which will use a hierarchical approach.

2018-2019
The following details the key findings of various Work Pacckage outputs over the past year
WP1:
Non-diffracting beams
An OCT instrument that uses an axicon lens in place of a standard objective lens has been constructed. The illumination light takes the form of a Bessel beam, and should deliver light more effectively over a wide range of depths than a standard objective lens. Work comparing the results gained when using the axicon, and those gained when using a standard objective lens is ongoing.
To this end, work has been carried out to generate artefacts to evaluate of the performance of the instrument, and specifically look at the performance of the instrument when measuring additively manufactured parts.
The artefacts that have been created include:
• Nanoparticle scatterers (Red Iron Oxide 300-800 size nanoparticles (Polysciences, Inc., Warrington, PA, USA)) sparsely dispersed in a transparent epoxy resin.
• 3d printed wedge shaped artefacts.
• 3d printed artefacts containing arrays of holes.
The first of these should allow the characterisation of the focal spot of the instrument, while the second and third should allow an evaluation of the depth of measurement that can be achieved and the performance at detecting scatterers within a 3d printed sample.
Modelling of the OCT system employing non-diffracting beams
A Finite-difference time-domain simulation has been created, which when further developed will allow the evaluation of the performance of an instrument utilising an axicon to deliver the incident light into the sample. Due to the limited volume of space that can be modelled, only the region containing the scatterer is modelled, and a Near-to-far-field transform is applied to the field. An appropriate form of the excitation has been identified, and most of the coding has been carried out. The two remaining elements to be coded, those for injecting the incident field and to carry out the near-to-far-field transform will be completed soon. The incident field will take the form of either a Bessel beam or from a standard objective lens to allow comparisons to be made between these two cases.
Improvements to the DRI instrument
The existing DRI instrument has been modified to use reflective gratings instead of transmission gratings as well as coupling the light back into a fibre to allow the use of an external spectrometer. The reflective gratings allow a reduction in the size of the instrument, and removes heat sources such as the camera from the temperature sensitive interferometer arms.
The use of reflection gratings modifies the signal generated by the instrument, so work has been carried out to model the system.
Chromatically abberated lens
An objective lens with specifically designed chromatic aberration has been delivered to us by our project partners at Sheffield University. This is currently under evaluation as a method to improve the signal generated by wavelength scanning interferometry, and will subsequently be evaluated for it applicability with other systems.
Interferometric instruments using diffraction gratings.
Several published works have detailed the use of a diffraction grating in the reference arm of an interferometer in order to introduce a delay across the reference beam. These claims have been investigated both experimentally and theoretically. While the experimental results follow those shown in the prior published work, our investigations lead to differences in the interpretation of how the results are generated.
WP2:
Stereo deflectometry has been widely studied and applied recently for obtaining form information of freeform specular surfaces. Theoretically, the global form measurement accuracy of stereo deflectometry can be up to nanometre. However, the sources of errors limit the measurement accuracy of the current stereo deflectometry application at the scale of submicron. In this work package we aim to increase the measurement accuracy of stereo deflectometry. We have investigated the system design and optimization. We have developed novel calibration methods, and error analysis and compensation methods in the field of stereo deflectometry. To limit the influence of system distortion, we developed a novel holistic calibration technique utilising iterative distortion compensation algorithm. We developed a search algorithm with an objective function to solve the low-accuracy initial value problem caused by image distortion and imaging model error. We developed a novel imaging model with the intention of decreasing the impact of the phase error in stereo deflectometry. We investigated the period of fringe displayed on displaying screen and pixel size of the screen to augment measurement accuracy through taking into account their impact on sampling phase inaccuracy and gradient miscalculation. In addition, four geometric parameters of a stereo deflectometry system are analysed and evaluated. Five journal papers and three conference pares have been published from the research. Currently the research is focused on the study of data fusion methods and the measurement results validation methods. The experimental system has been setup and calibrated. Simulation study and system optimisation study has been conducted. Experiments and data have been sampled and analysed.
WP5: This Work Package has been completed
For the classification of sensor properties and the relationships between sensors, the key findings are:

The classification of the environment in which sensors operate as agents is as follows:
• Discrete v Continuous - An environment is discrete if there are a fixed, finite number of actions and precepts in it;
• Static v Dynamic - A static environment is one that can be assumed to remain unchanged except by the performance of the agents in it.
A basic classification/properties of sensors for sensor nets is then:
• 'Continuous' measurement
- Sampling rate
- Regular or irregular
• Relationships with other sensors
- Correlation
- Causal
- Spatial
• Non-synchronisation of sensors

When considering computer representation of sensornets:
Instead of a single layer monolithic structure composed of single sensors ('pixels' as in the traditional approach to sensor nests resulting in a very very large matrix which requires real time inversion), the sensor net model developed consists of a multi-level hierarchy of structures The lowest level consists of features made up of multiple sensors. Each level up in the hierarchy is a coarse grained version of the level below (a measurement of the lower level at a coarser resolution). This has been proven mathematically to be a robust stable approach.

By breaking the set of sensors into features (individual machine tools, environment, etc.) with a multilevel hierarchy, more agile AI models (run in parallel) can be achieved with faster OODA loops.
(i.e Observe (measure); Orientate (AI model); Decide (prediction); Action (implement correction)).
If the OODA loop is faster that the process then control/prediction can be achieved.

WP6:
Category ontology language (COL), a post ontology language that uses category theory as its foundation, is being developed into a knowledge representation language equipped with syntax and semantics, and reasoning rules based on categorical laws and concepts. In particular, it uses category theory for deduction rather than DLs as in ontology. One of the distinguishing features over ontology is that COL naturally supports multi-level representation. At the basic level, objects and relationships between objects are represented and grouped (level of set). At a higher level, relationships between the grouped are structured (sets of sets). At another level, complex relationships between the relationships of grouped are also structured. The language is gifted with strong expressive power as representations of many other mathematical theories beyond set, such as topological space, graphs and monoids are supported.
Syntax and semantics of COL which consists of two levels (the morphism level and the functor level) have been initially developed and are now undergoing updating and debugging. COL uses basic syntax and intuitive interface to represent semantics. It starts with a set of basic boxes, and meaningful arrows to connect one box to another, in such a way that more and more boxes can form complex structures which can be used to assemble with other modules to become a bigger model. In this case, the basic boxes are objects; the various forms of arrows connecting two objects together are called morphisms. Different numbers of morphisms binding together (which obey categorical laws) form various morphism structures, in such a way that more complex structures can be constructed.
Exploitation Route Developing the next generation of metrology sensors which enable large scale embedded metrology is core to the concept of Industry 4.0 and true automated manufacture. Additionally, traditional approaches to metrology practice are not adequate for current state of the art manufacturing techniques. New methods are needed to collect, analyse and interpret data to maximise its utility.
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Other

 
Description 2017-2018 The Hub was launched in September 2017 and was well attended by representatives from over 60 companies and over 25 universities. The event received coverage in local and regional newspapers and was heavily featured in the industrial press. After initial difficulties in recruiting research staff with the appropriate skill set the spoke institutions have now filled the required posts and started work on their respective work packages. In December the Hub launched its first call for feasibility studies in three distinct areas: photonic integration, automated metrology and metrology in challenging conditions. The call generated a great deal of interest and received twenty five applications from eighteen universities spread over the whole of the UK. Overall the majority of applications were of very high quality and we are currently reviewing the shortlisted projects with the aim of funding up to four. Following on from the success of the Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Advanced Metrology (CIMAM) the Hub maintains strong relationships with industry working with a wide range of companies such as Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover and Machine Tool Technologies Ltd. on a number of projects. The expertise of the Hub in the field of metrology techniques and applications is also well recognised. In addition to the regular work we carry out around manufacturing, staff from the Hub have acted as consultants on a variety of projects including legal work and software development. This year the hub has attracted approx. £1,600,000 in further funding for academic research and approx. £352,000 in further funding through industrial partnerships and consultancy. We are regularly approached to provide comment for magazine articles and features; over the last year these have mainly focussed on additive manufacture and industry 4.0. We have also provided a significant input into a series of white papers that were produced for FARO titled 'Inspection for the Smart Factory'. The Hub is currently exploring potential collaborations with other EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hubs such as MAPP in Sheffield, working on metrology for powder processing, and the Photonics Hub based out Southampton investigating metamaterial devices. We are also in the process of bidding for several high value projects which will capitalise on the relationships built through the Hub. These include a Centre for Doctoral Training, two EPSRC Programme grants and a Leverhulme Centre for Impact. 2018-2019 The Hub has had another successful year focussing on delivering our core research programme. We have continued to develop our links with industry by creating the Industrial Metrology Forum; an annual event open to any company with an interest in metrology techniques and practice. The aim of the IMF is to act as a forum to build and develop links between our academic community to look for areas of potential collaboration and to identify specific trends or needs within metrology technology. The first IMF was very well attended with delegates from over 25 companies taking part in workshops which covered topics such as metrology skills and training, translating research outputs into industry impact and novel metrology techniques. Feedback from the event was overwhelmingly positive with most attendees requesting that the format be extended to a full day event. In addition to this open forum the Hub has also created a second, smaller working group composed of our key strategic partners across a wide variety of industry sectors. To complement the IMF, which focusses on addressing the technological and operational challenges in industrial metrology, this group focusses on the longer term strategic direction of the Hub research to identify any emerging areas of interest and to ensure that the Hub continues to be the leading consortium of research institutions in the field. This approach of building strong links with industry focussing on industrially relevant research continues to prove effective both in maintaining our existing relationships and developing new partnerships; we are currently in the initial stages of developing projects with a number of companies including Tata Steel, Reliance Precision and the United States Air Force. The Hub is committed to the development of our research staff and this year we held our fist Early Career Researcher Symposium. This event is an opportunity for early career researchers from across the Hub consortium and partners to come together to share their work in a traditional conference format with keynotes, presentations and posters. In addition to the conference element, we identified specific development needs for early career researchers and provided training sessions on engaging with the REF 2021 exercise and the research funding environment and the bidding process. The event was organised by a team of researchers from across the consortium and also included time for socialising and network building. The experience gained in organising and attending this event will be of great benefit to the researcher involved as they progress through their academic careers. Continuing the theme of staff development; several Hub researchers have been successful in securing further funding. This has included two Researcher in Residence awards, two EPSRC Fellowship awards and a New Investigator award. The Hub has also secured two further PhD studentships sponsored by The Welding Institute. In total the Hub has secured over £2m in further funding this year in research council grants and awards and it has generated approximately £200K in industrial income or commercial activity. Following on from the Feasibility Call that was launched towards the end of the first year, four projects were funded which are as follows: The University of Bath: Immersive Metrology System The University of Sheffield: High-temperature, highly integrated, aerosol printed metrology sensors on-a-chip The University of Southampton: Compact Tailored Scattering Spectrometer The University of Strathclyde: Automating Process Optimisation from a Metrology Digital Twin The projects will investigate low TRL research to identify any potentially valuable areas for further investigation and could form the basis for future research projects. Over the coming year the Hub has many activities planned. We plan to undertake a pilot Innovation project which will be aimed at translating Hub research into industry impact by joint funding activities with an industry partner. This project is specifically targeted at raising the TRL of research and accelerating impact. This information gained through this pilot will be used to develop an open call (limited to Hub, Spoke and Research Feasibility call partners). In 2019 the Hub will also be hosting the 4th annual Dimensional X-Ray Computed Tomography (dXCT) conference in conjunction with NPL.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Other
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description FARO White Paper - Inspection in Additive Manufacturing (September 17)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description FARO White Paper - Smart Metrology Skills and Training (February 18)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Member of Wales Science & Innovation Advisory Council
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Dame X (Jane) Jiang has been elected as a representative on this Advisory Council whose aim is to promote, assist and raise the profile of Science and Innovation matters in Wales.
 
Description (H)olistic (A)pproach to the Design of Efficient Heat (R)ecovery Systems for Electrical (P)ower (P)roduction (HARP^2)
Amount £183,166 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R023689/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 04/2021
 
Description A semantic infrastructure for advanced manufacturing
Amount £482,941 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S001328/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Connected Digital Additive Manufacturing ISCF
Amount £152,604 (GBP)
Funding ID 103466 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description In-Situ Machine Axis Error Monitoring
Amount £77,690 (GBP)
Funding ID 133646 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2019
 
Description Institutional Sponsorship
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R513520/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2021
 
Description KTP Round 6 2016
Amount £110,672 (GBP)
Funding ID 511023 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 01/2020
 
Description Manufacturing Fellowship Extension in: Controlling geometrical variability of products in the digital and smart manufacturing era
Amount £697,732 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R024162/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 12/2021
 
Description Materials & Manufacturing R2 - 3-12 Months Projects
Amount £29,484 (GBP)
Funding ID 103782 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 07/2018
 
Description Materials and Manufacturing R1 - Over 12 Months or Over £100k (12-24 Month Projects)
Amount £783,551 (GBP)
Funding ID 102787 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2019
 
Description Measurement and characterisation of additively manufactured surface texture
Amount £252,962 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S000453/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Open -CR&D FY16/17 Tranch 2 36
Amount £200,853 (GBP)
Funding ID 103782 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 08/2020
 
Description RIA - Research and Innovation Action
Amount € 4,995,727 (EUR)
Funding ID 767589 
Organisation European Commission 
Department Horizon 2020
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description Shan Lou Researcher In Residence - Surface Measurement Methods
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R513520/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2022
 
Description Simon Fletcher Researcher in Residence
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S515784/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 11/2022
 
Description Standard Research
Amount £183,166 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R023689/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 01/2021
 
Description Technology Strategy Board: North Wales Photonics Launchpad
Amount £61,103 (GBP)
Funding ID TSB Ref 102745 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2017 
End 06/2018
 
Description University of Huddersfield and Brandon Medical Company Limited
Amount £184,965 (GBP)
Funding ID 511184 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2018 
End 07/2020
 
Description Bruker Equipment 
Organisation Bruker Corporation
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Equipment testing and validation with back to back comparison with other comparable equipment
Collaborator Contribution £34,000 discount on purchase of equipment
Impact Exchange of data.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Consultancy - CT Scanning 
Organisation Jaguar Land Rover
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise and Consultancy
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - Development of demonstrator 
Organisation Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution iTec development and demo at Renishaw
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical demonstrator
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - EBC Surface Finishing Trials 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2018
 
Description Consultancy - Itec Prototype Systems 
Organisation Dapatech Systems
Country Singapore 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2018
 
Description Consultancy - Matlab 
Organisation BorgWarner Inc.
PI Contribution Development of an editable interface in Matlab
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Matlab editable interface
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - Orthopedic Implants 
Organisation Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
PI Contribution Technical Expertise and consultancy on matters around orthopedic Implants
Collaborator Contribution Research Funding
Impact Technical Reports
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - Scanning of 12 turbine wheels 
Organisation Cummins
Department Cummins Turbo Technologies
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise, Access to facilities
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2019
 
Description Consultancy - Surface Metrology 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise - Consultancy
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - Surface characterisation of CMC coupon 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2018
 
Description KTP - Craftsman Tools Ltd 
Organisation Craftsman Tools Ltd
PI Contribution KTP supervision and guidance
Collaborator Contribution KTP Supervision and guidance and funding
Impact Technical Reports
Start Year 2017
 
Description Lawrence Livermore - Metrology For Additive Manufacture 
Organisation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding, Access to equipment and facilities
Impact X-ray computed tomography (CT) measurement and characterisation of the surfaces of metal additively manufactured components. CT using Zeiss cone-beam system and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advanced Light Source synchrotron. The collaboration is ongoing, with current generation of a conference presentation and a new, funded, feasibility study.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Prosurf - (Prof. Paul Scott Time) 
Organisation Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Prof. Scott will undertake additional work on the Prosurf project as part of his joint role at Taylor Hobson.
Collaborator Contribution Funding to cover additional time spent on prosurf project
Impact Usual research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentations)
Start Year 2018
 
Description TWI Funded PhD 1 
Organisation TWI The Welding Institue
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PhD supervision and technical expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding for a PhD research student, Bursary, Fees and Bench Fee
Impact Standard research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentations), PhD Thesis
Start Year 2018
 
Description TWI Funded PhD 2 
Organisation TWI The Welding Institue
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution PhD supervision and technical expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funding for a PhD research student, Bursary, Fees and Bench Fee
Impact Standard research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentations), PhD Thesis
Start Year 2018
 
Description Taylor Hobson Chair 
Organisation Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise
Collaborator Contribution Funded Chair
Impact Usual research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentation)
Start Year 2018
 
Description Taylor Hobson Chair 
Organisation Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Research
Collaborator Contribution Funded chair
Impact Usual research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentation)
Start Year 2017
 
Description Teknek Funded PhD 
Organisation Teknek Ltd
PI Contribution PhD research Project
Collaborator Contribution Funding for a PhD research student, Bursary, Fees and Bench Fee
Impact Standard research outputs (Papers/Conferences/Presentations), PhD Thesis
Start Year 2018
 
Description Article in Engineering Subcontractor magazine 
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 Article about Sir Patrick Stewart's visit to the Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in Ingenia (Mar) 
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 6 page feature on metrology heavily featuring the Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Article in Insider (Yorkshire Business) magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article looking at local business successes mentioning the Hub specifically and the work of some of our researchers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in The Engineer (Jan) 
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 2 page feature on new research into metrology for additive manufacture heavily featuring the Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Article in The Engineer (Nov) 
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 2 page feature on the Hubs research work and the importance of metrology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description CEOI Workshop - Prof David Walker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk "The future of autonomous manufacturing of precision surfaces" at CEOI Industry Consultation Workshop on Advanced Manufacturing Techniques for Space Instrumentation, London. This was part of a wider strategy to apprise the community of the opportunities presented by autonomous manufacturing of ultra-precision surfaces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Building Engineer magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Small feature in building engineer noting the launch of the EPSRC Hubs and mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Huddersfield Daily Examiner 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Feature highlighting Prof. Jiang's involvement in the Year of Engineering publicity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Dec) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Small feature highlighting the Hubs involvement in KTPs in the region
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Ingenia magazine (Mar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature announcing the new manufacturing hubs and mentioning Huddersfield in particular
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Instrumentation online magazine (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online magazine feature outlining the Hub key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Machinery magazine (Oct) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Small feature detailing the Hub launch event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Machinery online magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature highlighting MTA's support for the Year of Engineering and mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature in Machinery online magazine (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Manufacturing and Engineering Magazine 
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 Feature highlighting MTA's support for the Year of Engineering and mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature in New Electronics online magazine (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Process and Control Today online magazine (Jan) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article about MTA's support for the Year of Engineering mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature in Process and Control Today online magazine (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in School House magaine (Mar) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Feature looking at recent developments in the education sector mentioning the manufacturing hubs and Huddersfield in particular
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in The Engineer magazine (Nov) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Highlighting the Hub and the importance of metrology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in The Engineer magazine (Oct) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Small feature in The Engineer detailing the launch of the Hub
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in The Engineer magazine (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in The Manufacturer magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature detailing the Hub launch and key research themes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature in Yorkshire Post (Sept) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article detailing the Hub launch and the impact of metrology practice
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Feature on Factory Equipment online magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature highlighting MTA's support for the Year of Engineering and mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature on Industrial Plant and Equipment Online magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Feature detailing MTA's support for the Year of Engineering mentioning Huddersfield specifically
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Feature on Maitenanceonline.co.uk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Online feature highlighting the Hubs key research areas and relevance to the sector
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Focus on Metrology Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Dame Jiang, Professor Andrew Longstaff and Dr Shan Lou attended the Focus on Metrology: The Scale of Possibilities for UK seminar at the MTC in Coventry. The event was attended by 150 industry delegates. Professor Dame Jiang made a presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Machine Tool Metrology Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 32 external industrial participants attended a workshop at the Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre in Blackburn. The workshop provided the opportunity for Hub staff to present their research, give practical demonstrations and answer questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Manchester Industry 4.0 - Prof David Walker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk entitled "Autonomous Manufacture of Ultra-Precision Surfaces - its Potential Realisation and Impact", Industry 4.0 Summit, Manchester Central Convention Centre. Purpose was to give an overview of a new approach to autonomous manufacture of ultra-precision surfaces, focussing on the unique challenges, and our approach to resolving them. As this was on March 1 2018, it is too early to gauge impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Metrology Training School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A total of 41 industrial and academic delegates attended two Surface Metrology Schools which were held in June and November. The Surface Metrology School is targeted at professionals and new researchers working in metrology, quality and related fields. The schools took place over 2 days and included practical demonstrations as well as lectures. The feedback was excellent and well received by attendees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Metrology for Industry 4.0 workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Longstaff delivered a presentation to 40 industrial attendees at the Metrology for Industry 4.0 Workshop in Bristol. The event provided the opportunity to present and to network with industrial colleagues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Rolls Royce Research Partners Measurement Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Longstaff made a technical contribution to the seminar which took place over 2 days at MTC Coventry. 50 delegates who were industrial partners of Rolls Royce were in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description X Jiang - CIRP Presentation at the Winter Meeting 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The subject of this talk was "Feature-based Characterisation and Applications" , prepared by X Jiang & D Whitehouse for the CIRP Winter Meeting in Paris, France. It was a Status Report of the Keynote Paper for 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description X Jiang - Talk at CIRP GA in Tokyo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The subject of the talk was "Surface Texture Analytics for Smart Manufacturing" by X Jiang, Q Qi & PJ Scott, delivered at the 59th CIRP General Assembly, Tokyo, Japan on 23rd August 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description X Jiang Talk at 59th CIRP GA in Tokyo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The subject was "Feature-based characterisation and applications" by X Jiang, N Senin, PJ Scott, F Blateyron. This was a proposal for the keynote paper for 2021 and was presented at the 59th CIRP General Assembly in Tokyo Japan, on 23rd August.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018