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

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Addinall K (2019) The effect of primer cap material on ballistic toolmark evidence. in Forensic science international

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Alegeh N (2019) Accuracy in Detecting Failure in Ballscrew Assessment towards Machine Tool Servitization in International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research

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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

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Asare-Addo K (2019) Effect of preparation method on the surface properties and UV imaging of indomethacin solid dispersions. in European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics : official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V

 
Description Besides the outcomes we reported in the Researchfish categories, we highlight three significant achievements as follows:

• Significant new knowledge generated; New or improved research methods or skills developed (Programme Objectives 5-6):

Our basic principle of research is to examine structure. For smart manufacturing these are highly dynamic structures. For this reason, a category-based approach is being developed to model the semantics of the smart manufacturing chain. Six basic category structures (product, coproduct, triangle, rectangle, pullback, and pushout) have been shown to be sufficient to build the model and are currently being validated by the Informatics Technology Laboratory (ITL) of NIST USA. The categorical approach naturally supports multi-level representation, achieved through defining: (1) static information structures that define static objects (nouns); (2) dynamic information flows (verbs) between the static structures that define relationships and transfer of information both horizontally (structures all at the same level) and vertically (structures at different simplified levels). A high-level Category Semantic Language (CSL) has been developed to build these dynamic semantic structures to model the manufacturing chain at the semantic level.

After classifying the different types and properties of sensor-nets it was found that sensor-nets also had a multi-level representation and so CSL can be used to model them, allowing analytics (filtration, characterisation etc.) to be defined. Dynamic calibration of sensor-nets uses prediction with feedback and machine-learning that dynamically updates internal parameters in the multi-level CSL model.

This work is critical enabling technology for the use of AI in future smart manufacturing systems.

• Significant new knowledge generated; and Important new research questions opened up (Programme Objective 1):

Objective 1 of this research programme is using 'non-diffracting' beams to overcome the small the depth of field (DOF) restricting measurement resolution and range. The research has shown the utilisation of axicon lenses to generate Bessel beams allows the illumination to be delivered more uniformly along the optical axis of a system and is an excellent way to measure defects in weakly scattering objects. Building upon modelling work based on scalar diffraction theory, lab-based OCT-based sensors/instruments have been investigated, built, and used to measure defects within additively manufactured elements. The results provide excellent evidence that an order of magnitude change in measurement range (from 100um to 3mm) can be achieved, detailed in a paper to be published in the CIRP Annuals: Manufacturing Technology this year (accepted). Meanwhile, other methods to use freeform and miniaturised bulk optics are on the way to provide short term solution.

While methods such as these offer good results in some cases, there is the further new serious research question: how to achieve more when measuring strongly scattering smooth surfaces. To approach this problem using newly emerging cutting-edge optical techniques we have recently forged a new collaboration with Southampton's nanophononics Group to together explore one of Top Ten 2019 Emerging technologies (defined by World Economic Forum July 2019): Metamaterials, and build the foundation for future optical metrology.

• New or improved research methods or skills developed (Programme Objective 3-4, 7-8):

Our approach for data analytics for manufacturing control has the intelligence of sensing, signal acquisition and processing at its heart. Our researchers have collaborated to produce the first iteration of a dedicated Edge Computing data acquisition and processing system for manufacturing machines, targeted at Availability, Performance, and Quality. This includes programmable logic to dictate the following: what to measure; where on the network (local to the data source, combined with other sources on part of a machine or at a higher level); and how often to process the data at the different levels within a node network. The focus is on information efficiency, without loss of fidelity.

Distinct from other approaches that have been reviewed, the principles of metrology are central throughout the network. Facilities have been provided to ensure traceability for: data streams (sensors and data transfer); biasing for uncertainty of measurement (sensors and measurement-specific); biasing for uncertainty of modelling and model robustness to changing factors; and auditing for anomaly interpretation.

Ongoing work into traceable Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence is now enabled by this solution and the results can be embedded into the system as this research matures. The main focus is towards data supporting traceable on-machine measurement and on informing offline data measurement strategies. The research is vital to allow efficient implementation of metrology-controlled manufacturing to improve productivity of high-quality parts.
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,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,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. 2019-2020 In addition to the core research programme, the Hub has had a busy year developing our network of connections within the academic and industrial communities. Training and skills development are an important part of the Hub's activities and surface metrology school continues to prove a popular course with 9 external institutions sending delegates to this year's course. Following very positive feedback we have begun preparations to split the course into two distinct 2-day modules; a user level module focused on meeting the needs of industrial operatives and an advanced module which is more relevant to researchers and senior technicians. Additionally, we have provided specialist X-ray CT training to NPL and we have also secured Erasmus funding to develop online and face to face training materials for precision engineering and nanotechnology in collaboration with the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (euspen) ECP2 programme. This year the Hub hosted the 4th annual International Dimensional X-ray Computed Tomography (DXCT) conference in partnership with NPL. The event was very well attended with over 80 delegates and 7 exhibitors. In response to the strong degree of interest the conference programme was extended to two days with an additional optional training day. Developments in DXCT are of great interest across many fields such as manufacturing, where it is a key enabling technology for additive manufacture, and bio-engineering. Work carried out by the mathematics for metrology research team has generated substantial interest internationally and the group has been invited to several meetings. On a visit to the Università di Padova the team discussed uncertainty of computed tomography (CT) devices for surface texture, while at Politecnico di Milano the team were invited to speak about in-line detection of anomalies for additive manufacturing. One of the Hub's core research topics, Category Semantic Language (CSL), was discussed at great length at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with the outcome that there will be a joint application for joint funding to use CSL for systems engineering applications. For this year's Industrial Metrology Forum (IMF), the Hub worked with the High Value Manufacturing Catapult centres to build on the metrology roadmap that they are developing. The event was well attended with more than 25 companies and institutions represented in a full day event held at the Knowledge Transfer Centre at the AMRC. The event focussed on taking the existing metrology roadmap developed by the HMVC centres and asking industrialists to identify and prioritise the key elements. Topics for discussion included: In-process Metrology, Digital Metrology, Metrology for Composites and Metrology for Additive Manufacture. Following on from the IMF, the Hub held a full day roadmapping event, held on the campus of our spoke partner Loughborough University, to develop a plan for the academic community and to identify future research priorities. In addition to the Hub and Spoke co-investigators and research fellows, delegates were drawn from across the U.K. academic community and invitees were chosen to represent key metrology research institutions, HVMC centres, other Future Manufacturing Research Hubs and research centres with unique metrology challenges. In total approximately 60 delegates attended, and the event was facilitated by the Institute for Manufacturing. In addition to helping shape our future research programme, a white paper will be produced which documents the research priorities identified and the proposed roadmap. The Hub collaborated with 3 other Future Manufacturing Research Hubs (Composites, Compound Semiconductors, Photonics) in creating and releasing a Joint Feasibility Call. Common applications processes and review criteria were developed and opportunities for applicants to work with multiple Hubs were available. The call received a strong response with 63 applications in total across the whole consortium, of which 20 were interdisciplinary projects. 5 projects were funded by the Metrology Hub with 3 being carried out in collaboration with the Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub.
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Electronics,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,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 Public
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 Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 06/2021
 
Description Advanced Freeform Generator
Amount £804,005 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S033300/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2019 
End 11/2020
 
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 ECP2
Amount £39,077 (GBP)
Funding ID 2019-1-UK01-KA202-061922 
Organisation erasmus + 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2019 
End 08/2022
 
Description EPSRC Multidisciplinary Research Equipment Investment
Amount £105,882 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T02433X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 07/2021
 
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 Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2021
 
Description Investigation of Computational Corrections for the X-ray CT dimensional metrology of complex additively manufactured parts
Amount £19,999 (GBP)
Organisation Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
Sector Public
Country United States
Start 03/2019 
End 09/2019
 
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 Public
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 Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2021
 
Description Metrology and Digital Manufacturing for Servitisation of Manufacturing Machines
Amount £721,808 (GBP)
Funding ID 102787 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2017 
End 06/2019
 
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 Royal Engineering Enterprise Fellowship - H Muhamedsalih
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 02/2020
 
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 Public
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 Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 12/2018 
End 11/2022
 
Description Single Shot Dispersive Profile (Proof of Concept)
Amount £49,666 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2020
 
Description Standard Research
Amount £183,166 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R023689/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
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 - A-Safe Ltd - CT Measurement, initial analysis of components and reporting 
Organisation A-Safe
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
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 - Cummins - Scanning of turbine wheel 
Organisation Cummins
Department Cummins UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Funding.
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Consultancy - Depuy - Instrument selection 
Organisation Depuy International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
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 - Holtex - Chemical analysis 
Organisation Holtex Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
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 - L3 Commercial Aviation - Polishing Aluminium Parts 
Organisation L3 Commercial Aviation
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact High value specialist components with ultra precision surface finish.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Consultancy - Matlab 
Organisation BorgWarner Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
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
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical Expertise and consultancy on matters around orthopedic Implants
Collaborator Contribution Research Funding
Impact Technical Reports
Start Year 2017
 
Description Consultancy - Precision Technologies Group - Review, analyse and improve design and control system of a new dry hobbing machine tool 
Organisation Precision Technologies Group Ltd
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Consultancy - Rolls Royce Plc - HTP surface coating characteristics 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Technical Report
Start Year 2019
 
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 Consultancy - Thornton and Ross - Peel Material Testing 
Organisation Thornton and Ross
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Technical expertise and access to facilities.
Collaborator Contribution Funding.
Impact Technical report.
Start Year 2019
 
Description IP license - Digital Surf - 
Organisation Digital Surf
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Creation of specialist software and related IP.
Collaborator Contribution Purchase of the Initial IP license and ongoing royalty agreement.
Impact Prototype software.
Start Year 2019
 
Description KTP - Craftsman Tools Ltd 
Organisation Craftsman Tools Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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 National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) 
Organisation National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Our expertise on implementing category theory into a semantic language, and applying it on real cases in engineering, especially on surface texture design and measurement.
Collaborator Contribution Their experience of category theory (mathematician), and application experience on system modelling.
Impact Expected outcome: 1. A new version of a smart surface texture information system to be developed jointly with NIST 2. A joint research paper entitled "category theory for metrology". The goal of this paper was to combine the work of Huddersfield on CSL with the CQL. The idea is to show use of CT at different levels of the problem of verifying the geometric specification for the manufactured part. 3. Joint research project to be proposed. This is indeed a multi-disciplinary collaboration which brings researchers from manufacturing, mathematics, computer science and system engineering.
Start Year 2019
 
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 Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation Cranfield University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation Olympus
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation Renishaw PLC
Department Renishaw Metrology Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation University of Nottingham
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
Description Surface Metrology School 2019 - Training course 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Department Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Knowledge transfer and skills development. Training facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Customers (NPL, Renishaw, University of Nottingham, Cranfield University, AMRC, Rolls Royce) delegates and funding. Supporting partners (Taylor Hobson and Olympus) in kind support of loan of equipment and staff to carry out demonstrations.
Impact Skills development
Start Year 2019
 
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, presentations.
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 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 Teknek Funded PhD 
Organisation Teknek Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
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 X-ray CT Training 
Organisation National Physical Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Training and knowledge transfer
Collaborator Contribution Funding
Impact Skills development for NPL staff
Start Year 2019
 
Title Digital Surf - Mountains software 
Description New prototype software for freeform surface characterisation 
IP Reference  
Protection Copyrighted (e.g. software)
Year Protection Granted 2019
Licensed Yes
Impact Software currently under final test prior to deployment.
 
Title Method of removing defects in powder layers and fused matter during additive layer manufacture 
Description Inventers: Will Richardson; Ian Laidler and Liam Blunt: This patent covers the method of and apparatus for additive layer manufacture using structured light to remove defects in powder layers and fused matter during ALM. 
IP Reference GB 2559579 
Protection Patent granted
Year Protection Granted 2018
Licensed Yes
Impact The patent is now licensed to Wayland Additive and was one of the two core patents which facilitated the spin-off of Wayland from Reliance precision. The patent has now been developed as a working system on the Wayland EBeam additive machine and is fully integrated into the machine tool control systems. It is anticipated that the first system sale will be in 2021 and this will include the structured light in process measurement system.
 
Description 22nd International Conference on Metrology and Properties of 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 Professor Liam Blunt attended the 22 International Conference on Metrology and properties of Surfaces in Lyon, France and presented a summer school.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 4th Dimensional X-ray Computed Tomography Conference and Exhibition 
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 Dr Paul Bills and other members of the Hub organised the conference which was held at the University of Huddersfield. The event took place over 2 days and was attended by academics and industry representatives. Showcased Hub projects and raised awareness of Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Applied Category Theory Conference 
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 Dr Qinfen Qi participated in an interactive poster discussion at the Applied Category Theory Conference held over 5 days at the University of Oxford.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 BSI Meeting at Huddersfield University 
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 Professors Jiang and Scott attended BSI meeting hosted by University of Huddersfield. The meeting comprised of experts in the field, some from industry, and provided a forum for networking and raising the profile of the Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 CIRP General Assembly - Professor Dame Xiang Jiang 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Professor Xiang Jiang made two presentations to the CIRO International Academy for Production Engineering General Assembly in Tokyo, Japan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Collaboration visit from Northwestern University, USA 
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 A group of three academics (Prof Jian Cao, Prof Kornel Ehmann and Dr Ping Guo) from Northwestern University came for a 3-day formal visit to the Metrology Hub. Prof Cao introduced their work on flexible MFG systems; Prof Kornel introduced their work on surface engineering; Dr Guo introduced their work on structural coloration and levitation. From University of Huddersfield, Prof Dame Jane Jiang introduced the Hub and its research theme, Dr Qunfen Qi introduced her work on Category Semantics and its applications; Dr Zhen Tong introduced his group work on nano-manufacturing. We then subsequently discussed collaboration and exchange.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description David Walker Inaugural Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Professor David Walker delivered a lecture 'Probing the Universe' on the role of telescopes and metrology in astronomy and his work on developing instruments for some of the largest telescopes in the world.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description EUSPEN Council Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Liam Blunt hosted EUSPEN Council Meeting at the University of Huddersfield. Representatives included some from industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description European Academy of Forensic Science Conference - Katie Addinall 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Addinall gave a presentation to the 8th European Academy of Forensic Science Conference in Lyon, France.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Future Metrology Roadmapping Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Two day event designed to engage with UK academic community to help develop strategies and metrology research priorities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description HARP meeting - Mr C Dawson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mr Chris Dawson presented to the HARP2 IAB meeting hosted by the University of Huddersfield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hussam Muhammedsalih SPIE Optics and Photonics Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Muhammedsalih delivered a presentation at the Conference in San Diego.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ISO Meeting for TC 123 - Professor Paul Scott and Professor Dame Xiang 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 Professor Scott chaired two committees at the ISO meeting held in Poznan, Poland
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited talk at Huaqiao University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Dame Xiang Jiang and Dr Qunfen Qi visited Huaqiao University on 14-15 December 2019. A presentation was given "A Smart Semantic Language for Digital Manufacturing" to the researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students. This was followed by a short research meeting with researchers at the Institute of Manufacturing Engineering. Possible collaborative research directions were discussed, and further visits from both parties were then arranged.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Late Event Science Museum London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In excess of 1000 people attended the event at the Science Museum where an optical surface metrology instrument constructed in the Metrology Hub was on display. A Senior Research Fellow from the Hub was in attendance to answer questions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Machine Tool Metrology Workshop - Professor Andrew Longstaff 
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 Longstaff and two members of his team delivered a number of presentations and demonstrations to industry representatives at the event held at the Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Centre in Blackburn, UK.
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 MetMap Integrated Metrology for Additive Manufacturing Conference 
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 Professor Liam Blunt attended and presented at the MetMap Integrated Metrology for Additive Manufacturing Conference at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Coventry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MetMap Integrated Metrology for Precision Manufacturing Conference 
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 Liam Blunt presented at the MetMap Integrated Metrology Precision Manufacturing Conference held at the AMRC in Sheffield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) academic visit 
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 Three researchers from the Information Technology Lab of NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA) visited us as we share a common interest in applications of category theory. Subsequently they travelled to Huddersfield to have a whole day of academic meetings with us on 12th July 2019. We then established a very detailed collaboration work programme, starting with writing a joint paper on category theory for metrology, then follow on trip to NIST for further engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description New Gallery set up at Science Museum London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Hussam Muhamedsalih supported the curators of a new permanent exhibition of scientific instruments in the Science Museum London. Dr Muhamedsalih helped their understanding of the relevance of these instruments to contemporary scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation to Chinese Industrial delegation - Professor Andrew Longstaff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Longstaff presented to industrial members of the Zhejiang Entrepreneur Delegation who visited the University of Huddersfield.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Research Visit to NIST 
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 Visit to NIST at Gaithersburg, MD, USA of Xiang Jiang and Qunfen Qi from 30 October 2019 to 3rd November 2019, which ad been planned during the last visit of NIST members to the University of Huddersfield. Visits were made to the Information Technology Lab, Additive Manufacturing Metrology testbed at the Intelligent Systems division, AM data science group at the System Integration Division, and the Surface Metrology Lab at the Sensor Science Division. At each visit, detailed discussions were held on common research interests with questions. One meeting was arranged with the AM data science group to discuss how category theory can be used for AM data/information representation and integration. Most importantly, a sequence of meetings have been carried out with Prof E Subrahmanian, Dr S Breiner and Dr B Pollard. The focus includes 1. Discusson of the collaborative paper on "category theory for metrology"; 2. An industrial meeting with CEO AND Dr Ryan Wisnesky from Conexus to discuss potential collaboration with Conexus and possible industrial cases; 3. A Detailed collaboration plan was finalised. We then arranged regular video meeting every fortnight.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Research collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Milan 
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 Following an expression of interest from Professor Marcello Urgo of the Polytechnic University of Milan, a video meeting was organised with him and Dr Walter Terkaj on15 October 2019 to discuss a collaborative work on ontology for manufacturing. During the meeting it was decided to define a collaboration area in the field of the use of tracking/versioning approaches for the modelling of elements in a factory and the use of multi-level/multi-scale approaches in the modelling of manufacturing systems. We then shared our data and later further extended our current focus to "a coherent synchronisation of data model in manufacturing using delta lenses".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 Surface Metrology 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 Three day training event targetted at industry practitioners and new researvhers working metrology. Opportunity to develop practical skills and participate in interactive demonstrations. Also attended by industry partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Tutorial at International Conference - Professor Liam Blunt 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Liam Blunt provided a tutorial at the EUSPEN 19th International Conference in Bilbao, Spain. The Conference was attended by industry representatives, researchers and others and provides a platform for companies and research institutes to promote latest technological developments.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UK Manufacturing Forum - Professor Andrew Longstaff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Longstaff gave a presentation at the UK Manufacturing Forum: Driving Forward the Priorities held at the University of Warwick.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit of Chongquing Machine Tool Group and Holroyd Precision - Professor Andrew Longstaff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Professor Andrew Longstaff and Dr Simon Fletcher hosted a visit to Hub of Chongqing Machine Tool Group (Chongqing City) and Holroyd Precision (Rochdale UK) for collaborative discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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