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NPL opens state-of-the-art inspection facility at Huddersfield

09 June 2013

NPL has opened a new laboratory at the University of Huddersfield and is launching a free measurement consultation service for local businesses.

The new laboratory is equipped with a wide range of the most modern inspection equipment, including its latest coordinate measurement machine equipped with tactile probing and a high specification laser scanner.

The activities of the laboratory are targeted at providing both local and national manufacturing companies with direct access to NPL's world-class measurement capabilities. Customers working with NPL will be able to improve the quality of their manufactured products, as well as introduce innovation into their manufacturing and inspection processes.

NPL is also offering free measurement surgeries each Wednesday (contact Andy Morris, NPL Huddersfield laboratory manager, to register:, where manufacturers can meet with measurement and inspection experts to discuss specific problems and any wider consultancy and support requirements. For example, the application of new technology and established best measurement practice to their manufacturing operations.

Proper measurement is essential to producing reliable products. It ensures parts, such as life-saving medical devices, meet standards and are produced right first time, saving time, money and maybe even lives. It enables product improvements to be introduced at reduced risk and ensures confidence that the quality of parts delivered to customers meets recognised industry standards.

The NPL Huddersfield laboratory will support the development of complex, hard-to-measure parts such as blades and engine components used in aerospace, and medical components such as replacement joints and plastic syringes.

NPL's facilities will allow precision parts to be measured under laboratory conditions, with appropriate temperature control, cleanliness and avoidance of mechanical vibration.

Access to this facility enables high-confidence inspection results on parts that are critical to production or safety. It will offer lab-based and on-site programming of coordinate measuring machines, as well as a range of bespoke training and consultancy related to all aspects of applied measurement.

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