Without highly accurate dimensional measurement we cannot have confidence in the interchangeability of parts and components. This can impact safety and profitability, as well as harming global trade. Our high accuracy dimensional measurements help organisations independently evidence conformance to demanding requirements. We provide consultancy support to manufacturers, enabling them to identify inspection strategies to improve product quality and drive process improvements.
Our calibrations to national and international standards clearly demonstrate the accuracy and repeatability of measurement equipment for our clients. We can provide your people with the skills on the state-of-the-art measurement, inspection, analysis techniques they need to improve your in-house capability, including on-the-job inspection training. Customers in sectors such as defence, aerospace, automotive, space and medical work with us to gain the confidence they need in evaluating high-precision parts and structures. As the UK's National Measurement Institute, you can be sure that everything we deliver will be trustworthy and impartial.
We support companies with a comprehensive suite of measurement and calibration services, consultancy support and training – which can be tailored to maximise the impact for the client, including access to flexible high-end measurement and inspection capacity. Our world experts in complementary disciplines are available to help clarify requirements, interpret results and solve problems for customers. We maintain the UK standard for length, making our services directly traceable to the National Standard metre – we offer the most accurate and authoritative measurements in the UK.
UKAS-accredited calibration services covering CMM verification artefacts, thread gauges, step gauges, length bars and gauge blocks.
Our comprehensive range of measurement and inspection systems include multi-vendor/language CMMs with tactile and non-contact probes, laser scanners, articulated arms, fringe projection systems, point cloud processing software and bespoke roundness measurement instruments.
We provide a complete service for all surface measurement requirements down to the nanoscale, including calibration of surface texture artefacts and instruments. We carry out surface characterisation using both contact and non-contact techniques on optical components, machined parts, industrial coatings and wafers for microelectronics.
We offer a comprehensive suite of measurement and calibration services for optical components microscopy reference scales and also the verification of laser interferometry wavelengths.
NPL offers consultancy services via our world-leading facilities and specialist expertise spanning all aspects of dimensional and angle measurements, from the picometre to hundreds of metres.
We offer consultancy services via our world-leading facilities and specialist expertise spanning all aspects of dimensional and angle measurements, including:
Understanding and optimising the performance of measurement equipment, including the creation and maintenance of bespoke reference artefacts.
Comprehensive suite of training courses to up-skill staff on state-of-the-art measurement, inspection and analysis techniques - these can also be tailored to optimise the content relevance and delivery method (i.e. on-site and on-the-job).
Problem solving: rapid identification of the root cause and subsequent identification of preventative actions to enable product or measurement improvements.
Identification & application of best practices and relevant standards.
Our facilities enable measurements traceable to internationally agreed standards. From our highest resolution measuring system based on X-ray interferometry (20 picometre accuracy) to our large volume long range capability (10s to 100s of metres), we provide the fundamental length measurement infrastructure for the UK. We offer the most accurate and authoritative measurements in the UK, including quantified uncertainty as required. We maintain the UK National Standards that are validated through international comparisons.
Our measurement experts cover complementary disciplines and are available to help clarify requirements, interpret & analyse results. We have an internationally recognised track record of high-value problem solving and an active research programme in support of UK manufacturing, science, engineering and the metrology community. Operating as a National Measurement Institute, we offer trusted and impartial advice plus a commitment to providing the right measurement solution.
We also offer a Measurement For Manufacturers support service identifying where best practice measurement techniques can be implemented in the manufacturing environment - delivering tangible improvements in competitiveness, efficiency and, most importantly, customer confidence.
Develop new skills, enhance existing work practices and upskill your workforce. We provide training on:
Still struggling to work out what you need? We pride ourselves on giving sound technical advice to guide you. By combining expert advice, standard tests and bespoke consultancy, you can be confident in our approach.
Find out more about our expertise in this area, and how we are creating impact from science and engineering.
Our research and measurement solutions support innovation and product development. We work with companies to deliver business advantage and commercial success. Contact our Customer Services team on +44 20 8943 7070