NPL North of England


Based in 3 laboratories in the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre at the University of Huddersfield

NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute, developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards. NPL is part of the National Measurement System (NMS) which provides the UK with a national measurement infrastructure and delivers the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of BEIS. We undertake excellent science and engineering to deliver extraordinary impact for the UK and provide the measurement capability that underpins the UK’s prosperity and quality of life. From accelerating new antibiotics and more effective cancer treatments to developing unhackable quantum communications and superfast 5G, our expertise is crucial in researching, developing and testing new products and processes.

Services & Capabilities


  •  Commercial measurement services.
  •  SME support—Consultancy.
  •  Measurement related training  (including e-learning).
  •  Product Verification—Measurement & in-process control and verification; post-process and part verification.
  •  Research & Development.

Commercial Measurement Services

Dimensional metrology – measurement of components and assemblies

  • Safety critical parts (eg Aerospace / Medical / Automotive / Oil & Gas / Civil Nuclear).
  • Difficult to measure parts.
  • Specialise in Aerospace (engine parts inc. blades and cores), Medical (implants, medical plastics).
  • FAIRS (First Article Inspection Reports) – first principle and CMM (Co-ordinate Measurement Machines).

Problem resolution

  • Measurement issues
  • Dispute resolution (an independent set of data)
  • CMM programming / programme validation
  • Zeiss, Mitutoyo, Hexagon, Aberlink


  • Bespoke (customers own products)
  • NPL off-the-shelf courses

SME support—Consultancy

  • SME Manufacturers Measurement Network
  • Access to local measurement expertise / knowledge
  • Access to state-of-art laboratories and equipment
  • Technology evaluation
  • Support and advice
  • Measurement related Training
  • Bespoke (customers own products)
  • NPL off-the-shelf courses 

Product Verification

  • Aerospace parts e.g. engine blades
  • Civil Nuclear

Research & Development

  •  Reverse engineering
  •  Tactile
  •  Non-contact (laser)
  •  Understanding accuracy of process / measurement uncertainty

Wide range of measurement equipment including:

  • 2 x Mitutoyo Crysta CMMs (MCOSMOS software).
  • 1 x Hexagon DEA Global Silver CMM (PCDMIS software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Zeiss Prismo CMM (Calypso software).
  • 1 x Nikon LK CMM (Camio software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Aberlink CMM (Aberlink software) + camera system.
  • 1 x Hexagon Optiv Optical CMM (PCDMIS software).
  • 1 x Hexagon Romer Articulated Arm CMM (PCDMIS software) plus laser scanner.
  • 1 x Taylor Hobson Talysurf form PGI (Surface and profilometry).
  • 1 x Taylor Hobson roundness machine.
  • 1 x Baty Projector and electronic scales.
  • Plus manual test equipment / slip gauges etc.

  CONTACT: Rob Woollin. E:  M: 07976 873073


  • Regions: East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire
  • Telephone 01484 505714
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