As a testament to the partnership between NPL and Agilent, one of the reasons that they recently chose to base their European Service Centre in the UK rather than at the European head office in Germany was the strength of its close relationship with NPL.
BAE wanted to ensure that every engineer, designer and inspector had a good grasp of metrology to increase productivity by reducing human error. BAE Systems trainers completed the training course to become accredited to deliver the NPL Dimensional Measurement Training Programme to its own staff.
"Thanks to NPL Training, the measurement associates are now thinking out of the box. We are already seeing a faster turnaround of measurement activities with higher accuracy and increased confidence. NPL is known for its technical expertise in this area, and can provide the highest level validated training. It's added to our professionalism and improved communication with our suppliers."
Mark Imms, Metrology Manager, Bentley Motors
“BP Exploration has continued to benefit from NPL's world class corrosion testing and modelling capabilities in 2009, and we intend to cooperate even more closely in 2010 and beyond.”
Steve Groves Programme Manager - Inherently Reliable Facilities Flagship BP
Department of Energy & Climate Change / US Department of Energy
Over the last five years NPL in collaboration with leading UK organisations in energy materials and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have been collaborating with the US Department of Energy (DOE) on fossil energy research and development. NPL is leading this work in two key areas, steam oxidation and standards & databases. This continuing research is an essential part of helping to achieve any targets set by future energy policy for energy security and climate change.
A new breed of more efficient power stations could be the answer to reducing the environmental impact of burning fossil fuels. But they create an unfamiliar environment for existing materials which could increase the risk of corrosion and premature component failure. Current models can't predict how materials will react to these conditions. This prompted NPL, in partnership with four academic and industrial organisations, to develop new methods for predicting the corrosion behaviour of high temperature materials in coal-fired utility boilers.
“Working together with a member of NPL has helped us understand and demonstrate the potential for a novel measurement technique. The support has saved Fluke between three to six months of internal engineering development work and £100,000 in monetary terms. We estimated that if development time savings were on critical path for shorter time-to-market, the wider impact on revenue and profits of NPL's intervention could be £1 million to £10 million.”
Paul Roberts, Project Manager, Fluke Precision Measurement Ltd.
“The project demonstrates the superiority of the innovative, automated measurement techniques over manual methods of determination. The testing at NPL allowed these new methods to be proved and provided confidence in their accuracy.”
Dr Nick Bates, National Grid.
Scottish & Southern Energy
“NPL has helped us greatly to understand our environmental monitoring requirements at our site in Slough whilst remaining compliant with regulatory demands through regular monitoring. They have always delivered an extremely professional, helpful and responsive service, on time and on budget.”
Peter Bowman, Senior Project Manager, Scottish & Southern Energy.
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
“NPL has provided us with very valuable services, which have helped ensure that our satellites offer the accuracy needed provide our customers with technology they can trust, and remain ahead of our competitors.”
Dr Martin Unwin, Head of GNSS/GPS Team, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
NPL tested the design of a radar system for Thomas Keating which will help understand how clouds affect the Earth's complex climate. The prototype design of the instrument, which will be launched in 2013 as part of the EarthCARE mission, was tested in NPL's anechoic chamber, which has the temperature stability and sensitivity necessary to make these demanding measurements.
Dr Richard Wylde, Managing Director, Thomas Keating said “NPL was able to work flexibly with us, taking test results, making changes and coming back to retest. The excellent flexible conditions enabled us to refine the device and provide independent confirmation about its robustness.”
University of Surrey
The University of Surrey and NPL are to collaborate on the delivery of a £10 million programme to translate the results of research into innovation that makes a real-world difference including areas that cover mobile communications and internet connectivity, next generation materials for space and satellite engineering and nanotechnology supporting the further miniaturisation in the semiconductor industry.