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NPL Huddersfield lab NPL Huddersfield

NPL Huddersfield specialises in dimensional inspection and measurement of complex components and assemblies, CMM programming, and bespoke measurement training and consultancy.

NPL offers a fast response service for difficult to measure components that require highly skilled techniques traceable to National Standards. Our services provide high-confidence inspection results within timescales that critical production cycles demand.

NPL Manufacturer Measurement Network New
NPL has created a network to support manufacturers, currently running in the north of England. For more details and to submit a membership application, click here (and read Terms and Conditions here) Adobe Acrobat PDF file

Measurement of components and assemblies
Dimensional measurement against customer supplied drawings and CAD models by highly skilled engineers using state-of-the-art test equipment in an environmentally controlled laboratory.

Bespoke reporting
Measurement results can be presented in a format to suit your requirements - therefore ensuring quality systems are adhered to within the production environment.

Measurement experts
As the UK's largest measurement centre of excellence, NPL employs nationally recognised experts in metrology with many years' experience inspecting complex manufactured parts.

Bespoke training
Learn the best way to measure your own manufactured components and assemblies from first principles through to CMM measurement. Includes drawing interpretation, workholding and fixturing, measurement strategy and measurement process.

Access to expertise
NPL offers continuous access to a reliable source of experts and affordable inspection skills at a time when customers are having increased difficulty in retaining high calibre metrology and inspection staff of their own.

Our services include:

  • Measurement of components and assemblies to customers' drawings, including airfoil type components, medical devices, fixtures, special to product gauges and gold standard masters
  • Development of specific CMM programmes for parts with complex features and tight tolerances
  • Correlation of on-table and CMM results and supporting CAD data
  • Supply of First Article Inspection Reports
  • Independent verification of complex components with very high tolerance features, including prismatics and difficult to specify parts
  • Development of novel measurement and inspection techniques
  • Resolution of measurement related disputes
  • Bespoke training on customers' own metrology requirements, including training in best practice measurement on customers' own manufactured components

The NPL Huddersfield Laboratory is located at the University of Huddersfield's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. Find out more about the Centre in the following video: 

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What our customers say


Sharing the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre with NPL Huddersfield has proved very useful for Formative Design. On a number of occasions, whilst in the middle of a design, I have needed to be able to accurately measure something in order to continue. The NPL Huddersfield team have been very knowledgeable, helpful and quick to respond; whether it is quickly putting something up on the optical comparator or using good old-fashioned height gauges and jigging, they have always solved my issues. They are also able to take on more challenging tasks. They were able to take some surgical bone screws and accurately measure the thread form and pitch in order for me to be able confirm to a client that the items, from different suppliers, were compatible.

Gary Fenton - Formative Design


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