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North of England

Focus on aerospace, automotive and medical sectors supply chains

Supporting manufacturers to achieve their full potential

We specialise in dimensional inspection and measurement of complex components and assemblies using a wide variety of tactile and non-contact equipment, bespoke measurement training and consultancy. We offer 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.

Our Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) research is developing low cost sensor based solutions to help manufacturers meet emerging demands for productivity within supply chains. We offer 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 Manufacturer Measurement Network (MMN) provides easy access to knowledge transfer, networking and new technologies.

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Our expertise

In our North of England centre, we are experts on supporting manufacturers and precision engineering companies. We also have a new service for characterising graphene and are supporting a growing medical sector.

Our research

NPL is carrying out research which is directly relevant to this region. We can help companies make better measurements, characterise new and existing materials and support new technologies.

Manufacturer Measurement Network

Join a community of SMEs working with us to identify appropriate validation methods within their business with the aim of increasing efficiency, reducing waste and improving product quality.

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Can we help you?

NPL's expertise covers many industries and technologies. To see the complete range of services and research follow the links.

If you're still not sure if we can help, please contact us.

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Our team

Our team comprises engineers, technicians, apprentices, as well as researchers. Established in partnership with the University of Huddersfield, our office and laboratory are located at the University of Huddersfield's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre.
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North of England

National Physical Laboratory
3M Buckley Innovation Centre
Firth Street

TEL: 01484506055

Public transport

Buses: There is a free bus linking key locations within Huddersfield to our location at the University of Huddersfield.

Trains: Huddersfield train station is a 15-minute walk away, with services to Manchester, Leeds and the North East.