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Solving problems and providing bespoke services
NPL helps solve complex technical problems using our advanced analytical and problem solving capabilities, combined with multi-disciplinary, world-class facilities. We build long-term working relationships to deliver business advantage and commercial success for our customers.
As the UK’s National Measurement Institute, our independence and impartiality means we are the ultimate source of confidence in accurate measurements – to you and your customers. We have the know-how to address high-value problems and inform key customer decisions in a prompt and authoritative way.
As the UK’s National Metrology Institute (NMI), NPL has an important role to play in helping ISO accredited product and service providers, including analytical laboratories, to ensure ongoing conformity and technical validity within the scope of their accreditation during the COVID-19 crisis. NPL holds accreditation and certification to different ISO standards assessed by UKAS and LRQA and is also consulted by accreditation bodies for our technical expertise including understanding of measurement uncertainty in a range of specific technical application areas, in many of which we have leading global experts.
Product and process development
Product verification and validation
Problem solving: root cause analysis and identification of preventative actions
Model development and training for model creation
New measurement protocols
Creating new or novel test methods
Identification and application of best practices and relevant standards
Advice on standards requirements
Quality management system consultancy
Measurement equipment and facility design
Research into novel measurement techniques and instrumentation
Optimising performance of measurement equipment
Insight into emerging technologies
Foresight and advisory services
Expert witness services
NPL helped characterise their flat panel X-ray source down to sub-micron level to understand the chemistry below the surface. This has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds of wasted effort by giving Adaptix the data to inform development choices.
LMAT offers software and consulting to improve composite products, such as those used to form the structures of wind turbine blades or aeroplane wings. LMAT needed to measure reliable values for the shrinkage of the materials as a result of curing. They worked with NPL to develop reliable measurements that they could input into their model, helping them provide more accurately designed moulds for their customers.
NPL has world-leading capabilities in fuel cell measurements, as well as corrosion testing. Combining these areas of expertise, NPL carried out a range of analyses of Bramble's fuel cell materials to help them understand their degradation mechanisms, and recommend areas for improvement.
Energy Technology Centre Ltd (ETC) provides water droplet erosion testing for wind turbine blades. NPL worked with ETC to explore techniques for measuring material erosion during the testing process. Reducing erosion has a big economic benefit.
We provide technical consultancy in many areas, find out more about our expertise.
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