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Industrial sensors and imaging

Delivering sensing and imaging technologies designed to meet industrial challenges

NPL develops and deploys state-of-the-art sensing and imaging solutions to meet a range of industrial needs. The combination of our world-leading skills, expertise and facilities enables us to be a one-stop-shop for sensing and imaging customers. We can test, verify, modify and commercialise sensing systems, taking projects from laboratory prototype to deployment in the factory or out in the field, saving you time and money.

The work we do can help to deliver commercial applications. For example, we are developing imaging technologies used in crop breeding programmes and by automated harvesting vehicles, which will help to increase crop yields and address food shortages.

The sensing and imaging services we provide address your measurement challenges using the non-ionising part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including optical radiation (ultraviolet, visible and infrared) and electromagnetic fields (power frequencies, microwaves and radio frequencies). They can particularly benefit businesses in the agritech, food and drink, communications, defence and connected autonomous vehicles sectors.

Together, our experts and facilities can help companies undertake quick and accurate non-destructive and materials sensing, testing or imaging.

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We have the measurement expertise, world-leading instrumentation and facilities to provide a single supplier, multidisciplinary service in new and emerging technologies.

  • 3D imaging
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Microwave/radar measurements
  • Terahertz imaging
  • Technology, instrument and hardware design, build and optimisation
  • Software design and development e.g. control software and calibration routines
  • Data analysis, mining, modelling and interpretation
  • Calibration services with traceability to the SI
  • Materials testing of macro or micro structures

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Electromagnetic research

NPL measures electromagnetic quantities across the spectrum from DC via RF and microwave up to terahertz and optical frequencies to support new technologies, in many sectors. We maintain one of the world's most comprehensive capabilities for making electromagnetic measurements across the spectrum.

Electromagnetics research

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Still struggling to work out what you need? We pride ourselves on giving sound technical advice to guide you. By combining expert advice, standard tests and bespoke consultancy, you can be confident in our approach.

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Case study

Demonstrating a quality control method for liquid dispersions of 2D materials


Case study

Enhancing 3D Bio-Processor Technologies for Synthetic Biology



Find out more about our expertise in this area, and how we are creating impact from science and engineering.

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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