Platform Programme Four – Machine Tool and Large Volume Metrology

The overarching aim of this Platform Programme is to embed the outcomes of the metrology research undertaken over Years 1-3 into metrology-enabled manufacturing over Years 4-7. The Huddersfield team will focus on implementing rapid machine calibration, self-calibrating sensors and advanced measurement routines for process monitoring will be combined with AI interpretation of data. The Bath team will focus on the real-time automation of large volume metrology for networks, typically for aerospace manufacture.

(1) Applied Machine Tool Metrology: Techniques developed in previous projects, WP4 & WP8 will be implemented in manufacturing environments. Rapid machine calibration, self-calibrating sensors and advanced measurement routines for process monitoring will be combined with AI interpretation of data. The end result will be to improve manufacturing accuracy, machine availability and to enable traceable on-machine certification.

(2) Real-Time Automation of Large Volume Metrology for Integrated Manufacture: The research will build upon outcomes from WP2-WP4 integrated into the manufacturing processes of large scale workpieces. Effectively, the controlled metrology applied to real-time automation of large volume metrology for networks will become the critical feedback mechanisms for manufacturing processes such as interfacing of components and systems. Account will be taken of workpiece changes due to increased loads during assembly to reduce the dependence and expense of current jig-based manufacture.

Meet the team

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Prof. Andrew Longstaff

Investigator

University of Huddersfield

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Dr Patrick Keogh

Investigator

University of Bath

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Mr Ben Morgan

Investigator

The University of Sheffield - AMRC

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Dr Simon Fletcher

Investigator

University of Huddersfield

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Dr Nicola Bailey

Investigator

University of Bath

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Dr Wencheng Pan

Research Fellow

The University of Huddersfield

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Dr Zheng Wang

Research Fellow

University of Bath

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Dr Runan Zhang

Research Fellow

University of Bath

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Mr Thomas Furness

Research Fellow

University of Huddersfield

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Mr Andrew Bell

Applications Engineer

The University of Huddersfield

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Mr G Fieux, Mr A Iqbal and Mr N Alegeh

Publications 

Miller, J., Fletcher, S., Longstaff, A. (2020) Simon Parkinson, Simultaneous constant velocity measurement of the motion errors of linear axes, International Journal of Automation Technology, 14(3), 417-428.

Furness, T., Fletcher, S., Longstaff, A., Bell, A. & McVey, S. (2019) European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 19th International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2019: 19th International Conference and Exhibition. Leach, R. K., Billington, D., Nisbet, C. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 214-217.