High Precision Process Chains for the Mass Production of Functional Structured Surfaces

The University of Huddersfield is a public university located in Huddersfield, UK. It has been a University since 1992, but has its origins in a series of institutions dating back to the 19th century. The Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) of the University of Huddersfield has firm foundations of the internationally recognised research strengths in surface metrology (geometry and texture measurement and characterisation), optical instrumentation (optical embedded sensors/apparatus), machine tool technology (error measurement and compensation) and ultra-precision manufacturing (ultra-precision machining, modelling and process control). It has a long track record on development of ISO standards for surface design, metrology and machine-tool technology, and led 26 authored ISO standards. Highly innovative research and strong links with wider industrial sectors (aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, machine-tool and instrumentation) resulted in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of UK designating the CPT as a National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Metrology (funded in 2011) and the Future Metrology Hub (funded in 2017). Of significant note in the UK university sector, the CPT has a high specification environmentally and temperature controlled laboratory ‘Nanolab’ including: (i) a surface nanometrology lab (tactile, scanning probe microscopes and interferometery) with novel anti-vibration technology and (ii) an ultra-precision machining cell (Precitech Nanoform250 and Zeeko IRP-200/A11). It also has an advanced optical lab specially designed for embedded optical instrumentation research, 2500 m² of workshop area for precision manufacturing, a dimensional metrology lab (six large volume high precision CMMs and roundness instruments from: Zeiss, Nikon and Taylor Hobson) and an optical manufacturing unit based at OPTiC Technium in North Wales.

Primary Contact

Prof Dame X. Jane Jiang DBE FREng
Director, the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub
Tel: +44 (0)1484 473634


Queensgate, University of Huddersfield
Huddersfield, UK

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