QMT News: October 2014
A UK roadmap for product verification
The progress made in advanced manufacturing thanks to new techniques and technologies has seen the role of metrology grow in importance to the sector, says Phil Cooper, National Product Verification Programme Leader, National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

This progress ranges from using laser trackers to underpin large volume metrology, to coordinate measuring systems to provide material traceability for hard to measure freeform shapes.

Underpinning this has been the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute and the UK body responsible for developing and maintaining the nation's measurement standards.

NPL's work with major manufacturers at the head of international supply chains has shown that product verification activities account for up to 20% of the cost of the finished product. Therefore, any solution to make this more effective can boost business for the UK supply chain and add billions to the UK economy.

Product verification is a critical part of the UK's advanced manufacturing process. It refers to the ability to manufacture products and components to the original design specification on a ‘right first time, right every time' basis and relies on gathering accurate and timely evidence that specifications are met, and so relies on good measurement capability and practices.

The National Product Verification Programme, which is led by NPL and governed by an Advisory Board of senior representatives from UK manufacturing organisations, has just completed a roadmap which sets out a vision for product verification in the UK. Phil Cooper will present the outcome of this roadmapping work at Make Measurement Matter 2014 for the first time, and talk about how the National Product Verification Programme aims to support the UK's advanced manufacturing Supply Chain, and how it can help you and your business.


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