Aero makers turn to NPL for large volume metrology training

Large volume metrology is an essential manufacturing tool, but has been notably under-served on the training front, according to the National Physical Laboratory. The claim came as the NPL announced plans for a new training programme to address the specific metrology needs of industries such as aerospace.

The NPL said that, until now, this type of training has been largely developed in-house, with no independently recognised courses available. It said that its new modules would be the first in the world to fill this gap, providing a framework that can be rolled out internationally.

It added that the new training programme is a response to calls from from big businesses in Europe and America, such as Airbus and Boeing. Leading academics and other companies - including Rolls-Royce - have helped shape the programme.

"Airbus in the UK is pleased to be supporting the development of a training course for large volume metrology," confirmed Amir Kayani, a senior manufacturing engineer with Airbus UK, which has committed funding to develop the programme. "We recognise the competence of the National Physical Laboratory in measurement science, and the need for a course in LVM processes and best practice. We see a course addressing the metrology needs for large volume manufacture and assembly, as being of key relevance to aerospace and other related industries."

The training course's development has been led by Keith Bevan, the NPL's training product development manager, and Stephen Kyle, honorary senior research fellow at University College London and a leading name in LVM. It will be launched tomorrow at the LVM conference in Chester.

"Large volume metrology is now an integral and indispensable tool in manufacturing construction and assembly," said Dr Kyle. "Its proper understanding is critical to its successful application, but until now only isolated pockets of knowledge such as text books and equipment manuals were available. NPL's new training course modules provide structured, guided learning across the field of LVM, for both beginners and advanced users, and help to fill a major gap in this technology."

The NPL said that it is also talking to UK engineering and technology accreditation body EAL, about turning the course into a certified qualification.

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