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The Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) is a centre of excellence for collaborative metrology research, solving real-world manufacturing problems through cutting edge metrology research in precision engineering.

At the forefront of creating new measurement techniques, we apply novel techniques to real world problems. Highly innovative research and strong links with industry resulted in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) designating the CPT as a National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Metrology in 2011. Headed by Professor Xiang Jiang, we are one of only 16 national centres for innovative manufacturing in the UK. The EPSRC Centre’s focus is developing the UK’s manufacturing metrology capabilities as well as supporting economic growth in relevant sectors.

CPT Research Areas

Our research underpins both manufacturing and engineering industries – the core principle is “without measurement, manufacturing is not possible” and is key to driving quality and cost benefits for industry by embedding metrology into manufacturing processes.

Key areas of research are:

• Machine Tool Metrology
• Mathematics for Metrology
• Optical Instrumentation
• Surface Metrology and Applications
• Ultra Precision Manufacturing


This multi-disciplinary team of over 40 research staff and students includes engineering scientists, physicists, mechanical and electrical engineers, mathematicians and computer software developers, ensuring a high level of innovation and collaboration from researchers who deliver excellence in learning and research. As a result, our researchers apply their research into different sectors and disciplines leading to collaboration into areas not commonly linked to precision engineering including skin science, forensics, implants and archaeology.

CPT has two industrially sponsored Chairs: the Taylor Hobson Chair in Surface Metrology held by Professor Paul Scott and the CHMTI-PTG Chair in Machine Tool Technology held by Professor Alan Myers.

Latest News

Hudds PhD researcher wins 2015 euspen student challenge

This story published on Tuesday 11 August 2015
In just nine hours, Christian Young’s team designed and built a fully-functioning device capable of carrying out a precision 2D measurement, accurate to within 13 microns

Specialist machine tool company MTT look to Hudds researchers

This story published on Friday 7 August 2015
Machine Tool Technologies Ltd has undertaken three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with the Centre for Precision Technologies and now look to cement relations into the future

Online system unveiled to pinpoint metrology software accuracy

This story published on Sunday 22 March 2015
€130,000 EU project will allow manufacturers to instantly assess the performance of their software and make the required adjustments

LAMDAMAP 2015 hosted by the University

This story published on Friday 20 March 2015
The University’s EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology contributed seven speakers to this conference

For more CPT news visit our news page

Last updated Monday 12 May 2014
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