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Centre for Precision Technologies

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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

Metrology instrument shortlisted for IET Innovation Awards

This story published on Monday 17 November 2014
A Wavelength Scanning Interferometer developed by Prof Jane Jiang has been shortlisted in the Manufacturing Technology category

EPSRC Centre welcomes leading surface metrology expert

This story published on Tuesday 30 September 2014
John Song from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology talks about their ground-breaking Forensic Topography and Surface Metrology project

EPSRC Centre to host LAMDAMAP 2015 conference

This story published on Tuesday 30 September 2014
The 11th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Coordinate Measuring Machine and Machine Tool Performance (LAMDAMAP) will take place from 17 to 18 March 2015

Malaysian Investment Development Authority chooses Huddersfield

This story published on Thursday 25 September 2014
Malaysians select Huddersfield for a technology fact-finding visit to boost the country’s advanced manufacturing sector

For more CPT news visit our news page

Last updated Monday 12 May 2014
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