Project: Multi-sensor metrology for microparts in innovative industrial products

Microparts are components which range in size from less than one millimetre to around 10 mm. Microparts with complex geometry are increasingly used for products in the automotive, medical and telecommunications industries. In many cases the complete inner and outer shape of the microparts must be verified in order to ensure they function correctly. Multi-sensor coordinate metrology combines the speed of optical measurements with the accuracy of tactile systems. However, work is required to achieve 3D measurements of microparts less than one millimetre in size, with sub-micrometre tolerances. In addition, combining measurements from multiple sensors requires intelligent data processing. This project will address the problems related to the high-accuracy measurement of small complex features of microparts. This will support many industrial applications such as the production of more efficient combustion engines, improved consumer electronics and new medical products such as portable diagnostics.

Acronym IND59 Microparts (Reference Number: IND59)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Coordinator Germany
2 Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung Partner Germany
3 Teknologisk Institut Partner Denmark
4 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
5 Eidgenössisches Institut für Metrologie METAS Partner Switzerland
6 NPL Management Limited Partner United Kingdom
7 VSL B.V. Partner Netherlands
8 Robert Bosch GmbH Observer Germany
9 IBS Precision Engineering bv Observer Netherlands
10 LEGO System A/S Observer Denmark
11 Novo Nordisk A/S Observer Denmark
12 Science and Technology Facilities Council Observer United Kingdom
13 XPRESS Precision Engineering B.V. Observer Netherlands
14 Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen - Nürnberg Germany
15 Loughborough University United Kingdom