LUMINAR Large Volume Metrology in Industry


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Final project meeting

The final project meeting took place at NPL, immediately after the end of project workshop (19th-20th May 2016). The meeting discussed the outcomes from the project and suggestions from the workshop on what outstanding needs from the end user community still require further research.

End of Project Workshop

The end of project workshop was held at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK, on 18-19 May 2016. The main lecture theatre was the focus for the event, with foyer space available for a small exhibition and coffee breaks. Presentations from the project team were intermingled with talks from the end-user community.

Measurement campaigns completed

The on-site measurements campaigns at GUM, Airbus and PTB were successfully completed. CNAM and PTB performed measurements at GUM; CNAM, INRIM, NPL, PTB, UBATH and UCL performed a joint measurement campaign at Airbus, Filton; and NPL undertook a measurement campaign at PTB.

December 2015 - 6th (penultimate) project meeting and Airbus visit

The penultimate project meeting took take place in December 2015. The host was the University of Bath, UK. There was a visit of the project team to Airbus to plan the measurement campaign.

9-11 November 2015 - European Portable Metrology Conference (EPMC)

There was an opportunity to join members of the project at the newly-named EPMC conference (formerly LVMC) - Europe's premiere conference on large volume and portable metrology - expanding this year to include dual-track presentation sessions, one on Applications and one track on Research. The conference was in Manchester, UK, on 9-11 November 2015. More details

Researcher from Karlsruhe completes LUMINAR research

Thomas Ulrich, the REG researcher from Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), has now completed his research funded under the LUMINAR project. A summary of his research (with links to publications) can be found here

LUMINAR joint first place in Mid-term Review

In March 2015, the LUMINAR project achieved joint first place in the Mid-term Review of the projects of the 2012 EMRP Industry Call. After reviewing the project outputs, a detailed project report, the project website and the exploitation plans, the Review Committee marked the project as '9-dominant' in terms of the technology position and '3-substantial' in terms of potential project impact. The overall recommendation was that: "The Consortium should continue the good work."

LUMINAR Project at recent conferences

At the recent October 2014 MacroScale conference, hosted by BEV in Vienna, there were two conference posters and one presentation from the LUMINAR project. At the November 2014 LVMC conference, LUMINAR had a large presence with four posters: one each from KIT and UCL, and two from NPL. The poster from UCL won best poster prize!

Summer 2015 - Change of name and chair for LVMC

Ben Hughes, a LUMINAR team member from NPL, was recently elected as the new Chairman of the Large Volume Metrology Conference (LVMC). The conference is about to change its name, to reflect the more diverse range of metrology covered at this annual event: LVMC becomes EPMC - the European Portable Metrology Conference. The conference is working towards being hosted in future venues across Europe, not just the UK.

June 2015 - Fifth project meeting

A project meeting took place on 8-9 June 2015. The hosts were GUM, Warsaw, Poland.

Dec 2014 - Fourth (mid-term) project meeting

The fourth formal project meeting was hosted by PTB, Braunschweig, Germany in Nov/Dec 2014. Members of the stakeholder committee were especially welcome to attend.

November 2014 - LVMC 2014

The LVMC is the only European event solely dedicated to portable and large volume 3D measurement technology. It is the premier technical conference in Europe dedicated solely to the use of precision dimensional measurement technology for process improvement for manufacturers. Staff from NPL attended this key European LVM conference.

October 2014 - MacroScale 2014 conference

Several of the project consortium members submitted papers to this triennial conference addressing latest developments in traceable coordinate metrology from medium to large scale. MacroScale 2014 was hosted by BEV in Vienna, Austria.

July 2014 - CMSC 2014

Ben Hughes (NPL) visited the annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference in July 2014. CMSC is an excellent conference for discussing the needs and research in Large Volume Metrology with some of the world's biggest end users. There was the opportunity to see presentations and discuss issues with friendly experts; also included were hands-on demonstrations and measurement activities.

June 2014 - Third project meeting

The third formal project meeting was hosted by INRIM, Turin, Italy on 26-27 June 2014.

November 2013 - Project presentation at LVMC 2013

Project partners NPL, UCL and UBATH attended the Large Volume Metrology Conference 2013, which took place place in Manchester, UK. Attendees were able to hear about latest project developments in presentations by project members, as well as attend the exhibition.

October 2013 - Second project meeting

The second formal project meeting was hosted by CNAM, Paris, France on 28-29 October 2013.

July 2013

Ben Hughes and Andrew Lewis (NPL) visited the annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference in mid-July 2013 to discuss the project with potential collaborators and interested parties. Ben presented early information about the NPL FSI technology being developed under the project.

27 June 2013

Andrew Lewis presented the project, its aims, and intended outputs to the AMRC Forum, hosted by project partner University of Sheffield (at their sister facility, the Nuclear-AMRC).

12-13 June 2013

The first LUMINAR project meeting was held at NPL, Teddington, UK, to formally kick-off the project. The two-day meeting included formal introduction of partners to one another, as well as a short informal networking event and laboratory tours of NPL's dimensional metrology laboratories.

The research within this EURAMET joint research project receives funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme, ERA-NET Plus, under Grant Agreement No. 217257.

End of Project

The project ends on 31 May 2016.

End of Project Workshop

09:00 Wednesday 18 May 2016 to 14:00 Thursday 19 May 2016

The workshop was held at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, TW11 0LW, UK.

Presentations from the workshop are available on the workshop webpage

For more information, please contact: Andrew Lewis

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