Engineering chair appointed to develop metrology tools for factories of the future

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Professor Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang of the University of Huddersfield in the UK has been appointed as the Royal Academy Engineering/Renishaw Chair in Precision Metrology.

Over the next five years, Professor Jiang’s research will be into developing new precise measurement tools for use in smart automated factory environments.

The Chair is jointly sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering and UK engineering company Renishaw.

Professor Jiang’s research will bring together modern mathematics and optics to create sensor hardware and bespoke software, with a new approach to hierarchical design and metrology.

The factories of the future are expected to incorporate various sensor technologies – including vision systems – to generate data about the manufactured product. Multisensor metrology systems for quality control were on display at the recent Control show in Stuttgart, including those from Renishaw.

Professor Jiang said: ‘I am very honoured to be appointed to such a prestigious Chair and delighted to be able to work closely with Renishaw… and the Royal Academy of Engineering to challenge formidable barriers in today’s measurement technologies. Under this research sponsorship, the next generation of embedded metrology technologies will be explored, generated and then integrated into manufacturing systems and platforms. It will facilitate the future factory to produce “right first time and every time” fabrication of complex products in many sectors, for example, aerospace, automotive, electronics, healthcare, energy and even astronomy.’

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Professor Xiangqian Jiang, University of Huddersfield

Royal Academy Engineering 

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