21 June 2018
Senior figures from high tech engineering have gathered at Silverstone Park to help formulate a fourth special interest group (SIG) for the Silverstone Technology Cluster focusing on metrology.
Fifteen businesses and organisations were represented at a meeting held in Silverstone Park’s Metrology Facility – these included the likes of Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover Group, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), Cambridge Wireless and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence as well as supply chain companies based within the Cluster.
Cambridge Wireless’s Stirling Essex, attending in an advisory role, stressed the importance of SIGs, particularly as they enable industry experts to “cut out marketing spiel, speak freely and fully focus on debating very interesting topics and real world problems”.
He continued: “I’m always pleased to get involved with anything the STC does because it has a lot of good technology, positivity and awareness coming from very intelligent, commercial and forward looking people.
“Certainly the pedigree of companies in the Cluster means they are metrology focused already. Sharing knowledge for the benefit of industry in the UK is very important and the Cluster can play an important part in that because of its background in motorsport and high tech manufacturing.”
The NPL’s Dr Claire Elliott, also representing the Institute of Measurement and Control, was impressed.
She enthused: “It’s great to see so many people with so many different perspectives in one room together: end users, those from manufacturing technology, the creative industries, organisations like ours and people who sit in the middle, all discussing how to improve measurement understanding and practice.
“The Cluster could be very influential for UK plc. It is important to reach into people’s careers and help them to develop by encouraging them to engage with something outside of their normal office environment. By working together we become a lot stronger than just working independently.”
Andrew Tagg, of Cluster based Measurement Solutions – a re-seller of metrology equipment – commented: “A metrology SIG is a great idea, as it puts an emphasis on sharing information to improve industry and skills.
“Having end users and OEMs in same room is very good for industry. For SMEs trying to make a decision on what to buy and when – stick with traditional or look to the future and automated robotic solutions – it can provide massive support in making those decisions with confidence.”
A Metrology SIG would add to three other special interest groups already formed by the STC in its first 18 months. These focus on:
• Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)
• Autonomous, Connected, Electrified & Shared (ACES) vehicle technologies
• Digital Manufacturing
STC CEO Pim van Baarsen said: “We’ve got the Metrology SIG off to a great start with the right level of people bringing a lot of positive energy to the table and helping to shape what the purposes of a Metrology SIG should be.
“The next steps will be to appoint up to four SIG ‘champions’ and then start looking at organising events to bring the people together around Metrology. I am excited by what has been discussed here today and I have no doubt that this group will add a lot of value to STC members and indeed the UK.”