The EPSRC Future Metrology Hub has been searching for ways to develop measurement equipment on the machine, which is still independent of the manufacturing process but does not have to be manoeuvred into place. An example of such technology is the FARO Cobalt Array Imager.
Many organisations in the past would machine and form their parts using machine tools and measure regularly but randomly selected parts on a measurement machine. However, with this method there were possibilities of inaccuracies that would greatly add to the total manufacturing time and overall to costs.
For this reason Metrology technology has been drifting towards non- contact, optical or laser systems and wanting less human interference and higher accuracy.