Have you ever wanted advice and support on how to conduct a certain measurement? Well now that information might be just that bit easier to come by.

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK's National Measurement Institute and an authority in applying cutting edge measurement techniques to deliver, what is estimated in a recent NPL survey, benefits of over £122 million per annum to businesses and institutions through good measurement practice.

NPL has recently opened a new state of the art laboratory at the University of Huddersfield's 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, which is a centre dedicated to facilitating the link and communication channels between the University and industry.

The new laboratory is definitely state of the art with some of the best inspection facilities anybody could expect with the most modern tactile probing and high specification laser scanners available for use.

Both local and national businesses are encouraged to make use of NPL's leading measurement capabilities, in the belief it will drive businesses to deliver and flourish during these difficult economic times. Customers will be given the unique opportunity to work and improve the quality of their manufacturing processes and products, as well as introduce elements of innovation to their overall business plans and workflows.

Special clinics are also planned to take place weekly, where manufacturers can meet with measurement and inspection experts to discuss real time problems faced day to day and any wider consultancy, support or development issues they may have.

The opening of this new laboratory will give an enormous boast to NPL's roll in the local and wider community as a key player in the support and development of new businesses and initiatives.