Research and Development at Taylor Hobson
Taylor Hobson is an ultra-precision technology company operating at the highest levels of precision within the field of surface and form metrology. In order to stay at the front of this rapidly evolving field we invest heavily in research and development – 20% of our workforce is involved in developing and maintaining our products.
Taylor Hobson has led the technology of surface and form measurement for many years by investing in applied research with long time horizons. Our research team includes scientists with specialisations in physical and geometrical optics, thin films, computer-simulation, ultra-precision engineering, mechanical modelling and mathematics.
We have a long history in interferometry, from the early 1970s onwards – the first products using interferometers were released in 1984. We produce image analysis systems for cylinder bore inspection. Our latest non-contact product is the CCI, a new concept in broadband interferometry, offering leading edge performance. Even our premier stylus instrument uses a Phase Grating Interferometer to determine gauge displacement – hence the name Form Talysurf "PGI".
Our history is in stylus metrology. We have just invested heavily in completely renewing our Form Talysurf range of products – the new Form Talysurf PGI Optics and Bearings sets the standard for others to strive for. Our Roundness products are constantly evolving: we are continually improving our instrument specifications and adding functionality.
To drive us forward further we invest in pure research both in-house and in a number of academic institutions. We also collaborate with a number of National Measurement Institutes to ensure that we use the most appropriate techniques and technologies.
Sometimes, our users cannot solve their measurement / manufacturing problems with our standard products. To help our users meet their needs we also offer a design & build service to deliver custom products.
So where is the future?
Nanotechnology is the buzz word of the moment. Behind the hype is a sweeping change in manufacturing to smaller, more precise components and more highly engineered surfaces. Taylor Hobson is constantly developing technology to meet these challenges.