Metrology Training Courses

Surface and Roundness Metrology Training Course

Our standard course covers all you need to know about the basics and details required to make and understand good surface finish measurements and analyses.
Practical courses covering the complete spectrum of this important quality tool suitable for all levels of Inspector, Quality Managers and Design Staff.

Instrument Training Seminar

As with all precision machines and instruments, the best results and most cost effective utilisation comes when the operator or user is well trained and has an understanding and interest in the subject. Our trainers are well versed in the practical day to day problems of quality control in this metrology area and give second to none assistance and knowledge transfer.

Fundamentals of instrument use

Advanced instrument use 

Form measurement and analysis

Metrology Theory

Special requests

We are also able to customise our Product and Metrology Training to suit the specific requirements of individual institutions. This can be product or application specific, delivering greater efficiency within your manufacturing process. 

Discounts available for AMECare customers

To find out more details about our AMECare agreement, please click here



A. Surface Finish Metrology

  • Why do we need to measure Surface Finish?
    Identifying the reasons for surface finish measurement.
  • Measurement Methods
    Explanation & discussion of different types of contact & non-contact measurement methods.
  • Instrument Datums
    Examination of the different types of measurement datums used in instrumentation.
  • Reproducing the Surface
    Discussion of stylus tip geometry and stylus effects on measurements.
  • Surface Finish Terminology
    What are Form, Waviness and Roughness?
  • Filters
    Methods of filtering, different filter types and their effects on analysis.
  • Parameters
    Parameter types, definitions and common applications.
  • Material Ratio Curve (Bearing Area)
    Derivation of the MR Curve, its uses and associated parameters.
  • The Rk Parameter
    How are the Rk parameters derived? What are they used for?
  • Form Measurement
    Measurement and analysis techniques for Straightness and Radius – Form Errors.
  • Calibration Methods
    Various methods of instrument calibration – Which is best?
  • Drawing Indication
    How to specify and interpret surface finish on a technical drawing.
  • Further content if required on the day:
    Basic Introduction to Conics and Aspherics. What are Conics and Aspherics?
    Measurement and analysis techniques.
  • Basic Introduction to 3D Measurement
    3D Measurement methods, analysis and parameters.

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Roundness Metrology course details

These courses are specifically aimed at users, managers and designers who are seeking a practical, 'hands on' knowledge of the subject from the experienced user's perspective.

Taking place at our Centre of Excellence in Leicester, England, the courses are being given bythe Centre's Metrology Engineers - experts who have many years experience in solving real measurement problems. Our engineers have access to the latest measurement technology and surface finish roundness instruments.

Bring your own measurement query

We invite all attendees to bring their measurement problems along for discussion during the 'hands on' sessions which form part of the courses. For any solutions that we can't identify at the time, we can arrange for a measurement report at a later date.

B. Roundness Metrology

  • Methods of roundness measurement
    Looking at different in measurement techniques and types of roundness instrument.
  • Reference circles
    What are reference circles? How are they calculated? Which should we use?
  • Eccentricity and Run-out
    What are they? How are they calculated?
  • Filters and Harmonics
    Filters and their effects. How to relate the harmonic content back to the profile.
  • Flatness Measurement
    How is flatness measurement assessed? How does this relate to Squareness and Run-out?
  • Straightness Measurement
    Measurement and analysis of straightness.
  • Magnification and its effects
    Explanation of the effects of magnification and how to prevent misinterpretation of graphs.
  • Measurement - Sources of Error
    Cosine errors, stylus force, asperities etc.
  • Data Points
    What do we mean by data points? What is their relevance to the integrity of results?
  • Measurement of Interrupted Surfaces
    Techniques for hole, hill and asperity removal.
  • Kinematic mounting
    How to hold the part, prevention of movement during measurement without distortion.
  • Cylindricity
    Instrument axes requirements for measuring cylindricity.
  • Reference Cylinders
    What are reference cylinders? How are they calculated?
  • Cylindricity Terminology
    Discussion on the various cylindricity parameters including Parallelism, Co-axiality, and Total Run-Out.
  • Cylindricity Measurement
    Technique How to measure a cylinder - do's and don'ts!
  • Further Analysis of the Component Including:
    What is slope analysis and DFTC? Where is it used? Error separation - What does this do?
    Enhancing results by measurement technique for roundness, straightness and cylindricity.

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For Dates & Pricing please contact:

Chris Phillips

Business Development Manager

Global Service

Tel: 0116 - 276 3779
Email: Taylor Hobson are also able to schedule One Day courses on request, when individual institutions have specific requirements.

Group discounts are available upon request.

All courses include a notes folder, Taylor Hobson's Surface Finish or Roundness Guides, Course Content CD with PowerPoint Presentations as used in the Training sessions and a light buffet lunch. Courses run from 9am until 4pm with 30 minutes for lunch and two 20 minute coffee breaks.

These courses are held in the lecture theatre at Taylor Hobson's headquarters in Leicester. Taylor Hobson subsidiaries also offer training courses - see local websites or contact your local representative for full details.