Length measurements are of importance in many fields. In the manufacturing industry, reliable measurements lead to reduced rejection of products and part-products and thus to gains in time and profit. Accurate length measurements are also of social importance. In various sport disciplines for example, the exact distance covered is important to allow time recordings at different locations to be compared. Additionally, length measurements are of great importance for specific law enforcement and for scientific research.
Length measurements comprise the measurement of distances and the determination of the sizes of objects in one, two or three dimensions. The shape of an object can be measured too, for example the roundness of a ball or the flatness of a surface. For developments in worlds including those of medicine and nanotechnology there is demand for ever more accurate measurements at ever decreasing scales and of ever more complex shapes.
VSL’s services in the field of length measurement are employed in the process industry, in laboratories and calibration labs, by government bodies, in precision engineering and the semiconductor industry. Research institutions also make use of our specialised knowledge for developments at the micro- and nanometre level. Also, VSL works in a European context on different research projects.
VSL’s specialists participate in various standardisation committees. Example: ISO/TC 229 ‘Nanotechnologies’.