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EPMC 2015 - European Portable Metrology Conference

Following a highly successful 10th anniversary conference and exhibition in 2014, LVMC, the Large Volume Metrology Conference, returns this year as EPMC, the European Portable Metrology Conference. The event brings together metrology professionals from across Europe and the World from a wide range of industrial sectors such as automotive, aerospace, and power generation, as well as researchers from universities, industry and national institutes. In fact, EPMC provides a unique opportunity for anyone with an interest in improving production quality, throughput and efficiency to get hands-on with the latest equipment and learn about the latest developments, innovations and best practice in metrology. Everyone with an interest in this developing hi-tech subject, a key enabler in manufacturing, is invited to attend. Whether you are an engineer involved in inspection or manufacturing, a manager responsible for quality in a production facility or an academic researching into measurement for advanced manufacturing and automation, we have something for you.

LVMC was originally founded by Airbus in 2004 to promote education, best practice and networking among professionals engaged in the application, development, provision and sales of portable 3D metrology systems and services. Since independent operation in 2011, the organising committee has introduced new features to the event to provide delegates with more content and more reasons to attend. These have included an education forum and panel discussion on technology, an ice breaker to start the event and, more recently, poster presentations and vendor workshops. This year will see multiple presentation tracks for the first time, and other new features to be announced soon, all providing more opportunity for learning and networking than ever before.

Although our core values remain the same, the name change highlights the focus on portable metrology in general rather than large volume metrology specifically. It also emphasizes the event’s location in Europe and its established international nature. Adding to the international theme, it has also been announced that the event would periodically cycle between the UK and a European destination, to bring the event to a wider audience and grow the community. This will start next year when the event will be held in Germany.

On the committee, Ben Hughes of the UK’s National Physical Laboratory (NPL) took over from chairman, John Kane (Third Dimension), who remains Vice Chairman.  New this year to the committee are Simon Cheetham of BAe Systems, who brings a valuable industrial perspective, and Stefan Quinders of the Machine Tool and Production Engineering laboratory at Aachen University, who is supporting our move to Germany and helping to grow our German audience.

To support this expanding event an even larger space than last year’s has been reserved at the Manchester Mercure Hotel, a venue very popular with delegates to recent conferences.

So why not join our community at EPMC which this year will be held in Manchester, UK on November 9-11, 2015.

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