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Simon Fletcher is a Principal Enterprise Fellow working within the Engineering Control and Machine Performance group (ECMPG), part of the Centre for Precision Technologies.  With more than 20years’ experience in machine tool accuracy improvement including error identification, avoidance and compensation, he has helped establish the groups international reputation for research into machine tool precision.

Simon is currently working on collaborative research with industry primarily involving detailed geometric and thermal performance assessments for precision manufacturers. This type of work has evolved and now includes machine tool and machining process simulation. This follows the co-creation of new Modular Machine and Process simulator software as part of a recently completed InnovateUK project. The combination of machine tool metrology and simulation work is now beign used as part of a EPSRC RiR with the High Value Manufacturing CATAPULT, specifically working on traceable on-machine inspection on large machine tools in collaboration with the Nuclear AMRC.

As co-investigator for the University EPSRC Future Advanced Metrology Hub, Dr Fletcher has also been working on new sensor technologies for embedded measurement of machine tool structural distortion. This activity has recently expaneded into cost effective sensorisation for machine condition assessment, creating new low cost MEMS based solutions with edge computing as part of a recently completed InnovateUK project with MTT (lead partner) on 'Metrology and digital manufacturing for servitisation of manufacturing machines'.

Dr Fletcher has been module leader for an MSc module on dimensional measurement for more than 10 year, with many final year projects being supervised. He is also Director of Studies for 6PhDs students and co-supervises a numberof others in the Engineering Control and Machine performance group. 

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Projects 2011 2023

Research Output 2003 2019

  • 39 Conference contribution
  • 28 Article
  • 4 Conference article

Accuracy in Detecting Failure in Ballscrew Assessment Towards Machine Tool Servitization

Alegeh, N., Shagluf, A., Longstaff, A. & Fletcher, S., 5 Sep 2019, In : International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research. 8, 5, p. 667-673 7 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Machine tools
Ball screws
Acoustic emissions
1 Citation (Scopus)

Adaptive Collimator Design for Future Particle Accelerators

Furness, T., Fletcher, S., Williamson, J., Bertarelli, A., Carra, F., Gentini, L., Pasquali, M. & Redaelli, S., 29 Jan 2019, Proceedings of the 7th International Beam Instrumentation Conference, IBIC 2018. Schaa, V. RW., Petit-Jean-Genaz, C., Chrin, J., Olander, J. & Chen, Z. (eds.). Joint Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW), Vol. 187. p. 240-244 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
particle accelerators
superconducting magnets

Core Temperature Measurement in Subtractive Manufacturing Processes

Olabode, O. F., Fletcher, S., Longstaff, A. & Mian, N., 1 Nov 2019, Laser metrology and machine performance XIII: 13th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance : Lamdamap 2019. Blunt, L. & Knapp, W. (eds.). p. 14-21 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Temperature measurement
Acoustic wave velocity
Machine tools

In-situ axis error detection module

Furness, T., Fletcher, S., Longstaff, A., Bell, A. & McVey, S., Jun 2019, European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, Conference Proceedings - 19th International Conference and Exhibition, EUSPEN 2019: 19th International Conference and Exhibition . Leach, R. K., Billington, D., Nisbet, C. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 214-217 4 p. P2.24

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Error detection
Michelson interferometers
Open Access
Phase shift
Temperature measurement
Acoustic wave velocity

Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Planning Machine Activity Between Manufacturing Operations: Maintaining Accuracy While Reducing Energy Consumption

Simon Parkinson (Speaker), Mauro Vallati (Speaker), Andrew Longstaff (Speaker), Simon Fletcher (Speaker), Lukas Chrpa (Speaker)
14 Jun 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation