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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 16years’ 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 consultancy activities primarily involving detailed geometric and thermal performance assessments for precision manufacturers, machine tool simulation work as part of an InnovateUK project and as co-investigator for the University EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology.

Born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire he began studying engineering in 1989 at York college of Arts and Technology. Completing a BTEC National Diploma in Computer Aided Engineering in 1991 he then began a four year degree in the same field at the University of Huddersfield. Receiving an Honors degree in 1995 he was then offered the opportunity to do a PhD by Professor Derek Ford. His PhD ran in conjunction with the ‘RECOVER‘ project which was jointly funded by the EPSRC and industrial collaboration. He defended his thesis titled 'Computer Aided System for Intelligent Implementation of Machine Tool Error Reduction Methodologies' in 2001. Since then, Simon has continued post doctoral research in this field of engineering and now works as a Principal Enterprise Fellow in the Centre for Precision Technologies.

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Projects 2011 2023

HL-LHC-UK: UK High Luminosity Large Hadron Collider

Barlow, R., Fletcher, S. & Edgecock, T.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - STFC

Future Advanced Metrology Hub

Jiang, X., Martin, H., Longstaff, A., Kadirkamanathan, V., Turner, M. S., Keogh, P., Scott, P., McLeay, T., Blunt, L., Zeng, W., Huntley, J. M., Bills, P., Fletcher, S., Gao, F., Coupland, J. M., Kinnell, P., Mahfouf, M. & Mullineux, G.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - EPSRC

ESPRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Advanced Metrology

Jiang, X., Blunt, L., Longstaff, A., Towns-Andrews, L., Scott, P., Myers, A., Fletcher, S. & Ball, A.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - EPSRC

Research Output 2005 2019

  • 28 Article
  • 27 Conference contribution
  • 1 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

Adaptive collimator design for future particle accelerators

Furness, T., Fletcher, S., Williamson, J., Bertarelli, A., Carra, F., Pasquali, M., Gentini, L. & Redaelli, S., 29 Jan 2019, 7th International Beam Instrumentation Conference: 2018 IBIC. Vol. 187. p. 240-244 5 p.

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

Open Access
particle accelerators

Core Temperature Measurement in Subtractive Manufacturing Processes

Olabode, O. F., Fletcher, S., Longstaff, A. & Mian, N., Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) Lamdamap 13th International Conference & Exhibition: 13th -14th March 2019, AMRC, UK.

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 . Nisbet, C., Leach, R. K., Billington, D. & Phillips, D. (eds.). euspen, p. 214-217 4 p. P2.24

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

Error detection
Michelson interferometers
Machining centers
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