What is Metrology?

Metrology is defined as the science of measurements.

Why is metrology important?
Metrology plays a crucial role in manufacturing by ensuring equipment calibration for precise production and verifying compliance with regulations, design specifications, and customer expectations.

What is calibration?
Calibration involves comparing a measuring instrument with: (a) a primary standard, (b) a known input source, (c) a secondary standard with higher accuracy than the instrument being calibrated.

Why is calibration important?
Calibration of measuring equipment is important to find and correct any deviations or errors and to ensure traceability.

Metrology at Indicate Technologies

At Indicate Technologies, we specialize in the applications of dimensional and surface finish metrology in industry.

We provide top-quality dimensional and surface finish metrology solutions to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We offer advanced measurement systems, such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and CT scanners, which are designed to deliver precise and accurate measurements of complex geometries and surface topography.

We also offer a range of metrology services, including contract inspection services, equipment calibrations, equipment training, GD&T training, and quality inspection support to help our clients achieve the highest standards of accuracy, precision, and efficiency in their processes. By leveraging our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment, our clients can enhance their productivity, reduce waste and costs, and increase customer satisfaction.

Our Measurement Systems


Metrology Measurement Systems

At Indicate Technologies, we offer a diverse array of equipment and services tailored to meet the demands of various industries.

We strive to always find the optimized solutions to ensure accuracy and efficiency in metrology measurements.

System Categories
Multisensor Measurement Systems
Advanced Production Systems
Video Measuring Systems
Laser Scanning Systems
Turncheck Shaft Measuring Systems
Optical Comparators
Flexible Gaging Systems
OGP Software
OGP Sensors & Accessories

Our Metrology Services


Contract Inspection

We offer a variety of metrology services to businesses looking to measure their parts accurately. Our state-of-the-art inspection laboratory is equipped with the latest measurement equipment, operated by our expert staff in temperature-controlled and cleanroom facilities

Applications Engineering

We offer services that cater to manufacturing companies that value quality control. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you optimize your manufacturing processes by providing you with solutions that will increase your efficiency and profitability.

Equipment Services

We provide installations, ISO 17025:2017 accredited calibrations, and maintenance services to ensure that your equipment is operational and qualified for performance.

Metrology Training

We offer several training courses dedicated to teaching engineers and operators how to become masters of their measurement systems and metrology software.

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Why Metrology?
Metrology plays a crucial role in quality control and manufacturing. By providing precise and accurate measurements, metrology helps ensure that products meet strict standards and specifications, minimizing defects and reducing waste. This is particularly important in industries such as aerospace, automotive, and medical device manufacturing, where high levels of precision are essential for safety and performance. In addition to improving product quality, metrology can also help reduce costs by identifying opportunities for process improvement and optimization.

The history of metrology dates back thousands of years, with early civilizations developing measurement systems for trade and construction. However, it was not until the Industrial Revolution that modern metrology began to take shape, with the development of increasingly precise measuring instruments and the standardization of measurement units. Today, metrology has a wide range of applications, including manufacturing, healthcare, and environmental monitoring. 

Common measurement tools used in metrology include coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), optical profilers, and surface roughness testers. As technology continues to advance, the role of metrology in industry is only set to grow in importance.

The Subfields of Metrology

Scientific Metrology

Scientific metrology is the branch of metrology that deals with the development of measurement standards, the establishment of the units of measurement, and the determination of the constants of nature. The history of scientific metrology can be traced back to the French Revolution when the need for standardization of measurements became apparent. 

Today, scientific metrology continues to play a crucial role in ensuring accuracy and traceability in measurements. With the development of new technologies, such as quantum metrology and nanometrology, the field of scientific metrology is constantly evolving, and new discoveries are being made that will further improve the accuracy and precision of measurements.

Industrial Metrology

Industrial metrology is the application of measurement science in manufacturing and production processes. It involves the use of specialized measurement machines such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), optical scanners, and profilometers, to ensure the accuracy and quality of manufactured parts. Industrial metrology has become an essential part of modern manufacturing due to its ability to provide precise measurements in a fast and efficient manner. 

Common applications of industrial metrology include quality control, dimensional analysis, reverse engineering, and statistical process control. By using industrial metrology, manufacturers can reduce costs, improve product quality, and increase production efficiency.

Legal Metrology

Legal metrology is the branch of metrology concerned with ensuring fair trade and consumer protection through accurate and reliable measurements in commercial transactions. It involves the establishment of regulations and standards for measuring instruments, such as scales, meters, and gauges, to ensure their accuracy and traceability to national or international standards. Legal metrology is essential in industries where measurements directly impact the value or safety of products, such as food and beverage, healthcare, energy, and transportation. 

Common applications of legal metrology include product labeling, fuel dispensing, and medical device testing and certification.

The Branches of Metrology

Explore the different branches of metrology. These branches are defined by the type of thing being measured.


Surface Finish

Force and Torque

Time and Frequency

Temperature and Humidity




Dimensional Metrology

The measurement of physical dimensions, such as length, width, and height. It involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques, such as micrometers, calipers, and coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

Surface Finish

Surface metrology deals with the measurement and analysis of surface texture, including roughness, waviness, and form. It is often used in manufacturing, quality control, and tribology (the study of friction, wear, and lubrication) applications.

Force and Torque Metrology

The measurement of force and torque. This branch is important in the manufacturing industry as it ensures that machines and equipment are properly calibrated and functioning correctly. Force and torque measurement is also important in research and development, as it allows for the precise measurement of small forces and torques in a variety of settings. Common applications of force and torque metrology include testing materials and components for strength and durability, verifying the performance of machinery, and ensuring accuracy in the production of high-precision components.

Time and Frequency Metrology

The measurement and control of time and frequency. It involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques, such as atomic clocks and frequency counters, and is critical for applications such as global navigation systems and telecommunications.

Temperature and Humidity Metrology

The measurement of temperature and humidity. It involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques, such as thermocouples and resistance temperature detectors (RTDs), and is critical for applications such as food safety and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Electrical Metrology

The measurement of electrical quantities, such as voltage, current, and resistance. It involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques, such as multimeters and oscilloscopes, and is critical for applications such as electronics manufacturing and power generation.

Chemical Metrology

The measurement of chemical quantities, such as pH and concentration. It involves the use of specialized equipment and techniques, such as spectrometers and chromatographs, and is critical for applications such as environmental monitoring and drug development.