Metrology Handbook

This book is aimed at anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the fundamentals of dimensional metrology.

Produced by Mitutoyo, the leading manufacturer of measuring tools and machinery, the book contains 398 pages explaining the construction and use of basic measuring tools through to some of the most sophisticated calibration and inspection equipment available today. The material is presented in metric and imperial units and supported by more than 400 colour photos and illustrations.

While primarily intended for trainees who attend courses run by the Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology, this book is also a very useful reference for any reader whether a skilled engineer, apprentice or student.

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'The critical importance of capable manufacturing processes to produce high quality products is readily acknowledged, but the significance of Best in Class measurement technology and processes is not as well understood. Indeed, this appreciation, knowledge and application of metrology – the Science of Measurement – is a primary pre-requisite to any World Class Manufacturing competency across the industry.

Measurement methods, technology and planning is generally handed down by skilled engineers and progressively developed through application and experience in the workplace. As a result, the technical knowledge and general competence lacks the required professional development structure and process standardisation framework. This leads to huge variation in the application of measurement technology and processes and consequential poor quality and customer dissatisfaction. Best in Class measurement is about consistency, repeatability and accuracy – the hallmark of World Class Manufacturing companies.

This outstanding reference book on Metrology provides a comprehensive explanation of the underlying principles, technology, equipment and application of a wide range of workplace measurement systems. I fully intend to draw upon it to further improve the methods and processes of our programme on Measurement Excellence. This reference textbook will be of great assistance to my team and I recommend it as essential reading for engineers throughout the manufacturing industry.'


Dr. Hamid Mughal
Executive Vice President – Manufacturing Engineering
Rolls-Royce plc
Derby - England


This new edition of Mitutoyo’s Metrology Handbook has been produced not only to update existing material but also to expand coverage into areas of dimensional metrology that seem to gain in importance with each passing year. Extensive additions and revisions have increased the number of chapters by two and the page count by 50% while maintaining the original aim of providing an informative and accessible reference to all levels of reader.

The opportunity has been taken to provide deeper coverage of the more commonly encountered uses of the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) together with an overview of specialist applications such as aerofoil and gear measurement. An appreciation of ISO10360 has been added to help prospective CMM users interpret manufacturers’ accuracy specifications. A separate chapter is devoted to the ever-expanding range of probing systems.

There is an increasing need for a sound appreciation of product specification principles and this has prompted an extensive revision of the Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) material. Drawings to explain feature definitions are now included and this much larger chapter is intended to provide enough detail for the reader to confidently progress to an accurate interpretation of the relevant international standards themselves.

Chapters on microscopes and contour measurement have been added for this revision and those on hardness testing and surface texture have been significantly extended. In particular, several key aspects of surface roughness measurement have been covered in some detail in an attempt to clarify a highly technical and standards-dependent subject that is often poorly understood within industry but which is steadily growing in practical importance.

This book is produced primarily as a source of reference for those attending a Mitutoyo Training course at the Mitutoyo Institute of Metrology, a City & Guilds Accredited Centre providing exclusive nationally accredited training awards in dimensional metrology. The content is based on having taught tens of thousands of engineers from a variety of industries, an experience which highlighted the need for a wide-ranging source of information to provide answers to the many questions raised during Mitutoyo dimensional metrology seminars. It may also be useful to anyone else who requires an overview of dimensional metrology in terms of its history, accepted practices and an appreciation of the wide choice of measuring equipment available today. The main feature of the book is the extensive use of colour photography to bring to life topics ranging from the Egyptian cubit to the latest types of measuring machine.

Manufacturing tolerances are shrinking and are now much tighter than they used to be. Therefore the ability to measure accurately is becoming increasingly important as well as being a vital aspect of the quest to maintain and improve product quality. Continuous reduction in variability – a key concept in quality improvement – is achieved by minimizing bias and variance in data. By learning how to measure correctly any personal bias that could affect measurement data is minimised. It should never be forgotten that untrustworthy data yields poor quality. How to improve the trustworthiness of measurement data is one of the central issues addressed by this handbook.

Mitutoyo’s Metrology Handbook was first issued in the U.S. This latest edition is closely based on the updated original while being adapted to the UK market.