Portrait of Prof Derek Ford Prof Derek Ford

d.ford@hud.ac.uk | 01484 472478



Biography

Professor Ford is an Emeritus Professor of the university working within the Centre for Precision Technologies. His activities include research student supervision, engaging in research, drafting research proposals and external liaison with industrial partners. Professor Ford still actively publishes affiliated to the University. This position commenced in Jan 2005. Professor Ford is a national/international expert in his field – 50 years experience of academia and industry.

Research and Scholarship

Career History

  • British Nylon Spinners Ltd (1956 -1957) – Technical Assistant – Physics Laboratories
  • RAF 1957 -1960 National Service increased to 3 years. Undertook installation and maintenance of transmitters and receivers for Ground Wireless Systems.
  • North Gloucestershire Technical College (1960-1961) – Senior Technician, Physics Department
  • British Aerospace Ltd(1964 – 1968)– Design Engineer/ Senior Design Engineer – Guided Weapons and Gunnery Control Systems
  • Rediffusion/Link Miles Ltd (1968 – 1972)– Development Project Manager- Aircraft Simulators
  • British Aerospace Ltd (1972 – 1978) – New Projects Senior Designer, Reliability Manager, Product Assurance Manager. Guided Weapons.
  • Hepworth Engineering Ltd (1978 – 1988) – Technical Director/ General Manager – CNC machine Tools responsible for technical, manufacture, sales and service and general management.
  • Electronic Accuracy Systems Ltd led a management buyout of Hepworth Engineering Ltd (1988 – 1990) – Managing Director - CNC machine tools, electronic error compensation systems,
  • Butler Machine Tools Ltd (1990- 1992). Electronic Accuracy Systems Ltd purchased and integrated into a larger Company.  - Research Director – Responsible for research and development.  - Large CNC machine tools.
  • University of Huddersfield (1992 – 2004) –Senior Research Fellow/Reader/ Professor.  - Director of School Research, Founder Director of Precision Engineering Centre, Director of Centre for Precision Technologies.
  • Awarded Emeritus Professor on retirement (December 2004). Still acting as a visiting Professor in support of the Centre of Precision Technologies and associated school research activities. Also a consultant to Industry in Precision Engineering and Control engineering activities.
  • National/ International Expert in his field – 50 years experience 

Particular areas of Research include

  • Ultra Precision Engineering
  • Control engineering
  • Dimension metrology, and
  • Machine design.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2014

Ford, D., Castaneda, V., Longstaff, A., Pislaru, C. and Myers, A. (2014) ‘Computer numerical control vertical machining centre feed drive modelling using the transmission line techniqueProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part C Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science , pp. 1-22. ISSN 09544062

Ford, D., Widiyarto, M., Myers, A., Longstaff, A. and Fletcher, S. (2014) ‘Structural analysis and chracterisation technique applied to a CNC vertical machining centreJournal of Mechanical Engineering Science . ISSN 0954-4062

2013

Ford, D., Myers, A., Haase, F., Lockwood, S. and Longstaff, A. (2013) ‘Active Vibration Control for a CNC Milling MachineProceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering Part C, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science . ISSN 0954-4062

2012

Sztendel, S., Pislaru, C., Longstaff, A., Myers, A., Fletcher, S. and Ford, D. (2012) ‘Analysis of complex interactions between mechanical elements using ansys and simulink’. In: Proceedings of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers’ Conference 2012: CEARC’12. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 136-141. ISBN 978-1-86218-106-9

2010

Sztendel, S., Pislaru, C., Longstaff, A., Ford, D., Myers, A. and Poxton, A. (2010) ‘Linking fed drive model with structural models for CNC machine tools’. In: University of Huddersfield Annual Research Festival School of Computing and Engineering 12th March 2010, Friday 12th March 2010, University of Huddersfield

2009

Myers, A., Barrans, S., Longstaff, A., Fletcher, S. and Ford, D. (2009) ‘Evaluation and Comparison of a Large Machine Tool Structure with ISO Standard Alignment Tests’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance. euspen headquarters, University of Cranfield: Euspen Ltd. pp. 57-66. ISBN 978-0-9553082-7-7

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Myers, A. (2009) ‘Novel condition monitoring technique used for improved CNC machine tool performance’. In: Laser metrology and machine performance IX. : Euspen. pp. 176-186. ISBN 9780955308277

2008

Pislaru, C., Sztendel, S., Ford, D. and Myers, A. (2008) ‘Real-time implementation of a novel transmission line matrix (TLM) model for high speed feed drives’. In: MATAR 2008, 15th-18th September 2008, Prague University

Sztendel, S., Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Myers, A. (2008) ‘Development of experiment control graphical user interface for Hardware in the Loop (HIL) simulations’. In: MATAR 2008, 15th-18th September 2008, Prague University

2007

Pislaru, C., Widiyarto, M., Ford, D. and Myers, A. (2007) ‘Theoretical and experimental approach for the evaluation of structural dynamics of CNC machine tools’. In: Lamdamap 2007 8th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance, 25th June-28th June 2007, Cardiff University, Wales

Pislaru, C., Ford, D., Widiyarto, M., Longstaff, A. and Myers, A. (2007) ‘Hardware-in-the-loop implementation of modern CNC machine tool feed drive models’. In: 8th International LAMDAMAP Conference, 26 - 28 June 2007, Cardiff University , pp. 319-328

Myers, A., Barrans, S. and Ford, D. (2007) ‘Structural Analysis of a Large Moving Gantry Milling Machine including its Work Support System and Foundation’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VIII. Euspen Headquarters, Cranfield University: Euspen Ltd. pp. 63-72. ISBN 9780955308239

2006

Pislaru, C., Myers, A. and Ford, D. (2006) ‘Methods for modelling and simulating the dynamic behaviour of CNC machine tool feed drives’. In: EUSPEN 2006, 28th May - 1st June 2006, Baden bei Wien, Austria , pp. 147-151

Pislaru, C., Myers, A., Ford, D. and Moreno-Castaneda, V. (2006) ‘Modelling the Dynamic Behaviour of CNC Machine Tool Feed Drives by Using a Novel 2D Transmission Line Model’. In: EUSPEN 2006, 28th May- 1st June 2006, Baden bei Wien, Austria , pp. 155-158

2005

Widiyarto, M., Pislaru, C., Ford, D., Longstaff, A. and Myers, A. (2005) ‘Hybrid modelling technique applied to digital feed drives’. In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance. : European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology. pp. 454-463. ISBN 1861941188

Pislaru, C., Ford, D., Widiyarto, M. and Myers, A. (2005) ‘Methods for modal parameters identification applied to CNC machine tool feed drives’. In: 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance, Lamdamap 2005, 27th-30th June 2005, Cranfield University

Moreno-Castaneda, V., Pislaru, C. and Ford, D. (2005) ‘Modelling and simulation of the dynamic behaviour of a ball screw system using transmission line modelling technique’. In: 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance, Lamdamap 2005, 27th-30th June 2005, Cranfield University

Myers, A., Ford, D. and Barrans, S. (2005) ‘Finite element analysis of the static stiffness of a foundation for large machine tool’. In: 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance, Lamdamap 2005, 27th-30th June 2005, Cranfield University , pp. 77-86

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Moreno-Castaneda, V. (2005) ‘Modelling and simulation of CNC machine tool feed drives’. In: 7th International Conference and Exhibition on Laser Metrology, Machine Tool, CMM & Robotic Performance, Lamdamap 2005, 27th-30th June 2005, Cranfield University

Lui, X., Cheng, K., Longstaff, A., Widiyarto, M. and Ford, D. (2005) ‘Improved dynamic cutting force model in ball-end milling. Part 1: theoretical modelling and experimental calibrationInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology , 26 (5), pp. 457-465. ISSN 0268-3768

Freeman, J. and Ford, D. (2005) ‘The digital injection of signals into machine feedback loops via incremental encoder interfacesProceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering Science Part C , 219 (3), pp. 325-329. ISSN 0954-4062

Myers, A., Ford, D. and Xu, Q. (2005) ‘Measurement techniques for determining the static stiffness of foundations for machine toolsJournal Paper of Physics: Conference Series , 13, pp. 410-413. ISSN 1742-6588

2004

Liu, X., Cheng, K., Longstaff, A., Widiyarto, H. and Ford, D. (2004) ‘Improved dynamic cutting force model in ball-end milling. Part I: theoretical modelling and experimental calibrationInternational Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology , 26 (5-6), pp. 457-465. ISSN 0268-3768

Longstaff, A., Fletcher, S. and Ford, D. (2004) ‘Better accuracy speaks volumes: lost in spaceMachinery , pp. 14-16.

Ford, D (2004) ‘Precision versus volumetric cutting’. In: Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos for High Volume and Ultra Precsion Metal Cutting, 20 - 24 September 2004, International Centre for Mechanical Sciences, Udine, Italy

Pislaru, C., Moreno-Castaneda, V. and Ford, D. (2004) ‘Dynamic model of a non-linear servo control system using transmission line modelling technique’. In: UKACC International Conference CONTROL 2004, 6-9 September 2004, University of Bath

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Holroyd, G. (2004) ‘Hybrid modelling and simulation of a computer numerical control machine tool feed driveProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering , 218 (2), pp. 111-120. ISSN 0959-6518

Xu, Q., Barrans, S., Holmes, A. and Ford, D. (2004) ‘Understanding the dynamic response of a machine tool structure by finite element analysis’. In: EUSPEN 4th International Conference, 30th May-3rd June 2004, Glasgow

2003

Freeman, J. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Automated error analysis of serial manipulators and servo headsProceedings of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering Part C , 217 (9), pp. 1077-1084. ISSN 0954-4062

Liu, X., Cheng, K., Webb, D., Jiang, X., Xiao, S., Longstaff, A., Widiyarto, H., Blunt, L. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Experimental investigation of the machined surface waviness, vibrations and cutting forces in peripheral millingKey Engineering Materials, Advances in Abrasive Technology VI , pp. 213-218. ISSN 1013-9826

Liu, X., Cheng, K., Webb, D., Longstaff, A., Widiyarto, M., Jiang, X., Blunt, L. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Prediction and compensation of machining error in ball end milling for microscale curved surface’. In: EUSPEN International Topical Conference, 19 - 20 May 2003, Aachen, Germany , p. 181 -184

Freeman, J., Longstaff, A. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘A general data logger for the measurement of the dynamics and the parameter estimation of machine tools’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 569-578. ISBN 9781853129902

Kennedy, A. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘From manual grinding to CNC Automation - a major step forward for the rod mill’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 579-588. ISBN 9781853129902

Holroyd, G., Pislaru, C. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Modelling the dynamic behaviour of a ball-screw system taking into account the changing position of the ball-screw nut’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 337-347. ISBN 9781853129902

Longstaff, A., Fletcher, S. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Practical experience of thermal testing with reference to ISO 230 Part 3’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 473-483. ISBN 9781853129902

Xu, Q., Cunningham, J. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘The improvement of geometric accuracy of FMS machine through retrofitting and compensationInternational Journal for Manufacturing Science and Production , 5 (1/2), pp. 67-72. ISSN 0793-6648

Ford, D (2003) ‘Machine tool performance: past and present research contributions from the Centre for Precision Technologies’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 403-419. ISBN 9781853129902

Xu, Q., Miller, B. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘A review of the fundamentals of the finite element simulation of metal cutting’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 391-399. ISBN 9781853129902

Moreno-Castaneda, V., Pislaru, C., Freeman, J. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Modelling and simulation of a feed drive using the transmission line modelling technique’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 193-202. ISBN 9781853129902

Pislaru, C., Freeman, J. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Modal parameter identification for CNC machine tools using wavelet transformInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture , 43 (10), pp. 987-993. ISSN 0890-6955

Liu, X., Cheng, K., Webb, D., Longstaff, A., Widiyarto, M., Jiang, X., Blunt, L. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Investigation of the cutting force coefficients in ball-end milling’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 45-54. ISBN 9781853129902

Widiyarto, M., Ford, D. and Pislaru, C. (2003) ‘Evaluating the structural dynamics of a vertical milling machine’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 421-430. ISBN 9781853129902

Lockwood, S., Haase, F. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Active vibration control of machine tool structures - Part 1: DSP algorithms’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 441-450. ISBN 9781853129902

Myers, A., Ford, D. and Xu, Q. (2003) ‘Finite element analysis of the structural dynamics of a vertical milling machine’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 431-440. ISBN 9781853129902

Holroyd, G., Pislaru, C. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Determination of stiffness and damping sensitivity for computer numerically controlled machine tool drivesProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science , 217 (10), pp. 1165-1177. ISSN 0954-4062

Haase, F., Lockwood, S. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Active vibration control of machine tool structures - Part 2: an experimental active-vibration control system’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 451-460. ISBN 9781853129902

Fletcher, S. and Ford, D. (2003) ‘Measuring and modelling heat transfer and thermal errors on a ballscrew feed drive system’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 349-360. ISBN 9781853129902

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Freeman, J. (2003) ‘Identification of modal parameters affecting the dynamic performance of CNC machine tools’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance VI. Southampton: WIT Press. pp. 161-170. ISBN 9781853129902

2002

Xu, Q. and Ford, D. (2002) ‘Analytical and FE Identification of lowest natural frequency of a ball-screw drive in beaver machine’. In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XVI: Proceedings of the Eighteenth National Conference on Manufacturing Research, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 10-12 September 2002. : John Wiley and Sons. pp. 247-251. ISBN 9781860583780

Cunningham, J., Xu, Q. and Ford, D. (2002) ‘A case study on practical error correction practices utilised on a CNC machine tool’. In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XVI. : Wiley. pp. 361-366. ISBN 9781860583780

Xu, Q., Cunningham, J. and Ford, D. (2002) ‘The improvement of geometric accuracy of FMS machine through retrofitting and compensation’. In: Advances in Manufacturing Technology XVI: Proceedings of the Eighteenth National Conference on Manufacturing Research, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 10-12 September 2002. : John Wiley and Sons. pp. 441-448. ISBN 9781860583780

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Holroyd, G. (2002) ‘Modelling non-linearities from CNC machine tool drives’. In: OPTIM 2002, 2002, Romania , pp. 553-558

Pislaru, C., Ford, D. and Freeman, J. (2002) ‘On modular modelling of CNC machine tool drives: a comparison between simulation and experimentation’. In: OPTIM 2002, 2002, Romania , pp. 559-564

2001

White, A., Postlethwaite, S. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Measuring and modelling thermal distortion on CNC machine tools’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 69-79. ISBN 9781853128905

Freeman, J. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘The reconstruction of cyclically perturbed signals from aliased data’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 313-320. ISBN 9781853128905

Ford, D., Pislaru, C. and Freeman, J. (2001) ‘Improving CNC machine tools performance by using modular approach’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 301-312. ISBN 9781853128905

White, A., Postlethwaite, S. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘A general purpose thermal error compensation system for CNC machine tools’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 3-13. ISBN 9781853128905

Longstaff, A., Postlethwaite, S. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Assessment of the volumetric accuracy of a machine with geometric compensation’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 41-50. ISBN 9781853128905

Holroyd, G., Pislaru, C. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Identification of damping elements in CNC machine tool drive’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 289-299. ISBN 9781853128905

Hasse, F., Lockwood, S. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Vibration modelling of machine tool structures’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 137-146. ISBN 9781853128905

Fletcher, S., Postlethwaite, S. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Volumetric compensation through the machine controller’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 321-330. ISBN 9781853128905

Freeman, J., White, A. and Ford, D. (2001) ‘Ball-screw thermal errors - a finite element simulation for on-line estimation’. In: Laser Metrology and Machine Performance V. Southampton, UK: WIT. pp. 269-278. ISBN 9781853128905

1999

Ford, D., Longstaff, A., Freeman, J. and Postlethwaite, S. (1999) ‘Practical calibration of tracking laser systems’. In: 4th International Conference on Laser Metroogy and Machine Performance, 13 to 15 July 1999, Longhirst Hall, Northumberland , pp. 39-48

Esteem

Awards/Patents/academic and industrial achievement

  • Won “Best Metal Cutting Machine, British Build, Existing Installation, CNC Profile Grinder” Machine Tool Industry Award sponsored by Metalworking Production at the NEC Machine Tool Exhibition (MACH 1990)
  • Highly commended “Quality Control Equipment, New Introduction, Adaptive Error Compensation System for Machine Tools” Machine Tool Industry International Award sponsored by Metalworking Production at the NEC machine Tool Exhibition (MACH 1990)
  • Highly Commended in the Prince of Wales Awards for a pre-calibrated error compensation system applied to CNC machine tools (1990)
  • Held a world-wide patent for pre-calibrated error compensation systems applied to CNC machine tools (1990)
  • Assisted and prepared many patents held by various companies on research and design work that he has been involved with aerospace and machine tool engineering projects.
  • Won the Thatcher Bros Award (1998) for a publication in the ImechE journal for thermal measurement, identification, and correction of errors in CNC machine tools.
  • Selected by MTTA/DTI two years running as a keynote speaker (1997/1998) to represent the UK in joint Seminars  with our Japanese/German counterparts at 6 venues (DTI offices, Cambridge University,  Warwick University, UMIST, 600 group offices, and Loughborough University).
  • Five Citations for Innovation in Trade Journals in 1998/1999/2005.
  • Keynote speaker for IEE Yorkshire region (1998 and 2004)
  • National/ International recognition in the control of manufacturing errors with collaboration in Austria, Australia, Germany, France, Japan, Spain, Sweden, USA and Italy. (With industry and Academia).
  • Invited speaker as an authority on metrology and machine tool calibration Seminars.
  • Achieved top grades on EPSRC assessments of major grants (excellent or outstanding)
  • Achieved top grade for TCS assessment for a major grant (excellent)
  • Innovator of the VCS system for Error Compensation which is utilised by Rolls Royce, BAe, GKN (UK/Canada), Micrometalsmiths, Osai (Italy/UK) and DST(Germany). Siemens (Germany), Boeings (USA), Delcam, and Northrop (USA) have had trial installations.
  • Circa £20M worth of EPSRC/DTI/ Industrial research projects successfully concluded as Principal investigator/Manager over a 12 year period 2002-2004.  Employing 13 research fellows, 2 Associates, 1 research technician. The projects produced 11 successful PhD’s, 1MPhil, 1 MSc, and numerous projects for BSc/MSc students.
  • Lecturer on BSc/MSc/Short courses on the following topics: Precision engineering; metrology; manufacturing process; control systems and simulation; CNC/CMM design and machine performance.
  • Formed the Engineering and Control Engineering Performance Research Group (1992). Group leader (1992 – 2003)
  • Applied for Internal funding and formulated the business plan for the Precision Engineering Centre(academic/commercial) (1993-1997) amalgamating two research groups,  later to become the Ultra Precision Engineering Centre (academic) amalgamating three research groups (1997- 2004), and the Centre for Precision Technologies(commercial activities) (1997- 2004). Operated as Operational Director for the respective Centres.
  • Internal/External PhD student Examiner
  • EPSRC college review member-10 years also reviewer for EPSRC proposals and final reports
  • Organiser/Chairman for two International LAMDAMAP Conference and Edited Proceedings 1997 and 2003.
  • Reviewer for ImechE/ Computational Mechanics journals and Conf. Proceedings (14 yrs).
  • Consultancy work with UNIDO, PERA, AMTRI, Renishaw, Reliance, Allen Bradley, Micrometalsmiths and AWE.
  • Expert witness in Industrial legal disputes

Committees/Delegation Boards

  • Yorkshire & Humberside consultant for  visiting Overseas Trade Delegations (5 years)
  • LINK (EPSRC/DTI) steering committee member for CNC machine tools (7 years)
  • IERE committee member [Yorkshire region]  - (6 years)
  • Adviser to BS and ISO CNC machine tool calibration committees (6 years)
  • Judge for National/International machine tool industry awards NEC Birmingham (2  separate years) – [Note: Run every 4 years]
  • Chairman and committee member IEE Computing and Control – Yorkshire  (6 years)
  • IEE Centre Committee member – Yorkshire (2 years)
  •  ISO 9000 Accreditation Board - Health and safety – Machinery – AMTRI
  • International Conference ICMR Committee Member (5 years)
  • University committee member of Senate/School management/University Research/School Board
  • Founder and Committee member for the LAMDAMAP International Conference (14 years).

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