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Publication Citation: Methods for Performance Evaluation of Single Axis Positioning Systems: Incremental Step Test

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Author(s): Ronnie R. Fesperman; Brian O'Connor; Serge Maneuf;
Title: Methods for Performance Evaluation of Single Axis Positioning Systems: Incremental Step Test
Published: October 25, 2013
Abstract: Many new ultra-precision linear and angular positioning systems are finding their way into emerging technologies that rely on positioning systems to make small incremental moves. Currently, no standard test method exists that defines pass/fail criteria for determining the ability of the positioning system to perform these small commanded motions. Furthermore, no standard test exist that helps quantify the smallest incremental move that a positioning axis is capable of performing. This paper discusses the Incremental Step Test that is being proposed as part of a new standards development effort. In addition, a proposed procedure for measuring and calculating the Minimum Incremental Motion performance parameter or smallest increment that a positioning axis is capable of achieving is also described.
Conference: 28th ASPE Annual Meeting
Proceedings: Proceedings of the ASPE Annual Meeting
Volume: 56
Pages: pp. 512 - 517
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Dates: October 20-25, 2013
Keywords: Standard; Performance Test; Incremental Step; Minimum Incremental Motion
Research Areas: Metrology and Standards for Manufacturing Equipment
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