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Title: Telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage

Abstract

A telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage for determining the accuracy of machine tools, including robots, and those measuring machines having non-disengageable servo drives which cannot be clutched out is disclosed. Two gage balls are held and separated from one another by a telescoping fixture which allows them relative radial motional freedom but not relative lateral motional freedom. The telescoping fixture comprises a parallel reed flexure unit and a rigid member. One gage ball is secured by a magnetic socket knuckle assembly which fixes its center with respect to the machine being tested. The other gage ball is secured by another magnetic socket knuckle assembly which is engaged or held by the machine in such manner that the center of that ball is directed to execute a prescribed trajectory, all points of which are equidistant from the center of the fixed gage ball. As the moving ball executes its trajectory, changes in the radial distance between the centers of the two balls caused by inaccuracies in the machine are determined or measured by a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) assembly actuated by the parallel reed flexure unit. Measurements can be quickly and easily taken for multiple trajectories about several differentmore » fixed ball locations, thereby determining the accuracy of the machine. 3 figs.« less

Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7147228
Patent Number(s):
4435905 A
Application Number:
PPN: US 6-358084
Assignee:
Dept. of Energy, Washington, DC (United States) PTO; EDB-94-125138
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 15 Mar 1982
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; EQUIPMENT; DESIGN; MACHINE TOOLS; PERFORMANCE TESTING; ROBOTS; ACCURACY; TESTING; TOOLS; 420500* - Engineering- Materials Testing

Citation Formats

Bryan, J.B. Telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage. United States: N. p., 1984. Web.
Bryan, J.B. Telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage. United States.
Bryan, J.B. Tue . "Telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage". United States.
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abstractNote = {A telescoping magnetic ball bar test gage for determining the accuracy of machine tools, including robots, and those measuring machines having non-disengageable servo drives which cannot be clutched out is disclosed. Two gage balls are held and separated from one another by a telescoping fixture which allows them relative radial motional freedom but not relative lateral motional freedom. The telescoping fixture comprises a parallel reed flexure unit and a rigid member. One gage ball is secured by a magnetic socket knuckle assembly which fixes its center with respect to the machine being tested. The other gage ball is secured by another magnetic socket knuckle assembly which is engaged or held by the machine in such manner that the center of that ball is directed to execute a prescribed trajectory, all points of which are equidistant from the center of the fixed gage ball. As the moving ball executes its trajectory, changes in the radial distance between the centers of the two balls caused by inaccuracies in the machine are determined or measured by a linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) assembly actuated by the parallel reed flexure unit. Measurements can be quickly and easily taken for multiple trajectories about several different fixed ball locations, thereby determining the accuracy of the machine. 3 figs.},
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