Using High-Accuracy Swing Arm Gantry In Spherical Near-Field Automotive Measurement Systems

Authors: Vivek Sanandiya, Tim Schwartz, Eric Kim
Publication: AMTA 2020
Copyright Owner: NSI-MI Technologies

Spherical Near-Field (SNF) systems using a swing arm gantry configuration have been the “go to” solution for automotive measurement systems. Recent advances in the automotive industry have warranted a need for SNF systems with high mechanical positioning accuracy supporting measurements up to 40 GHz and beyond. This paper presents the design and implementation of a new swing arm gantry positioner having an 8-meter radius and a radial axis to support high frequency SNF measurements.

We first define the relation of the gantry axis to the global coordinate system and discuss primary sources of error. Next, a robust mechanical design is presented including design considerations and implementation. We then present errors measured using a tracking laser interferometer for probe position through the range of gantry axis travel. Static corrections for probe positioning errors are implemented in the control system using the radial axis. The resultant residual error for the swing arm gantry is then shown to have the accuracy required for high frequency SNF measurements.

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