The Cost of Accuracy – Mechanical Systems
Author: Marion Baggett
Publication: AMTA 2020
Available on November 2, 2020 at AMTA 2020 Virtual Symposium
Abstract—Accuracy in a measurement campaign is dependent on many factors. Some of these factors are in the physical components used, the requirements of the electromagnetics involved and the procedural requirements of the campaign. This paper will focus on how the mechanical accuracy of the equipment can impact total cost. The current stage in the life cycle of the AUT (design, production, repair) also impacts total cost. The affordability of the accuracy in terms of more costly equipment, calibration processes and operator and test range time may be the determining factor. Throughput needs may limit the accuracy that can be obtained. The accuracies required for each metric must then be evaluated against the accuracy of an available test range(s) or the renovation of an existing range or construction of a new range to meet the accuracy requirements. Two case studies included in this paper are: 1) the improvement of the positioning accuracy of a rotator via custom hardware and calibration for a severe global positioning accuracy specification and 2) the improvement of the planarity of an X-Y scanner system for use at increasing frequencies.