Calibration of palletized workpiece systems for microfactories

Andrew Honegger, Shiv Gopal Kapoor, Richard E. DeVor

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Kinematic couplings have been used to create palletized system for part transfer in a microfactory. While kinematic couplings provide high repeatability, calibration is needed to achieve high interchangeability accuracy. In this paper, a generalized artifact-based methodology for pallet calibration and workpiece registration is developed. This calibration method uses the microfactory machines to both machine and measure artifacts to estimate the interchangeability errors. The error sources affecting the accuracy of calibration are analyzed and techniques are suggested to reduce these errors. Finally, the methodology is applied and validated for a specific microfactory application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311081-311087
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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