Solved Servo Applications

Coordinate Measuring Machines

Coordinate measuring machines (CMM) are used to measure geometrical attributes of objects for verified correctness. These metrology machines are typically 3- or 4-axes and usually include touch or optic probes to provide positional feedback. The machines can be manually controlled by an operator for data collection or automatically controlled for dimensional inspection use in real-time process quality control.

Motion Needs

X-Y-Z-Θ controlled motion for high-precision measuring

Customer Requirements

    Be the new servo drive standard

    • A variety of motor and drive manufacturers needed replacement over many different machine models
    • A single solution desired for inclusivity within the many differnt existing controls

    Targeted for highest performance, smallest size, lowest cost

    • High bandwidth with low phase lag for fastest possible probe response / lowest hysteresis
    • Smallest possible enclosure size for entire product range to help reduce overall costs

    Reliability and accuracy

    • Consistent and repeatable performance across multiple CMM models, achieving sub-micron measurements

    Solutions Technology

      Off-the-shelf AxCent PCB mount drives easily met initial requirements

      • Customer's in-house evaluation found AxCent drives were technologically superior to multiple competitors
      • Best performance, smallest size and least expensive

      Stringent customer testing

      • Bode Plot analysis proved PCB mount AxCent drives were the best market-available servo drives

      Knowledge and support base won the customer's trust

      • Applications and Design engineers answered all the technical questions

      Dedicated custom models improved performance even further

      • Current loop tuned to match specific motor in use
      • Design's control platform exceeded all objectives
      • Production on over 35 different CMM models w/ over 25,000 PCB mount AxCent drives in use as of today