Rapid machine tool verification

J. E. Muelaner*, B. R. Yang, C. Davy, M. R. Verma, P. G. Maropoulos

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This paper describes work carried out to develop methods of verifying that machine tools are capable of machining parts to within specification, immediately before carrying out critical material removal operations, and with negligible impact on process times. A review of machine tool calibration and verification technologies identified that current techniques were not suitable due to requirements for significant time and skilled human intervention. A 'solution toolkit' is presented consisting of a selection circular tests and artefact probing which are able to rapidly verify the kinematic errors and in some cases also dynamic errors for different types of machine tool, as well as supplementary methods for tool and spindle error detection. A novel artefact probing process is introduced which simplifies data processing so that the process can be readily automated using only the native machine tool controller. Laboratory testing and industrial case studies are described which demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-438
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia CIRP
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 10 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Digital Enterprise Technology - DET 2014 Disruptive Innovation in Manufacturing Engineering towards the 4th Industrial Revolution - Stuttgart, Germany
Duration: 25 Mar 201428 Mar 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by a Technology Strategy Board UK (TSB) SAMULET I 6.3.1 project via Rolls-Royce plc. The work is also supported by the EPSRC funded Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems (Grant EP/G037353/1) and the LIMA group at the University of Bath.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 The Authors.


  • Machine tool calibration
  • Machine tool verification
  • On-machine probing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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