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Automatic ruler scale calibration using a rotary machine

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3 Author(s)
Kraiprawes, S. ; Dept. of Control Syst., King Mongkut''s Univ. of Technol. Thonburi, Bangkok ; Tonmueanwai, A. ; Tangamchit, P.

We combined a rotary machine with a reflecting optical sensor to built a machine that automatically calibrate ruler scales. The optical sensor is mounted on a linear motion rail along the ruler scales It identifies the marked lines on a metal ruler by detecting reflecting light intensity from the lines. Our system then finds distances between lines and counts the number of lines. The measured results were compared with the a reference length obtaining from an encoder of a precise stepping motor to measure the precision of the ruler scale. From the experiment results, the machine is shown to be capable of standard rulers grade 2 calibration. Lastly, the measurement uncertainty of the machine was analyzed.

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Electrical Engineering/Electronics, Computer, Telecommunications and Information Technology, 2008. ECTI-CON 2008. 5th International Conference on  (Volume:2 )

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14-17 May 2008