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Sensors 2012, 12(4), 4918-4933; doi:10.3390/s120404918

A New Methodology for Vibration Error Compensation of Optical Encoders

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Departamento de Mecanica, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, C/Juan del Rosal, 12. Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Received: 7 February 2012 / Revised: 30 March 2012 / Accepted: 31 March 2012 / Published: 17 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Optical encoders are sensors based on grating interference patterns. Tolerances inherent to the manufacturing process can induce errors in the position accuracy as the measurement signals stand apart from the ideal conditions. In case the encoder is working under vibrations, the oscillating movement of the scanning head is registered by the encoder system as a displacement, introducing an error into the counter to be added up to graduation, system and installation errors. Behavior improvement can be based on different techniques trying to compensate the error from measurement signals processing. In this work a new “ad hoc” methodology is presented to compensate the error of the encoder when is working under the influence of vibration. The methodology is based on fitting techniques to the Lissajous figure of the deteriorated measurement signals and the use of a look up table, giving as a result a compensation procedure in which a higher accuracy of the sensor is obtained.
Keywords: optical encoders; error compensation; vibration optical encoders; error compensation; vibration
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