A novel non-contact measuring system for the thread profile of a ball screw
Abstract. In order to meet the demand of high position accuracy, many methods have been developed for measuring the thread profile features of ball screws. However, most of these efforts are limited to measuring a small number of ball screw features and therefore less efficient. In this study, an automatic, non-contact measuring system for the thread profile of a ball screw was developed. It is capable of measuring most common features of the ball screw thread profile and can measure ball screws of different sizes and lengths. The main part of the system is the light curtain which has a high-resolution line-scan CCD camera to measure the projected outer contour of the target. Data points from the thread profile of a ball screw were collected by the measuring system and data pre-processing was performed. Then, the proposed method was used to calculate the most important geometric parameters and errors of the thread profile. The accuracy of the measuring system was verified by testing and evaluating four sets of ball screws from different manufacturers.