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Influence of bearing ball recirculation on error motions of linear axes



Gregory W. Vogl, Kyle F. Shreve, Alkan Donmez


For positioning systems utilizing linear guides and trucks with recirculating balls, a method is presented that uses the measured total error motions and the measured phase of ball loops within trucks to determine the influence of each ball loop on the error motions. The influence of ball recirculation on the error motions is estimated a priori via a least-squares solution, based on data collected from a multitude of motion tests in which varying phases were measured by sensors integrated into the trucks. This method enables real-time estimation of performance degradations and identification of their sources.
CIRP Annals-ManufacturingTechnology


Machine tool, Error, Diagnostics


Vogl, G. , Shreve, K. and Donmez, A. (2021), Influence of bearing ball recirculation on error motions of linear axes, CIRP Annals-ManufacturingTechnology, [online],, (Accessed June 16, 2024)


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Created January 10, 2021, Updated February 23, 2022