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Correlation between influence-function quality and predictability of a computer-controlled polishing process
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Paper Abstract

A mathematical method has been developed to analyze influence functions that are used in a computer-controlled polishing process. The influence function itself is usually generated by some kind of calibration where the exact procedure is dependent on the process used. The method is able to determine asymmetries in an influence function. Application of this method yields a value that may be used to judge the quality of an influence function. That quality is also an indicator of the variance of the evolving surface error profile, since a close relationship between it and the polishing process exists. On the basis of an ideal, theoretical process, a model to handle and quantify the result of a real polishing process is described. Practical application of this model demonstrates the effect of influence-function quality on the polishing result. Based on this model, the predictability of the polishing result is evaluated. This initiative to judge influence functions by their quality is an important contribution to the development of computer-controlled polishing. Due to improved process reliability, the reject rate will decrease, and the result will be more economic manufacture.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 45(6) 063401 doi: 10.1117/1.2213630
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 45, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Elmar G. Pitschke, Fachhochschule Deggendorf (Germany)
Markus Schinhaerl, Fachhochschule Deggendorf (Germany)
Peter Sperber, EOS Optronics GmbH (Germany)
Rolf Rascher, Fachhochschule Deggendorf (Germany)
Richard J. Stamp, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)
Lyndon N. Smith, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)
Melvyn L. Smith, Univ. of the West of England (United Kingdom)

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