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Multiaxis seam tracking using a noncontact capacitive sensor
Author(s): Jim L. Novak; Dan J. Schmitt; John Maslakowski
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the development and use of the Multi-Axis Seam Tracking (MAST) sensor for tracking seams or other features in real-time. Four independent, spatially- distributed electric fields are used to sense changes in the relative position of the sensor and the workpiece. The MAST sensor is very inexpensive compared with commercially available seam tracking sensors. It can be used in system to perform cost-effective small-lot manufacturing operations in a faster, more consistent manner. The MAST sensor is used in an automated system for dispensing braze paste during a rocket nozzle fabrication process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 November 1993
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2063, Vision, Sensors, and Control for Automated Manufacturing Systems, (29 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.164965
Show Author Affiliations
Jim L. Novak, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Dan J. Schmitt, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
John Maslakowski, Rockwell International Corp./Rocketdyne Div. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2063:
Vision, Sensors, and Control for Automated Manufacturing Systems
Scott S. Breidenthal; Alan A. Desrochers, Editor(s)

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