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Minimized Cost Through Optimized Tolerance Distribution In Optical Assemblies
Author(s): Ronald Willey; Ronald George; Jannie Odell; Warren Nelson
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Paper Abstract

The cost to fabricate most mechanical systems and components is in inverse proportion to the tolerances applicable. Each system performance requirement has various sensitivities to errors in certain parameters (dimensions). The total cost to produce a system is the sum of the cost of each tolerance plus certain constant factors that cannot be reduced. The performance errors of the system are the sum of the contributions of each tolerance. This paper describes a methodology that allows the designer to assign and distribute the optical/mechanical tolerances in a system to minimize the cost of production while maintaining required system performance. The practical application of this method can lead to significantly reduced cost and increased ease of manufacture without risking or sacrificing performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 October 1983
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0389, Optical Systems Engineering III, (3 October 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.935015
Show Author Affiliations
Ronald Willey, Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace (United States)
Ronald George, Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace (United States)
Jannie Odell, Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace (United States)
Warren Nelson, Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0389:
Optical Systems Engineering III
William H. Taylor, Editor(s)

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