RESEARCH PAPERS: Design Automation Papers

Optimal Tolerance Design of a Printer Actuator

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J. S.-C. Chen, S. Wang, P. Zug

IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 106(4), 510-517 (Dec 01, 1984) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258603 History: Received June 08, 1984; Online November 19, 2009


In this paper we describe an extension of an existing optimization technique to the tolerance design of a printer actuator mechanism. We provide the designer with a method for selecting optimal nominal design values for the parameters of a generalized system which allows maximum tolerance excursions away from the nominal design values and yet still maintains performance standards. The method uses an interactive linear-programming based design optimization algorithm to select optimal nominal parameter values and their associated maximal tolerances. We illustrate the method with a simple two-dimensional example. Finally we show the results from the tolerance optimization of a printer actuator which demonstrates the applicability of the theory to a real design problem.

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