Mitsubishi Precision Scale (MP SCALE) is a non-physical contact, ultra-precision position detector used for detecting linear or angular position utilizing the inductive coupling principle.
The manufacture and sale of MP Scale has been started under the technical cooperation with INDUCTOSYN Co. in U.S. since 1970.
MP Scale detects the amount of movement of a machine and outputs an analog signal. This signal is converted into a digital signal by an A/D converter and fed back to the NC system.
Thus the machine can be controlled accurately by the fully closed-loop NC system based on the position feedback data from MP SCALE.
Note) Full closed-loop NC system ：The control method which detects the last position (or angle) of the machine by Scale, and return detected data to NC equipment in order to move the machine to the target position (or angle).
Slider of Linear MP Scale is mounted on the movable part, and Scale is mounted on the fixed part. The position of the linear axis is detected with high precision by Linear MP Scale.
Rotor of Rotary MP Scale is mounted on the rotation shaft of the rotating axis like the rotary table or the angle head, and Stator is mounted at the fixed part. The rotation angle is detected with high precision by Rotary MP Scale.
Highly precise 5-axis machining is attained by mounting Rotary MP Scale on the rotary table of 5-axis machine.
|Saddle, left/right||Y axis||12.7m|
|Ram, up/down||Z axis||3.5m|
|Cross-rail, up/down||W axis||7.0m|
X-axis (32.5m) of the supermiller (the world largest class machine tool) is also equipped with Linear MP Scale.
Rotary MP Scale are mounted on B axis and C axis of 5-axis angle head, and highly precise 5-axis machining is possible.
Rotary MP Scale is used for the large-sized precision positioning table of the manufacture equipment for LCD and PDP.
Slider comprises two patterns set at 1/4 a pitch apart. This enables generation of the sine and cosine curve inductive coupling.
The extremely precise position detection is made possible without any effect of in the difference of the gap between Scale and Slider as Slider moves along the applied axis.
The guarantee accuracy of Linear MP Scale MPS-25CSC is 2 μm and the guarantee accuracy of Rotary MP Scale MPI-1272B is 2 seconds.
Note) The description of all accuracy is shown as the width of the error.
(Linear MP Scale)
|A,B,Z Phase Pulse||0.1 μm||80 m/min|
|Serial interface||0.01 μm||1,800 m/min|
(Rotary MP Scale)
|A,B,Z Phase Pulse||0.0001 deg.||222 min-1|
|Serial interface||223 / rev (0.000043deg.)||10,000 min-1|
Note) Above data is typical.
There is no effect of the ball screw expansion as Scale is mounted to the final moving element of the machine.
Due to the adoption of electromagnetic inductive detection method, the position can be detected without influence from oil contamination , dust, and condensation in the gap between Slider and Scale. Air purge is unnecessary.
Example of Scale used for 7 years
Even if cast powder and oil adhere, it continues to operate satisfactory.
MP SCALE will last for years without any deterioration in accuracy because of its non-physical contact design that eliminates any bearing or spring.
By combining the absolute battery-back-up encoder mounted on the feed motor, the NC system provides the method in which the encoder detects the rough absolute position and the MP Scale detects the fine position.
(Offset absolute system)
Absolute system combined motor encoder
MPRZ series detects the absolute value using an independent Scale. Highly suitable for detector of DD motor.
A/D converter can be connected to NC system built by MITSUBISHI CNC, FANUC, SIEMENS, and AC servo BY MITSUBISHI, and YASKAWA ΣV & Σ7.
SSI communication is applicable as general code for serial interface.
Connectable to various NC interface
Eccentricity often occurs according to the shaft movement by the difference in the rotation direction or the eccentric work road. With MP SCALE, eccentricity does not cause big detecting error and high repeatability is acquired.
Since conventional other scale has one detecting head, the detecting error is in proportion to the quantity of eccentricity, and the repeatability is bad.
As conventional countermeasure to this eccentricity on scale, two detecting heads are mounted into he opposite position and the detecting error is canceled by two heads.
On MP Scale, by arranging many detecting patterns all over the circumference, the error by the eccentricity is canceled and the high repeatability is acquired.
General one head Scale・General countermeasure to eccentricity・MP Scale
Example) Even if machined at 17℃, directed dimension is realizable at 20℃.