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Annals of the CIRP 46:1 (1997), pp. 471–474.

doi: 10.1016/S0007-8506(07)60868-3


Copyright © 1997 CIRP. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Used by permission.


Machine tool performance testing, as defined by IS0 230 and ANSI B5.54 has been successfully used to maintain and improve the accuracy and repeatability of production-level machine tools. In this study, a controlled series of experiments have been used to test the efficacy of these performance tests in the prediction of part form errors. Results are shown for flatness, squareness, position, and profile tolerances. The experimental results suggest that standard machine tool performance tests can also be used to predict the “best-case” tolerances that can be achieved for particular part features.