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Fast Measurement of Motor and Suspension Nonlinearities in Loudspeaker Manufacturing

Nonlinear distortions are measured at the end of the assembling line to check the loudspeaker system and to make a pass/fail decision. However, the responses of single components and total harmonic distortion have a low diagnostic value because they are difficult to interpret and do not reveal the particular cause of the defect. A new measurement technique is presented which measures the nonlinearities of motor and suspension system directly. The results are single-valued parameters (e.g. voice coil offset in mm) which are directly related with the geometry and large signal parameters of the loudspeaker system. The measurement is only based on the measurement of the electrical signals at the speaker’s terminals giving full robustness against ambient noise. The accuracy of the measurement results is investigated while performing measurements using short stimuli between 0.2 and 1.3 seconds. The paper discusses new possibilities for on-line diagnostic during end-of-line testing and the integration into production control to increase the yield of the production.

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