Improving Contouring Accuracy of NC/CNC Systems With Additional Velocity Feed Forward Loop

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O. Masory

Mechanical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-3123

J. Eng. Ind 108(3), 227-230 (Aug 01, 1986) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3187068 History: Received May 08, 1986; Online July 30, 2009


One of the factors which affects the contouring accuracy of multi-axis NC/CNC contouring systems is axes mismatch which means that the time constants and the open-loop gains of the machine servo drives are not identical. In conventional NC/CNC system each axis is separately controlled by a closed-loop velocity controller. Therefore, a position-following error which is a function of the open-loop gain and the time constant, is generated. Since the values of these parameters are different for each axis, a contouring error is produced. By adding a velocity feed forward loop to this controller, the position-following error can be reduced, or even eliminated, and consequently the contouring error is reduced.

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