In this paper, a controller featuring cross-coupled control and iterative learning control schemes is designed and implemented on a modular two-axis positioning system in order to improve both contour and tracking accuracy. Instead of using the standard contour estimation technique proposed with the variable gain cross-coupled control, a computationally efficient contour estimation technique is incorporated with the presented control design. Moreover, implemented contour estimation technique makes the presented control scheme more suitable for arbitrary nonlinear contours. Effectiveness of the control design is verified with simulations and experiments on a two-axis positioning system. Also, simulations demonstrating the performance of the control method on a three-axis positioning system are provided. The resulting controller is shown to achieve nanometer level contouring and tracking performance. Simulation results also show its applicability to three-axis nano-positioning systems.

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