A cross-coupled controller, designed to improve high-speed contouring accuracy independently of tracking accuracy in biaxial machine tool feed drive servomechanisms, is presented here. The controller parameters depend on the instantaneous slope of the desired contour and hence vary with time for curved contours, resulting in a time-varying controller. An approximate stability analysis of the controller is presented. The proposed controller is evaluated experimentally on a microcomputer controlled two-axis positioning table and compared to a more traditional uncoupled controller. Controller performance is evaluated for straight line, cornering and circular contours at feed rates varying from 2.25 m/min to 7.2 m/min. The experimental results show that the proposed controller reduces contouring error as compared to the uncoupled controller and leaves the tracking error practically unchanged. The cross-coupled controller is simple to implement and is practical.

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