IJAT Vol.11 No.2 pp. 155-164
doi: 10.20965/ijat.2017.p0155


Synchronisation of Feed Axes with Differing Bandwidths Using Set Point Delay

Daniel Spescha*,†, Sascha Weikert*, Oliver Zirn**, and Konrad Wegener**

*Inspire AG
Technoparkstrasse 1, CH-8005 Zürich, Switzerland

Corresponding author

**Institute of Machine Tools and Manufacturing, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

July 29, 2016
December 12, 2016
March 1, 2017
multi-axis control, control accuracy, time synchronisation

This paper presents an effective method for the synchronisation of multiple feed axes with differing controller bandwidths by delaying the set point trajectories of those axes with higher bandwidths. First, a simplified model of a cascade-controlled feed axis is defined, which allows the problem to be treated analytically. The problem of synchronisation of the feed axes is then analysed mathematically, leading to the hypothesis of synchronisation through a delay of the set points of the more dynamic axes. Subsequently, the dynamic error behaviour and boundaries of a feed axis are calculated. The optimal damping factor for a feed axis is shown to be 1/√2 and the dynamic error can be formulated in terms of the bandwidth and acceleration or jerk limit. The proposed method is proven through a simulation and verified based on experimental results. In addition, the stated error bounds are verified, and the limits of the applicability are determined.

Cite this article as:
D. Spescha, S. Weikert, O. Zirn, and K. Wegener, “Synchronisation of Feed Axes with Differing Bandwidths Using Set Point Delay,” Int. J. Automation Technol., Vol.11, No.2, pp. 155-164, 2017.
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