Do you also have a system that has the same error for each task? This course enables you to improve the performance of your system by advanced feedforward and learning control. In recent years, classical feedback controllers and feedforward controllers have been further developed towards advanced feedforward. These developments include iterative learning control, which applies to industrial systems, including pick-and-place machines or batch processes, that perform the same task over and over again. When exactly the same task is performed, disturbances act on the system identically over the tasks.
Think, for instance, about a disturbance torque profile, from unbalance in an axis, or from unknown friction effects. The key idea is that iterative learning control can completely compensate for these disturbances, leading to a typical order of magnitude reduction of servo errors.
Iterative learning control is able to achieve exceptional performance for exactly repeating tasks. However, iterative learning control cannot deal with varying tasks. Even a small variation can lead to disastrous performance deterioration. Many industrial systems perform such very similar yet slightly different tasks, necessitating new concepts for advanced feedforward control, including high-order feedforward (snap, jerk, etc.), input shaping, automated tuning, etc. These new concepts have been developed in recent years, whereas most of these 'iterative learning control' (ILC) techniques have been developed in the past two decades and many successful industrial applications have been reported.
This new and extended course starts by recapitulating classical feedforward, and covers an in-depth treatment of iterative learning control, repetitive control, and new advanced feedforward approaches. The course covers:
- theory, e.g., understanding the convergence of learning control from classical feedback;
- design, learning how to design advanced feedforward and learning from typical motion control design approaches (loop-shaping);
- algorithms, full coverage of tailor-made Matlab-algorithms (with possibility to take these home).