Class 5 smart motor offers fast communication speeds
Animatics’ Class 5 SmartMotor allows more than 100 servos to link together over CAN, speeds up to 115.2 kBaud, with Animatics’ Combitronic technology. It integrates an internal brushless motor, encoder, controller and amplifier.
Animatics introduces a powerful integrated servo: the Class 5 SmartMotor featuring patent-pending Combitronic technology. In 1994, Animatics introduced the first fully integrated SmartMotor servos featuring an internal brushless motor, encoder, controller and amplifier, and have been improving and perfecting the technology ever since. Building upon nearly 15 years of innovation and advancement, the new Class 5 SmartMotor reportedly exceeds the precedents set by the previous generation SmartMotor servos.
With the optional feature of patent-pending Combitronic technology, more than 100 SmartMotor servos can be linked over CAN to create what the programmer experiences as one giant multi-axis controller. Combitronic technology allows any SmartMotor to read from, write to, and control any other SmartMotor to ensure the highest dependability and no data collision or loss. One program can be written in one motor to control ALL SmartMotor servos, or each motor can have its own program, sharing resources with every other, for one giant multi-tasking, multi-processing system. Even without the Combitronic option, Class 5 SmartMotor communication speeds blaze at up to 115.2kBaud in both the RS-232 and RS-485 ports. Isolated 24 V I/O has been added, program execution speeds are vastly increased and advanced Gearing, Camming and Contouring functions have been added. The Class 5 SmartMotor with Combitronic Technology has truly delivered Centralized Computing Simplicity with Distributed Computing Power.
“We are very excited about Class 5 because it can do nearly anything, things even well established, centralized controls cannot do” said CEO Robert Bigler. “We have sold thousands to key customer accounts before even releasing it on our website, and displaced dozens of conventional control systems and competitive Integrated Servo brands – Engineers love that they can write one simple program and not a stitch of code for communications.” The official launch of the Class 5 product line took place at the Animatics October Institute, where a hall of Animatics staff and distributors from around the world attending the Animatics Institute watched as Animatics’ new website went live. It focuses on the Class 5 SmartMotor.
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