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Link more than 100 SmartMotors over CAN with Combitronic

14 January 2011

Animatics' new integrated servo, the Class 5 SmartMotor features Combitronic technology, which enables more than 100 SmartMotors to be linked over CAN to create a truly multi-axis controller. Combitronic 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, or each motor can have its own program, sharing resources with every other motor.

Even without the Combitronic option, Class 5 SmartMotor communication speeds are as much as 115.2kBaud in both the RS-232 and RS-485 ports.  Isolated, 24V I/O has been added, program execution speeds are greatly increased and gearing, camming and contouring functions have been added.

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