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Animatics has launched a new website and introduced its line of Class 5 SmartMotor, a system integrator for the integrated motor market that features CombitronicT technology.

Not only does the motor contain the entire control system, but a distributed group of SmartMotorT units now automatically acts as a single, multi-axis controller.

Since Animatics invented the fully integrated servo in 1994, the growth of this market segment has outstripped the growth of general motion control.

Integrated servos offer machine builders faster time to market and reduced field-service costs.

Animatics’ Combitronic technology is a means by which a collection of from two to more than 100 integrated servos can be linked over simple CAN and automatically share all motion, I/O, control and computational resources.

The system integrator doesn’t write any communications code while eliminating data collisions and gaining full deterministic arbitration.

Users can discard the concept of master-slave and enjoy a unified, multi-tasking programming environment that combines the previously disparate benefits of centralised and distributed control.

Animatics’ redesigned website went live 22 October 2010 and is organised to communicate the groundbreaking shift that Class 5 brings to the integrated motor market.

The website explains improvements beyond the Combitronic technology, including five-times faster programme-execution rates, faster RS-232 and RS-485 communication rates, CANopen, DeviceNET and Profibus options, the introduction of floating point math and variables, including trigonometric functions, high-speed contouring for G-Code CNC and glue-laying applications, sinusoidal commutation and even faster PID.

Class 5 remains bolt, shaft and connector compatible with its predecessors for the benefit of Animatics’ existing customer base.

Animatics will continue to sell and support its Class 4 line of products, but customers making the switch to Class 5 will no longer need a PLC to control the machine.

Alternatively, they can unburden the task of an existing PLC, enhancing its use.

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