Application Videos

Moog Animatics SmartMotor™is capable of being a master controller to both other SmartMotors and other devices. As a result, often times the motors become a replacement to PLC’s or other controllers in a system.

At a minimum, when the SmartMotor™ is added to an existing system as an extension to a machine design, it may only require minimal hand shaking with the main controller while maintaining its own subsystem control independently.

So what’s in it for you? Minimal handshaking means easy programming, minimal wiring, and reduced costs with maximum capabilities added for the entire system. A few examples of real applications using SmartMotor™ servos are below, testaments to success using SmartMotor™ technology.

Moog Animatics SmartMotor™ IO CAN Bus Master Capability

SmartMotor™ Six-Axis System

Moog Animatics H-bot and T-bot systems

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Moog Animatics 14 SmartMotor™ & Actuator Motion Control Demo with Combitronic™

2 Axis Coordinated Motion with SmartMotor™ and Combitronic™ and CAN Custom HMI with SmartMotor™ Integrated Servo Motor over RS-232 Electronic Gearing with SmartMotor™ off of a Virtual Master with Phase Advance
Interactive Profile Scanning using SmartMotor™ and Laser Sensor Traverse and Takeup Winding with SmartMotor™ Electronic Gearing CNC Surfboard Machine: SmartMotor™ & HLD60
Flexible Tooling for Aircraft Skin Processing Mini-Mill Cutting Puzzle Pieces SMNC™ Software for CNC Applications
"Chronos and Kairos" at San Jose Airport Tabletop Robot Live Position Tracking Tabletop Robot Linear Interpolation
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Glue Dispensing Stand Alone Circular Class 5 Phase Adjust Mode
SmartMotor™ feat Combitronic™ 6 Axis Actuator Demo SmartMotor™ Homing Routine on L70 Actuator SmartMotor™ Conveyor Detection
SmartMotor™ Application Summary SmartMotor™ Package Tracking Application with Laser Moog Animatics SmartMotor™ Applications

Industries using SmartMotor™

Industries using Moog Animatics SmartMotor

Animatics is active on all of the applications listed below:

Note: Industries in maroon text are linked to respective case studies.

Applications using SmartMotor™

Applications using Moog Animatics SmartMotor

Animatics is active on all of the applications listed below:

Note: Applications in maroon text are linked to respective case studies.

Case Studies

Case StudiesRelated IndustryRelated Application
We used the integrated SmartMotor because having separate controllers, drives and motors was limiting our capabilities. Now the connection is much simpler, and it's easier to increase or decrease the number of tolling structures for each Flexitool ordered.
Claude Sven Zurbuchen, Liné Machines
Integrating the SmartMotor into our machine design greatly increased the flexibility and reduced the cost. We were able to eliminate a motion controller CPU and reduce the wiring requirements onboard the machine.
This saved us time and money and helps with diagnosing potential problems in the field.
Grant Stockly, Envision CmosX-ray
When I needed a solution, Moog Animatics was a ready-to-go, plug and play servo that made a big difference. The time and hassle I saved using their SmartMotor was well worth the investment.
Jeff Ryan, Blockwire
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Automotive Modular Machine ControlAutomotive Modular Machine ControlAutomotiveParts Inspection and Repositioning
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Ultrasound TestingUltrasound
MedicalUltrasound Testing
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - CNC TrainingCNC Training Tool for Brazilian Higher EducationEducationCNC Training
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Input/Output Stacker, Wafer HandlingSemiconductor Heat Chamber AutomationSemiconductorInput/Output Stacker, Wafer Handling
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Flexible Tooling MachineAircraft Skin ProcessingAerospaceFlexible Tooling Machine
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Linear and Rotary MotionLinear and Rotary Motion in Digital ArchitectureArchitectureLinear and Rotary Motion
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - High Accuracy 3-Axis Positioning PID Style Antenna PedestalAerospaceHigh Accuracy 3-Axis Positioning
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - A/V MobilityMotion Control for Maximum A/V ExperienceEntertainment
A/V Mobility
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Vision Guided Laser MarkingAutomated Laser Marking for Produce Traceability AgricultureVision Guided Laser Marking
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - CNC MachiningFoam Sculpting CNC Router
Signage / Architectural Forms
CNC Machining
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - CappersHigh Speed Pharma InspectionPharmaceutical/Packaging
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Plasma CuttingCNC Plasma CutterMetal Working MachinesPlasma Cutting
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - WoodworkingCNC Surfboard ShaperWood Working MachinesWoodworking
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - High Axis Count Coordiated MotionHigh Axis Count Coordinated MotionArt & New MediaHigh Axis Count Coordiated Motion
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Pan & Tilt BasesPrecision Positioning SystemMilitary
Autonomous Vehicles
Pan & Tilt Bases
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Vertical Load ControlSynchronized Control of Vertical LoadsEntertainmentVertical Load Control
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - Automatic Web Tensioning/AlignmentAutomatic Web tensioning/alignment Material HandlingAutomatic Web Tensioning/Alignment
Case Studies using Animatics SmartMotor - GPS Guided Steering/Drive ControlAlaskan Pipe CrawlerOil IndustryGPS Guided Steering/Drive Control

Concepts / Application Notes

Application Note

MRI/EKG Testing Machine Medical
  • Compact, portable machine
  • Advanced controller capabilities
Medical equipment is held to an extremely high standard for quality and reliability compared to other industries.

Catheter Manufacturing Medical
  • Need to increase throughput while maintaining accuracy
  • Compact, table-top design
Catheters are thin tubes extruded from medical grade materials most often used to treat diseases or perform medical procedures.

Wet Process Bottle Filling & Capping Consumer Goods Manufacturing
  • IP65 or higher rating
  • Small factory floor space
  • Maximum 50V to reduce shock hazard
International consumer goods manufacturer needed to fill, cap and package multiple sizes of detergent bottles.

Input/Output Stacker for Wafer Heat Chamber Automation Semiconductor
  • Replacing outdated automation components with current technology that understands command protocol from host system
  • Delicate and precise movements to handle silicon wafers
Semiconductor manufacturer used separate controller, motor and drive components to control elevators that separated silicon wafers into slots to be taken into a heat chamber.

CNC Foam Cutting Manufacturing
  • Accurate multi-axis control
  • Multi-dimensional coordination between axes
EPS foam sculpting is a popular method for designing and producing high quality expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam core monuments, 3D signs, sculptures, and prototypes.

CNC Plasma Cutting Metal Working
  • Memory storage
  • Overcoming inconsistent metal surfaces
  • Precise vertical control
CNC plasma cutting has become a popular technique for cutting metal, allowing the metals to be completely severed using an ionized, high powered stream of gas sent through a small nozzle creating an arc.

Linear Motion CNC Surfboard Shaping Machine Woodworking
  • Eliminate vibration over multi-axes movement
  • Control accuracy over long lengths
  • Maintain precise motion rigidity without speed loss
A surfboard design studio wanted to develop and build a compact and low maintenance surfboard shaping machine that provided a faster, measurable ROI for its customers.

Multi-Axis Flexible Tooling Machine Aerospace
  • Vertical synchronized movement across all motors
  • Eliminate the need for an external controller
  • Minimize excessive part accumulation
Airplane fuselages and wings for the aviation, space and defense industries are made of 1mm-5mm thick aluminum composite or contoured aluminum and are designed to be both incredibly strong and lightweight.

PID Style Antenna Pedestal Aerospace
  • Accuracy over azimuth, elevation, and polar axes
  • Precise and quick rotary movement of heavy structures
PID (proportional, integral and derivative algorithm based) style antenna pedestals are used to control three axes of movement of an antenna: azimuth, elevation, and polarity.

Linear and Rotary Motion Architecture
  • Minimize cabling to eliminate artifacts in the video signal
  • No program loss upon power loss
  • Strict deadline for complete system integration
Advancements in digital architecture allow TV’s, monitors and other digital displays to move freely on a mounted, customizable track system in residential and commercial settings.

Multi-Axis Ultrasound Transducer Testing Machine Medical
  • Highly accurate automated control of multi-axis gantry
  • Electrical noise attenuation
  • Multi-axis position recording
Large OEM manufacturer of medical equipment needed motion control system for testing their ultrasound equipment: specifically the transducer wand.

Traverse Take-Up Winding (Spooling) Textile
  • Improper traverse points
  • Over travel
  • Tension control between feeder spool and winding spool
Spooling is the most effective way to conveniently package materials of very long length, such as thread, film, labels, cable and thermoplastics.

Pan & Tilt Positioning System Military
  • Counteracting vibrations to attain controlled targeting
  • Precise apparatus positioning regardless of base movement
Pan and tilt systems, or azimuth and elevation control systems, are often used to aim cameras, laser distance sensors, or artillery at specified targets.

Pick and Place onto Index Table with Multiple I/O Inputs Automotive
  • Failure due to wear on wiring harnesses to I/O and motion controller on index table
An OEM was selected as the exclusive supplier of critical components to an international automotive manufacturer with strict delivery deadlines.