SmartMotor™ Now With Multi-Axis Contouring Capabilities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Animatics has now added multi-axis contouring capability to its line of SmartMotors. The SmartMotor™ is a single component that combines the technologies of Servo Motor, Controller, Amplifier, Encoder and PLC. This totally integrated servo motion control system delivers higher reliability, smaller foot print and radically simplified field service. With this new contouring capability, an RS-485 network of SmartMotors can perform motion profiles as complex as multi-axis splines or as simple as circular and linear interpolation.
CAD and G-Code host interfaces can turn a Lap-Top computer and three SmartMotors into a complete 3-Axis CNC control system on the back of the machine, without a NEMA cabinet. Such machines are typically expensive to service and render the owner helpless in the face of down time whereas a SmartMotor™ based machine consists simply of motors and a PC.
The contouring function employs PC resident drivers. These drivers are used by Animatics host interfaces and are available to OEMs for custom applications. The interfaces are compatible with Visual Basic as well as many other tools.
Applications that benefit from this technology range from CNC milling and turning to laser cutting and water jet cutting to glue laying or engraving. It is appropriate for any application where circular interpolation and G-Code compatibility are needed, but also where the machine builder wants a simpler, less expensive solution that is easier to support.
All that is needed is a PC with an RS232 port. Animatics supplies an RS232 to RS-485 converter, resident to the mating connector to link the chain of SmartMotors. Because bulky PC expansion cards are not used, a simple Lap-Top will complete a system.
Contouring capability will be standard in all SmartMotors starting May 1, 2000 and comes at no additional cost. Host level programs to support the capability range from free to $985.
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