Animatics’ SMI software provides an easy-to-use Microsoft Windows-compatible interface to your Animatics SmartMotor™. Using SMI, you can define multi-axis motion control for 1 to 100 SmartMotors. SMI includes a terminal program, program editor, and source level debugger. Standard SMI features include a Tools menu to set PID tuning parameters and plot the step response, motor info and dynamic status tracking, and online help and documentation. The latest release of SMI can open multiple windows for program editing, instantly address multiple motors, and upload programs from motors. Simply write and download your application to the configured SmartMotor and reboot the motor to start your application working.
Download SMI at no cost from the Animatics website (www.animatics.com) or from the product CD-ROM, and use the installation wizard to install SMI, SMIEngine™, and Coordinated Motion.
The SMIEngine is a component library that uses the Component Object Model (COM) to define functions that perform the following tasks:
- Configuring and communicating with Animatics SmartMotors
- Compiling/Downloading/Uploading/Debugging compiled user programs (“.smx” files)
- Controlling the motors using Coordinated Motion (Contouring or Host Mode)
- Creating circular and linear path coordinates used for Coordinated Motion
The Animatics SmartMotor Interface has special user-defined polling features to help you monitor important functions conveniently. Monitor different status bits, variables, and I/O from any motor in a chain, even during application execution.