Animatics Corp.'s new Integrated Servos - SM2316D-PLS2 and SM2316DT-PLS2 - have added power and functionality over the company's SM2315D and SM2315DT, all with a lower cost. The new servomotors are complete servo systems with built-in controller, amplifier and encoder and they have undergone many enhancements, including higher encoder resolution (4,000 cpr) offering smoother velocity and tighter position control, enhanced trajectory overshoot braking functions that stop larger loads fast and new high-speed position capture input enabling < 5 µsec registration. Additional enhancements include programmable software over-travel limits that eliminate cabling, choice of absolute and relative CAM mode with CAM dwell and added RS-485 port for easy communication with external devices.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.