I/O Device CAN Bus Master

Imagine being able to control an entire machine, simply, economically, and effectively, without need for an external bus master — that dream is now a reality.

Animatics is pleased to announce the release of its new I/O Device CAN Bus Master capability. This extension of previous I/O support enables the Class 5 SmartMotor™ to interface with standard CiA 301 CANopen® devices such as:

  • Remote digital/analog/mixed signal I/O
  • Temperature controllers
  • CAN bus absolute or relative encoders
  • Pneumatic valve blocks
  • Inclinometers
  • Load cells
  • And many more

Basic control allows 8, 16 or 32-bit sized data objects with support for both PDO and SDO protocols. The supported profiles include but are not limited to I/O profile, encoder profile and DS4xx profile. This provides the ability to:

  • Dynamically map SmartMotor PDOs, map another device’s PDOs, and start the NMT state
  • Send/receive, via the SmartMotor, up to 5 PDOs each, or RX (Receive) and TX (Transmit)
  • Read/write SDOs in expedited mode only, which works up to 32-bit data

Further, multiple SmartMotors and multiple I/O devices may be on the same CAN bus. When combined with Combitronic motor-to-motor communications, this allows for complex, multi-axis, multi-I/O-device network control. Now you have full machine control with just the SmartMotors — no other HMI or bus master is required!

This capability is now available on Class 5 SmartMotors with the CANopen fieldbus option. Contact SMS Machines & Automation today for more details on how this advanced capability and other SmartMotor features will reduce your development time, reduce machine build and replication costs, and improve your speed to market!

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