Motor Connection and Control Capabilities
Like Never Before

Combitronic™ is a proprietary communications protocol developed by Moog Animatics exclusively for the SmartMotor™. With Combitronic technology, any SmartMotor can read from, write to, and control any other SmartMotor, can act as the master, and can pass master control from one SmartMotor to another – virtually eliminating the need for a PLC or other bus master.

With conventional systems, it would take large amounts of time to write communication code and learn a new fieldbus protocol, but with Combitronic communication each SmartMotor can be addressed with a colon followed by its CAN address. See sample code below. Kaman Automation Combitronic Addressing

Combined with the CDS7 motor option —allowing for simple, single-cable, power and communications connection from motor-to-motor1— the machine builder has a simple, cost-effective way to create a network of Class 5 D-Style SmartMotor integrated servos. No other integrated motor manufacturer offers this capability. The CDS7 option combined with Combitronic technology provides the 1-2 punch that machine builders need for faster development, easy machine replication and quick to market.

Key Features:

  • Power and communications passed on one easy-to-install cable for a compact design that decreases the required space in the machine
  • No scan list or node list set up required
  • RS-232 auto-detection from SMI™ for easy setup and CAN network addressing2
  • All SmartMotor nodes have full read/write access to all other SmartMotor nodes, and no master is required

1Proper termination is required at each end of the bus. For details, see the Class 5 SmartMotor installation and CANopen guides.

2Requires the CDS7 SmartMotor option and CDS7 Add-A-Motor cables or equivalent customer-supplied cables.