Encoders Cut Costs
29 October 2012
New from Sick is a range of EtherNet/IP-compatible programmable absolute encoders.
The Ethernet/IP AFS60 single-turn and AFM60 multi-turn encoders are said to offer unique diagnostic and monitoring capabilities for improved plant reliability and availability.
Designed for both precision applications and harsh industrial conditions, the encoders integrate DLR (Device Level Ring) technology for continuous monitoring of network integrity. Network communications can be rebuilt seamlessly in the event of a cable break and the position of the break is reported, enabling quick and efficient remedial action.
The round loop capability of the AFM60 EtherNet/IP multi-turn encoder cuts programming and hardware costs for machine builders.
Its rotary axis function enables the number of encoded rotations to be defined as a fraction. This saves complicated PLC calculations and control programming, cutting installation, maintenance and service costs.
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