27 July 2015
New programmable incremental encoders from ifm electronic have switched outputs for a pre-set count or speed, and feature a built-in display of, for example, count or speed.
Setting the resolution and the many other functions is simply done via intuitive pushbuttons on the encoder. Remote setting is also possible, for which ifm electronic chose the IO-Link open standard, so the user is not tied to proprietary software but can instead use standard PLCs or HMIs.
machine builders and incremental encoder users can now select the housing they require, choosing 6mm or 10mm diameter solid shafts, or 12mm semi-hollow, and that is all they need to stock, programming the resolution as required. The smart encoders also offer selectable 5V or 24V outputs.