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Magnetic principles of action in conjunction with unique signal evaluation, supported by powerful microcontrollers: this is what makes the new encoders of the IFM Electronic a true alternative to traditional optical encoders. Thanks to extended, intelligent functions, these can be used flexibly for various applications in the field of motion control. The display, control buttons and convenient parameterization as well as diagnostics via IO-Link make them unique.


Lecture on the theme of Michael Paintner

First, they can be used as incremental encoders. The resolution between 2 and 10.000 pulses per revolution can be freely adjusted. The devices can also be used as counters. Counting direction (forward / backward) and switching points are freely selectable. The third operating mode is used for speed monitoring. The user sets a speed range which, when exceeded or undershot, switches the outputs. Thus, the encoders work independently as speed or standstill monitoring systems.

All functions and parameters can be set using buttons and LED display on the device. During operation, the display shows the current pulse, count or speed values ​​depending on the mode set. Due to the two-color (red / green), the user immediately recognizes whether the machine is in the good range or whether limit values ​​have been exceeded. In addition, the display can be electronically rotated by 180 degrees, which allows flexible mounting positions. In addition to the setting directly on the device, the rotary encoders can also be parameterized completely and conveniently via IO-Link. Thanks to this communication option, the devices are ideally suited for Industrie 4.0.

The high shock and vibration resistance enables use in harsh applications. The cable outlet or the rotatable M12 connector on the connector devices can be used both radially and axially. Ultimately, the selection of the right encoder is reduced to the matching flange and shaft - everything else the user can freely configure. For users who want to use the device as a rotary encoder and do without buttons and display, there is a basic version. This is also completely adjustable via IO-Link.
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