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New Encoder Portfolio

New Encoder Portfolio

07 June 2021
Reliable measurement data with Balluff encoders

Even under difficult environmental conditions and high shaft loads, the new incremental and absolute encoders from Balluff precisely measure lengths, positions, speeds, rotational movements and angles.

In industrial applications, process cycles are precisely timed. In order to meet them, the control of rotational and conveyor speeds as well as the exact positioning of workpieces is essential. The new rotary encoders from Balluff precisely measure lengths, positions, speeds, rotary movements and angles. "The encoders monitor rotary axes that control the precise positioning of workpieces and the movement of machines and systems," says Balluff Product Manager Josef Albano. Rotary encoders convert mechanical movements into digital electrical signals. Depending on the application, they have different measuring principles. If a high resolution is required, optical encoders that measure incrementally are usually used. In harsh environmental conditions, magnetic encoders are the right choice. They are available with both incremental and absolute measuring principles.

For applications with high shaft loads

"With incremental displacement measurement, each movement is measured by the positive or negative increase in the distance traveled," explains Albano. The incremental encoders measure angles with the highest resolution. Among other things, encoders are available especially for applications with a high shaft load, suitable up to 500 Newton, as well as variants with a protection class up to IP69K and stainless steel housing for high corrosion protection.

Precise and reliable positioning

The absolute encoders ensure high-precision positioning of critical machine parts. "With absolute travel measurement, the position is specified as an absolute value. This means that the machine is ready for operation immediately after restarting and does not require a reference run," explains Albano. The absolute encoders are particularly reliable; their data cannot be lost even in the event of a power failure.

1.8 million variants

Rotary encoders are used everywhere: in automation technology, machine tools or food processing, packaging machines, robotics and mobile machines. The new variants complement Balluff's extensive automation portfolio. With the encoder configurator, the right magnetic or optical encoder for the respective application – whether incremental or absolute – can be selected from 1.8 million variants.

About the company Balluff

The success story of Balluff began exactly 100 years ago with the set up of a precision mechanics repair workshop in Neuhausen a. d. F. On the occasion of the 100-year anniversary, with 3600 employees worldwide, the global company stands for innovative technology, quality and cross-sector experience in industrial automation. As leading sensor and automation specialist, this family-owned company in its fourth generation offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality sensor, identification, network and software solutions. In 2019, the Balluff Group reported revenue of around EUR 469 million. With 38 subsidiaries and other representatives in a total of 68 countries, Balluff guarantees fast worldwide availability of the products and a high caliber of advice and service locally.

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