Incremental encoders are sensors capable of generating signals in response to rotary movement. In conjunction with mechanical conversion devices, such as rack-and-pinions, measuring wheels or spindles, incremental shaft encoders can also be used to measure linear movement. The shaft encoder generates a signal for each incremental change in position. With the optical transformation, a line-coded disc made of metal, plastic or glass and positioned on a rotary bearing interrupts the infra red light ray emitted by gallium arsenid sender diode.

Absolute shaft encoders, also known as shaft-angle encoders, are by no means used only to detect angular positions. They are also suitable for linear movements that can be converted into rotary movements by a toothed belt, drive pinion, or wire winch. The special feature of absolute shaft encoders is that they assign a unique, digitally encoded signal to each individual measured increment. The method of transducing prevents erroneous readings, whether by a power failure, or by a transient malfunction. After the encoder is switched on again, or power is restored, the position can be read out. It is not necessary to move to a reference position, as it is for shaft encoders of the incremental type.

New products include Oil & Gas Offshore/Onshore, plus general harsh duty environment encoder models.

Hengstler offers Motor Feedback systems in all performance classes and with the most commonly used interfaces From modular miniature incremental encoders for DC and Stepper Motors in 22 mm diameter up to the absolute AC110 with 50mm hollow shaft Hengstler provides a complete range of Motor Feedback systems. For asynchronous motors and elevators the offering comprises incremental and absolute hollow shaft encoders in singleturn and multiturn versions. Trend-setting is the Incremental OptoAsic with diagnosis system and integrated interpolation electronic which is for the first time used in RI80-E. This enables resolutions of up to 200 000 pulses for good synchronism of electric machines running at low revs.

Automation components: from mini-counters to sophisticated programmable control counters, totalizing, preset, time, shift and interface counters, position indicators, multifunction counters, timers, controls, tachometers and displays.

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