16 September 2015
New incremental encoders from ifm electronic are programmable, have switched outputs for a pre-set count or speed, and feature a built-in display, for example of count or speed.
Setting the resolution and the many other functions is simply done using the intuitive pushbuttons on the encoder. Remote setting is also possible, and for this ifm electronic chose the IO-Link open standard; the user is not tied to proprietary software, but can use standard PLCs or HMIs.
Machine builders and incremental encoder users can now select the housing they require, choosing 6 or 10mm diameter solid shafts, or 12mm semi-hollow – that is all they need to stock – programming the resolution as required. The smart encoders also offer selectable 5 or 24V outputs.
Connection is simple, too. Rather than using M23 connectors, the new range has the more compact M12, which also rotates to select the cable angle.