Design world august 2015

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Programmable Encoders:


The latest programmable encoders offer both incremental and absolute functionality on one hardware platform and can be programmed with a WiFi connection.

Jarrod Orszulak • Product Manager • POSITAL-FRABA

Programmable incremental encoders have become more common recently. This is largely due to the fact that the measurement characteristics of the device (number of pulses per rotation, output level and so on) can be modified through a software update without requiring any changes to physical components. Now, however, engineers at POSITAL have taken the programmability concept to a new level with the new generation of iXarC rotary encoders. These new encoders offer both incremental and absolute encoder functions on a single hardware platform; are available in a range of mechanical configurations and connector types; are supported by a range of configuration management tools that can be accessed by end users over the full working life of the encoder; and can be programmed by any WiFi-enabled electronic device.

>> A new generation of programmable encoders offers a lot more flexibility for users, providing both incremental

and absolute encoder functions on a common hardware platform, as well as programming through WiFi.

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