Feedback devices are a class of device required for closed loop operation. They provide a signal back to the drive or motion controller to monitor an operation or process and verify that proper operation occurs. The most popular type of Feedback Device is the Encoder. An encoder is an electromechanical device for translating linear or rotary displacement into a corresponding series of digital signals or analog output voltage.
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A device that generates electrical signals by means of a rotating disk that passes between a light source and photo detectors. Incremental encoders have two output signals, or channels, commonly referred to as channel A and B. The A and B outputs are nominally 90º out of phase with each other and are interpreted by a motion controller to determine position/velocity information. The lead/lag relationship between the A and B channels provides directional information. It is important to understand that each mechanical position is not uniquely defined. When the incremental encoder is powered on, the position of an incremental encoder is not known, since the output signals are not unique to any singular position. Incremental encoders often provide a third output that pulses once per revolution of the disk. This is typically called the Index, or Z-channel, and is commonly used for homing/reference moves.
Absolute encoders have a unique value (voltage, binary count, etc.) for each mechanical position. When an absolute encoder is powered on, the position is known. Absolute encoders most commonly provide digital data in a parallel or serial format to the motion controller which is used to determine position/velocity information. Since they provide absolute position information when powered on they eliminate the need for a homing/reference move in a motion system.
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Sense and digitize linear position change for position measurement and feedback to control systems.
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A full family of rotary and modular high resolution incremental and absolute encoders.
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Encoders, Vacuum Compatible
Encoders with small vacuum-rated sensors for motion control applications operated in a vacuum.
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A complete system consists of one or more Linear Encoders, commonly referred to as scales, and a Digital Readout.
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Handheld Pulse Generators & Pendants
Manual Hand-Wheel and Hand-Held Pendant Pulse Generators permit "manual" axis jog functionality for multi-axis servo and stepper systems.
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Linear Displacement Transducers
MTS Temposonics ® manufacture Absolute Linear Position Sensors for industrial machinery and light industrial applications.
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Mechanically actuated trigger probes are designed to measure short stroke targets with high accuracy and resolution.
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A resolver is an electromagnetic feedback device which converts angular shaft position into analog signals.
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