A Shaft Encoder is an electromechanical transducer, which converts a rotary position into an electronic signal suitable for providing input data to a vast range of electronic control devices.
Shaft Encoders are being used for an ever-increasing variety of mechanical applications.
Following are just a few examples:
- Measuring the length of raw material during a winding process, then again when the material is cut to size for final use.
- Determining angular positions when synchronising machine movements, such as those found in packaging machines.
- Monitoring the position of products on a conveyor.
- Positioning of indexing tables, stacker cranes, etc.
- Tracking the position of automated robots, and their arm movements.
- Some of the more unusual applications include satellite tracking, road surface analysis and automobile suspension studies.