Turck has announced the availability of EtherNet/IP enabled encoders, providing an optical-based encoder solution with electronic multiturn capabilities for position applications requiring feedback. Common applications for the ODVA-certified encoders include automotive production, logistics, metal processing, textile applications, as well as printing and packaging machines.
The encoders are available in both singleturn (RS-107/108) and multiturn (RM-105/106) variants. They come with a diameter of 58mm, offer a total resolution of up to 32 bits (16 for singleturn, 16 for multiturn), and have been designed specifically for high-speed applications. The encoders offer an RPI (requested packet interval) time of 1ms, and allow operation in high-speed applications with up to a 1000Hz update frequency. These features allow users to save time and costs, according to the company.
Furthermore, the encoders have Device Level Ring (DLR) capability, which allows the network to stay active even if one direction of the communication bus line is compromised. For the user, this means that their process can continue while one process is off-line, influencing efficiency and reducing costly down-time.