When designing for medical applications, a critical feature of any component is the ability to clean it. It’s not always easy to find motion systems that are easily cleaned for medical use, and particularly for sterilization. The ENX Easy encoder can be sterilized using steam. It is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and absolute version (4096 steps), both designed for 1,000 autoclave cycles.
The encoder can be combined with matching BLDC motors and planetary gearheads. It can be integrated into the brushless drives ECX 13 and ECX 16 SPEED (up to 120,000 rpm and 104 W) without any increase in length. When the gearheads GPX 13 and GPX 16 SPEED (0.2 Nm max. continuous torque) are added to the combination, it is still a fully sterilizable positioning system.
This system suits a number of applications in medical technology and works well for power tools.
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