For extreme environments, such as in steel and mining applications, the 1000 series encoders now from HEIDENHAIN now support Ethernet/IP and provide a range of configurations including incremental and absolute.
The 900 series encoders with Ethernet/IP also provide incremental outputs, thereby allowing them to support high-performance drive applications.
And in demanding environments where space is an issue, the 600 series encoders with Ethernet/IP offer a viable option. This 58-mm encoder is available in anodized aluminum or stainless steel with hollow and solid shaft configurations.
A gateway enables connection to Ethernet/IP for EnDat encoders. The gateway allows an integrator to use encoders capable of withstanding ambient temperature up to 100° C, while the connections to Ethernet/IP can be physically located hundreds of feet away. Moreover, the encoders can be replaced without interrupting communications since network contact is still maintained through the gateway function.
With automatic addressing, the encoder can receive and configure, offset or set limit values, or scale measurement values—all with a cycle time of 1 msec and without needing to open the encoder.