Sensata’s position line from BEI Sensors, Kavlico, and Newall, make up our highly-engineered devices that span the entire range of position sensors, linear and rotary encoders, potentiometers, draw wires and inclinometers. They’re designed to deliver:
- High quality and durability
- Accuracy, repeatability
- Reliability in tough environments
- Competitive pricing
Encoders are optical or magnetic and incremental or absolute. Optical is more precise using a coded disc which produces a series of square waves. Magnetic versions use a magnet and an IC to translate the signal emulating an optical encoder signal so it is usable by a controller. Optical encoders are the “gold standard” for speed or position feedback and are widely used in industrial environments.
Incremental Rotary Encoder
Optical or Magnetic. Measures the relative movement of rotation. Especially good for speed measurement.
Absolute Rotary Encoder
Optical or Magnetic. Measures the absolute rotary position even after power loss, for precise position measurement.