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Programmable incremental encoder kit: first aid for machines

07 November 2011

SICK (UK)’s new incremental encoder conversion kit helps protect manufacturers and operators from the costly effects of incremental encoder failure, by providing them with what is, in effect, a 'first aid' box designed to replace as many different types of incremental encoders as possible, whatever their origin, and thus reduce the requirement for manufacturers to hold specific stock.

“Incremental encoders are vital in all fields of operating machinery in critical tasks,” points out SICK encoder product manager Darren Pratt. “Speed, acceleration, distance and position are all affected. Programmable encoders have helped reduce specification difficulties for engineers, but there are still a large number of model variations, especially for older machines.”

The key is SICK’s new PGT-10-S hand held encoder programmer, which allows an incremental encoder to be configured to exact specifications on the spot without requiring a PC. By enabling immediate replacement of an enormous range of encoders, the kit dramatically reduces downtime and revenue loss. Also in the kit is a selection of three programmable encoder types together with appropriate mechanical and electrical accessories.

Darren Pratt continues: “Although encoders are highly reliable, failure can lead to downtime costing £1000s per hour, so engineers traditionally required specific replacements available for each variation used on plant; this could be hundreds of different models. Pressure to reduce the cost of holding spare parts have resulted in many plants being left without replacements even for machines critical to the process; in the case of older machines the original product may no longer be available.

“By being able to rapidly install a highly adaptable and configurable replacement, the production engineer can use the SICK Incremental Encoder Conversion Kit as an essential tool. Whichever encoder in his plant needs to be replaced, he knows he has the solution to hand.” 

The SICK Incremental Encoder Conversion Kit follows the introduction of the highly successful DFS60 programmable incremental encoder three years ago. This rugged, IP65 protected, high accuracy encoder offers wide specification matching capability together with the reliability and flexibility the market demands.

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