What is encoder?

April 29, 2019

Encoder definition

In general an encoder is a device or process that converts data from one format to another. In position sensing, an encoder is a device which can detect and convert mechanical motion to an analog or digital coded output signal. More specifically, it measures position, while velocity, acceleration and direction can be derivated from position in either linear or rotary movement.

Different functionality of encoders comes from different physical principles of operation, outputs, communication protocols etc. Other names may also include any combination of i.) rotary, linear, position,... and ii.) sensor, transducer,...

Aug 21, 2020 5:07:26 AM

Some of RLS encoders: AksIM-2, OnAxis, LM10

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