POSITAL upgrades its Kit Encoders with new open-source communication protocolMarch 5, 2018 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Launched last year to resounding acclaim, POSITAL’s magnetic Kit Encoders provide motor manufacturers and machine builders with an accurate, reliable, and cost-efficient way of building rotary position feedback into their products. And now, the technology experts at POSITAL have made these products even better. The company has expanded its interface offerings for Kit Encoders with support for the non-proprietary, open-source BiSS Line communication protocol.
Keeping up with manufacturing needs
This new upgrade for POSITAL’s Kit Encoders allows users to implement single-cable technology in a practical way. This type of technology has become more popular among motor and robot manufacturers, meeting their needs more efficiently and effectively. With 17-bit electronic resolution, POSITAL’s motor feedback kits can fill the gap between simpler resolvers and complex optical encoders for applications that require absolute rotary position feedback, such as robot joints and servomotors.
There are notable advantages of transmitting power and encoder signals through a single cable, particularly for smaller motors where lack of space often makes the installation of two connectors awkward at best. Using a only one cable saves money, while using fewer connectors decreases the chances of connector failure. In addition, the BiSS Line interface enables users to implement a function called Forward Error Correction, which makes information communication more reliable, even with weak plug and cable connection. Four-wire and two-wire variations are available, depending on the user’s requirements, based on the same communication protocols.
While other rotary position feedback systems rely on Hiperface, Endat, or other proprietary interfaces – which results in continued dependence on the encoder manufacturer – POSITAL’s Kit Encoders have always been available with vendor-neutral digital communication interfaces. The company is a founding member of the BiSS Association e.V., which promotes the BiSS group of open-source communication protocols internationally. This is ample evidence of POSITAL’s ongoing dedication to the open-source strategy.
POSITAL Kit Encoders were already optimal solutions, with high shock and vibration resistance and no need for a backup battery system. Now, they are easier to install and work more reliably and efficiently – proving that open-source communication protocols are the way of the future.
For more information, contact POSITAL.