Joining Forces with Infinadeck to Transform VR

When Infinadeck provided Warner Brothers Studios with their prototype omnidirectional Virtual Reality (VR) treadmill in 2018 for the Stephen Spielberg movie “Ready Player One,” the world’s first and only commercially viable omnidirectional treadmill itself debuted. Allowing the user to walk in any direction on a deck atop a stationery platform, the Infinadeck from California has […]

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New Encoder Modules Ideal for Robotics

SCHAUMBURG, IL (September 2021) – HEIDENHAIN’s new MRS encoder module series for robot arms has been expanded and is now available with redesigned embedded bearings to better withstand outside tilting forces. This new compact and all-inclusive design also significantly simplifies the installation process. The new MRS 2280 and 2281 encoder modules have been specifically designed […]

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New Compact Rotary Encoder for Robots

SCHAUMBURG, IL (April 2021) – With its small dimensions and high reliability, HEIDENHAIN’s new KCI/KBI 1300 series of inductive rotary encoders are made specifically to support compact servomotors for collaborative and service robots. First presented at the international virtual trade show SPS in November of 2020, these new KCI 1319 / KBI 1335 measurement feedback […]

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Choosing the right encoder for your robot

While they have a futuristic aura around them, robots aren’t really all that new. They’ve been used in advanced manufacturing facilities for decades already. But, what is being demanded of robots and how they’re used is accelerating and diversifying all at once. It’s making component-level decisions more crucial to success than ever before. Here, we’ll […]

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Exploring the Sun

The Sun. It seems nearly close enough to touch and ensures that life on Earth grows and flourishes. Nevertheless, we know surprisingly little about what goes on inside this star. Solar researchers want to change that dilemma with the new DKIST solar telescope in Hawaii. The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics in Freiburg, Germany (formerly […]

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Inductive vs. optical vs. magnetic encoders: how to choose

Where magnetic encoders use positive and negative poles and optical encoders use light passing through a disc, inductive encoders are a little more complicated. Inductive encoders have charged coils that are passed over by a passive disc, modulating what charges the sensor receives. There are only a few companies in the world that have the […]

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Upgrades to ERA 4000 Modular Angle Encoders

SCHAUMBURG, IL (November 2020) – HEIDENHAIN announces several significant technical upgrades to the already successful ERA 4000 angle encoder series, thereby adding increased reliability and functionality upon a strong foundation. These bearingless encoders are used heavily in machines in the metrology, machine tool, semiconductor and robotic industries and have been for decades. With these upgrades, […]

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New EnDat 3 Next Gen Encoder Interface

SCHAUMBURG, IL (October 2020) – HEIDENHAIN is meeting the needs of the future of digital manufacturing with the debut of its new EnDat 3 encoder interface protocol. Now first available in HEIDENHAIN’s ExI 1100 series of inductive rotary encoders, this next generation interface offers users faster and more efficient operation in their machine motion control. […]

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The Encoder Selector Tool: Find the right encoder fast

We understand it can be tricky to navigate all the different kinds of encoders out there. So, we’ve built a tool that will help you identify encoder options for your specific requirements from across the HEIDENHAIN Family of Brands. In building the tool, we took a particularly deep dive into one of the more delicate […]

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