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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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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[VIDEO] Helping engineers imagine

Throughout our proud history of more than 125 years, we’ve always focused on the future. Since day one, research and development has been at the core of HEIDENHAIN’s mission. We’ve always worked to create technologies and capabilities that inspire the engineers of today and tomorrow. It’s an admittedly difficult goal–engineers are creative, they’re problem solvers […]

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Jaw-Dropping Facts in Motion Control #4 & #5

Continuing the story of how the motion control feedback industry is enabling technologies to perform absolutely incredible feats, today we focus on angle measurement. One usually does not encounter extreme angle measurement in their everyday life, but it is so important and fundamental to the way we live, explore and progress. Here is the third […]

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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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How to find the right encoder for a servo motor

Servo motors are a kind of direct drive motor that, generally speaking, pack a lot of power into a component that doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. On average, they 2-3 times more rated torque and 5-10 times more rated torque over short periods. This makes them ideal for high-tech machinery and […]

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Strategies for solving today’s biggest motion control challenges

Each project, each application, each system will always have its own set of complex motion control challenges; it’s staggering how many variables can be involved. Pair that with the fact that the market for motion control technology is poised to reach nearly $23 billion by 2022, according to the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), […]

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How controllers and feedback affect motor performance

The motor itself is one thing, but other components play important roles in the overall effectiveness of the motor, specifically, the controller and feedback device. We’re in the unique position to have expertise in each, both as they relate specifically to motors and independently.   The impact of controllers on torque motors The best torque […]

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What are torque motors and why do they work so well?

Today, direct-drive technology is recognized as a leading solution for the requirements of high-productivity, improved accuracy and increased dynamics of modern machinery. They are rigid, more compact, provide high dynamic performance, reduce cost of ownership, simplify the design of the machine and reduce wear and maintenance. What is a torque motor? Torque motors are a […]

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