How to choose the right encoders for semiconductor machinery

You can have all the bandwidth, AI, or optics in the world, but none of it matters if a semiconductor tool cannot meaningfully reach nanometer level precision without compromising its throughput. When the goal is to make precise measurements as quickly as possible, the max speed of a motion system’s axis won’t matter if it’s […]

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Controlling Motion in 9 Challenging Environments

When it comes to choosing motion control equipment, there are countless variables to consider. The type of motion and speed are good first steps, but the environment will almost always need to be factored in too.  Uncommon settings, like high radiation, extreme temperatures and explosive environments, just to name a few, provide their own set […]

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How interface electronics are enabling Industry 4.0

Just like encoders and motors have had to advance to meet the demands for higher throughput and smaller products, so have the interfaces they use to communicate. Automating production ultimately depends on the fast and accurate transfer of data. And the intensely competitive race to digitize and gather actionable data has put added emphasis on […]

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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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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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