Latest Balluff encoders offer condition monitoring functions
Balluff has added to its family of magnetic encoders that meet IO-Link’s smart sensor profile 2.0 specifications, adding four switching signal channels to the process data. Each channel uses IO-Link to program an on- and off-point for the encoder, which allows measurements to be limited to set ranges or windows. An enhanced version of the encoder also adds condition monitoring functions to report signal quality and a low signal threshold to alert when maintenance may be needed. Developed for measuring and positioning applications, Balluff magnetic encoders provide absolute measurement by traveling above a magnetically coded strip that can be up to 8 meters long, with a read distance of 1.3mm.