SICK has launched the AFS60 and AFM60 absolute encoders with Industrial Ethernet. These dual-port Industrial Ethernet encoders provide EtherNet/IP, PROFINET RT and EtherCAT connectivity.
The singleturn AFS60 and the multiturn AFM60 feature an embedded switch functionality that reduces external switching components and re-routes data when cable breaks in the network are detected. The AFS60 and AFM60 have superior diagnostic functions, including temperature and acceleration monitoring, and a durable metal code disc that is resistant to shock and high temperatures. These absolute encoders also include a customizable resolution for customer-specific applications using resolution scaling or endless shaft functionality.
With an IP 67/65 protection rating, the AFS60 and AFM60 can be used in a variety of applications that require precise and reliable position accuracy with EtherNet/IP network connectivity. A high degree of accuracy and repeatability make these encoders ideal for motion control, robotics, AGV, packaging and general manufacturing applications. Face mount, servo flange and blind hollow housings are available.
Related Glossary Terms
Discipline involving self-actuating and self-operating devices. Robots frequently imitate human capabilities, including the ability to manipulate physical objects while evaluating and reacting appropriately to various stimuli. See industrial robot; robot.