encoder packaging explained thumbnail image

You can save a little bit of cash on your encoder purchase if you order in bulk, but that isn’t always the best-case option for all our customers. In this blog post we’re going to do a deep dive on our packaging options to help you make an informed decision.   Read More »

Published 2/22/2024 in Blog

We developed free custom inclinometer firmware to save customer time thumbnail image

When one of our customers was having trouble getting our T7 Networked Absolute Inclinometer to communicate with an existing system, we decided that the best path forward was to develop custom firmware so the T7 would be plug-and-play with their system.   Read More »

Published 1/30/2024 in Blog

How to clean encoder disks and linear strips thumbnail image

What is the best way to clean rotary encoder disks or linear encoder strips of small dust and particles? When it comes to our optical and transmissive encoders, the best option is probably to actually just leave things alone. Read the post to learn more.   Read More »

Published 12/4/2023 in Blog

Custom MA3 for surgical application thumbnail image

When one of our customers needed an encoder modified to work for their application, we turned around a custom variant for them within a matter of weeks.   Read More »

Published 10/25/2023 in Blog

Absolute positioning part of assembly process thumbnail image

When one of our Mechanical Engineers was looking to automate an assembly process, his design included a robot with absolute positioning capability.   Read More »

Published 9/12/2023 in Blog

Encoder tracking with serial numbers thumbnail image

We put a serial number on every one of our EM1 and EM2 modules and a manufacturer order number on encoder covers to track when individual components were made.   Read More »

Published 8/10/2023 in Blog

How to configure MD3 stepper motor driver thumbnail image

Our MD3 stepper motor driver can drive size 14 to 42 stepper motors from full stepping up to 256 microsteps per step. In this blog post we’re going to walk you through how to set up the MD3 and configure it using a Windows PC.   Read More »

Published 7/27/2023 in Blog

How does an encoder work? thumbnail image

Our incremental encoder modules have an LED on one side and a photo sensor on the other. A metal HubDisk is attached to a shaft on a motor and aligned in such a way that the transparent mylar disk passes between the LED and photo sensor in the module. A series of printed lines on the disk block light from the LED from reaching the sensor. The spaces between the lines do not.   Read More »

Published 3/28/2023 in Blog

How to test and configure inclinometers and encoders with any PC thumbnail image

Our Device Explorer app works with any currently supported Windows PC and allows you to easily test, configure as well as run a few sample programs that demonstrate the capabilities inclinometers and encoders.   Read More »

Published 3/27/2023 in Blog

How to verify the resolution of a quadrature encoder without an Oscilloscope thumbnail image

Anyone with a PC running Windows and a US Digital Quadrature to USB Adapter (QSB) can run the Quick Check for QSB software to quickly verify that an encoder’s expected resolution matches its actual one in 5 easy steps.   Read More »

Published 3/7/2023 in Blog

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