Communications & Networking
Absolute encoders with industrial Ethernet
By Alison Dunn
Sick recently 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. 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.