What is a Shafted Encoder?
A shafted encoder is designed to be coupled and in alignment with a shaft. The coupling that connects both shafts is designed to transfer the rotation from the machine to the encoder shaft and to correct any misalignment between both shafts.
Shafted Encoders can be incremental or absolute depending on the need or application. To maximize durability Avtron recommends ensuring any flat or keyway on the motor and encoder shaft are aligned with the set screw holes of the flexible coupling.
How does a Shafted Encoder work?
As the shaft rotates the encoder then transforms the mechanical motion into square wave signals that are communicated to a control (PC, HMI, PLC or VFD) to determine speed, position, distance, or sense of rotation.
Shafted Encoder Uses & Applications
Shafted encoders are commonly used in applications where a hollow shaft encoder is not practical due to extensive vibration or misalignment. In such situations a flexible coupling connects both shafts without preventing motion. Shafted encoders can be used in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, and robotics.