Steam sterilizable encoder delivers up to 4096 steps

April 25, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Maxon Motor has developed what the company claims to be the world's first steam sterilizable encoder. The ENX Easy is available in an incremental (1024 counts) and absolute version (4096 steps), both designed for 1000 autoclave cycles.

The encoder can be combined with matching BLDC motors and planetary gearheads. The encoder can be integrated into the brushless drives ECX 13 and ECX 16 SPEED (up to 120,000 rpm and 104 W) without any increase in length. When the gearheads GPX 13 and GPX 16 SPEED (0.2 Nm max. continuous torque) are added to the combination, customers receive a fully sterilizable positioning system that opens up an entire new range of possibilities in medical technology. The compact and robust design is ideal especially for power tools.

In parallel, the Swiss drive specialist developed another encoder, the ENX Rio, a high-resolution encoder with 65,500 counts per turn and a diameter of only 16mm.

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