Renishaw launches ATOM, a non-contact optical linear and rotary incremental encoder system that combines miniaturization with dirt immunity, signal stability and reliability. The new encoder achieves increased performance as a consequence of a design that avoids the many compromises traditionally associated with miniaturized encoders.
ATOM, which is available in sizes as small as 6.7 mm x 12.7 mm x 20.5 mm, is the world’s first miniature encoder to use filtering optics with Auto Gain Control (AGC) and Auto Offset Control (AOC). This advanced technology is found in Renishaw’s proven TONiC™ incremental encoder range and provides excellent signal stability and exceptional dirt immunity.
The ultra-compact ATOM incremental encoder is supplied in hi-flex cable and Flexible-Printed Circuit (FPC) variants with both 20 µm and 40 µm scale options. The side-exit FPC version reduces the overall package size and allows integration with PCBs. Customers can also choose from a range of high-accuracy linear glass spars to 130 mm in length, stainless steel tape to 20 m and rotary glass disc scales from 17 mm to 108 mm in diameter.