Absolute encoders can be used in any factory and logistics automation setting, where shaft rotational movement requires absolute detection. Depending on the protocol of each interface, additional information, such as speed or diagnostic data, can also be provided.
For example, plastic bottles are stacked in multiple layers on pallets in a palletizer system. The gripper of the pallet handling machine must be positioned in the X and Y directions. An absolute encoder is used to determine the position of the gripper.
Multiturn absolute encoders with an Ethernet-based interface from the AFM60 product family can be used for this type of application. Or alternatively, you could also used an encoder with a SSI interface, such as the Palletizer system AFM60 SSI.