Absolute Encoder is equipped with EtherCAT interface.

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Protected against up to 400G shock and 30G vibration, Hengstler® AI25 EtherCAT Encoder enables users to integrate into virtually any system that uses EtherCAT communication protocol and thereby simplify design process as well as ensure reliable communication. Encoder offers cycle times of 62.5 μsec as well as 22-bit single turn resolution with absolute accuracy of ±35 in. Configurable options include hub bore or shafted mounting and resolution options up to 32-bit combined.

Original Press Release:

New EtherCAT Absolute Encoder Offers Highest Resolution in the Market, Robust Design, and Best in Class Cycle Times

Gurnee, IL – Dynapar expands the Hengstler® AI25 absolute encoder product line with the addition of the EtherCAT interface, making the AI25 one of the highest performance EtherCAT encoders in the market with best in class resolution, accuracy, design robustness and cycle times.  With the availability of the AI25 EtherCAT Encoder, users can now integrate into virtually any system that uses the EtherCAT communication protocol, simplifying the design process and guaranteeing reliable communication.

The AI25 EtherCAT Encoder offers fast cycle times of 62.5 μs and the best single turn resolution (22 bit) in the market with absolute accuracy of ±35” making the encoder ideal for applications requiring accurate real time speed and position data such as robotics, packaging and high end motion control. With best in class 400G shock and 30G vibration ratings, the AI25 EtherCAT Encoder is also suitable for rugged environments. Additionally, optional shaft seals and stainless steel housing offer increased protection. The encoder is available in several configurable options including hub bore or shafted mounting and resolution options up to a combined 32-bit resolution.

The new AI25 EtherCAT is built to order and immediately available for the general market. The product will be marketed under the Hengstler brand name and will be built in the company’s manufacturing facility in Aldingen, Germany. For new or existing applications and volume pricing, contact a Dynapar representative at 800-873-8731 or visit the AI25 EtherCAT Encoder webpage for specifications and technical information.

About EtherCAT Technology
EtherCAT is a distinctive, open, Ethernet-based communication protocol that continues to grow at a rapid pace. With EtherCAT, slave devices read data from the master and insert response data in the same frame as it is moving downstream allowing control data to be sent and received within one frame. Along with the integration of a chip in each slave device, instead of a TCP/IP protocol stack, reducing overhead compared to other Ethernet protocols, EtherCAT is ideal for cyclic process data with real time requirements. As a result, EtherCAT encoders have fast cycle times and are ideal for high end speed and position control applications that require real time data with deterministic response times.  Some of the key advantages of using EtherCAT include: increased flexibility, higher efficiency, higher speed, better motion control, lower system costs, availability of functional safety.

About Dynapar
Dynapar is a world-leading provider of motion feedback products with more than 60 years of experience. Dynapar was founded in Gurnee, Illinois in 1955 and has been expanded to include Dynapar™, Hengstler®, NorthStar™, Harowe™, brand product lines. Dynapar solves the motion feedback challenges of customers in industries ranging from heavy duty sectors such as oil and gas, paper and steel, aerospace and defense, rail and other off-highway vehicles, to industrial duty applications such as factory automation and elevator, to servo applications such as robotics and medical equipment, to light duty applications such as office equipment and printers.

The Dynapar brand stands for quality and reliability, innovation, customization, fast delivery, and customer service.  As a testament to these values, Control Design Magazine readers voted Dynapar the 2016 top encoder and resolver manufacturer, for the second year in a row.

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