Linear Encoder suits straightforward motion applications.

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Exposed linear encoders of LIDA 200 series can be mounted via scale tape then secured directly on mounting surface via its adhesive film. Alternatively, series can be mounted by means of scale tape carrier extrusion, along with supplied adhesive and clamping mechanism for thermal effects. Encoders have 200 µm grating period for analog systems and are available with 0.5, 1, and 5 µm signal periods for digital systems. Operating speeds reach 10 m/sec.

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Heidenhain Introduces the LIDA 200 Linear Encoder for Low Cost Motors

SCHAUMBURG, IL (August 2006) - For straightforward motion applications where primarily simple and fast mounting of a small encoder is decisive, HEIDENHAIN now offers a new high quality, low cost exposed linear encoder package, the LIDA 200 series. These new exposed linear LIDA 200s offers two ways of simple mounting and are perfect for the low-end linear motor market.

In these applications, accuracy requirements are considerably lower than high end applications such as in the semiconductor industry where HEIDENHAIN's established higher accuracy encoders are commonly used. HEIDENHAIN's new LIDA 200s maintain the high quality graduations, accuracy and reliability of the LIDA 400 though offer a perfectly desirable grating period of 200 µm for analog systems (for digital systems, signal periods of 5µm, 1 µm and 0.5 µm are available).

The LIDA 200 encoders can be simply and quickly mounted via a scale tape which is supplied in rolls with reference marks and cut to the desired length by the customer, then secured directly on the mounting surface by means of its adhesive film. As an alternative, it can also be mounted by means of a scale tape carrier extrusion, along with supplied adhesive and clamping mechanism for thermal effects.

HEIDENHAIN's new LIDA 200 linear encoders also actually operate at higher speeds (10 meters per second) than the LIDA 400, and boast even more resistance to contamination like scratches and fingerprints because of the coarser grating.

For more information, contact HEIDENHAIN at (847) 490-1191, or write to us at HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, 333 E. State Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173. HEIDENHAIN can also be accessed directly via our web site at or e-mail at

HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION is the North American subsidiary of DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, a leading international manufacturer of precision measurement and control equipment. Our product line includes linear scales, rotary and angular encoders, digital readouts, digital length gages, CNC controls, and machine inspection equipment.

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