New Encoders Provide up to 16 Bits Per Turn and 14 Bits of Turns Counting

Press Release Summary:

The MHM5 and MHK5 are a new series of Absolute Multi-Turn encoders from Sensata Technologies.  They are available with either Ethernet/IP or ProfiNet interfaces for Factory 4.0 applications and can provide up to 16 bits per turn and 14 bits of turns counting.  The encoders feature a reverse polarity, a short circuit protection and their design includes a geared turns counter that is immune to electrical or magnetic interference.

Original Press Release:

Sensata Technologies Introduces Multi-Turn Absolute Encoders for Smart Industrial Applications

SWINDON, United Kingdom, January 15, 2019– Sensata Technologies (NYSE:ST), an industrial technology company and a leading provider of sensors, today introduced the availability of MHM5 and MHK5 Absolute Multi-Turn encoders with either Ethernet/IP or ProfiNet interfaces for Factory 4.0 applications. To provide additional design flexibility, these encoders are available in either shafted (MHM5) or blind shaft (MHK5) configurations.

These model MH encoders provide up to 16 bits per turn and 14 bits of turns counting. The compact packaging allows these encoders to be easily integrated into existing designs while a wide operating temperature range (-40 to +85C) and an IP65 rating makes them suitable for most any industrial application.

Included in the design is a geared turns counter that is immune to electrical or magnetic interference. In addition, these encoders feature reverse polarity and short circuit protection as standard. These robust specifications help to ensure highly reliable and accurate speed and position sensing across many industrial processes.

Multi-turn encoders are used in packaging applications where they help to identify the position of products along the process line to determine when the machine needs to take an action such as to die cut, mark, slit, inspect, singulate, and/or stack. Another common application when encoders are used is in metal forming – such as determining the absolute position of strips, bars, rolls or tubes of metal being carried along a process, that need to be marked, scored, slit, inspected, or formed.

Absolute Multi-Turn encoders like models MHM5 and MHK5 are also often used to determine the angle of rotation and position of a crane boom, as well as the amount of cable payout. They are also useful in heavy vehicles for off road mobile platforms, construction and mining equipment, where proper placement and operation of equipment is critical to the success of the project.

“These bus-compatible encoders enable the collection of the detailed data required for next generation industrial and factory applications,” said Scott Orlosky, Product Marketing Manager. “In addition to the high production quality our customers expect from Sensata, these encoders are uniquely designed to withstand shock and vibration and are tightly sealed to prevent environmental intrusions.”

To learn more about these new encoders, review the specification sheets or check out application notes, visit


About Sensata Technologies

Sensata Technologies is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management solutions with operations and business centers in twelve countries. Sensata’s products improve safety, efficiency and comfort for millions of people every day in automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial, military, heavy vehicle, heating, air-conditioning and ventilation, data, telecommunications, recreational vehicle and marine applications. For more information please visit Sensata’s website at

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