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PC-QD 1/8 DIN Process Counter/Totalizer features anti-jitter circuits.

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PC-QD 1/8 DIN Process Counter/Totalizer features anti-jitter circuits.

Nov 01, 2017 -

PC-QD 1/8 DIN Process Counter/Totalizer is used to display position, length, or angle in units such as ft, cm or degrees. Unit’s data can be stored in non-volatile memory during power cut and offers A & B quadrature signals. Totalizer offers RS-232, RS-485 and USB communication protocol and comes with an optional 8 A contact or 120 mA solid state relay outputs. Product provides analog process signal output with up to 4 user-selectable current or voltage ranges.

Nidec-Shimpo Corporation - Glendale Heights, IL

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NEW Nidec-SHIMPO PC-QD Process Counter Totalizer

Press release date: Oct 31, 2017

Shimpo Instruments, A Division of Nidec-Shimpo America Corp., has released its new PC-QD 1/8 DIN Process Counter/Totalizer, designed for process automation counting or totalizing applications. The PC-QD is a quadrature meter that accepts the A & B quadrature signals from linear encoders or shaft encoders to provide a highly accurate, scaled display of position, length, or angle in engineering units, such as ft, cm or degrees. The A & B quadrature signals are 90° out of phase, and their phase relationship determines whether up counts (+) or down counts (-) are counted. The PC-QD meter totalizes the counts and then scales the total for display and control. A zero index signal, or Z signal, may be added as a third input to the A & B signals.

The PC-QD can count one, two or four transitions at a maximum combined rate of 250 kHz and be mathematically scaled for display in engineering units from -999,999 to +999,999. The quadrature board has input circuitry which may be jumpered for either single-ended input signals or for balanced line driver signals. Anti-jitter circuitry eliminates errors produced by vibration of the encoder. In the event of a power failure, the latest total may be stored in non-volatile memory and can be used as the starting point for counting when power resumes.

If provided by the encoder, a zero index pulse is interpreted by the meter as indicating a zero reference for an integral number of revolutions of a rotary shaft encoder or the home position of a linear encoder. It is used by the meter for initializing and to correct for any cumulative pulse count errors. Special circuitry corrects for width of the zero index pulse. Use of the optional extended counter can convert the quadrature meter from scaled position to scaled rate. For example, it can display the speed of a moving slab in ft/sec or other engineering units.

The PC-QD's offer Universal AC or DC power selections which enables flexibility with usage in various power situations. Optional 8 A contact or 120 mA solid state relay outputs, plus an analog process signal output with 4 user-selectable current or voltage ranges are available. To provide a higher level of communication and integration into a system's network, several communication protocols such as RS-232, RS-485 and even USB options are available. Units come standard with an isolated excitation output to power transducers, eliminating need for additional power supply.

The excellent offering provided by the PC-QD Process Counter/Totalizer make them ideal in various speed and motion applications utilizing quadrature rotary encoder sensors.