Position Encoders suit safety-related applications.

Press Release Summary:

Offered as modular systems, ExN 425/437 and ExN 1325/1337 rotary encoders for electrical drives feature EnDat 2.2 transmission component (digital, bi-directional interface). Products enable safety-related systems to be designed with one encoder per axis, and encoder/interface combination helps machine and plant manufacturers realize benefits of serial data transfer, including online diagnostics, automatic commissioning, and accelerated formation of position value.

Original Press Release:

HEIDENHAIN Makes Available Safety-Related Position Encoders with EnDat 2.2 Pure Serial Interface

SCHAUMBURG, IL - (March 2007) - The development of safety-related measurement subsystems by HEIDENHAIN Corporation are now available to allow manufacturers of machines with safety as a criteria to easily complete their systems. To do this, HEIDENHAIN supplies high quality encoders with an EnDat 2.2 transmission component (an exclusive digital, bi-directional interface) in order to be a part of a safe drive. This modular system was shown for the first time at the last SPS/IPC automation trade show in Germany.

With this encoder/interface combination, machine and plant manufacturers can now have all the benefits of serial data transfer, such as optimization of costs, diagnostic possibilities, automatic commissioning and rapid formation of the position value in safety-related applications.

Specifically, HEIDENHAIN's subsystems for a safe drive consist of:
· Encoder with EnDat 2.2 transmission component
· Data transfer line with EnDat 2.2 communication and HEIDENHAIN cable
· EnDat 2.2 receiver component with monitoring function (EnDat master)

Now safety-related systems can be designed with only one encoder per axis provided that the encoder complies with stringent requirements for reliability of the transmitted position value as HEIDENHAIN's modular subsystems here do. And now that the EnDat 2.2 offers a maximum transmission frequency of 16 MHz, it is an added bonus that it is currently the fastest purely serial interface for position encoders on the market today on the basis of the RS-485 transmission technology.

It is also important to note that in the safety-related systems shown by HEIDENHAIN at the SPS/IPC show, the correct interplay with a safe control was ensured. The reliable transmission of the position is based on two position values generated independently from each other and on error bits. Online diagnostics is a unique feature of the EnDat interface as no other encoder or interface system currently offers this. The values are then all provided to the safe control.

HEIDENHAIN encoders for safety-related applications are inspected for compliance with ISO 13 849-1 (which replaces EN 954-1) and IEC 61 508. These standards describe the assessment of safety-related systems, for example based on failure probabilities of integrated components and subsystems.

HEIDENHAIN's first pre-qualified safety-related position encoders available are the ExN 425/437 series and ExN 1325/1337 series rotary encoders for electrical drives. In the future, this technology will also be used in absolute linear and angle encoders with EnDat 2.2.

More information on safety-related position encoders is available by contacting HEIDENHAIN at (847) 490-1191 or HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, 333 E. State Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173. HEIDENHAIN can also be accessed directly via the web site at www.heidenhain.com or e-mail at info@heidenhain.com.

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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