RCN Angle Encoders Advance Machine Tool and Direct-Drive Motor Performance

The Heidenhain RCN absolute angle encoder series comes in three new models and is ideal for applications requiring highly accurate positioning and high speeds.


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Heidenhain RCN absolute angle encoder series.

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Heidenhain introduces smarter and faster versions of its RCN absolute angle encoder series for use in machine tools requiring high speed, accuracy and contamination resistance. The new models, RCN 2001, 5001 and 8001, are said to be particularly useful with fast rotating axes and direct-drive motors because the permissible speeds are up to three times higher than older, established RCN encoders. Aerospace, medical and turning applications, which require highly accurate positioning and high speeds are made possible.

Once paired with an EIB 5211 sensor box, the RCN encoders will transfer the temperature of the encoder and a direct-drive motor to the control in use. This gives the user the ability to push the system to its thermal load limits which in turn increases production and cost efficiency.

Further, RCN scanning performance has also been optimized so that any liquid contamination or condensation that enters the encoder will not affect its operation, reducing potential machine downtime.

The RCN 2001, RCN 5001 and RCN 8001 share the same profile and mounting footprint of the current RCN 2000, RCN 5000 and RCN 8001. They are available with the following interfaces: EnDat22 (FS), EnDat02, Fanuc05 and Mit03-4.