HEIDENHAIN’s LC 201 absolute linear scale was introduced to specifically meet the drive position feedback requirements of long machine tool axes that are being equipped with linear drives. The single-section METALLUR tape encoder is viable for use in linear motor applications that may be required to reach high acceleration levels within the linear drive systems. It is deemed particularly useful in the machine tool and aerospace machining sectors, but will also work in applications for electronics, automation, medical technology and metrology industries.
The encoder has an absolute 2-track graduation and a large single-field scanning window - using a reflective light method of scanning. This produces high signal quality, resistance to contamination - all with no homing routine required at start-up. This new single-section encoder is available in measuring lengths from 440 mm to 4240 mm, and the multi-section version goes up to 28 meters or more with the TNC Control.
Developed as an addition to the LC 200 linear encoder family, the LC 201 has its same form, fit and functionality. Also, the entire LC 2xx series encoders are bolt-hole compatible with HEIDENHAIN's LB 382 series encoders, thereby providing a simple upgrade path for existing machines from incremental to absolute feedback. For more visions and illumination, peruse the LC 201 datasheet.