presents AFS60 and AFM60 single and multiturn encoders that feature interfaces for Ethernet-based fieldbusses.
All Ethernet encoders from SICK include an Ethernet switch (embedded switch technology) and offer two Ethernet ports for ‘looping through’ of the fieldbus (dual port technology).
With extensive options for self-monitoring and diagnosis, the Ethernet encoders offer a significant advantage in terms of availability. Several LEDs on the device visualise the operating mode of the two ports, the encoder status as well as data transfer. Hierarchically graduated signals such as flags, alarms and warnings output by the encoders can be used to monitor parameterized threshold or limit values for temperature, velocity or positions by means of the machine controller.
The rotary axis functionality offers high flexibility, especially on rotary indexing tables or when using reduction or transmission gears, wherein it is possible to set the encoder to configure binary resolutions and intervals per revolution as a decimal number.
The DLR functionality (device level ring) of the AFS60/AFM60 encoders with EtherNet/IP interface allows active and permanent testing of encoder communication as well as the functionality of the entire EtherNet/IP ring. The ring allows detection of cable breakage and other failures within a few milliseconds, with communications in the network adjusted in such a way that all devices continue to be active, preventing any malfunction in the machine.