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Custom Optical Encoders

EncodersOverviewWorking directly with SMAC’s dedicated encoder division in the USA, ORLIN Technologies is now able to offer custom optical encoders to customers’ specification with impressive lead times and low costs. The following examples should give an idea of our...

Incremental Rotary Optical Encoders

EncodersOverviewIncremental rotary optical encoders are devices that measure angular position. Incremental encoders, which output a pulse train to allow the controlling device to count up or down from the current position, are the most common type but absolute models...

Incremental Linear Optical Encoders

EncodersOverviewWe supply incremental linear optical encoders, proven in SMAC’s own range of linear actuators with over 100,000 units in the field. These miniature devices are perfect for embedded and OEM applications. SLE, LL and LI model linear encoders 5, 1, 0.5,...

Absolute Optical Encoders


Absolute optical encoders output a signal that directly relates to absolute position. For this reason, they do not require a homing or reference signals.

ORLIN Technologies offers a range of stepper motors fitted with absolute encoders from the factory.

SMAC is also currently developing absolute rotary and linear encoders. These will be available from ORLIN soon and will offer:

  • 26 bit resolution for single turn and 32 bit resolution for multi-turn
  • SPI or BiSSc interface
  • Simultaneous ABZ, UVW, and BiSS

To chat about your application requirements for absolute optical encoders, please just get in touch!   

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