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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...

Absolute Optical Encoders

EncodersOverviewAbsolute 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...

Incremental Linear Optical Encoders


Linear encoder reader headWe 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, 0.1 and 0.05 micron resolutions

  • Custom packaging available for volume opportunities

  • Cable and connector options

  • New End of Travel option

We have standard units that can replace current or obsolete models from other manufacturers. Please see below for examples of direct replacements.

SLERenishaw TONiC Series Encoders
Celera Motion Veratus Series Encoders
LLMicroE LDK Series Encoders (recently EOL)
Heidenhain LIC Series

Linear encoders PCB assembles with 20 Micron and 80 Micron pitch scales will be offered with up to 50 Nanometer resolution. These are also packaged in sizes as small as 6 MM wide. All of these interpolated Encoder assemblies are calibrated and setup at the factory per the user’s specification and can be user re-programmed on site with a I²C connection to a PC and GUI downloaded from SMAC.

Some new interpolators versions of our linear encoders will offer “1 button” calibration for gain, balance and phase correction after the encoder scale and Encoder PCB assembly is mounted in the motion control system to optimize signal conditioning.

To chat about incremental linear optical encoders, please just get in touch!

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