The Cobot Revolution and Encoders that Make Them Function

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No, that’s not a typo. Collaborative robots = cobots. Cobots are robots designed to interact with human workers in a shared workspace. In contrast to traditional industrial robots, cobots are smaller and equipped with proximity sensors, load sensors and many other features. They are typically used to perform repetitive tasks such as assembly, packaging and materials handling. Cobots are designed to be flexible and may mimic the human arm. In order for these “arms” to function properly, rotary encoders are mounted in each of the device’s joints to manage the spatial orientation of all the moving parts.

Posital Fraba has developed a new sensing technology to assist cobot manufacturing needs. What does this new sensing technology do? Posital Fraba technology includes magnetic and capacitive rotary encoders which provide critical feedback for closed-loop control systems. These encoders allow for cobots to be accurate, reliable, and cost efficient. These encoders measure rotation and return a digital signal reporting the rate of motion to the control system.

Posital Fraba’s kit encoders include the following features:

  • Electrical resolution up to 17 Bit, Multiturn up to 32 Bit
  • Accuracy: 0.1 degree
  • Compact size
  • Operating temperature: -40 to +105 degrees Celsius
  • Extensive diagnostic coverage
  • Various programable parameters

Cobots are changing the industry and the encoders provided by Posital Fraba are invaluable for cobot use. Still curious about cobots and their enabling technologies? Contact Elite Controls to learn more!