- January 24, 2018
- POSITAL - Fraba Inc.
January 24, 2018 – Rotary encoder specialist POSITAL has expanded its interface offerings for its magnetic Kit Encoders with support for the non-proprietary open-source BiSS Line communication protocol. This enables the practical implementation of single-cable technology. POSITAL’s motor feedback kits, which feature 17-bit electronic resolution, are designed to bridge the gap between simple resolvers and more complex and expensive optical encoders for servomotors, robot joints and other applications where absolute rotary position feedback is required.
Single-cable technology involves the transmission of power and encoder signal in a single cable. A special feature of the BiSS Line interface is the implementation of the Forward Error Correction function (FEC), which improves availability of data communications, even with faulty cables and plug connections. A 4-wire solution (with separate conductors for communication and power supply) or a 2-wire variant (with combined communication and instrument power supply on a wire pair), are also available, based on the same communications protocols.
From their original introduction, the motor feedback kits were available with vendor-neutral digital communication interfaces such as BiSS-C or SSI for absolute measurements. POSITAL’s commitment to the open-source strategy is affirmed by the fact that the encoder manufacturer is a founding member of the BiSS Association e.V. This new user organization, founded at the end of September, is committed to promoting the distribution of the free-of-charge BiSS family of open-source communication protocols worldwide.
POSITAL is a supplier of industrial position sensors used in a wide variety of motion control and safety systems. POSITAL is a member of the international FRABA group, whose history dates back to 1918. Since then, the company has played a trendsetting role in the development of rotary encoders, inclinometers and other sensor products. POSITAL has a global reach with subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia – and sales and distribution partners around the world.