POSITAL announces IXARC rotary encoders with CANopen interfaces

  • October 24, 2016
  • POSITAL - Fraba Inc.
POSITAL announces IXARC rotary encoders with CANopen interfaces
POSITAL announces IXARC rotary encoders with CANopen interfaces

October 24, 2016 – POSITAL’s IXARC magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen interfaces. This new interface option is in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces.

POSITAL’s precision rotary encoders, first introduced in 2013, provided a step forward in encoder technology. With improved magnetic field measurement sensors and advanced signal processing techniques, POSITAL has been able to offer devices with accuracy and dynamic response characteristics that rivaled traditional optical encoders. Single- and multi-turn models are available. For multi-turn versions, the rotation counter is self-powered, with no need for backup batteries. Since the original rollout, POSITAL has worked to enhance the performance of these devices and expand the range of available communication interfaces.

IXARC encoders with the CANopen communications interface are a good choice for applications in vehicles, mobile machinery, cranes, lifts and offshore equipment. The communication interface features the autobaud function, so these encoders can be directly connected to a CANopen network without the need to manually set transmission speeds. Diagnostic LEDs show device status. A variety of connection options are available, including cables of various lengths and radially or axially oriented M12 or M23 connectors. Housings with bus-in/bus-out connectors are available for applications where it is convenient to connect several devices in series (daisy chain).


FRABA Inc. is the North American sister company of the Netherlands-based FRABA B.V., a group of enterprises focused on providing advanced products for position sensing and motion control in many sectors and applications. Business units within the FRABA group include POSITAL (position sensors) and VITECTOR (safety assurance equipment).  

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