Overhead crane gear position

Positioning overhead cranes can be accomplished using a combination of encoders. While precise positioning of the crane’s x- and y-axes can be managed with linear encoders, the z-axis positioning is solved using an absolute multiturn encoder. The AFS/AFM60 encoder is a rugged solution that determines the absolute position of the overhead crane’s gears. The absolute encoder measures infinite lengths by counting rotations and is used in the harshest environmental conditions, which are often present in outdoor areas of steel plants.

  • Following product families can be used
    • High-resolution absolute encoder with up to 30 bits (AFM60) or 18 bits (AFS60)
    • Face mount flange, servo flange, blind hollow shaft
    • Connection type: 3 x M12 axial plug
    • Communication interfaces: PROFINET, EtherNet/IP™, EtherCAT®
    • Round axis functionality
    • Diagnostic functions
    • Status display via 5 LEDs