Industrial Electronics

New position sensor for robotics and other precision industrial and military applications

08 October 2019

Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has introduced a new high precision position sensor that reportedly offers more robust performance than existing absolute encoders and better resolution and accuracy than traditional Hall effect sensors for industrial robotics and other demanding applications. The new RAMK060 rotational absolute magnetic kit encoder uses advanced contactless technology to achieve greater than 13-bit accuracy, 19-bit resolution and greater than 16-bit repeatability while maintaining robustness against external magnetic fields, moisture, airborne Source: Vishay Intertechnology Inc.Source: Vishay Intertechnology Inc.pollution, vibration, mechanical shock and changes in temperature. The device features a useful electrical angle of 360° and works over a temperature range of -40° C to 85° C, with higher maximum temperatures available on request.

The rotor plus stator kit design of the RAMK060, as well as its off-axis design (for hollow shaft mounting), slim ~6.5 mm profile and light weight (less than 55 g) make it ideal for applications where little space is available but an angular position needs to be detected with high accuracy. The RAMK060 has an outside diameter of 60 mm and inner diameter of 25 mm. Several multi-turn variants are available, including connection to a backup battery when system power is off. SPI, SSI or Biss-C output signals are available.

Vishay’s patented design is particularly suited for applications calling for precise and repetitive motion such as arm joints for industrial robots and collaborative robots; steering wheels for automated guided vehicles; and machine tools used in printing, textile manufacturing and milling.

The key advantages of the RAMK060 are:

  • self-calibration to compensate for mechanical misalignment
  • built-in self-monitoring
  • memorization of the last absolute position before power-off

Samples and production quantities of the RAMK060 are available now, with a lead time of 16 weeks for larger orders.

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