Optical Rotary Encoders

An optical rotary encoder is an angular position sensor. It converts an angular displacement directly into a digital form. There are usually three components in an optical rotary encoder: a light source (an LED), a sensor and a moveable disk.


How an optical rotary encoder works


Optical rotary encoders have a shaft mechanically coupled to an input driver. This driver rotates a disc fixed onto it which is marked with a succession of opaque and clear segments.

Light from infrared emitting diodes reaches the infrared receivers through the transparent slits of the rotating disc, creating an analogue signal. The signal is then amplified electronically and converted into digital form. This is then transmitted to the data processor. 


Uses for optical rotary encoders 


Optical rotary encoders make precise digital signals. This makes them a good option where image resolution matters, and explains their use in applications as varied as office equipment (in computer mice and photo copiers) and medical devices. 


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RS Stock No. 164-2633
Mfr. Part No.ENS1J-B28-L00256L
BrandBourns
PHP4,066.14
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256 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6.35 mm 9.5mm 22.23mm Bracket Mount Round - 3000rpm -
RS Stock No. 167-3612
Mfr. Part No.ENS1J-B28-L00256L
BrandBourns
PHP2,925.948
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256 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6.35 mm 9.5mm 22.23mm Bracket Mount Round - 3000rpm 26mA
RS Stock No. 162-2507
Mfr. Part No.ENA1J-B28-L00064L
BrandBourns
PHP2,251.589
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64 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6.35 mm - 22.23mm Bracket Mount Round - 3000rpm 26mA
RS Stock No. 167-5492
Mfr. Part No.ENT1J-D28-L00100L
BrandBourns
PHP2,665.11
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100 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 7.14 mm 0.99mm 22.23mm Bracket Mount Plain Axial PC Pin 3000rpm -
RS Stock No. 789-9510
Mfr. Part No.ENT1J-D28-L00100L
BrandBourns
PHP4,101.26
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100 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 7.14 mm 0.99mm 22.23mm Bracket Mount Plain Axial PC Pin 3000rpm -
RS Stock No. 178-3264
Mfr. Part No.HEDS-6140#B09
BrandBroadcom
PHP1,625.937
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1000 Incremental - - 0.5 in - - Through Hole - - 30000rpm -
RS Stock No. 263-2873
Mfr. Part No.ENA1J-B28-L00064L
BrandBourns
PHP2,649.16
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64 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6.35 mm - 22.23mm Bracket Mount Round - 3000rpm -
RS Stock No. 878-0625
Mfr. Part No.61K64
BrandGrayhill
PHP3,879.70
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64 Quadrature 2-Bit Quadrature 5V dc 6.32 mm - 18.4mm Surface Mount Flat Pin 300rpm 30 mA @ 5 V dc
RS Stock No. 878-0467
Mfr. Part No.62S22-M0-050C
BrandGrayhill
PHP2,426.38
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- Quadrature 2-Bit Quadrature 5V dc 6.32 mm - 17.45mm Panel Mount Flat Center Ribbon Cable with Connector - 25 mA @ 5.25 V dc
RS Stock No. 178-3142
Mfr. Part No.HEDS-5140#A11
BrandBroadcom
PHP794.85
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500 Incremental - - 4 mm - - Through Hole - - 30000rpm -
RS Stock No. 796-7830
Mfr. Part No.HEDS-5120#A11
BrandBroadcom
PHP956.97
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500 Incremental - - 4 mm - - Through Hole - - 30000rpm -
RS Stock No. 878-0521
Mfr. Part No.25LB22-H
BrandGrayhill
PHP509.36
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- 2 bit Quadrature Hex Code - 6.35 mm - 19.05mm Panel Mount Flat - - 1.5 mA @ 115 V ac, 150 mA @ 14 V dc, 250 mA @ 28 V dc
RS Stock No. 878-0622
Mfr. Part No.61KS64-020
BrandGrayhill
PHP4,733.91
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64 Quadrature 2-Bit Quadrature 5V dc 6.32 mm - 18.4mm Surface Mount Flat Pin 300rpm 30 mA @ 5 V dc
RS Stock No. 878-0527
Mfr. Part No.25LB10-Q
BrandGrayhill
PHP373.01
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- 2 bit Quadrature Quadrature Code - 6.35 mm - 19.05mm Panel Mount Flat - - 1.5 mA @ 115 V ac, 150 mA @ 14 V dc, 250 mA @ 28 V dc
RS Stock No. 878-0565
Mfr. Part No.61RS128-080
BrandGrayhill
PHP4,275.50
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128 Quadrature 2-Bit Quadrature 5V dc 6.32 mm - 18.4mm Surface Mount Flat Pin 300rpm 30 mA @ 5 V dc
RS Stock No. 178-3141
Mfr. Part No.HEDS-5120#A11
BrandBroadcom
PHP776.895
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500 Incremental - - 4 mm - - Through Hole - - 30000rpm -
RS Stock No. 796-7834
Mfr. Part No.HEDS-5140#A11
BrandBroadcom
PHP959.03
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500 Incremental - - 4 mm - - Through Hole - - 30000rpm -
RS Stock No. 134-8142
Mfr. Part No.ES14A0D-E28-L064N
BrandBourns
PHP2,712.444
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64 Quadrature 2-Bit Quadrature 5V dc 3.18 mm 1.73 mm, 14 mm 22.23mm Bracket Mount Slotted Axial PC Pin 1000rpm 26mA
RS Stock No. 182-5639
Mfr. Part No.REC16A25-201-C
PHP1,128.81
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 16.5mm Through Hole Flat Wire Lead - 30mA
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Mfr. Part No.REC16A25-201C
PHP1,128.81
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