Heidenhain hollow-shaft encoders promote safety

Heidenhain has introduced a new series of functionally safe hollow-shaft connection encoders to the manufacturing equipment industry. Called the ECN/EQN/ERN 400 series, these new rotary encoders are especially useful in applications where quick machine shut-off is required in dangerous situations.

Featuring a new shaft coupling which provides mechanical fault exclusion for connection to the customer’s machine shaft, these new ECN/EQN/ERN 400s are of particular use in safety-related applications up to SIL 2 PL d category 3 levels. The encoders are available with a blind hollow shaft or a hollow through shaft with a choice of 10mm or 12mm diameter.

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