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. 182-5638
Mfr. Part No.REC16A50-201
MYR128.00
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50 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 16.5mm Through Hole Flat Wire Lead - 30mA
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Mfr. Part No.REC16L25-205-B
MYR119.25
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25 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 16 mm - - Through Hole Flat - - -
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MYR307.51
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5 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6.35 mm M17 9.35mm - Round Wire Lead - 20mA
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Mfr. Part No.REC16A25-201-C
MYR96.06
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 16.5mm Through Hole Flat Wire Lead - 30mA
RS Stock No. 182-5632
Mfr. Part No.REC16K25-201
MYR71.589
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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.REC16K25-201
MYR105.32
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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.RES20-50-200
MYR481.83
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50 Incremental - 5V dc 20 mm - - Through Hole Slotted Pin - -
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Mfr. Part No.RE30E-400-213-1
MYR408.63
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400 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5 - 12V dc 4 mm - - Panel Mount Plain Cable - -
RS Stock No. 202-4396
Mfr. Part No.REC16L25-205-B
MYR461.37
1 Box of 5
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25 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 16 mm - - Through Hole Flat - - -
RS Stock No. 202-4409
Mfr. Part No.RES20D-50-201-1
MYR373.46
1 Box of 5
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50 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 20 mm - - Panel Mount Slotted - - -
RS Stock No. 182-5628
Mfr. Part No.RESW20D-25-201-1
MYR119.28
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 12mm - Round Wire Lead - 50mA
RS Stock No. 202-4399
Mfr. Part No.REC16D25-205-B
MYR84.63
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25 Incremental Digital Square Wave 5V dc 16 mm - - Panel Mount Flat Connector - -
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Mfr. Part No.JT22-120-500
MYR370.68
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- Absolute - 5V dc 3 mm M9 8mm - Flat Wire Lead - 40mA
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Mfr. Part No.RES20-50-200
MYR124.51
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50 Incremental - 5V dc 20 mm - - Through Hole Slotted Pin - -
RS Stock No. 182-5633
Mfr. Part No.REC16B50-201-C
MYR80.98
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50 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 16.5mm Through Hole Flat Wire Lead - 30mA
RS Stock No. 475-6167
Mfr. Part No.REC16B25-201
MYR141.79
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm 9mm - Through Hole Flat - - -
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Mfr. Part No.JT30-340-C00
MYR538.47
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- Absolute - 12V dc 6 mm - 15mm - Flat Wire Lead - 40mA
RS Stock No. 182-5688
Mfr. Part No.REC16M25-201
MYR105.32
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm M9 16.5mm Through Hole Flat Wire Lead - 30mA
RS Stock No. 475-6145
Mfr. Part No.REC16A25-201
MYR103.06
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25 - Digital Square Wave 5V dc 6 mm 9mm - Through Hole Flat - - -