ELECTRONICS: Pepperl+Fuchs introduced MNI40 Incremental Rotary Encoders. The MNI40 is a robust magnetic, non-contact encoder with intelligent diagnostics suitable for a wide range of applications. The MNI40 delivers resolution up to 3,600 pulses per revolution at speeds up to 30,000 rev/min and operating temperatures from -40 to +100C.
Robust, compact and simple installation of the MNI40 make it an ideal choice for a wide range of applications including machine construction, wind power, mobile equipment, material handling lifts and conveying technology. Primary features include:
Clear indication via LED display (2-color)
Easy installation and setup
Quality assurance through complete self-diagnosis
Long service life
The MNI40 utilizes a zero-contact (magnetic) connection between the encoder sensor and magnetic wheel, enabling the MNI40N encoder to measure speed without ball bearings. This eliminates bearing wear due to mechanical forces and ensures long operating life. The sensor includes sensing electronics, housed in a compact IP67 rated enclosure and an elastomer coated magnetic wheel—so contact with water and oil will not damage the encoder system.
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