Helping dummies to understand encoders
A free guide in the Wiley ‘Dummies’ series called “BEI Industrial Encoders for Dummies” is available from UK agent Variohm
Written in the familiar humorous style, and including useful technical information, it avoids plugging the sponsor, except to provide a few company website reference URLs, and covers the subject in an easy to read manner. Much of the 42-page booklet concerns itself with correct installation and usage, as well as design issues.
Encoders have come a long way since the device devised by Edward M Jones of MIT, who created an organ using an optical disc to encode the tonal frequencies. The code wheel is said to have been made on a master generating machine that took up most of a room in Jones’s house.
The book’s five chapters are entitled: “Getting to know industrial encoders”; “Choosing the right encoder for your application”; “Building quality encoders”; “Designing encoders into your system”; and “Nine things to know about your manufacturer”.
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