In today’s increasingly automated and smarter factories, servo-driven systems have become more prevalent than ever. Until now, the electrical interface limited the kind of encoder you could use in these applications-but all that is changing with SCS open link. This once-proprietary standard is now publicly available, ensuring the compatibility of devices from different manufacturers and providing you with greater flexibility when it comes to selecting your encoder.

Let’s take a closer look at this innovative interface:

What is SCS open link? A fully digital protocol, SCS open link transmits both energy and data through a single connection cable-enabling the high-performance exchange of bi-directional data between a rotary or linear motor feedback encoder and the drive controller.

Which technologies does it support? SCS open link is suitable for single and multiturn encoders, sensors, actuators and linear scales and supports 2- and 4-wire applications with cable lengths to 100 m. This interface, safety-certified up to SIL3, also offers fast, interference-free data transmission up to 10 MBaud and controller cycles up to 32 KHz.

What new possibilities does it open up? SCS open link integrates future-proof technology and is therefore a compelling interface for advancing drive systems. The interface makes it easy to develop and deploy Smart Motor technology, for example, which provides you with motor analytics and permanent condition monitoring. This ability to detect and correct faults at an early stage leads to improvements in plant performance.

In our next blog, we’ll delve into the many advantages of SCS open link, including how it benefits end users and drive and machine manufacturers. In the meantime, visit our SCS solutions page to learn more.