Today’s packaging equipment is often expected to handle breakneck speeds and 24/7 operating schedules. High precision is absolutely essential when it comes to tasks such as pick and place, filling, sealing, cartoning and palletizing.




The right encoder can help optimize these operations by providing timely and reliable feedback on machine movements. Whether you’re a food and beverage producer, pharmaceutical supplier, chemical processor or consumer goods manufacturer, packaging processes must be fast, reliable, clean and efficient.

To achieve top performance, choosing the best encoder for precise data collection and control is of critical importance. From optical and magnetic versions to single-turn and multi-turn designs, robust encoders keep fast-paced packaging lines running as expected. Let’s take a look at some of the most important factors not to overlook when it comes to specifying encoders for packaging operations:

  • Robust and reliable bearings. Look for bearings that are as sturdy and rugged as possible to handle installation errors and excessive shaft loads, which can occur due to temperature expansion or vibration. Encoders with high quality bearings will provide reliable operation at speeds to 12,000 rpm.
  • Wide operating temperatures. Many packaging operations occur in hot and humid environments. If this is the case, be sure to specify encoders designed to handle the heat. Also make sure to choose the correct level of IP protection required, as not all encoders are built to IP65, IP66 or IP67 standards.
  • Stainless steel construction. Certain industries such as food and beverage, dairy and meat processing, and pharmaceutical and chemical supply require stainless steel for safety and hygiene reasons. Encoders used in these industries should feature external components made of high quality stainless steel such as austenitic nickel-chromium steel to meet cleanliness standards.
  • Fast update speeds. Encoders used to monitor position and speed must provide instant feedback. Look for encoders with clock frequencies up to 10 MHz for optimal signal accuracy on high speed packaging lines.
  • Expert technical advice. If you’re not sure which encoder style is your best bet, ask an expert. Experienced encoder suppliers can help you understand key differences between optical and magnetic designs, single-turn and multi-turn styles, and the level of protection required by your application, among other factors.

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