RSF Offers New Exposed Linear Encoder With Multi-Color LED Status Display

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The new RSF MS 45 brings to market an exposed linear encoder that features an integrated status display with a multicolor LED to facilitate simple mounting as well as to allow for monitoring signal quality during operation. This frictionless kit style encoder is perfect for motion feedback applications such as the low cost linear motor market where simple and fast mounting of a small encoder is important. It will cover measuring lengths of up to 10 meters (about 32 feet).

The multicolored LED on the MS 45 reader head makes the mounting quality visible at a glance during installation. No further installation aids are required. The status display also makes it possible to quickly and easily check the signal quality right at the reading head during normal operation.

The quality of the incremental signals is clarified by shades of color as well as the blinking of the LED. This makes a very detailed gradation of signal quality possible. The reference mark signal's compliance to mounting tolerances is shown by a pass/fail display. The status display of the reference mark signal is switched off at velocities over approx. 150 mm/s in order to prevent permanent blinking.

Besides offering high quality graduations, an accuracy grade of ± 30 µm, and high reproducibility, the RSF MS 45 also provides a grating period of 200 µm for analog systems (for digital systems, signal periods of 5 µm, 1 µm and 0.5 µm are available).

For more information on this encoder, RSF Elektronik can be accessed directly via the web site at The North American contact for RSF products is Kevin Kaufenberg (at 847-490-0387 or in the HEIDENHAIN Corporation offices at 333 E. State Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173. HEIDENHAIN PR Manager Kathleen Stoneski can be reached at 847-519-4702 or

RSF Elektronik is based in Austria with North American representation and distribution through sister company HEIDENHAIN Corporation in Schaumburg, IL, USA. Since 1973, RSF Elektronik has been well known worldwide for offering high quality linear encoders, rotary encoders, digital readouts, and custom measuring systems. In addition to standard product lines, RSF offers customized measuring solutions tailored to the metrology, semiconductor, automation, and medical industries.

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