New Compact HEIDENHAIN Rotary Encoder Made for Robots

-See HEIDENHAIN’s new KCI/KBI 1300 encoders on VIDEO-

Schaumburg, Illinois

Schaumburg, IL, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With its small dimensions and high reliability, HEIDENHAIN’s new KCI/KBI 1300 series of inductive rotary encoders are made specifically to support compact servomotors for collaborative and service robots.

First presented at the international virtual trade show SPS in November of 2020, these new KCI 1319 / KBI 1335 measurement feedback devices are now available and are proving to be of great interest to those in this ever-growing market.

Each lightweight KCI 1319 / KBI 1335 encoder includes a 25 mm hollow shaft and inductive scanning technology that makes it insensitive to contamination and magnetic fields. The encoder communicates using the high speed EnDat 2.2 interface which also allows for additional information, such as temperature or diagnostics, to be communicated as well. See video

In structure, these rotary encoder kits consist of a scanning unit and a rotor.  The rotary encoder can be offered in two different versions. One variant consists of a graduated disk that is directly screwed onto the mating shaft; the other variant is a disk/hub assembly that is press-fit onto the mating shaft.

Benefits of the encoder in applications with collaborating robots:

Contamination-resistant inductive circumferential scanning

Compact height

Connection to large hollow shafts with 25 mm, compared to the external dimensions

Large mounting tolerances

No calibration run for increased accuracy necessary as is the case with the competitor    RLS

Insensitivity to magnetic fields of up to 30 mT

Connection of an external temperature sensor

Purely-serial EnDat 2.2 interface / functional safety planned


DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH, headquartered in Traunreut, Germany, develops and supports motion control feedback solutions for the machine tool, semiconductor, electronics assembly and test, metrology, automation, medical, energy, biotechnology and other global markets. HEIDENHAIN employs approximately 6,000 people worldwide in its core business activities. The North American subsidiary is HEIDENHAIN CORPORATION, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, and San Jose, CA, and has been serving the U.S. industry for over 50 years. Here nine company brands are represented. More information at:



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Product Contact:

Jonathan Dougherty, HEIDENHAIN Business Development Manager, Automation or 847-519-4218



HEIDENHAIN's KCI/KBI 1300 rotary encoder