Machine Design

New encoders from Agilent

Agilent Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. (, acquired exclusive rights to absolute-encoder technology from Optolab Microsystems AG, Erfurt, Germany (, a sensor and systems design company.

Agilent expects to introduce new encoders for use in industrial-automation applications based on this technology later this year. The technology is designed to produce the world's smallest, high-speed absolute encoder capable of resolutions ranging from 12 to 16 bits, complementing Agilent's own absolute encoders which offer 8 and 10-bit resolutions.

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