SICK Encoders

Kentucky and Alabama's trusted provider of SICK Encoders

Paths, position, angle – an encoder is the ideal solution when it comes to precise position detection in industrial automation. The same applies to measuring revolutions and rpm as well as speed and acceleration. High-resolution optical encoders and extremely rugged magnetic encoders complement one another perfectly and permit exact measurements in all kinds of applications. Rotary encoders are available as incremental and absolute encoders. Wire draw encoders and linear encoders with a measuring element are available in linear measuring technology.

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Incremental Encoders

Versatile, compact and flexible

Sick Incremental EncodersIncremental encoders generate information about position, angle, and rotation counts. The resolution is defined in the number of lines or pulses per rotation, which the encoder transmits to the control unit for each rotation. The current position can be determined by the control unit by counting these pulses. A reference run can be necessary when switching on the machine.


Absolute Encoders

Sick Absolute EncodersSICK absolute encoders generate information about position, angle, and rotation counts in type-specific angle steps. For this, a unique code pattern is assigned to each angle increment. The number of code patterns available per revolution determines the resolution. Each code pattern forms a unique reference, and is therefore an absolute position. There is therefore no need for a reference run after switching on. A singleturn encoder measures the absolute position within a revolution. A multiturn encoder not only provides the position within a revolution but also the number of revolutions.

Sick Safety EncodersSafety Encoders

SICK's reliable encoders assist in the implementation of safety functions, facilitating safe and efficient machine operation. This is backed up by SICK's many years of safety expertise, an international service and training network, and a range of optimized system solutions. Functional safety encoders generate information about position, angle, and revolution counts, with a particular emphasis on mechanical and electrical safety. By offering these encoders along with reliable control solutions, SICK can offer all of the various components required for the implementation of comprehensive safety solutions under one roof.

Linear Encoders

Complete non-contact measurementSick Linear Encoders

Linear encoders consist of a read head (sensor) and a reference scale (measuring element). The non-contact principle of operation means that the position is determined without wear. The sensor uses a unique code pattern to record the absolute position information along the reference scale, and sends this information directly to the evaluation electronics. As a result, there is no need for a reference run. Compact systems with high resolutions or rugged solutions with very high measuring lengths (up to 1,700 m) can be used in a wide range of applications.


Air Hydro Power is a SICK distributor in Kentucky, Alabama, and Mississippi. We offer free product evaluations and technical support to help our customers solve their applications.