New Trends in Magnetic Absolute Position Measurement

Torsten Becker, CEO, BOGEN Electronic GmbH

Absolute encoders are getting into the mainstream of motor and automation applications. While this has been an important area for resolvers and end of shaft encoders, the advantages of magnetic encoders have convinced many designers to switch to magnetic technology: high resolution, small required space and dirt immunity. While existing magnetic absolute encoders have a lot of advantage and some drawbacks, there are several exciting new developments for new magnetic solutions, e.g. for better integration into products. Increased accuracy, resolution and design freedom are some of the main improvement areas. Looking at the state of the art and identifying key trends provides CTOSs and lead engineers with a better understanding of possible improvement areas for their next generation projects. Comparing the requirement of different application types with actual performance of magnetic encoders will highlight new paths for improving performance. e.g. for more energy efficiency.

Torsten Becker is CEO of BOGEN Electronic GmbH, Berlin, Germany. He studied mechanical engineering at Aachen University of Technology. Worked in the Daimler-Benz Group of companies as a plant manager. Implemented many changes in high tech industries as consultant. Joined BOGEN Electronic GmbH in Berlin, Germany as external director in 2008. Managing director since 2013. Has improved magnetic encoders significantly and holds several patents.  Enjoys family, travel and is looking forward to a trip to the magnetic north and south poles.

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