What is the difference between a kit encoder and a fully packaged encoder?

Kit encoders generally include a read head and measurement scale, or coded track. Fully packaged encoders, such as shaft rotary encoders, include the readhead and scale contained in a housing assembled around a bearing. Kit encoders typically have a much more compact form-factor and can be lower in weight and price, due to fewer mechanical components. Alignment of a kit encoder is crucial to achieving the specified performance. Fully packaged encoders on the other hand, offer a fast installation time at the cost of a larger and heavier form-factor. Learn more about our kit encoders.

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