Non-contact, inductive angle encoders for high-precision, reliable measurement in harsh environments.
Zettlex IncOders are non-contact devices for precision angle measurement. They work like a transformer, using an inductive technique. IncOders may be considered as an inductive angle encoder.
IncOders are ideally suited to harsh environments – where potentiometers, optical or capacitive devices may prove unreliable.
IncOders have 2 main parts – a Stator and a Rotor – each shaped like a flat ring. The large bore makes it easy to accommodate through-shafts, slip-rings, optical-fibres, pipes or cables.
The Stator is powered and the Rotor is passive. The Stator contains the electronics to receive power and generate an output signal. The output signal from the Stator shows the true absolute angular position of the Rotor relative to the Stator without the need of any motion.
IncOder inductive angle encoders do not require compliant or special couplings and the Rotor & Stator can simply be screwed to the host product. Precise mechanical mounting is not required and there are no bearings.
Whereas optical or capacitive angle encoders can be unreliable in harsh conditions – notably with condensation or dust – Zettlex angle encoders are generally unaffected by foreign matter and IP67 rated versions are available. Unlike capacitive devices, there is no need to earth the Rotor or Stator. Robust, hard-anodized aluminium alloy housings and monolithic constructions are used throughout.
There are no contacting, delicate or wearing parts, so there is no need for periodic replacement, service or maintenance. In other words, IncOder angle encoders are true ‘fit and forget’ devices.
12 mechanical formats featuring screw or servo clamp Stators with screw format, set screw, shaft clamp and plain Rotors, duplex Stators and Rotors.
Packaged formats include servo clamp or screw flange.
IncOder Size Options (Stated as Outer Diameter)
37, 58, 75, 90, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200, 225, 250 & 300mm
9 to 22bits & user selectable pulses per rev for A/B pulse outputs
Axial connector, radial flexi (with or without connector) & integral axial cable
5, 12 or 24VDC
Communication Interface Options
SSI, ASI, SPI & BiSS-C
Extended Range Options
(Not Typically Required for Most Application Types)
Ultra high shock & vibration
Cold temperature option to -60° Celsius
High temperature option to +105° Celsius
Surtec650 surface finishes
Prolonged immersion, salt spray or extreme dust conditions
We have a comprehensive library of 3D CAD files available to assist designers in the integration of our inductive angle encoders. Click the button below to view available files, or contact us if you’re looking for something specific that is not listed.
Have a question about the IncOder product range? Here we answer a selection of frequently asked questions.
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No. If the IncOder were to move whilst the power is off, then when power is re-applied the IncOder cannot determine how many revolutions may have been performed. It is a requirement that the IncOder does not move by more than ±1.5 degrees whilst power is off. Multiturn IncOder is an absolute inductive encoder with non-volatile turn count storage. Turn count is stored in this non-volatile memory so that it is retained during “loss of power” events. When power is re-established, the turn count is retrieved and turn counting will continue.
See our Multiturn IncOder page for more information.
The maximum speed for any IncOder type is specified in the Product guide and is dependent on the size of the IncOder, as well as the communication protocol type. It is the maximum speed at which position measurement will be taken. The fastest physical speed is specified as 10,000 rpm. In some cases, such as for Mini IncOders and Mini Ultra IncOders it may be possible to measure position at a faster angular speed than specified. Please contact Celera Motion for more information.
The term IncOder comes from a combination of inductive and encoder. Most angle encoders use optical or capacitive techniques and these can be unreliable in harsh environments where foreign matter, such as dirt or condensation, can interfere with encoder operation. Traditional inductive position sensors, such as resolvers or LVDTs, use transformer constructions and they operate well in harsh conditions but they are too bulky and expensive for many applications. IncOder offers the best of both worlds – reliable inductive technology but the ease, compactness and convenience of an encoder.
Yes – the Zero Point can be changed using the Zero Set and Zero Reset lines on the electrical interface. The Zero Set signal will set the current IncOder position as the Zero Point (held in memory when power is removed). Zero-Reset signal will reset the Zero Point to the factory setting (held in memory when power is removed).
To use, the relevant connection should be connected to an electrical ground (<0.5 V) for at least 3 seconds at power-up but left unconnected (i.e. open circuit) during operation.
Both use reliable inductive position sensing technology. IncOder is contained in a robust anodized aluminum housing for proven use in harsh environments, suited for reliable use in high shock and vibration, extreme temperatures, and EMC. IncOder CORE is contained in a low mass, compact PCB design, optimized for integration into actuators and robot joints, reducing total system weight.
Ultra IncOder Series features the same form, fit, and function device as the original rugged IncOder Series, but with at least a 50% improvement in accuracy. Taking advantage of high measurement repeatability, each Ultra IncOder is pre-calibrated against a highly accurate measurement reference in production, diminishing inherent sources of non-linearity. More tightly controlled tolerances, in-housing metalwork, and surface finish are employed in the design, enabling users to install the encoder to tighter mounting tolerances required. An accuracy certificate is included with each unit.
Ultra IncOders are available in Mini (37 to 58 mm OD) and Midi (75 to 300 mm OD) sizes.
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By default, IncOder only outputs Single Turn position data, being angle position data over 1 rotation (360 degrees). Multiturn encoders have the ability to count Multiturn data (the number of complete rotations of the sensor). Multiturn IncOder options are available for our Midi IncOder series by specifying the following protocol production options: SSI31, SSI32, SPI31, ASI31, ASI32 or BIS32. SSI based options provide 8 bits of turn count (0-255). BiSS, SPI and ASI options provide 12 bits of turn count (0-4095).
Conventional multiturn devices are able to increment Turn Count data when the device isn’t powered, which is not the case for Multiturn IncOder where Turn Count data doesn’t change when the device isn’t powered.
When power to Multiturn IncOder devices is removed, this event will be detected and position information is stored in non-volatile memory. Once the device is powered again, this data is recovered.
Note that if the Midi IncOder moves >1.5 degrees, an error condition will persist. The Midi IncOder will continue to indicate this error until the error is reset. Further details of this process can be found in our product guides.
Configure a Midi IncOder
Configure a Midi Ultra IncOder
Read more about Multiturn IncOder here.
Multiturn IncOders can be selected by choosing one of the protocols: SSI31, SSI32, BIS31, SPI31 ASI31 or ASI32.
Multiturn IncOder provides single turn resolutions of:
Multiturn IncOder provides multiturn resolutions of:
IncOders work in a similar way to brushless resolvers and rotary variable transformers. The IncOder Stator receives a DC power source and produces a low power AC electromagnetic field between the Stator & Rotor. This field is modified as the Rotor rotates. The field is sensed by the Stator and the rotation angle output as an analogue or digital signal. Unlike resolvers, IncOders use laminar circuits rather than wound wire spools. The patented technology enables IncOder’s compact form, low mass, low inertia and high accuracy without high precision installation.
Please see our “How Inductive Sensors Work” article here:
Yes. Measurements will be the same before and after power interruption. No motion is needed at start up.
For further reading – What is an absolute encoder?
Yes. If BIT shows an internal error then an error signal is generated. The BITs include continuity/damage, presence of Rotor, in-range Rotor, gross electromagnetic malfunction, window watchdog timer, power on reset, power brownout reset, timeouts for clock input, read/write and internal flash data memory value checks.
Measurement performance is unaffected by humidity, condensation, dirt, dust, oil, mud or sand. All IncOders will survive temporary immersion to depths of 1m in salt or fresh water. Where frequent exposure to liquids, or immersion, is part of the operating environment, units with connections type AFL2 or VFL2 should be used.
No. Magnets produce DC fields. IncOder’s operation is based on the detection of AC electro-magnetic fields at a highly specific frequency.
Use this document as a basis and specify any differences. Preferably, a standard outer diameter ‘A’ dimension (i.e. 37, 58, 75, 100, 125 mm etc.) and a proportionate inner diameter should be used. This enables us to use regular sensor components with analternative mechanical format.