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Advantage of incremental encoder versus absolute encoder

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Advantage of incremental encoder versus absolute encoder
« on: September 07, 2015, 05:32:AM »
Is there an advantage to using an incremental encoder versus an absolute encoder? I understand the difference between the two but I am having a hard time understanding why anyone would choose an absolute encoder when an incremental could be engineered into most applications.

Incremental versus Absolute encoders What are your thoughts? Thanks!
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Re: Advantage of incremental encoder versus absolute encoder
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2015, 04:25:AM »
The choice of absolute encoders or incremental encoders is made when an engineer begins their project. I think it is based on the application. I'm not seeing an advantage either way, just a different way of monitoring position.

So as for an advantage of incremental versus absolute encoder, that's a grey area...
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