White Paper: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

Choosing the Best Type of Encoder For Your Application


This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of different types and configurations of encoders with a focus on devices using an Ethernet/IP interface.

Different application situations are reviewed for size, cost and performance considerations and with respect to which encoder types fit best.

The industrial sensor market’s selection of sensor interfaces can be broken down into

over a dozen digital output interface types. These include ProfiNET, CANopen, Ethernet/IP, Modbus, Profibus and others. According to some studies, Ethernet/IP has the largest market share out of all of them by a few percent (at about 15%) and is the fastest growing segment. Based on this information, this white paper will focus on applications requiring an Ethernet/IP interface.

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