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Encoder Measuring Wheels

Throughout my career, people have asked which type of measuring wheel is the best for use with a rotary encoder. The short answer is, whichever one gives you the best result on your specific application. Obviously, the real answer is a bit more complicated.

There are four main types of encoder wheel:

  • Rubber or Rubber-coated
  • Magnetic
  • Phenolic
  • Knurled Steel or Aluminum
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I’m Back!

After a long absence, the website is back.  I’ve changed jobs a couple of times in the last few years, and my hosting company sold out to another company.  It took months for them to move everything over to the new company, and in the end they lost my database.  Shame on me for not keeping an up-to-date backup.  Yet, here we are.

Most of what was on the site was a version of a whitepage I’d written for some function or another, so it won’t take long to recover most of the material.  In reality, most of my traffic is from people looking for the correct methods to calculate things like encoder resolution, but I’m glad to provide a useful service, no matter how small.

If you’re in the industry, have an interest in things “roll forming”, and are looking to learn a few things about the process then bookmark the page and check back from time-to-time.