Cables and Connectors

Cables and Connectors

Encoder Cable Assemblies

  • Incremental and absolute cable assemblies
  • Assemblies available with many connectors including: MIL MS 6, 7, & 10 pin, Mini TW 10 pin, Industrial EPIC, M12 and M23, and flying leads.
  • Custom lengths available in increments of 5 ft
  • Up to 2000 ft of continuous cable possible
  • Shielded and twisted pairs for improved signal quality
  • Ultra-low capacitance option available
  • Rated up to 105° C optional
  • CE and UL Listed*
  • 1 Year No-Hassle Warranty
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Using a low quality cable in your encoder application can mean the difference between clear, reliable signal quality and weak, distorted signal. To ensure your encoder can produce the best signal possible in any application, Avtron offers high quality cables and connectors in a number of different variations and options!

For incremental encoders, all Avtron cables are shielded and have twisted pairs for the best signal possible. For cable runs longer than 100 feet, our special ultra-low capacitance cable is used so that your signal stays strong. Bulk cables can be ordered in lengths up to 2000 ft. and are offered with a variety of different connector options, including: 6 pin, 7 pin, & 10 pin MS, 10 pin TW, 8 pin M12, industrial EPIC, and more.

Avtron also offers an expansive catalogue of absolute cables in an assortment of communication protocols such as: Analog, Devicenet, CANopen, Profibus, Profinet, Ethernet IP, SSI, and plenty more! We also offer cables that support all your functions, from power to daisy chain to encoder communication.

Next time you buy an Avtron Encoder, pair your purchase with one of our high quality cable assemblies!

Incremental Cables

    High Temp. Cable
           Conductor: 
22 AWG, 5 pairs, 7X30 stranding, Tinned Copper
           Insulation: PVC
           Outer Jacket: 0.035” pressure extruded PVC jacket
           Overall Cable Diameter: 0.325”
           Operating Temperature: -40° C to +105° C

           Nominal Capacitance Conductor to Conductor: 35 pF/ft
           UL NEC: CM        UL CEC: CMG
    

    Ultra-Low Capacitance Cable
           Conductor: 
18 AWG, 1 pair, 19X30 TC SR PVC; 22 AWG, 4 pairs, 7X30 stranding TC
            Insulation: FPE
           Outer Jacket: 0.035-0,055” pressure extruded PVC jacket
           Overall Cable Diameter: 0.430”
           Operating Temperature: -30° C to +80° C

           Nominal Capacitance Conductor to Conductor: 12 pF/ft\
           UL AWM Style 2517        UL NEC/CEC: CM

    Outer Shield: Overall aluminum mylar shield & tinned copper braid
    Outer Shield Drain: 
24 AWG, 7X32 stranding, TC
    Maximum Operating Voltage:
 300 V


Absolute Cables
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In This Section

  • Bus

    A communications (field) bus is used to carry absolute encoder signals to the control system.  It may do so automatically on a clock signal input to the encoder (SSI), or in response to a message (ex:  Profibus, DeviceNet).  For more information on fieldbuses:  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fieldbus

  • CANopen

    CANopen is a fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to report position and speed to a controller.  CANOpen uses a 4 wire main bus+drop wiring system (CAN).  CANOpen is hardware-identical to DeviceNet and J1939, but the encoder messages sent are different.  For encoder communications, SSI, Ethernet, or Profibus may be faster than CANOpen.  For more information on CANopen-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canopen

  • Complements

    Also known as complementary outputs. To ensure that signal noise does not cause errors between the encoder and the controller, many encoders output signals that are driven in exactly opposite directions: when A goes high, A NOT goes low (, ); when A goes low, A NOT goes high. Controllers which see a transition in A, but not in the A NOT signal, would report a quadrature error.

  • DeviceNet

    DeviceNet is a fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to report position and speed to a controller.  DeviceNet uses a 4 wire main bus+drop wiring system (CAN).  DeviceNet is hardware-identical to CANopen and J1939, but the encoder messages sent are different.  For encoder communications, SSI, Ethernet, or Profibus may be faster than DeviceNet.  For more information on DeviceNet-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devicenet

  • Ethernet/IP

    Ethernet/IP is an Ethernet-based fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to communicate with a controller.  For more information about Ethernet/IP-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EtherNet/IP

  • Fieldbus

    A Fieldbus (communications wiring hardware and software standard) is used to carry absolute encoder signals to the control system.  It may do so automatically on a clock signal input to the encoder (SSI), or in response to a message (ex:  Profibus, DeviceNet).  For more information on fieldbuses:  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fieldbus

  • Incremental Encoder

    An encoder that produces pulses in proportion to distance moved or rotated. Incremental encoders can also have a marker pulse Z, Z NOT (, ) once per revolution to provide a position reference. Avtron produces a full range of incremental rotary encoders.

  • Industrial EPIC

    The preferred encoder connector of most users in North America. It contains a full size terminal strip and, unlike the MS connector, requires no soldering for quick field connections. Avtron offers pin-for-pin exact replacements for competitors’ models using industrial EPIC® style connectors. EPIC® is a registered trademark of the Lapp Group.

  • M12 Connector

    M12 (12mm) connectors are a screw or push-on style connector used by Avtron incremental and absolute encoders.  There are different pin quantities, pinouts, and keying, depending on the vendor style supported by the product.  M12 mating cables are typically overmolded, rather than field-solderable, such as MS connectors, or screw terminals, such as EPIC connectors.

  • M23 Connector

    M23 (23mm) connectors are a screw or push-on style connector used by Avtron incremental and absolute encoders.  There are different pin quantities, pinouts, and keying, depending on the vendor style supported by the product.  M23 mating cables are typically overmolded, rather than field-solderable, such as MS connectors, or screw terminals, such as EPIC connectors.

  • Marker Pulse

    The Marker Pulse occurs once per revolution. The purpose of the marker pulse is to provide a repeatable home position location for positioning applications. The marker pulse is often abbreviated as "ØZ" or "Z" in the USA and "C" or "N" in Europe.

  • Mini-MS Connector

    This is a 10 pin military style connector used for encoders.  It includes a set of locking pins and slots instead of the threaded mating system on most MS connectors.  It is also known as "Mini-Twist-Lock", "Bayonet", and "Baldor connector".

  • Mini-Twist-Lock Connector

    This is a 10 pin military style connector used for encoders.  It includes a set of locking pins and slots instead of the threaded mating system on most MS connectors.  It is also known as "Bayonet", "MS Mini", and "Baldor connector".

  • Modbus/TCP

    Modbus/TCP is an Ethernet-based communication fieldbus used by Avtron encoders to communicate speed and position to a controller.  For more information on Modbus/TCP-Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modbus

  • MS Connector

    The most used encoder connector style in North America. Available in 6, 7, and 10 pin versions, with 10 pins being the most common. Avtron offers pin-for-pin exact replacements for competitors’ models using MS connectors. MS connectors are extremely reliable but require soldering. Many users prefer industrial EPIC ® style connectors instead. EPIC® is a registered trademark of the Lapp Group.

  • Parallel

    Parallel outputs are used by some Avtron absolute encoders to communicate the position to a controller.  One wire is used for each bit of resolution, plus one wire for each turn for multiturn units.  Parallel outputs are used for older controllers; newer controllers typically use a communication fieldbus (such as SSI or Profibus) to read the encoder position.

  • Profibus DP

    Profibus DP is a fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to communicate speed and position to a controller.  For more information about Profibus DP-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profibus

  • Profinet

    Profinet (IO) is a communications fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to communicate speed and position to a controller.  Profinet carries Profibus messages over an Ethernet network to and from the encoder.  For more information on Profinet-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profinet

  • SSI

    SSI (Synchronous Serial Interface) is a fieldbus used by Avtron absolute encoders to communicate speed and position to a controller.  SSI is extremely simple and fast.  SSI is also an effective, open vendor alternative to proprietary encoder fieldbuses such as EnDAT and HyperFace.   For more information about SSI-Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronous_Serial_Interface

  • Twisted Pair Cable

    Incremental and absolute encoder signals should be carried over twisted pair cables.  Twisted pair cables enable the elimination of external noise signals, as the signals show up as "common mode" noise on both wires in the pair.  The controller wired for differential communication will remove the external noise from the encoder signal.  When wiring Avtron incremental encoders, be sure to wire the complementary signals (ex: A, A/) in one twisted pair.  Do not mix phased signals (ex: A, B) in the same twisted pair.  For absolute encoders, follow the bus recommendations for using the twisted pairs in the required cable type.

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