After intensive preparatory work and extensive beta testing, sensor manufacturer Posital EncoderMatch.com has been released. The highlight of the new web platform, which is a referencing and ordering tool in one: with just a few clicks, maintenance personnel and technical purchasers can quickly, reliably and cost-effectively find the right replacement for over 1.5 million incremental encoder types from a wide range of manufacturers that need to be replaced in existing machines or systems.
After intensive preparatory work and extensive beta testing with users and system integrators worldwide, the time has come. Sensor manufacturer Posital has activated its intuitive online tool EncoderMatch.com. The highlight of the new web platform, which is a search engine or configurator and ordering tool in one and is aimed at the spare parts business, is: With just a few simple clicks, maintenance personnel and technical purchasers can quickly, reliably and cost-effectively find optimally suitable replacements for encoders from a wide range of manufacturers that need to be replaced in existing machines or systems. At the end of a visit to the EncoderMatch portal, the enquirer is informed which specific product from the modular Posital portfolio ("One Million Sensors at Your Fingertips") is suitable for a seamless or smooth device replacement. If a compatible replacement product is found, a detailed data sheet is attached. Typically Posital can be ordered from 'lot size one'. Production is based on orders received in the digital factory in Slubice, Poland, which is geared towards mass customization. The delivery time is usually three days. Express orders, for which a 24-hour service is offered, are even faster.
"With EncoderMatch, we are specifically targeting a new market," emphasizes Jörg Paulus, General Manager responsible for Posital's European business. "While our customers have so far been recruited primarily from OEMs in a wide range of industries, we are now opening up our digital system to a completely new target group - and we are doing so globally. Specifically, EncoderMatch is about the huge MRO or after-sales market, where the replacement needs of millions of installed attachments worldwide are the issue. In order to tackle the whole thing pragmatically, Posital is deliberately starting its MRO initiative with incremental encoders. "Incremental encoders, which in North America, for example, represent a 90% market share of add-on or standalone encoders, form a strong basis for the worldwide launch of EncoderMatch," says Paulus.
Accordingly, EncoderMatch is entering the race as a referencing tool for maintenance personnel with the specifications of a good 1.5 million incremental encoder types taken from the catalogs of more than 20 globally established encoder manufacturers. The algorithms developed with Artificial Intelligence (AI) quickly compare parameters such as resolution, interfaces, installation space, shaft and flange dimensions or degree of protection of the encoders to be replaced with the data pool of Posital's modular portfolio, in which millions of product variations are achieved through the logical linking of function blocks. When entering the EncoderMatch portal, users have various options. The quickest way to reach their destination is to enter the exact type order code, which is usually printed on the device and contains central information about its design and functionality. The search result shows the exact match between the proposed replacement device and the original. Alternatively, it is also possible - without exact type identification - to access the product range of a specific manufacturer, whereby the enquirer is guided to Posital's online product finder. As 'Next Step' all encoders 'Made by Posital' are listed here, which cover the given requirement profile.
EncoderMatch is also based on a specific feature of the Posital system: the precise and extremely flexible programmability of the incremental encoders. The devices can be individually programmed to any number of pulses between 1 and 16,000 and the desired output level (HTL or TTL) - not only ex works, but also subsequently on site. A compact UBIFAST configuration box has been created especially for this purpose, with which the performance characteristics of the encoders can be comprehensively modified quickly and conveniently by means of software adaptations.
"With EncoderMatch, we have launched an exciting initiative that will really shake up the MRO market and create more favorable cost structures by eliminating the intermediate trade. In addition to the price, we are setting new trends, especially in terms of availability," says Paulus. "This also applies to the very old products that have long since disappeared from the catalogs of the original manufacturers - and are available from us without any problems.