RS Components (RS) is entering new territory with the WDGN series from Wachendorff. With this product series, the distributor is including the world's first NFC-configurable encoders in its product range. RS is thus once again living up to its claim as a pioneer of innovations. The encoders are adjustable without contact or voltage.
The new WDGN series of incremental encoders from Wachendorff Automation enables configuration of any pulse count from 1 I/U to 16,384 I/U via NFC. Depending on the equipment, Basic or Advance, further parameters can be set via APP via NFC. After downloading the Wachendorff WDGN app to the smartphone, the desired parameters and values can be configured without contact or voltage. Encoder configurations that have been created can be saved under different names, reloaded at any time and transferred to another encoder. This means that saved configuration sets can be used for the encoder in different applications.
The advantages for the user are obvious: In the development phase, when there is uncertainty about the number of pulses the encoder needs to run optimally in an application, the WDGN encoder offers the necessary flexibility to test the optimum number of pulses. As soon as the optimum configuration has been established, the user receives an encoder with the same technological features for use in series production - but without an NFC antenna for cost reasons. A second qualification is no longer required.
The new series also allows spare parts, logistics and warehouse management to be optimized. Never again will an encoder be shipped with an incorrect pulse count. This is because the free app on the smartphone is used to communicate with the encoder via NFC, completely without an Internet connection, and the desired parameter values can be set just-in-time by the recipient.
"We are very pleased to be working with RS Components on this absolute innovation. As a company, we are a very good fit. We develop innovative products from encoders to measuring systems. RS appeals precisely to the target groups that use our new solutions in a wide variety of applications in mechanical and plant engineering, because they themselves want to break new ground and are open to technical innovations," says Robert Wachendorff, Managing Director of Wachendorff Automation GmbH & Co. KG.