Renishaw Debuts High-Durability Fortis Absolute Encoders

Renishaw designed its non-contact Fortis encoders for maximum repeatability and durability, with a vibration-resistance rating of up to 30 g.


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A press photo of the Renishaw Fortis enclosed linear absolute encoders

Renishaw recommends its Fortis enclosed linear absolute encoder series for use in harsh environments, such as around machine tools.

The Fortis design uses Renishaw’s Resolute encoder technology. It features an extruded enclosure with longitudinally attached interlocking lip seals and sealed end caps. The readhead body joins a sealed optical unit by a blade, which travels through the lip seals along the length of the encoder. Linear-axis movement causes the readhead and optics to traverse the encoder’s absolute scale (which is fixed to the inside of the enclosure) without mechanical contact.

Customers can choose from two different extrusion profiles to suit their space requirements. The Fortis-S linear encoder is the standard-sized encoder, available with measuring lengths from 140 mm to 3040 mm. The Fortis-N encoder, available with measuring lengths from 70 mm to 2040 mm, features a narrower cross-section extrusion and a more-compact readhead to enable installations in confined spaces.

“The new Fortis … delivers superior repeatability, reduced hysteresis and improved measurement performance due to an innovative non-contact mechanical design that doesn’t require a mechanical guidance carriage,” says Ian Eldred, Fortis principal mechanical engineer.

Renishaw designed the Fortis absolute encoder series to resist a wide range of mechanical shock and vibration effects. All Fortis-S encoders, and Fortis-N encoders when installed with mounting spars, have up to 30 g of vibration resistance. The company says this ensures dependable metrology even in harsh environments and under demanding motion-control applications.

In addition to its extruded enclosure, a further level of sealing protects Fortis encoders against contamination: the readhead optical unit (which runs inside the enclosure) is itself sealed to IP67 to prevent contamination from liquids, swarf and other debris. Improved sealing of the FORTiS encoder enclosure also reduces air leakage from the air purge system, resulting in lower operating costs and greater system longevity.


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