Renishaw says its TONiC incremental linear encoder system offers many advantages for wide-format printing: smoother velocity control to avoid 'banding' in the image, superior repeatability, easy installation, high reliability and a range of scales available on reels that provide cut-to-suit flexibility at the point of installation. Of course, the TONiC system is also suitable for a variety of other applications where these same characteristics are required.
To enhance performance on wide-format 12,000dpi printers, further developments of the TONiC system are being introduced. A new version of Renishaw's RGSZ gold tape scale has a 19.991um pitch, which is compatible with a standard TONiC readhead. When combined with a new application-specific Ti interface that applies a special 9.444 interpolation factor, the encoder provides a resolution of 2.117um, which corresponds to 12,000 counts/inch for 12,000dpi printing. Despite this fine resolution, the maximum speed of the system is still 1.8m/s.
Furthermore, to improve ruggedness and long-term reliability, all TONiC RGSZ gold scales are now available with an option of a super-tough polyester coating that resists harsh solvents, including acetone and printer ink flushing fluids.
As with all Renishaw encoders, the TONiC incremental linear encoder is backed by a global sales and support network, and the product complies with the requirements of both WEEE and RoHS regulations.
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