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Monitoring Rack Gear Speed and Direction

Speed and direction of motion of rack gears can be resolved using two different styles of Hall Effect Gear Tooth Sensors.

  • Quadrature sensors provide two out of phase outputs. A tachometer can then be programmed tomonitoring the outputs then determine direction of motion based on which output detects the gear tooth first.
  • Speed and Direction Sensors output speed on one channel and a second direction output that internally compares the speed channel to a second sensing element in order to resolve the direction of motion.

More information about selecting speed and direction monitoring sensors can be found here.

To learn more about why we request the pitch of your rack gear and for information on designing custom rack gears, see our Application Notes.

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