Encoders are devices to monitor the position of mechanical motion that generates digital signals in response to motion. There are two types of encoders: a linear type that responds to motion along a path and a rotary type that responds to rotational motion. Due to their powerful feedback control elements they are used in the diverse motion sensing applications including packaging, robotics, pick and place, lead/ball screw, rotary positioning and component insertion applications.

Since compact and rugged connectors are essential for cable-to-cable and cable-to-machine to control signal transmission and ensure stable and reliable encoder feedback in tough industrial environments, typically M23 circular connectors are widely used for standard encoders and standard no shaft encoders in many industries.

Mencom, a leading manufacturer of industrial electrical connectors since 1987, offers over-molded 12, 16, 17, & 19 pole M23 encoder connectors with straight or right angle heads.  The connectors are all UL listed and designed to endure positive vibration for use with motor drives and moving assemblies. Plus they provide IP67 rating for harsh industrial environments. The cable jackets are available in ITC-ER PVC, shielded PUR and shielded TPE jacket and they are offered in many standard off the shelf lengths. The mating receptacles are available with ½”NPT, Back mount, Panel Mount, Rear mount, M20 or M20-long (for thicker panels) mounting threads. Along with being the only manufacturer to offer M23 receptacles in ½” NPT shells, Mencom provides a wide variety of color codes to match your encoder application needs.  The standard shell material is nickel plated brass, while the M20 is also available in stainless steel.

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