In 1989, Pepperl+Fuchs introduced the WCS position encoding system—the world’s first optical positioning system—and has been continuously improving it ever since. Optical linear positioning systems are used for millimeter-precise detection of the position of shuttle cars and conveyor vehicles. Whether indoors or outdoors, the WCS is resistant to ambient light because of its u-shaped design, and its photoelectric scanning protects against wear.
Smoke, dust, and temperature fluctuations have no impact—the WCS provides reliable positioning information, even at high speeds. Position value can even be reliably determined in challenging environments since controlling the light intensity can compensate for contamination. The position encoding system also detects a new position value every 0.8 mm and can transmit position values directly from the read head to the controller via a serial RS-485 interface.
For applications with extreme ambient conditions or especially long distances, the WCS Outdoor and WCS Extended (can optionally be combined with Outdoor) have also been developed.
The WCS position encoding system has been on the market since 1989 and now offers new mounting options such as the WCS Outdoor and WCS Extended ...