Micronor introduces the world’s first commercially available, MRI-compatible fiber optic absolute rotary encoder system. The all-optical, non-metallic MR338 passive sensor provides precision absolute angular measurement from 0° to 360° with 13-bit (8,192 count) resolution and 12-bit multi-turn tracking. A duplex multimode fiber optic link connects the passive MR338 Sensor to the active MR330 Controller Module installed outside the MRI area. This absolute encoder system is for functional-MRI research, MRI training phantoms, EMC test facilities, and other challenging electromagnetic environments where EMF and RF transparency is required.
The Micronor MR330 series absolute encoder system uses a novel optical technique. The controller transmits a burst of light to the code disk in the sensor which accurately modulates spectral components of the light based on angular position. The position information is imprinted in the optical spectrum of the light and guided back to the controller for a precise position readout. The sensor requires no electrical power and houses no electronic components whatsoever. The technique was recently awarded US patent 8,461,514.
Model MR330-1 SSI Controller’s powerful embedded processor and firmware offers performance plus extended set of built-in functions and interfaces not available with resolvers or conventional electronics-based encoders. Built-in interfaces include SSI, USB, RS485, RS232, Modbus RTU, programmable digital set points and analog outputs (4 to 20 mA and ±10V). The DIN-rail mount module operates from 24 Vdc and supports encoder links extending up to 2,500 meters.
The MR338 MRI Absolute Position Sensor complements Micronor’s MR328 MRI Incremental Rotary Encoder introduced three years ago. Users can now select the encoder type that best matches the feedback needs of their application. The MR338 13-bit absolute encoder is ideal for MRI applications requiring precision monitoring of absolute angular position. The MR328 incremental encoder provides 360 ppr resolution and A/B quadrature (pulse) outputs which are suited for monitoring speed and relative position tracking. Linear encoders are in development.
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