Steel mills have some of the harshest conditions of any industry, so they need feedback products that can handle tough environments.
NorthStar heavy-duty encoders as well as Dynapar absolute encoders can be found operating in length positioning and speed tensioning applications within the casting and finishing process modes of steel manufacture, specifically controlling and monitoring swing bucket position. The swing bucket pours molten steel into casting forms before returning to home position to refill again, whereby machine operators need to be able to locate the bucket at all times to reduce incidence of scrap, waste or injury.
NorthStar offers a wide range of heavy duty encoders equipped with magneto-resistive technology that are not affected by the harsh conditions of steel production, e.g. water and airborne contaminants to mechanical shock and vibration. Their advanced encapsulated electronics ensure that they are unaffected by natural contaminants and extreme temperatures.
Some NorthStar models are even equipped with dual sensors as a built in sensor backup to prevent costly mill downtime scenarios.