Modern Industry is driven by various electric motor types including AC, DC and permanent magnet (PM) motors. Many motors are used in general purpose applications where precise control is not critical and do not require encoders. However, many motor applications do require precise speed, torque or position regulation which requires an encoder for feedback.
Demanding “systems” applications like process industries (paper, steel, textile, film etc), material handling (cranes, hoists, conveyors etc), precise positioning (medical tables, metal cutting, and elevator) and other industries like Oil & Gas and Energy require the use of closed loop Vector Motors.
By incorporating encoders, Vector Motors provide precise speed, torque and position control over a much wider speed range thereby maximizing the performance of the motor. Typically mounted on the non-drive end of the motor on either a simple stub shaft, NEMA C-face flange or coupled to the shaft, the encoders come in a wide variety of styles, materials and resolutions to accommodate any motor design and customer application.
Originally founded as Lakeshore, NorthStar brand encoders earned recognition as a “pioneer” in delivering innovative and extremely reliable encoder feedback solutions to the AC, DC and PM Vector Motor market. Pre-engineered designs to fit standard NEMA flanges of 4.5”, 8.5” and 12.5” bring precision, efficiency, and reliability to these mission-critical applications.