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Substrate mastered encoder scale for laser cutting machine

November 2019

Laser cutting is used across industries ranging from aerospace to civil construction. Motion axes on laser cutting machine beds can be many metres long and typically use a position encoder to provide position feedback to the controller.

The thermal behaviour of encoder scale is an important consideration when selecting any encoder system. This article explores how Renishaw's substrate mastered linear encoder scales, such as RKL, might be used in a fibre laser cutting application where a laser is used to precisely cut large sheets or plates of metal.

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