In textile manufacturing machinery, rotary encoders are employed to provide critical feedback for speed, direction, and distance. High-speed, precisely controlled operations such as weaving, knitting, printing, extruding, seaming, gluing, cut to length and others are typical applications for rotary encoders.
Incremental encoders are predominantly used in textile machinery, with absolute feedback becoming more common as more complex controls systems are implemented.
The Textile industry typically uses encoders for the following functions:
Motor Feedback - Weaving machinery, printing, knitting machinery
Registration Mark Timing - seaming, gluing, cut-to-length systems
Backstop Gauging - Extrusion machinery, cut-to-length systems
X-Y Positioning - Cutting tables, gluing equipment