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Magnetic bands

The original MagLine magnetic tape, incremental or absolute

The original MagLine magnetic tape is a flexible scale for recording distance or angle information. The magnetic tape is available in incremental or absolute design. It consists of a magnetically encoded plastic tape permanently stuck onto a steel carrier strip.

Product typePole lengthProduct group, accuracy classMax. lengthSensor
1 mm MagLine Micro,
8 µm
​20 µm
4 m
100 m
MS100/1, MSK1000, LEC100
1.6 mm MagLine Micro,
15 µm
​25 µm
100 m LEC160
2 mm MagLine Basic,
20 µm
100 m MSK200/1, MSK210, LEC200, LE200
3.2 mm MagLine Basic,
50 µm
100 m MSK320, MSK320R
4 mm MagLine Macro,
1 mm
100 m MSK400/1
5 mm MagLine Basic,
35 µm
​50 µm
100 m MS500, MSK5000, MSC500, ASA510H
20 mm MagLine Macro,
1 mm
100 m MSK2000
40 mm MagLine Macro, 100 m MSK4000
absolute encoded MagLine Basic,
±50 µm
5 m MSA, MSA510/1
absolute encoded MagLine Micro,
4 m ASA110H
absolute encoded MagLine Micro,
±10 µm
4 m MSA111C
absolute encoded MagLine Basic,
±50 µm
16 m MSA213C
absolute encoded MagLine Basic,
±25 µm
10.24 m MSA501
absolute encoded MagLine Basic,
±25 µm
10.24 m MSAC501
absolute encoded MagLine Basic,
±100 µm
20 m MSA511

Encoding of magnetic length measurement technology and magnetic angle measurement technology

The magnetic strips (flexible steel strips with a magnetic coating) are made by SIKO with precision and the greatest possible care. In specially developed processes the magnetic strip system are given one or more magnetic code tracks.

Magnetic incremental measurement as an economic solution

Incremental encoding enables robust and economical all-round solutions in which, for example, the flexible magnetic strips can be cut to length before self-adhesive assembly. The magnetic strip is regularly encoded with north and south poles. The pole length is decisive for the maximum resolution and system accuracy. The shorter the distance between the individual poles, the higher the accuracy of the respective magnetic strip.

Absolute magnetic measurement for high measurement reliability

The absolute encoding of the strip material produces system properties with particularly high reproducibility and measuring accuracy. Equipped with the corresponding magnetic sensors, the absolute magnetic measurement permits position detection even in a non-energized condition. After current interruption, e.g. when the system has been powered down and switched on again, the actual position value is still detected and implemented even if the sensor position has changed.

Simple installation of the magnetic length measurement equipment and magnetic angle measuring equipment.

The magnetic length measurement systems and the magnetic angle measurement system of the "MagLine" series can be fitted directly on the positioning process and therefore prevent measuring errors that result, for example, from gear backlash or spindle tolerances.

The reading distance between the magnetic sensor and the magnetic strip can be much more generous than with an optical system, for example. In addition it is not a problem if the distance throughout the measuring range varies within the defined limits (e.g. due to height irregularities or imprecise guides). Accuracy and reproducibility of the position values are not affected.

Link: The advantages of magnetic measuring technology at a glance
Note: Magnetic strips are part of the MagLine product range.