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incremental rotary encoder selection guideIncremental rotary encoders are multi-turn sensors that use optical, mechanical, or magnetic index-counting for angular measurement. They do not contain an absolute reference. Instead, incremental rotary encoders count relative to the turn-on position. The number of successive cycles (signals) corresponds to the resolvable mechanical increments of motion. 


In-depth information about an incremental encoder's operation, types, and specifications can be found on the Rotary Encoder Guide.


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