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Reading incremental rotary shaft encoder with U3

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#1 wpence

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:10 AM

Is there a way to use the U3 to read the output from an encoder? The encoder we are trying to use is the US Digital H5. It is an incremental rotary shaft encoder with a 5-pin connector. The signal outputs are index, A, and B. I was just wondering if there was any built-in support for encoders in the U3 or if we were going to need to write our own software to get the output from the encoders.

#2 LabJack Support

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 10:25 AM

Taking a quick look at the H5, you want the TTL version not the differential output version.

For just counting from an encoder you can just use a counter, but it sounds like you want to track the forward/reverse movement with a quadrature encoder:


Search our forum using the term "quadrature" to get started. Here is one to get started:


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