Can anyone tell me what I have to do to switch a system over to absolute
encoders, and how do they work?
A typical absolute encoder will output a 10 or 12 bit wide bit pattern in either true binary or gray code, if your system only accepts quadrature, then these cannot be used.
Some systems however use a method of battery back up of the quadrature signal, but again, this is system dependant.
If you go to a web site like BEI that offer absolute encoders, they should have a detailed explanation.
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