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Offline erickulcykTopic starter

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Question about Wheel Encoders
« on: February 05, 2012, 01:30:18 PM »
Hi guys,

I was wondering what you guys would suggest for wheel encoders on a four wheeled robot.  Currently we are using this http://www.newark.com/jsp/search/productdetail.jsp?SKU=06B1972&CMP=AFC-GB100000001 optical encoder.  However, the output seems to be really inconsistent when driving the wheels at a constant speed.  What encoders are considered good quality?  Does anyone know what the darpa cars or the google cars use for encoders? 

Thanks,
Eric

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Re: Question about Wheel Encoders
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2012, 07:29:47 PM »
Hi,

[...] the output seems to be really inconsistent when driving the wheels at a constant speed.
What is their resolution?
What wheel size do you use?
How did you mount the sensors?
Did you remember to add pull-up resistors to each of the 3 channels?
Did you put a cap over the supply terminals?
How do you read them?
How does the inconsistency manifests itself (in numbers)?

The encoders you have should work extremely well if handled correctly, but they don't accept as much positional tolerance as a home made sensor would.
Regards,
Søren

A rather fast and fairly heavy robot with quite large wheels needs what? A lot of power?
Please remember...
Engineering is based on numbers - not adjectives

 


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