As an industry that dates back to the Bronze Age, metal forming and fabrication still has a place for manual processes. Like most modern industrial sectors, however, automated equipment is used by most commercial metal product producers. With automation comes the need for feedback devices, such as encoders. In metal forming and fabrication, encoders are used in automated machinery such as extruders, tube benders, presses, punches, drills, die formers, roll formers, folders, mills, welders, solderers, plasma cutters and waterjet cutters.
Metal forming and fabrication machinery typically uses encoders for the following functions:
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