Laureate™ Quadrature Position & Rate Meters

(Accurate position or rate from quadrature encoders)
Common Features
  • Accepts low-level differential or single-ended 5 V logic level outputs from shaft encoders.
  • Combined pulse rate to 250 kHz.
  • Zero channel input.
  • Isolated 5, 10 or 24 Vdc excitation output to power shaft encoder.
  • Green or red LED display
  • Optional dual relays, 4-20 mA & 0-10 V analog output, RS-232/485 I/O, parallel BCD output, low voltage AC or DC power.
  • Quadrature count x1, x2 or x4.
  • Programmable display refresh rate up to 25/s.
  • 6-digit display scalable for direct readout in units of length.
  • AC or DC powered.
  • NEMA-4X 1/8 DIN case.
  • Safety certified to UL 61010C-1 (UL mark).
Position, Length or Angle Measurement
The Laureate™ quadrature meter with the Standard counter main board accepts the A & B signals from shaft encoders to provide a highly accurate, scaled display of position, length, or angle in engineering units, such as ft, cm or degrees.

The A & B quadrature signals are 90º out of phase, and their phase relationship determines whether up counts (+) or down counts (-) are produced. The meter totalizes the counts and then scales the total in software for display and control. A zero index signal may be added as a third input to the A & B signals.

Scaled Rate Measurement
Use of the Extended counter main board can convert the quadrature meter from scaled position to scaled rate. For example, it can display the speed of a moving slab in ft/sec. Simultaneous display of position and rate will require two meters. The display and control output update rate for position or rate is normally set to a maximum of 25/s, as determined by a user-programmable gate time
Quadrature Meter Capabilities
One, two or four transitions may be counted at a maximum combined rate of 250 kHz and be mathematically scaled for display in engineering units from -999,999 to +999,999. The quadrature board has input circuitry which may be jumpered for either single-ended input signals or for balanced line driver signals. Anti-jitter circuitry eliminates errors produced by vibration of the encoder.

A zero index pulse, if available, is interpreted as by the meter as corresponding to an integral number of revolutions of the shaft encoder. It is used by the meter to correct for any cumulative pulse count errors. Special circuitry corrects for width of the zero index pulse.

In the event of a power failure, the current total may be stored in non-volatile memory and can be used as the starting point for counting when power resumes. Power fail or zero index capabilities are alternate meter setup choices.
Interface Capabilities
A built-in isolated 5, 10, or 24 Vdc excitation supply can power the encoder and eliminate the need for an external power supply. Plug-in isolated analog output, dual-setpoint controller, and RS-232/485 communications boards can upgrade the Laureate quadrature meter from stand-alone monitor to system interface and control. In particular, the meter can provide an isolated 4-20 mA or 0-10V output signal scaled to the display.


Display Excitation Output
Readout 6 LED digits, 7-segment, 14.2 mm (.56"), red or green. 5 Vdc 5 Vdc ±5%, 100 mA max
Display Update Rate Programmed gate time + 30 ms + 1-2 signal periods 10 Vdc 10 Vdc ±5%, 120 mA max
Range -99999 to +99999  24 Vdc 24 Vdc ±5%, 50 mA max
Indicators  4 red LED lamps Output isolation 50 Vdc to meter ground
Quadrature Position Mode Analog Output (optional)
Zero Adjust
-999999 to +999999
Output levels 0-10V, 0-20 mA, 4-20 mA (jumper selectable)
Compliance 2 mA at 10V (5 kOhm load), 12V at 20 mA (0-60 ohm load)
Span Adjust 0 to 999999 Scaling Zero and full scale adjustable from -99999 to +99999
12 bits (0.025% of full scale)
Serial Data I/O (optional) Power
Board Selections RS232, RS485, Modbus RS485 Voltage, std. 85-264 Vac and 90-370 Vdc
Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII, simpler Laurel ASCII
Frequency DC or 49-440 Hz
Data Rates
300 to 19200 bps
Voltage, opt. 8-28 Vac and 9-37 Vdc
Digital Addresses 247 (Modbus), 31 (Laurel ASCII), Power isolation Safety-rated to 250 Vac, meter ground to earth ground,
DC to 60 Hz, 4.2 kVp per High Voltage Test
Isolation 250V rms working, 2.3 kV rms per 1 min test ------ ------
Types Differential or single-ended quadrature Differential low threshold voltage -200 mV
Transitions Monitored x1, x2 or x4
Differential common mode ± 7V
Max Pulse Rate 250 kHz at x1, 125 kHz at x2, 62.5 kHz at x4 voltage 2.5V to 10V
Differential high threshold voltage +200 mV Single-ended high voltage -1V to +1V
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C
Storage Temperature -40°C to 85°C
Relative Humidity  95% at 40°C, non-condensing
Protection NEMA-4X (IP-65) when panel mounted

Typical Applications

Using Quadrature for Cutting to Length
Controlling the repetitive cutting of material to length is an excellent application of the Laureate quadrature meter.

The quadrature encoder shares the shaft of a sensing wheel, whose rotation corresponds to lineal displacement of material. The meter compares the displacement reading against setpoint information, and then uses its dual relays to first slow down and then cut the material.

Using Quadrature for X-Y Positioning
Accurate X-Y position or rate can be obtained from two shaft encoders, which convert linear position to quadrature signals as a shaft turns. In addition to serving as a display, each Laureate can use its optional dual relay setpoint capability for closed loop control. It can also transmit data via RS-232, RS-485, or a 4-20 mA analog signal.
Using Quadrature to Monitor a Drilling Operation
The Laureate is compatible with all flowmeters which generate pulses at a frequency proportional to flow rate. The Extended version can display scaled rate or total for the same input at the push of a button, and alarm from both the rate and total. The Extended version can also linearize flow transducers so as to extend their dynamic range.
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