LIF 400 series

Incremental linear encoder with very high accuracy

  • For high-accuracy linear axes up to 1640 mm long
  • Longer measuring lengths for LIF 100 upon request
  • Very small measuring step (<2 nm)
  • Resistant to contamination
  • High-vacuum versions available
  • Position detection via limit switch and homing track
  • Interfaces: 1 VPP, TTL

Easy mounting

Small signal periods normally require very narrow mounting tolerances for the distance between the scanning head and measuring standard. For easy installation, the exposed linear encoders from HEIDENHAIN feature wide mounting tolerances with minimal effect on output signal quality.

High-accuracy scanning

The LIF 400 linear encoders use interferential scanning on a phase grating. They feature very small measuring steps combined with extremely high accuracy. Temperature-related errors are prevented by the scanning head's low heating properties.

Consistently high signal quality

The HSP 1.0 ASIC developed by HEIDENHAIN ensures consistently high scanning signal quality. The ASIC compensates for a drop in signal amplitude by increasing the LED current, thus maintaining the optimal signal shape under contamination. Noise is also kept uniformly low.

Application versatility

Thanks to their extensive repertoire of features, the LIF 400 encoders are universally deployable. High integration density makes them very light and compact. Adhesive mounting of the measuring standard is particularly convenient.

Fast referencing

Integrated homing functionality enables position detection and thus faster system referencing, providing a clear benefit for axes with long traversing paths. The integrated limit functionality enables dependable end-position detection without added measures.

Signal-quality indicator

An integrated multi-colored LED in the connector delivers immediate information about the scanning signals and reference mark signal, permitting fast functionality checks and reliable assessment at any time without extra aids.

LIF 400 series: For high-accuracy linear axes up to 1640 mm long

Product variants

Exposed linear encoders consist of a measuring standard and a scanning head. Please select these two components from the lists. For further advisory support, please contact our Sales department by phone or e-mail, or use our contact form.

Measuring standard

Scanning head