The scanning carriage on the encoder rides on ball bearings for rigidity in the measuring direction. Backlash and mounting tolerances are said to make it well suited for manually operated machine tools and digital readout (DRO) applications.

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LINEAR ENCODER FOR MACHINE TOOLS WITH DROS