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Measurement and Control Technology for Demanding Positioning Tasks

DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH develops and manufactures linear and angle encoders, rotary encoders, digital readouts, and numerical controls for demanding positioning tasks. HEIDENHAIN products are used primarily in high-precision machine tools as well as in plants for the production and processing of electronic components. With our extensive experience and know-how in the development and manufacture of measuring devices and numerical controls, we create the groundwork for the automation of tomorrow’s plants and production machines.


An impression of our worldwide installed base:

• over 15 million rotary and angle encoders,
• approx. 6 million linear encoders,
 500.000 position displays,
 and nearly 260.000 TNC controls.

The TNC control with its conversational programming has become a standard for tool and die making in Europe.

As long ago as 1930, Dr. Johannes Heidenhain formulated the three principles of service to the customer, highest achievable quality and continuous improvement as prerequisites for our company’s success. To this day, these principles remain the basis for our work and actions. The requirement for highest achievable quality refers not only to the final products, but also to all activities in our company. The high HEIDENHAIN quality standard has been confirmed by certification according to ISO 9001.

HEIDENHAIN is represented all over the world today, mostly by wholly owned subsidiaries. Sales engineers and service technicians support the user on-site with technical information and servicing. HEIDENHAIN NEDERLAND B.V. (Ede) is taking care of the support of customers in the Netherlands. Besides a well-equipped repair shop with advanced test- and calibration tools, experienced HEIDENHAIN employees are available to offer the advice and technical support you need, optionally on site. With our exchange service, we provide aid quickly and simply to get your machine running again.

Our product portfolio contains additionally to the brand HEIDENHAIN, also the products from our sister-companies in the Group, Numerik Jena, RSF and ETEL:

• precise position measurement : length gauges, linear encoders, rotary encoders and angle encoders;
• subsequent electronics such as digital readouts and interface Electronics;
• CNC controls for milling, turning, drilling, boring machines,
• touch probes and comparator systems,
• direct drive motors, linear & torque,
• modules : angular encoders combined with bearings and optional with motor, and
• complete stages & motion systems including motion control.

Our team would be glad to help you in selecting the optimal system for your application.

HEIDENHAIN and LEINE & LINDE bring digitalization to the monitoring of building structures and large equipment

mei 20, 2019

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For the monitoring of bridges, wind turbines, cranes, and other similar large structures, HEIDENHAIN and LEINE & LINDE will be presenting a new encoder series at the SENSOR+TEST 2019 trade show: the ESR strain sensors. These devices open up new possibilities for strain and load measurement. Read more

Highly Stable Systems for Greater Accuracy and Reliability

maart 26, 2019

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For the manufacturers of high-accuracy machines, such as measuring machines, laser trackers, wafer handling machines, EDM machines, or micro-precision manufacturing machines, developing new products often requires pushing the envelope of the technologically possible. HEIDENHAIN provides support with innovative robust system solutions that are perfectly tailored to the requirements of these applications. Read more

The New ERP 1000 Modular Angle Encoder: Redefine High-End Applications

februari 27, 2019

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With the ERP 1000 series, HEIDENHAIN is expanding its product portfolio of modular angle encoders featuring optical scanning. Thanks to its distinctive characteristics, the ERP 1000 series redefines angular measurement capabilities in high-end applications—not only when it comes to accuracy, but also in terms of ruggedness and flexible adaptability to the application. Read more


Rotary Encoders with DRIVE-CLiQ Interface: Communicate Directly and Safely

februari 19, 2019

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For position measurement tasks in machines and equipment using Siemens controls, HEIDENHAIN offers absolute rotary encoders featuring the DRIVE-CLiQ interface. These devices provide position data and operating information both directly and safely to the control. Read more

The new GAGE-CHEK 2000 Evaluation Unit: Flexible, Compact, and Rugged

februari 14, 2019

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Reliable measured-value acquisition in a shop environment with a compact, all-in-one device—this is what we had in mind when we designed the new GAGE-CHEK 2000 evaluation unit. As a result, it is highly well suited for positioning tasks on measuring devices and positioning equipment, and for measuring-machine retrofits. Read more

Accuracy really can be this compact

februari 2, 2019

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For production applications in the semiconductor industry, position measurement must be accurate, reliable, and dynamic. At SEMICON KOREA, HEIDENHAIN presented innovative solutions that are setting new standards in the industry. Read more

Keep Your Machines in Excellent Form

december 19, 2018

What do retrofitting, mounting videos, and servicing courses have in common, except for all being the topics of this news report? The answer: they can all keep your machines in excellent shape for the growing demands of daily production work. Read more

Cellro stapt in HEIDENHAIN’s Partnerprogramma voor Automatisering

december 12, 2018

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Cellro Automation maakt nu ook deel uit van HEIDENHAIN’s partnerprogramma voor automatisering. De instap van Cellro in het partnerprogramma effent het pad voor een vlotte machinecommunicatie, flexibiliteit en een effectief supportnetwerk voor vraagstukken met betrekking tot zowel de automatisering als de machinebesturing. Lees verder

The alternative to modular angle encoders

december 6, 2018

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For high-accuracy rotary axes with a large central bore, RCN 6000 angle encoders are now available as a solution. These encoders combine a sizable hollow shaft (180 mm diameter) with the typical characteristics of an angle encoder equipped with integrated bearing and stator coupling:

  • High signal quality
  • High resolution
  • IP64 protection
  • Easy mounting

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New paths to intelligent production: HEIDENHAIN encoders for highly accurate articulated robots

november 27, 2018

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How can a conventional articulated robot become a highly accurate machining solution for intelligent manufacturing?

  • Modular angle encoders used as secondary encoders improve the absolute position accuracy at the tool center point by 70 to 80 percent.
  • Rugged inductive rotary encoders provide highly dynamic motor feedback.
  • Functional safety also simplifies usage in collaborative applications.

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HEIDENHAIN measurement technology for accuracy and connectivity

november 17, 2018

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Every application demands highly specific encoders capable of meeting very different requirements, including accuracy and reliability. But of great importance is also connectivity. HEIDENHAIN offers a wide range of encoders for accurate and highly accurate applications. Read more


New digital readouts: the ND 7013

november 6, 2018

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The new ND 7013 digital readout for manually operated machine tools, as well as especially the ND 7013 I/O variant, offers considerable functionality for the support of machine functions, making it much more than a mere digital readout. Machine manufacturers and retrofitters, as well as machine users themselves, all stand to benefit from the additional features. Read more

Four questions and answers about Connected Machining

oktober 30, 2018

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There is no doubt that, sooner or later, manufacturing environments will be digitalized. But where should a company start? And how far must digitalization go? Is paperless production enough, or should automatization come into play as well? These questions must be answered at a highly individual level. Read more

HEIDENHAIN connects your application to our expertise in encoders

oktober 25, 2018

In addition to accuracy and reliability, the mechanical and electronic connectivity of encoders is a key selection criterion to you. That’s why HEIDENHAIN offers encoders featuring both a wide variety of interfaces and identical mounting dimensions, thus allowing for a design that is at once standardized and independent of the subsequent electronics used. Read more

Pushing Boundaries with Connected Machining at IMTS

QUADRA-CHEK 2000 – Adjusting tolerances

september 15, 2018

QUADRA-CHEK 2000 – Measuring with Measure Magic

september 5, 2018

EMCO leverbaar met Heidenhain besturing

januari 13, 2018

EMCO breidt de besturingsmogelijkheden van de CNC draaimachines EMCOturn E45 en 65 verder uit. De machines zijn nu ook leverbaar met de Heidenhain CNC Pilot 640 besturing. Deze beschikt over de smart.Turn functionaliteit om het programmeren verder te vereenvoudigen en te versnellen. Lees meer [Bron: made-in-europe.nu]

Tailor-Made Encoders for Demanding Industries

november 9, 2017

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At the SPS IPC Drives, HEIDENHAIN will be presenting measuring devices designed to meet the special requirements of particularly demanding industries. The main topics are:

  • Significantly higher accuracy at the tool center point of robots
  • Accuracy in the service of medical technology
  • Inductive rotary encoders for highly dynamic drives
  • Simple and uniform operating data diagnostics with Connected Machining

LIP 6000 Exposed linear encoder

oktober 24, 2017

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The new LIP 6000 exposed linear encoder from HEIDENHAIN, featuring interferential scanning, enables exceptionally accurate position measurement as well as permanently reliable signals, all within in a compact design. With a very small interpolation error of only ±3 nm, a low noise level of just 1 nm RMS, and a baseline error of less than ±0.175 µm at a 5 mm interval, this encoder is predestined for applications requiring constant speed control or high positioning stability at standstill.

Connected Machining – Well-Connected in Digital Production

oktober 20, 2017

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Link your manufacturing skills with digital job management. Use the controls on your milling machines or lathes to make the workshop the focus of your company network.

The Connected Machining package of functions offers you control options, software and hardware that enable you to individually network your company. 

HEIDENHAIN StateMonitor Software Makes Processes Transparent

oktober 11, 2017

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Easier work, simple data usage, timesaving workflows and transparent processes are the focus of this new state-of-the-art software from HEIDENHAIN. The TNC user knows the current status of his machine always and everywhere. He can configure these data for his own requirements, use it as needed, and evaluate it very easily and quickly to work more efficiently and productively.

STODT eerste gecertificeerde scholingspartner van HEIDENHAIN in Nederland

oktober 6, 2017

HEIDENHAIN heeft opleider STODT Toekomsttechniek als eerste in Nederland de status van Officieel Opleidingspartner van DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GmbH toegekend. De directeur van STODT, Jeroen Rouwhof, ontving het bijbehorende certificaat op 29 september jl. van de directeur van HEIDENHAIN NEDERLAND, Jaap Bazuin. Deze overhandiging vond plaats in de nieuwe STODT-vestiging in het Noord-Brabantse Best. Lees meer

Angle encoder modules with integrated drive motor

juni 13, 2017

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HEIDENHAIN has developed angle encoder modules for very high measuring accuracy. They combine highly accurate angle encoders and high-precision bearings, and they are a true alternative to air-bearing axes regarding reproducible guideway accuracy. The integration of a torque motor with a very low detent torque is now the logical step forward in this solution. The angle encoder modules with integrated drive motor are compact, perfectly matched systems to master the tasks of motion, control and measurement with specified high accuracy in sophisticated applications.

Nieuw trainingsconcept HEIDENHAIN TNC programmeren

juni 2, 2017

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De belangrijkste voordelen:

  • twee flexibele instap niveaus
  • mogelijkheid tot switchen tussen beide niveaus
  • modulaire lesstof, gericht op de individuele wensen
  • meer tijd tussen de cursusdagen
  • minimaal 15 instap momenten per jaar voor elk niveau
  • 4 daags traject, om de week

SPECTO ST 3087RC – Incremental Length Gauge for Harsh Environments

mei 24, 2017

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The new HEIDENHAIN-SPECTO ST 3087 RC length gauge is particularly well suited for applications under harsh ambient conditions, e.g. in metal-cutting production areas. It has special protection for its sensitive measuring technology. For example, measuring processes with a maximum deviation of ±1 μm at a measuring range of 30 mm can take place directly in the production process, instead of removing them to quality islands or laboratories. This saves time and money through significantly reduced time, cost and transportation.

Product Innovations with Added Value for Your Production

april 11, 2017

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At the Control 2017 in Stuttgart, we will show you new product developments that will ensure higher accuracy and greater efficiency in your production. Visit us from May 9 to 12 at Booth 4307 in Hall 4 and inform yourself on topics including:

  • The new HEIDENHAIN-SPECTO ST 3087 RC length gauge. It is suitable for applications in harsh environmental conditions and enables time-and cost-saving in-process measurements, for example in machining production areas. .

Klartext App – Klartext on your mobile device

maart 22, 2017

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Klartext has become digital and mobile! Simply load the free Klartext App on our smartphone or tablet PC. In addition to the current issue of Klartext Magazine, you can then also read older issues since 2014 — and starting from 2016 even in all languages in which the respective issue has been published.

ECA 4000 – Absolute Modular Angle Encoder for Safety-Related Applications

januari 25, 2017

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With the absolute angle encoder of the ECA 4410 series, HEIDENHAIN offers an ideal solution for position acquisition for rotational axes in safety-related applications. In conjunction with a safe control, the encoders can be used as single-encoder systems for applications with control category SIL 2 (as per EN 61 508) and performance level “d” (as per EN ISO 13 849).

Handwiel HR 510

januari 16, 2017

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HEIDENHAIN presenteert een nieuw handwiel, de HR 510 voor de besturing van gereedschapsmachines. Een handwiel van HEIDENHAIN biedt enorme voordelen en verhoogt het gebruiksgemak van de besturing. Bij het handmatig werken kan de machinebediener bij het proces staan en zich, met goed zicht op het werkstuk, volledig concentreren op hetgeen er in de machineruimte gebeurt.

Closed Loop in Action: New Film Shows the Benefits

december 15, 2016


Linear encoders in Closed Loop operation on machine tools ensure that thermal errors and other influences of feed mechanisms are fully compensated. This results in especially accurate dimensions and contours starting from a batch size of one.

New Rotary Encoders with Circumferential Scanning in Hollow-Shaft Versions

november 26, 2016


For the SPS IPC Drives 2016, HEIDENHAIN is supplementing its existing program of inductive position encoders with its new rotary encoder series ECI 4000/EBI 4000. The new variants are modular devices without integral bearing and with a 90 mm hollow shaft. They enable you to replace the conventional toothed-belt drive for coupling a motor feedback system to torque motors.

Onze nieuwe verwerkingselektronica QUADRA-CHEK 3000

oktober 12, 2016


Onze nieuwe verwerkingselektronica QUADRA-CHEK 3000 is de perfecte toevoeging bij zeer nauwkeurige meetmachines. Moderne video-software tools beoordelen het camerabeeld van meet- en profielprojectoren, meetmicroscopen of video-meetmachines. Het doel van deze beoordeling is om kanten te herkennen en daarmee meetpunten vast te leggen. Het resultaat van de metingen wordt grafisch weergegeven op het touch screen.

Accurate filter positioning via HEIDENHAIN linear encoders

september 21, 2016


Observation of the Sun with hitherto unattainable accuracy

Already today solar researchers can see that there is activity on the solar surface. But current instrumentation does not enable them to see the causes. As of 2019 the DKIST on the Hawaiian island of Maui will make it possible to see them. With a mirror diameter of four meters it will be the largest solar telescope in the world and therefore provide a very detailed view of the Sun’s surface.

Meettaster met extreem lage meetkracht

augustus 16, 2016


De eisen van het productieproces voor geavanceerde technieken zoals de medische apparatuur maar ook de traditionelere sectoren als de automobielindustrie en de fijnmechanica zijn hoog. Intensieve controle van de kwaliteit van de materialen en werkstukken uit de lopende productie is noodzakelijk. Voor de zo genoemde ‘meeteilanden’ heeft HEIDENHAIN een aantal uitstekende oplossingen waaronder de meettasters uit de serie METRO.

HEIDENHAIN controls in digital manufacturing

juli 29, 2016


HEIDENHAIN TNC controls with Connected Machining permit uniformly digital order management in manufacturing. Connected Machining stands for functions of the TNC controls that support the networking of controls in the workshop with all the areas in the company accompanying production. In this way, the machine operator can use the Remote Desktop Manager to securely implement all the data and information available in the company.

Ultra-light Rims for Fuel-Saving Prototypes

juli 1, 2016


HEIDENHAIN supports college team

With its IDRAkronos, Team H2politO of the Turin Polytechnic University built the most beautiful prototypes for this year’s Shell European Eco-Marathon and drove up to the victory podium in the category of hydrogen fuel cells. The rims for the prototypes were created with support from HEIDENHAIN.

Measuring easily, durably and with high accuracy

april 7, 2016

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At the Control 2016, HEIDENHAIN is presenting products and solutions that make high-accuracy measurement easy and durable for reliable results.

Angle encoder modules from HEIDENHAIN are the perfect combination of highly accurate angle encoders and high-precision bearings.

ERO 2000 – Angle Encoders without Integral Bearing

maart 3, 2016

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The ERO 2000 is a modular angle encoder with 2500 lines and a very small scale diameter. Its excellent signal quality and low signal noise make this encoder unique.

Digital Order Handling Enters the Machine Shop

februari 8, 2016

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Every company is different, of course, and has its own philosophy of organizing workflows. The basic links and steps of a process chain, however, can be compared. The design, programming, simulation, production planning and production stages must be seamlessly connected, and communication and data transfer have to be possible in all directions for digital order handling.

HEIDENHAIN Service: long-term availability of parts, fast delivery and customer-friendly consulting

december 18, 2015

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Customer satisfaction has top priority at HEIDENHAIN. HEIDENHAIN Service ensures long-term parts availability over 20 years and provides fast delivery of replacement devices and spare parts as required.

For every application, the correct encoder

december 5, 2015

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Whether small, large, singleturn or multiturn, optical or inductive, whether with or without integral bearing: HEIDENHAIN’s program of rotary encoders offers the right solution for any task and requirement. Either with inductive scanning or with optical scanning—both types of rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN offer high control-loop performance and system accuracy for each application. There are also variants with functional safety and with mechanical fault exclusion. This prevents loosening of the shaft or stator connection.

Oudere TNC-besturingen in actuele Windows-netwerken opnemen

juli 9, 2015

TNC-besturingen van HEIDENHAIN zijn voor een groot deel up- en downwards compatibel, eenvoudig te bedienen, robuust en betrouwbaar. Doordat ze zo geliefd zijn bij hun gebruikers, worden in de bedrijven naast moderne contourbesturingen vaak ook oudere, al jarenlang beproefde TNC’s gebruikt.

Very Compact: Absolute Rotary Encoders from HEIDENHAIN with SSI Interface

juni 30, 2015


An external diameter of only 35 mm and an SSI interface are the special features of the new HEIDENHAIN rotary encoders ECN 1013 and EQN 1025, and ROC 1013 and ROQ 1025. They complete the HEIDENHAIN product portfolio of compact absolute rotary encoders. With simple electrical connections and an extended power-supply range from 4.75 V to 30 V, they offer manufacturers of machines, plants and devices a complete series of rotary encoders with all the standard interfaces for installations of limited space.

Hexagon Metrology laat de nieuwe PC-DMIS-versie in première gaan

juni 8, 2015

PC-DMIS 2015 blijft de standaard bepalen in meetsoftware voor elke applicatie

Hexagon Metrology heeft nu PC-DMIS 2015 uitgebracht de nieuwste versie van ’s werelds populairste software voor het verzamelen, evalueren en beheren van meetdata. PC-DMIS is het vlaggenschip van de softwarepakketten voor meetinstrumenten van Hexagon Metrology en voor een scala aan andere op de markt verkrijgbare apparatuur. Deze nieuwe uitgave biedt, naast andere verbeteringen aan de tools, workflow en algehele gebruikerservaring, aanzienlijke verbeteringen voor de inspectie van puntenwolken.


mei 8, 2015


Destruction-free, non-tactile measuring principles are common, but these mostly optical measuring methods cannot match the precision of tactile encoders with photoelectric scanning. The great challenge is the development of a measuring device that combines high accuracy with destruction-free measurement. HEIDENHAIN has solved this problem with its new METRO 1281 MW length gauge. It features an extraordinarily low measuring force curve between 0.01 N and 0.07 N over its entire 12 mm measuring range.

Fast and uncomplicated help from HEIDENHAIN when service is needed

april 28, 2015


It’s a nightmare for any manufacturing company, but it happens again and again—a machine goes down. In many cases, the cause is the failure of an assembly or a device in the machine, and the repair cost is moderate. But these repair costs are multiplied by incomparably more serious factors like loss of production, shipping delays, personnel costs, logistical trouble, and much more.

Absolute Rotary Encoders with Mechanical Fault Exclusion

februari 4, 2015

HEIDENHAIN had developed its newest generation ECN 1123 and EQN 1135 rotary encoders for use in safety-related applications. They are certified for safety-related applications in accordance with SIL 2 (EN 61508) or category 3, performance level d (EN ISO 13849). They also offer mechanical fault exclusion.

Inductive multiturn rotary encoders with improved control quality Compact, Durable and Safe in Applications up to SIL 3

december 18, 2014


Users of machine tools, robots and general automation technology are constantly demanding solutions that are high in performance and low in cost. The response to this are dynamic, compact and energy-efficient drives with safety functions.

Absolute Rotary Encoders from HEIDENHAIN

november 17, 2014


Custom-Designed for Sophisticated Applications in Machine Tools

Absolute rotary encoders from HEIDENHAIN for machine tools are high-precision measured value recording devices for rotary motion. They detect position modifications at high resolution and send corresponding signals in high quality to the control immediately following encoder switch-on. Their classic field of application includes infeed torque motors and rotary axes in automation processes, and in this function, they are also essential for the accuracy and reliability of a machine tool, for example with the precise rotation of magazines and turrets in tool changers and in the control of auxiliary axes.