Grey Code is used because only one bit of data will change at a time. The following chart shows the conversion of Grey Code to Binary.
|Number||Binary Code||Grey Code||Number||Binary Code||Grey Code|
It is important for absolute encoders because if the power is interrupted the encoder will know where it is within the one bit.
Power is interrupted when the encoder is between 7 and 8. If we are looking at Binary Code all of the bits would be affected and we would not be sure as to what number we are looking at for the encoder. Therefore we have lost our position. In Grey Code only one bit changes so we will still be able to tell if we were on 7 or 8 if the power was interrupted.
The following sample PLC program will convert 4-bit grey code into binary code.
This code was written in an Automation Direct PLC software called Do-more Designer.
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