30 Degree Rate Encoder
This encoder has wedges every 30 degrees, thus each complete revolution yields 6 pulses on your detector. (two wedges form the basis of one pulse) Using this on your motor or wheel means you can count pulses for 1 second then multiply by 10 to get Revolutions per minute (divide by 6 pulses per revolution, multiply by 60 seconds per minute equals 10) Given these nice round numbers it makes it a great basis for a tachometer.
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