I have an absolute encoder measuring the position of a conveyor belt, but one full rotation of the belt is 6.5 turns on the encoder. This has made some of the math I need to do for homing and positional control through power cycles rather complicated. I was wondering if I could put the encoder on its own axis and gear that axis to a virtual axis with a 6.5 ratio and then use the virtual axis for feedback on my control axis?
I saw no obvious way to do it, so I’m thinking I have to set up custom feedback on my control axis and feed the positional data from the virtual axis to the custom feedback via a continually running program. That’s no problem if it’s the only way to do it, but I was wondering if there was a simpler way? I’d love to just be able to gear the control axis to an axis with the encoder. Or maybe there’s another approach I haven’t thought of. Any advice or help is greatly appreciated.