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NTN to Begin Mass-production of Newly Developed Axial Type “Multi Track Magnetic Ring”
July 17, 2018New Products

Thin and lightweight for high-accuracy detection of robot joint angles

NTN Corporation (hereafter, NTN) has added a newly developed “axial type” of “Multi Track Magnetic Ring”*1 to the “radial type.” The developed product makes up thin, lightweight and high-accuracy angle detection sensor systems and its mass-production from July 2018.

With the remarkable advances made to robotic systems in recent years, position control with a higher level of accuracy will be required. The various components used for robots are becoming more compact and lightweight, and robot joints in particular need to have a hollow shape with thin walls to allow wiring cables to pass through internally, for which small angle sensors with hollow shafts (φ25 mm or less) are generally used. The high-resolution, high-accuracy optical sensors often used in multijoint robots also have issues where they cannot function in environments with dust or oil present.

To address these issues, NTN has applied the magnetic ring and magnetization technology developed for products such as the Integrated Sensor Bearings and Hub Bearings with ABS Sensor to develop the “Multi Track Magnetic Ring” that features a magnetic sensor with the same high-resolution and high-accuracy as optical sensors.

The “Multi Track Magnetic Ring” is a ring-type product developed mainly to detect the angles of robot joints which, when combined with the dedicated magnetic sensor IC*2, outputs data of absolute angles to at 17 to 20 bit (resolution of approx. 0.0027° to 0.00034°) that is adequate for angle detection. Being a magnetic type, it has superior resistance against vibrations, high temperatures, dust, oil mist and similar environments compared to optical types. The newly developed axial type “Multi Track Magnetic Ring” is thin with an axial width dimension of 4 mm, which can contribute to more compact devices. It has a hollow shape that is large enough to pass through cables internally (internal diameter φ41 mm), which means it is easy to apply for robot joints.

NTN is strengthening its robot-related businesses as a type of new business field in the Medium-term Management Plan “DRIVE NTN100” that began in April this year. NTN will begin mass-production of the developed product for robot manufacturers, and continue identifying market requirements to increase size variations as a way of expanding business.

  1. Press release: Development of “Thin Type High Precision Angle Sensor”
    (New name: Multi Track Magnetic Ring)
  2. Magnetic sensor IC combined with Multi Track Magnetic Ring:
    iC-Haus GmbH (Germany) iC-MU

Developed product features

1. High resolution: 17 to 20 bit (resolution approx. 0.0027° to 0.00034°)
2. Thin, lightweight and hollow shape
3. Performance: magnetic type for superior environment resistance against vibrations, high temperature, dust, oil mist, etc.
4. Allows absolute angle detection


  • Encoders for angle detection of robot joints
  • Encoders for motor rotation angle detection

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Radial Type Axial Type
Radial Type Axial Type


Radial Type Axial Type
Radial Type
Outer diameter:φ51.5mm
Internal diameter:φ44mm
Axial width:8.2mm
Axial Type
Outer diameter:φ56mm
Internal diameter:φ41mm
Axial width:4mm

Examples of application

Robot joint
Robot joint
Examples of application