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How to assemble a DC gear motor with encoder

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Hello guys, I have the next problem. For a proyect I have, I need to assemble a DC motor with an encoder to obtain useful information like movement speed, acceleration and position of two wheels, and I don't know how to assemble those. I'm using two DC gear motors and two encoders as are displayed below (12[V], 30 [RPM] and torque between 6.3[kg/cm] and 14[kg/cm]), which are OK because my project consists in a robotic platform that has to load a maximum of 15[kg] distributed on two wheels and an industrial caster one. There is a possibility I could assemble the DC gear motors with the encoders I have? or maybe I'd better buy an AB024 rotative encoder for arduino instead the encoders I have as an alternative way?

Thanks in advance.

https://gyazo.com/6b774cbf1a28345f6b58180535daa3de "DC gear motor"
https://gyazo.com/917d88281f739179eebb228b57782b43 "Incremental Encoder"
https://gyazo.com/384f4cfbafa71ed6006c23cd2d5c0609 "Incremental Encoder"
https://gyazo.com/08c9a55d03c8a10f27a8cb3b9657eac9 "DC gear motor and Incremental Encoder"
https://gyazo.com/eb50bf6baa452fa546ca8000e9b8d813 "DC gear motor and Incremental Encoder"
https://gyazo.com/ae0884c7a2b77b80cc58aa9602014da2 "DC gear motor and Incremental Encoder"

dr pepper

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If you want to fasten the encoder to the motor shaft, ie not the gearbox output shaft, then thats going to be very tricky as the motor is a sealed assembly, even a model engineer with lathe & equipment would find that tricky.
You could however connect the encoder to the output shaft of the gearbox by adapting or making 2 pulleys and using an O ring or other drive belt between them.
If absolute accuracy isnt required you could use armature feedback to detect back emf pulses from the motor, but thats not that accurate.
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