ROTARY ENCODER MODULE

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Description

A rotary encoder has a fixed number of positions per revolution.   These positions are easily felt as small “clicks” you turn the encoder.

On one side of the switch there are three pins.   They are normally referred to as A, B and C.   In the case of the K
Y-040,  they are oriented as shown.

Inside the encoder there are two switches.  Once switch connects pin A to pin C and the other switch connects pin B to C.

Rotary-Encoder-Pins

In each encoder position, both switches are either opened or closed.  Each click causes these switches to change states as follows:

  • If both switches are closed,  turning the encoder either clockwise or counterclockwise one position will cause both switches to open
  • If both switches are open, turning the encoder either clockwise or counterclockwise one position will cause both switches to close.

The illustration below is representative of how the switch is constructed.

Rotary-Encoder-Representation

As you can see, the angular position of the A terminal and the B terminal is such that:

  • Rotating the switch clockwise will cause the switch connecting A and C to chang
    e states first.
  • Rotating the switch counterclockwise will cause the switch connecting B and C to change states first.

If we were to represent the opening an closing of the switches as wave forms, it would look something like this.

Rotary-Encoder-Phases_baroda_Startup

Essentially,   determining which switch changed states first is how the direction of rotation is determined.

If A changed states first, the switch is rotating in a clockwise direction.

If B changed states first, the switch is rotating in a counter clockwise direction.

KY-040 Pin Outs:-

Keyes-KY-040-Rotary-Encoder-Pin-Outs

The module is designed so that a low is output when the switches are closed and a high when the switches are open.

The low is generated by placing a ground at Pin C and passing it to the CLK and DT pins when switches are closed.

The high is generated with a 5V supply input and pullup resistors, such that CLK and DT are both high when switches are open.

Not previously mentioned is the existence of of push button switch that is integral to the encoder.   If you push on the shaft, a normally open switch will close.    The feature is useful if you want to change switch function.   For example,  you may wish to have the ability to between coarse and fine adjustments.

Keyes KY-040 Evaluation Circuit

Successfully implementing the Rotary Encoder into any project requires a clear understanding of everything that has been discussed thus far.    If you’re still a little fuzzy,  you may wish to throw together the evaluation circuit illustrated below:

Rotary-Encoder-Evaluation-Schematic_Vadodara

 

VERY SLOWLY rotate then encoder shaft both clockwise and counterclockwise.   Notice which LEDs change state first with rotation.

Module Connection to the Arduino

Rotary-Encoder-Arduino-Connections_Tutorial

The Arduino Sketch

This is  a simple sketch that shows how to count the encoder position and how to determine direction of rotation.    It has no switch debounce,  nor does it use interrupts.    A fully developed application might need to incorporate these in order to make it robust.

 int pinA = 3;  // Connected to CLK on KY-040
 int pinB = 4;  // Connected to DT on KY-040
 int encoderPosCount = 0; 
 int pinALast;  
 int aVal;
 boolean bCW;

 void setup() { 
   pinMode (pinA,INPUT);
   pinMode (pinB,INPUT);
   /* Read Pin A
   Whatever state it's in will reflect the last position   
   */
   pinALast = digitalRead(pinA);   
   Serial.begin (9600);
 } 

 void loop() { 
   aVal = digitalRead(pinA);
   if (aVal != pinALast){ // Means the knob is rotating
     // if the knob is rotating, we need to determine direction
     // We do that by reading pin B.
     if (digitalRead(pinB) != aVal) {  // Means pin A Changed first - We're Rotating Clockwise
       encoderPosCount ++;
       bCW = true;
     } else {// Otherwise B changed first and we're moving CCW
       bCW = false;
       encoderPosCount--;
     }
     Serial.print ("Rotated: ");
     if (bCW){
       Serial.println ("clockwise");
     }else{
       Serial.println("counterclockwise");
     }
     Serial.print("Encoder Position: ");
     Serial.println(encoderPosCount);
     
   } 
   pinALast = aVal;
 }

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Weight 5 g

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