APOS Magnetic (Gliding)

Nowadays, the internal flow of materials is often handled by automated conveyor systems. The automatic systems score points with high speeds and better space utilization. In addition, their acquisition pays off very quickly thanks to lower operating costs. In order to be able to use them safely and effectively in networked assembly lines, seamless and exact position determination is required.

The APOS Magnetic Gliding positioning system from VAHLE relies on a very robust system using a magnetic process. The absolute position is encoded on a magnetized code tape and is decoded safely and reliably by means of a gliding reading head. The system is very compact and has a high compatibility with VAHLE conductor systems, so that a very compact and highly reliable overall system can be offered.

APOS Magnetic Gliding ensures absolute position determination even immediately after power-up or after a voltage loss. "Additionally, the magnetic method works well even in damp, dusty or difficult lighting conditions.

VAHLE is the market leader in the field of magnetic positioning and has many years of market experience in various application areas.

APOS Magnetic Gliding is compatible with other components for energy supply (vPOWER), data transmission (vCOM) and control (vDRIVE) and is available as a system solution.

Your Vision - Our Solution


  • Absolute position value
  • Robust magnetic method
  • High repeatability
  • Can also be used in adverse environments
  • High compatibility with VAHLE conductor rail systems
  • Resolution accuracy of 1 mm


Technical data - Electrical
Operating voltage 24 VDC
Current consumption 150 mA
Code tape Magnetic code tape
Guide Sliding system
Measuring mode Absolute
Protection class IP54
Technical data - Mechanical
Max. travel speed 180 m/min
Max. suspension distance depending on conductor rail system
Technical data - System
Protocols SSI
Max. system length 524 m
Operating conditions
Operating temperature 0°C to +55°C
Application Indoor systems




  • Plant project planning and consulting
  • Installation planning
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Maintenance, repair and inspections
  • Modernization of existing plants (retrofit)
  • Direct repair service by VAHLE
  • Multi-level training possibilities
  • Fault diagnosis