Two Magnetic Measurement Portfolios Join as Lika Acquires Bogen Electronics

Two companies with extensive portfolios in magnetic measurement joined recently as Lika Electronic of Italy acquired Bogen Electronic of Germany. Both companies offer process solutions for complex magnetic position, rotation and speed measurements and control tasks, as well as optical systems. 

“The product portfolios of Lika and Bogen Electronic complement each other perfectly”, says Marco Calabrese, CEO of Lika Electronic. “We highly appreciate the competence of our new colleagues at Bogen and are pleased to be able to offer comprehensive solutions for optical and magnetic measurement systems to our customers around the world”. 

The deal closed October 1. Both companies employ approximately 140 people and have a turnover of EUR 17 million. The Berlin site of Bogen’s headquarters, from where it exports its products worldwide, will operate under the name Bogen Magnetics GmbH. Both companies are prolific product developers, applying their magnetic and optical expertise to come up with new solutions for diverse applications. 

Berlin site becomes Bogen Magnetics 

Bogen’s product line includes high-precision magnetic measuring solutions consisting of measuring heads and scales as well as magnetic heads. Established about 60 years ago, it employs a sophisticated production scheme which enables it to economically produce small series of magnetic linear or rotary scales with maximum accuracy, as well as large-run series of products. Its core competencies include the development and implementation of customized magnetic products and the company is known widely for its magnetic heads for reading and writing data. 

Doubling the reading distance for magnetic encoders 

In July, Bogen introduced its X-RMS rotational scales which dramatically increase the reading distance on magnetic encoders. The product marks a technological breakthrough in multipole magnetic encoding resulting in doubling the reading distance for any magnetic encoders, says the company. Engineers and designers will benefit from much greater reading distances than ever before even for the most elaborate patterns since X-RMS scales provide them with much greater flexibility in their product designs. Instead of a rare earth dipole for large reading distances with low accuracy, it features multipole rings with accuracy measured in arc seconds. 

A new product from Lika is its bearingless rotary encoder for position and speed feedback on large rotating shafts. Suitable for potentially explosive atmospheres, it is IECEx and ATEX certified for use in hazardous locations. The diameter of the ring can be up to 230 mm or 9.055” and is segmented for simplified installation on large shaft machinery. Typical applications include motors, machines and equipment with large diameter shafts in hazardous industry locations and harsh environments. 

Based in Carre, Italy northwest of Venice, Lika specializes in encoders and position measuring systems. Since its inception in 1982, the company has been developing and manufacturing incremental and absolute, optical and magnetic, rotary and linear encoders, incremental & absolute sensors, linear and rotary incremental & absolute magnetic measurement systems, rotary actuators, displays, signal converters and encoder interfaces. See and