The newest developments in encoders have focused on absolute positioning. Now, there are many different absolute encoder solutions available to support motion control engineers to define the best possible performance and highest accuracy. There are many different ways to use absolute encoders in motion control. Different motion control architectures and new approaches with new absolute sensors will be introduced. Case studies for absolute measurement in motion control will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of absolute measurement. The impact of hybrid solutions (absolute plus incremental) will be discussed.