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Surface Mount Rotary Position Sensor Features Flexible Configuration Capabilities

Fri, 07/09/2010 - 6:08am

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Surface Mount Rotary Position Sensor Features Flexible Configuration Capabilities

Responding to the widespread use of surface mount technology for electronics manufacturing, PIHER North America is introducing an SMD version of its popular PT15 potentiometer. The device, the PS15 rotary position sensor, features configurable capabilities for maximum design flexibility in a small 15mm package. The sensor offers a new surface mountable solution for detecting changes in angle and position and converting them into a highly reliable voltage output. It can be processed by standard automated placement equipment and reflow (or lead-free reflow) soldered. For applications where rotor angle is critical, locating pins are available.

The PS15 Series is available with seven different rotor designs and 15 shaft styles with choice of nine colors in standard or UL94 compatible plastic. This offering allows PIHER to configure a custom sensing solution for virtually any control or position feedback requirement. The result is a customized sensor that maximizes board density, reduces weight, and eases assembly while achieving the engineer’s critical sensor design goals for the application.

An optional detent feature provides further customization. Detents not only add a crisp "click" sensation for each unique position without affecting the sensor specification or output, but also offer significant savings in both cost and space. Piher can design up to 27 different detent configurations anywhere within the electrical rotation.

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