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SMD Rotary Sensor Offers Size and Functionality Breakthroughs

Wed, 10/06/2010 - 6:42am

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SMD Rotary Sensor Offers Size and Functionality Breakthroughs

Piher International Corp. has announced the availability of the non-contacting MTS 360 SMD rotary position sensor. The MTS provides a true breakthrough in sensor technology by combining a through-shaft design with 360º absolute position feedback in an ultra miniature size. The result is the smallest fully featured rotary sensor on the market with reliability up to 25 million cycles.

With its tiny size of only 6 x 17 x 18 mm (HxWxL), engineers can now integrate a fully featured rotary sensor directly on their PCB without the packaging issues that typically accompany encoders or other absolute position devices. The exceptionally low profile fits easily in places that were previously too small for pre-packaged rotary sensors.

The MTS 360 relies on patented Hall effect technology to enable, for the first time, true non-contacting through-hole shaft sensing using standard SMD features. The offset through-hole accommodates the vacuum pick up tool, allowing use in automated SMD assembly systems. The standard model features a 4-mm double D-flat shaft and an eight pad SMD footprint that is compatible in most reflow soldering systems.

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