Monday, February 8, 2010

Space saving dual concentric encoders

Foremost Electronics has announced the Elma E37 range of dual concentric encoders. Offering two independent control functions in just one panel space these new encoders offer space savings and increased control panel functionality.

The E37 encoders are available with a standard resolution of 16 or 32 detents and may be specified with an integrated push button for menu selection. They feature the Swiss Click Indexing System™ which ensures consistent torque over the life of the encoder and provide an Excellent indexing feel with 0.5, 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 Ncm switching torque and have an operational life of up to 1,000,000 revolutions.

Available for vertical or horizontal mounting with threaded or non-threaded bushing the E37 encoders have a robust 11.5 x 12.3 x 9.1 mm metal housing with a metal, shaft , gold plated contacts, have an operating temperature range of -40 to +85°C, are MIL-STD-202G compliant and have optional IP60 or IP68 front panel sealing. Various customisation options are available including shaft dimensions and shape, switching torque and push button actuation force, indexing resolution and PPR. A full range of matching control knobs of various heights and diameters are available for the E37 encoders to facilitate panel design and aesthetics.
“Dual-concentric encoders fill a need in the market for alternative approaches to control concepts." Claims Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics. “The concentric design lends itself to all kinds of innovative applications. With its high versatility and compact size, these encoders are truly creating new avenues of man-machine interface concepts. These encoders are helping to transform the design and user experience for audio and multimedia.”

Typical applications include cockpit controls, radios and navigation, desktop and mobile radios, professional, portable audio equipment and applications where user interface is space critical

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