Piher sensing systems - custom potentiometers and position sensors

Printed Resistors PCBPSX-15 / PS-15

PSX-10 / PS-10
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PSX-10 / PS-10

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The PSX-10 / PS-10 10mm features configurable capabilities for complete design flexibility in a small package. This sensor offer 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 PS(x)-10 & PS(x)-15 series are available with different rotor designs and up to 15 shaft styles. 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. 

A wide range of options, including configurable detents, allows further customization. Detents not only add a crisp "click" sensation for each position without affecting the original sensor specification or performance, but also offer significant savings in both cost and space; and are particularly advantageous in industrial and domestic power tool applications to prevent accidental movement.  All Sensors are available with or without detents.

"The PS(x)-10 & PS(x)-15 allow engineers more design freedom because of the significant configurability provided with our wide array of shafts, rotors and detents,” says Jose Luis Macía, Programme Manager with PIHER. “It is often difficult for engineers to locate all the features they want in a 10mm package size, but we can meet their exact requirements to this small size by tooling either a rotor, shaft and detent configuration.”

In developing the PS10 and the PS15, PIHER’s engineers paid particular attention to the surface mount land patterns (footprints or pads) that define the locations where components are soldered to the PC board. Land patterns have been optimized to maximize solder joint strength, clean ability, testability, and repair all critical features in the overall produceablity of the board assembly.

These SMD Rotary Position Sensors offer application for both feedback and control where frequent adjustment or feedback is required. The shaftless design allows for employment of different engagement mechanisms, such as a customized shaft, a motor control, a human interface adjustment, or a mechanical arm position locator. The sensors can also control variable outputs including frequency, change in motor speed or volume. Typical applications include test and measurement equipment, consumer electronics, appliances, small engines, robotics, motion controllers, and medical equipment control panels.

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