Customisable encoders are tactile in harsh environments

Available in a range of configurations and “Swiss-click” tactile feedback, the E18 mechanical incremental encoders are available as drop-in rugged encoders for harsh environments from Elma Electronic.

They offer a drop-in, rugged encoder for harsh environments with a footprint that matches a current PCB design, said Elma Electronic. 

Typical applications include white goods, home automation, two-way radios, power, heat and water distribution controls as well as industrial controllers and audio or entertainment systems.

Elma’s E18 encoders are available in a variety of configurations, including with or without a pushbutton, and with or without a threaded bushing. There is also an option to have the shaft already mounted in the encoder body or to have the shaft supplied separately for tape and reel packing and / or industry-standard reflow soldering processes. The E8 encoders includes Elma’s Swiss Click Indexing System for longevity and turning feel. 

Elma’s gull-wing surface mount terminations or through hole pins are standard. Even in smaller quantities, customer-specific customisation may be possible, advised Elma. The company offers packing in tray for through hole technology or tape and reel packaging for surface mount devices. 

The E18 encoders have a robust nickel-plated zinc body and rugged brass shafts, as standard. Stainless steel shafts and front panel sealing up to IP67 are available as off the shelf optionsError! Hyperlink reference not valid. 

The body of the encoders are 14.4 x 11.4 x 6.5mm. Rotational life is up to 150,000 revolutions and detent torque is 0.5, 1.5 or 2.5Ncm with a resolution of 16, 24 or 30 detents and a push force of 3.0 or 6.0N.

Elma Electronic manufactures a range of commercial, industrial and electronic products from components, embedded boards, backplanes, chassis and enclosures, power supplies, to fully integrated subsystems. 

The company also offers standard and custom cabinets and enclosures as well as precision components such as rotary switches / encoders, LEDs, front panels and small cases.

Elma’s products are based on open standards architectures (e.g. OpenVPX, SOSA, CompactPCI Serial and COM Express).

Elma Electronic manages projects from initial system architecture to specification, design, manufacturing and test through its worldwide production facilities and sales offices. The company serves the mil / aero, industrial, research, telecomms, medical and commercial markets and is certified to ISO 9001 and AS 9100.

The company’s headquarters are in Wetzikon, Switzerland, and it has regional locations in Germany, Israel, Romania, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom, United States and China. 

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