ACP’s patented detent (DT) feature is especially suitable for control applications where the end user will turn a knob inserted in the potentiometer. Detents can be used to add a click feeling to the turning of the potentiometer or to control the position in which the wiper is placed, assuring a particular output value with a narrow tolerance.
Detents can be light or strong, or even a combination of different feelings. They can be evenly distributed along the angle (standard) or tailored to match customers’ request. They can also be combined with special tapers: constant value areas, open circuit zone, different slopes, etc. One common example is a potentiometer with detents and matching non-overlapping voltage values in specific angular positions, used to feed in a voltage value to a microprocessor.
Examples of some potentiometers with detents:
Our patented design with two wipers gives more stable electrical parameters, improved reliability and Contact Resistance Variation (CRV), as well as narrower tolerances for detent positioning.
For potentiometers with detents, mechanical life is also 15.000 turns if no additional turns are mentioned. Please, indicate the number of turns needed. When needing a special number of detents or matching taper, a drawing is kindly requested.
*External customer detents: ACP recommends to avoid the dead area use, for external detents. Please, use the electrical angle (330º) in order to avoid wrong configurations.