MALVERN, Pa. — Oct. 7, 2009 — Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (NYSE: VSH) today announced that it has doubled the rotational life of its P30L compact panel potentiometers, which are now specified to deliver 2 million cycles at rated power. The potentiometers’ power rating has also been increased, from 2 W to 3 W.
The long-life performance of the P30L reduces the need for replacement parts, increasing reliability and lowering maintenance costs. Its rotational life of 2 million cycles represents at least a 20-fold improvement over standard potentiometers, which typically reach 50,000 to 100,000 cycles.
The P30L features a high 3-W power rating at 70 °C, high operating torque of 4.25 oz-inch, an end stop torque of 99 oz. per inch, and a cermet resistive element for greater reliability and robustness in industrial control applications.
Offered in a fully sealed IP67 package with pure Sn terminals, the potentiometer is intended for industrial control panel, heavy-duty control, automotive and off-road control, and harsh environment applications in end products including trucks and tractors, machine tools, HVAC systems, welding machines, and military, agricultural, and water-resistant equipment.
With only a 19.7-mm diameter, the P30L offers designers a compact alternative to other 2-W / 3-W panel potentiometers. Its cermet element provides better stability than carbon elements, while its 2500-VRMS dielectric strength offers greater reliability and robustness. Custom shafts are available in accordance to drawings supplied by customers.
The potentiometer features four resistances values from 1 kΩ to 50 kΩ over a 44.7-V to 300-V working range, with a ± 5 % independent linearity. An operating temperature range of - 40 °C to + 125°C ensures reliable operation even in extreme environments.
Samples and production quantities of the improved P30L are available now with lead times of eight to 10 weeks for larger orders.
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., a Fortune 1,000 Company listed on the NYSE (VSH), is one of the world's largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors (diodes, rectifiers, MOSFETs, optoelectronics, and selected ICs) and passive electronic components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, sensors, and transducers). These components are used in virtually all types of electronic devices and equipment, in the industrial, computing, automotive, consumer, telecommunications, military, aerospace, and medical markets. Its product innovations, successful acquisition strategy, and "one-stop shop" service have made Vishay a global industry leader. Vishay can be found on the Internet at http://www.vishay.com.