Panel Potentiometers

Panel Potentiometers are variable resistors that are commonly used for all applications involving a reasonable number of cycles (few tens of thousands, manually actuated). Mounted behind the front panel for various equipment, they frequently feature buttons mounted on their shafts. Typical applications include: setting the light or the brightness of a screen, turning the volume for an audio application, setting the speed on tool machining equipment, or various parameters for industrial remote controls.

Typical markets include:

  • Off-road tractors, excavators, cranes
  • Avionic : overrhead panels
  • Medical : syringe pumps
  • Industrial : various parameters to be set up on machines.

Key parameters defining a panel potentiometer:

  • Resistive element material: depending on the application could be cermet of conductive plastic
  • Overall dimensions, dependent on the available space for the application
  • Sealing level: dependent on customers' constraints
  • Lifespan requested directly related to the application
  • Variation laws: a few are available (please refer to datasheets)
  • Admissible power: wide-range function of the potentiometer model
  • Other common options: detents (torque increase in determined position) / switches: rotary or push-push / mutiple resistive modules (multi-gang potentiometers) / custom shafts and bushings/ inner and outer shafts actuating different resistive modules

In summary Vishay offers a very versatile family of products with a wide range of potential options.

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57040
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1/2" (12.7 mm) Conductive Plastic and Cermet PotentiometerUp to 3 modulesYesn/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6450K cycles
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57054
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1/2" (12.7 mm) Conductive Plastic and Cermet PotentiometersNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmicIP 5010K cycles
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51030
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3/8" Square Panel Potentiometer Miniature - Cermet - Fully SealedNon/an/aNo, only A: linearIP 6710K cycles
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51057
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Long Life Potentiometer - 500 000 Cycles Miniature - Cermet - Fully SealedNon/an/aNo, only A: linearIP 67500K cycles
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51087
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12.5 mm Modular High Torque Panel PotentiometerUp to 7 modulesYesn/aA: linearIP 6450K cycles
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51060
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Long Life Cermet Potentiometer 2 Million CyclesUp to 4 modulesYesYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmic and others see specificationsIP 642M cycles
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51059
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12.5 mm Modular Panel Potentiometer High Dielectric StrengthUp to 7 modulesYesYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmic and others see specificationIP 6450K cycles
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51031
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12.5 mm Modular Panel Potentiometer Cermet (P11S) or Conductive Plastic Elements (P11A)Up to 7 modulesYesYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmic and others see specificationIP 6450K cycles
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51033
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Fully Sealed Container Cermet Potentiometer Professional GradeNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6725K cycles
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51034
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Fully Sealed Container Cermet Potentiometer Professional GradeNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6725K cycles
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51065
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Long Life Cermet Potentiometer up to 2 Million CyclesNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 671M cycles
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51064
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Fully Sealed Container Cermet Potentiometers Submarine ApplicationsNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6825K cycles
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51036
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Knob PotentiometerNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6750K cycles
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51063
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Knob Potentiometer With SwitchNoYesYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6710K cycles (switch), 50K
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51056
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Long Life Potentiometer - 2 Million Cycles, Heavy Duty - Cermet, Fully SealedNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 672M cycles
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51047
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9 mm Multi-Ganged PotentiometerUp to 7 modulesn/aYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmic and others see specificationIP 6425K cycles
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51037
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Fully Sealed Potentiometer Professional GradeNon/aYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6725K cycles
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51005
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Power Panel 6 W PotentiometerNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6725K cycles
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50004
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Industrial PotentiometerNon/aYesA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6725K cycle
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51035
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Fully Sealed Potentiometer Cermet or Conductive PlasticNon/an/aA: linear, L: logarithmic, F: reverse logarithmicIP 6750K cycles
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50079
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Long Life / Heavy Duty PotentiometerNon/aYesA: linearIP 67200K cycle