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Potentiometers

A potentiometer (informally a pot) is an adjustable resistor which consists of a wiper that slides across a resistive strip to deliver an increase or decrease in resistance. The level of resistance will determine output of current to the circuit. Potentiometers are often used as volume controls and are available in Audio or Linear tapers. They are also available in different types such as sliding and rotary potentiometers and are sometimes referred to as trimmers, trimpots, or variable resistors. Potentiometers convert rotary motion or linear displacement into a change of resistance, supplying a smooth transition of voltage or current levels. The resulting voltage output may be used to control position transducers in a wide variety of potential transportation, industrial, and medical applications.

Potentiometers convert rotary motion or linear displacement into a change of resistance, supplying a smooth transition of voltage or current levels. The resulting voltage output may be used to control position transducers in a wide variety of potential transportation, industrial, and medical applications. The Honeywell Sensing and Control lineup is also legendary in military and aerospace industries for reliability, durability, and enhanced life. These units easily withstand exposure to harsh chemicals and high temperatures. Our potentiometer designs allow customization to customer specs and cost requirements without sacrificing reliability and accuracy.

Rotary Potentiometers are compact, rugged, thick-film devices that use either conductive plastic, or cermet or wirewound elements. Developed for potential military applications, our proprietary conductive plastic offers extensive temperature range and infinite resolution, and is designed to provide precision position measurement. Cermet and wirewound elements are stable over a range of operating temperatures and provide high power dissipation and improved resistance temperature coefficient.

Linear Potentiometers feature rugged extruded aluminum housings to withstand harsh chemicals and immersion in oils or water. Construction features include extended life PTFE bearings, precious-metal multi-finger contact wipers, and MystR® conductive plastic thick-film elements.

  • Cost-effective
  • Wide range of resistance values (100 Ohm to 5 MOhm, inclusive)
  • Wide variety of tapers create flexibility in output signal profile, allowing use
  • Custom potentiometers available

IBS Electronics is a distributor for many potentiometer manufacturers including ALPS, Bourns, Honeywell, Murata, Ohmite, Panasonic, Piher, TE Connectivity, TT Electronics, Vishay, & more.