EXTERNALLY PROGRAMMABLE DETENT MECHANISM FOR NON-INTERNALLY DETENTED ROTARY POTENTIOMETERS
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2001-Dec-04
A mechanism is needed to provide a rotary switch easily changeable from a detented switch, i.e. 'stops' between positions, to a non-detented switch. This change must be possible after the radio housing is assembled and closed, and must be protected from adverse environments. Furthermore, the detents must be variable during assembly in the following characteristics: 1. detent force, 2. number of detent positions, 3. rotation angle between positions, and 4. total allowable rotation.