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Dokumentenidentifikation EP1489631 08.02.2007
EP-Veröffentlichungsnummer 0001489631
Titel Drehwiderstand mit Rastmechanismus
Anmelder Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Nagaokakyo, Kyoto, JP
Erfinder Nishikori, Tatsuya (A170) Intell. Property Dept, Nagaokakyo-shi Kyoto-fu 617-8555, JP
Vertreter derzeit kein Vertreter bestellt
DE-Aktenzeichen 602004003865
Vertragsstaaten AT, BE, BG, CH, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, FI, FR, GB, GR, HU, IE, IT, LI, LU, MC, NL, PL, PT, RO, SE, SI, SK, TR
Sprache des Dokument EN
EP-Anmeldetag 24.05.2004
EP-Aktenzeichen 040122533
EP-Offenlegungsdatum 22.12.2004
EP date of grant 27.12.2006
Veröffentlichungstag im Patentblatt 08.02.2007
IPC-Hauptklasse H01C 1/00(2006.01)A, F, I, 20051017, B, H, EP
IPC-Nebenklasse H01C 10/30(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   H01C 10/32(2006.01)A, L, I, 20051017, B, H, EP   

Beschreibung[en]
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to rotatable variable resistors provided with clicking mechanisms, and particularly, to a rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism used in, for example, in-vehicle meters for controlling light intensity.

2. Description of the Related Art

In known rotatable variable resistors, a wiper fixed to a rotor slides on a resistor substrate in a circular-arc manner so that the resistance value is varied with respect to the rotational angle of the rotor. Japanese Unexamined Patent Application Publication No. S62-189704 discloses a rotatable variable resistor which includes a wiper and a contact substrate. The wiper is provided with a clicking projection, and the contact substrate is provided with a clicking depression. The clicking projection and the clicking depression are disposed in positions having the same radius, along which the clicking projection slides. With the rotation of the wiper, the clicking projection slides on the contact substrate and engages with the clicking depression, thus imparting a feel of a "click" to an operator.

Figs. 13 and 14 illustrate an example of a known rotatable variable resistor 100 provided with a clicking mechanism, which includes a wiper 128 provided with a semispherical clicking-projection 129a and a semi-oval-shaped non-clicking-projection 129b.

The variable resistor 100 further includes a rotor 118 which is integrated with and fixed to the wiper 128. The rotor 118 is rotatably supported by an insulative casing 102 and a collector 133 such that the rotor 118 can rotate within a predetermined angle. A resistor layer 142 is provided on a resistor substrate 141 which is fixed to the casing 102. The wiper 128 has contact portions 130 and 131 which are resiliently urged against the resistor layer 142. By rotating the rotor 118, the contact portions 130 and 131 slide on the resistor layer 142.

The resistor layer 142 is electrically connected to two external terminals 111 and 112 which are fixed to the casing 102. The collector 133 is provided with a clicking depression 134 and an external terminal 135. Moreover, the collector 133 is resiliently urged against the wiper 128 and is electrically connected with the wiper 128.

As described above, the wiper 128 is provided with the clicking projection 129a and the non-clicking projection 129b, and the collector 133 is provided with the clicking depression 134. The two projections 129a and 129b are resiliently urged against the collector 133 in a slidable manner. The clicking projection 129a slides on the collector 133 and engages with the clicking depression 134 to impart a feel of a "click" to an operator. On the other hand, the top portion of the non-clicking projection 129b is made slightly oblong in the sliding direction so as to prevent the projection 129b from engaging with the clicking depression 134.

The reasons for providing the non-clicking projection 129b are as follows:

  1. 1. By providing the non-clicking projection 129b in a substantially symmetrical position with respect to the clicking projection 129a and constructing the projection 129b to have the same height as the projection 129a, the balance of the wiper 128 and the rotor 118 are maintained, thereby preventing the wiper 128 and the rotor 118 from tilting.
  2. 2. Although the enter/exit action of the clicking projection 129a with the clicking depression 134 can cause unsteady contact between the wiper 128 and the collector 133, the non-clicking projection 129b stabilizes the contact between the two.

In this conventional variable resistor 100, however, since the top portions of the clicking projection 129a and non-clicking projection 129b have the same rotational radius, the following problems exist.

Since tilting of the rotor 118 cannot be prevented due to the reaction force of the wiper 128, the top portion of the non-clicking projection 129b in that case may engage with the depression 134 to impart an undesired feel of a "click", thus deteriorating the operational feel of the variable resistor 100.

Furthermore, when the two projections 129a and 129b slide on the collector 133, abrasion dust is released and deposited in the ends of their sliding tracks. The projections 129a and 129b slide over each other's abrasion dust and generate a noise, which may cause disturbance of the output.

Furthermore, the use of the casing 102 in the variable resistor 100 increases the number of components and thus, complicates the assembly process. Patent Abstracts of Japan, vol. 1998, no. 1, 30 January 1998 and JP 9 232110 A disclose a rotatable variable resistor having a rotary unit including a rotor and a wiper and a fixed unit including a resistor substrate and an external terminal. The wiper is provided with a clicking projection having a first, relatively large radius and a projection which generates constant rotation torque having a relatively small radius. It is the object underlying the present invention to provide a rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism, in which the noise is eliminated or reduced without deteriorating the operational feel.

This object is achieved by a rotatable variable resistor in accordance with claim 1, which defines the present invention.

According to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention, a rotatable variable resistor with a clicking mechanism includes a rotary unit provided with a rotor and a wiper, and a fixed unit provided with a resistor substrate and an external terminal. Moreover, one of the rotary unit or the fixed unit is provided with a clicking projection and a non-clicking projection, and the other one of the rotary unit or the fixed unit is provided with a clicking engagement portion which is engageable with the clicking projection. According to the first preferred embodiment of the present invention, the non-clicking projection has a flat top portion having a width extending in one direction that is greater than that of the clicking engagement portion. The surface of the flat top portion contacts the other one of the fixed unit or the rotary unit. Furthermore, a sliding track of the top of the clicking projection is located within a sliding track of the non-clicking projection in the radius direction.

Accordingly, since the width in one direction of the flat top portion is greater than that of the clicking engagement portion and the surface of the top portion contacts the fixed unit or the rotary unit, the non-clicking projection does not engage with the clicking engagement portion. This eliminates undesired clicking of the non-clicking projection. Consequently, deterioration of the operational feel is prevented, and moreover, abrasion resistance of the non-clicking projection is improved. Although the sliding tracks of the clicking projection and the non-clicking projection overlap with each other, the non-clicking projection releases a much smaller amount of abrasion dust, which is deposited in the ends of its sliding track, thus reducing the disturbance of output caused by noise.

Furthermore, the fixed unit according to the first preferred embodiment of the present invention may further include a conductive cover integrated with an external terminal. Moreover, the clicking engagement portion may preferably be provided in the cover. Thus, the cover may function both as a casing and a collector (namely, one of external terminals), thereby reducing the number of components to allow an easier assembly process.

Furthermore, the clicking engagement portion may either be an aperture or a depression. By providing an aperture for the clicking engagement portion, a better feel of a "click" is imparted as the clicking projection engages with the aperture. Moreover, a good "click" is achieved even with a low contact pressure, thus leading to size reduction of the wiper. Accordingly, this contributes to a size reduction of the entire variable resistor.

According to the first preferred embodiment of the present invention, undesired clicking is eliminated and deterioration of the operational feel is prevented.

Moreover, the non-clicking projection releases a much smaller amount of abrasion dust, which is deposited in the ends of its sliding track, thus reducing the disturbance of output caused by noise.

Other features, elements, characteristics, and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments thereof with reference to the attached drawings.

The examples shown in figures 1-7 and 9A are not covered by the claims but are useful for understanding the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

  • Fig. 1 is a perspective diagram of a rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism in a disassembled state, according to a first example;
  • Fig. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the variable resistor of the first example;
  • Fig. 3 is a plan view of the variable resistor of the first example;
  • Fig. 4 is a front view of the variable resistor of the first example;
  • Fig. 5 is a plan view of a wiper according to the first example;
  • Fig. 6 is a perspective view of a section of the wiper according to the first example;
  • Fig. 7 is a perspective view of a section of a wiper according to a second example;
  • Fig. 8 is a perspective view of a section of a wiper according to a first preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • Fig. 9A illustrates a sliding track of a clicking projection and a sliding track of a non-clicking projection according to the first and second examples and Fig. 9B illustrates a sliding track of a clicking projection and a sliding track of a non-clicking projection according to the first preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • Fig. 10 is a cross-sectional view illustrating the relationship among the clicking projection, the non-clicking projection, and one of clicking depressions;
  • Fig. 11 is a cross-sectional view of a rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism, according to a second preferred embodiment of the present invention;
  • Figs. 12A and 12B are cross-sectional views illustrating the relationship between a clicking projection and one of clicking apertures according to the second preferred embodiment. Fig. 12A illustrates a state in which the clicking projection is in its sliding state, and Fig. 12B illustrates a state in which the clicking projection is engaged with the clicking aperture;
  • Fig. 13 is a cross-sectional view of an example of a conventional rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism; and
  • Fig. 14 is a plan view of a wiper included in the variable resistor shown in Fig. 13.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Preferred embodiments of a rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the present invention will now be described with reference to the attached drawings.

First example, not covered by the claims but useful for understanding the invention.

A first example will be described with reference to Figs. 1 to 6.

Referring to Figs. 1 to 4, the rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the first example preferably includes a cover 10, a wiper 20, a rotor 30, a resistor substrate 40, and external terminals 51 and 52. The wiper 20 and the rotor 30 define a rotary unit. The cover 10, the resistor substrate 40, and the external terminals 51 and 52 define a fixed unit.

The cover 10 is preferably formed of a conductive material and has an integrated structure which includes a substantially cylindrical portion 11 in the approximate central upper surface of the cover 10, an external terminal 12 extending downward along the side of the cover 10, and a pair of tabs 16 extending downward along the side of the cover 10. Moreover, the cover 10 is provided with a pair of semispherical clicking-depressions 13.

The wiper 20 is preferably formed of a conductive material and is provided with an arm segment 21 which has contact portions 21 a and 21b. The arm segment 21 has a slit through the approximate center thereof extending in a range of substantially 180° to form two separated sub-segments, and is curved downwards.

The wiper 20 is further provided with a clicking projection 22 and a non-clicking projection 23 which are symmetrically disposed substantially 180° from each other on the arm segment 21. Referring to Fig. 5, the two projections 22 and 23 have a semispherical structure, and the distances from the center of rotation A to the top of the projections 22 and 23 are different. The distance from the top of the clicking projection 22 to the center of rotation A, namely, the radius according to which the projection 22 slides, is equivalent to the distance from the bottom of each clicking depression 13 to the center of rotation A.

Referring to Figs. 1 to 4, the rotor 30 is preferably formed of an insulative material and has an integrated structure which includes an upper substantially cylindrical portion 31, a lower substantially cylindrical portion 32, and a flanged portion 33. One side of the flanged portion 33 has a protrusion 33a which extends outward in the horizontal direction.

The resistor substrate 40 is provided with a center hole 41 and an &OHgr;-shaped or a sprit ring-shaped resistor layer 60 disposed on the upper surface, which is shown as the shaded section in Fig. 1. The two ends of the resistor layer 60 are electrically and mechanically connected to the upper ends of the external terminals 51 and 52, respectively. In detail, the external terminals 51 and 52 respectively have upper tabs 51 a and 52a which are inserted through corresponding holes 43 and 44 provided in the resistor substrate 40 from the underside of the substrate 40. The tabs 51 a and 52a are bent back on the resistor layer 60 and are then jointed together with the resistor layer 60 using, for example, conductive adhesive, or by, for example, soldering or welding.

The above-described components are assembled together as in the following process. First, the wiper 20 is combined with the rotor 30. Here, a protruding segment 24, which is provided in the wiper 20, is inserted into a slot 34 provided in the rotor 30 so as to integrate the wiper 20 with the rotor 30.

The lower substantially cylindrical portion 32 of the rotor 30 is then fitted into the center hole 41 of the resistor substrate 40, and the upper substantially cylindrical portion 31 is engaged with the substantially cylindrical portion 11 of the cover 10. Accordingly, the wiper 20-rotor 30 assembly is supported by the resistor substrate 40 and the cover 10 in a rotatable manner. The tabs 16 of the cover 10 are then engaged with notches 42, which are provided in the resistor substrate 40, and are bent back on the undersurface of the substrate 40 so as to integrate the cover 10 with the resistor substrate 40.

In the variable resistor assembled together by the above-described process, the contact portions 21a and 21 b of the wiper 20 are resiliently urged against the resistor layer 60 in a slidable manner and are electrically connected with the layer 60. Furthermore, the clicking projection 22 and the non-clicking projection 23 are resiliently urged against the undersurface of the cover 10 in a slidable manner and are electrically connected with the cover 10. With respect to the angle of rotation of the rotor 30, the contact positions between the contact portions 21 a and 21b and the resistor layer 60 are shifted, whereby the resistance value between the external terminal 12 and the external terminals 51 and 52 may be varied.

The rotational range of the rotor 30 is regulated by a stopper 14 provided in the cover 10 such that the protrusion 33a abuts against the inner walls of the stopper 14.

According to the first example, the clicking projection 22 of the wiper 20 slides on the cover 10 and engages with the clicking depressions 13, thus imparting a feel of a "click". Moreover, the non-clicking projection 23 of the wiper 20 slides on the cover 10 to keep the balance of the wiper 20 and the rotor 30, and eliminates unsteady contact between the wiper 20 and the cover 10 as the clicking projection 22 comes into and out of the clicking depressions 13.

Furthermore, because the clicking projection 22 and the non-clicking projection 23 slide with respect to different radii, the non-clicking projection 23 does not engage with the clicking depressions 13, thus eliminating undesired clicking of the projection 23. Accordingly, this achieves a desirable state where a smooth operational feel of the rotor 30 is maintained. Referring to Fig. 9A, the relationship between a sliding track T1 of the clicking projection 22 and a sliding track T2 of the non-clicking projection 23 are illustrated.

Because the clicking projection 22 and the non-clicking projection 23 do not slide over each other's abrasion dust deposited in the ends of the sliding tracks T1 and T2, the disturbance of output caused by noise is eliminated.

Furthermore, in the first preferred embodiment, since the cover 10 is provided with the external terminal 12, the cover 10 not only functions as a casing but also as a collector, that is, one of the external terminal. This reduces the number of required components to allow an easier assembly process.

Second example, not covered by the claims but useful for understanding the invention.

A second example will now be described with reference to Fig. 7.

Fig. 7 illustrates a relevant section, i.e. a section of the wiper 20, of the rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the second example. The variable resistor of the second example basically includes the same components as those included in the variable resistor of the first example. The difference is that the non-clicking projection 23 of the wiper 20 in the second example alternatively has a top portion 23a which extends linearly in the rotational direction of the wiper 20.

In detail, a protruding tab is provided at one side of the arm segment 21, and the tab is bent upward so as to form the non-clicking projection 23. Since the top portion 23a is longer in the sliding direction, the abrasion resistance of the top portion 23a is improved. This contributes to a longer life cycle of the wiper 20. Other advantages of the second example are similar to those of the first example

First preferred Embodiment

A first preferred embodiment will now be described with reference to Fig. 8.

Fig. 8 illustrates a relevant section, i.e. a section of the wiper 20, of the rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the first preferred embodiment of the present invention. The variable resistor of the first preferred embodiment basically includes the same components as those included in the variable resistor of the first example.

The difference is that the non-clicking projection 23 in the first preferred embodiment has a flat top portion whose width in a direction is greater than that of each clicking depression 13, and the surface of the flat top portion contacts the undersurface of the cover 10. Referring to Fig. 9B, the sliding track T1 of the top of the clicking projection 22 is located within the sliding track T2 of the non-clicking projection 23 in the radius direction.

In detail, the non-clicking projection 23 is formed by bending a section of the arm segment 21 across the width of the segment 21. In the first preferred embodiment, since the width of the flat top portion is greater than that of each depression 13, the projection 23 does not engage with the depressions 13, thus eliminating undesired clicking of the projection 23. Accordingly, this prevents deterioration of the operational feel. Furthermore, the larger surface of the flat top portion contacting the cover 10 improves the abrasion resistance, thus contributing to a longer life cycle of the wiper 20.

According to this structure, although the sliding tracks T1 and T2 of the clicking projection 22 and the non-clicking projection 23 overlap with each other, because the non-clicking projection 23 has a larger engaging surface, the non-clicking projection 23 releases a much smaller amount of abrasion dust, which is deposited in the ends of the sliding track T2, thus reducing the disturbance of output caused by noise. Other advantages of the first preferred embodiment are similar to those of the first example.

Referring to Fig. 10, the structures of the clicking projection 22, the non-clicking projection 23, and one of the clicking depressions 13 are illustrated.

According to the first preferred embodiment, the clicking projection 22 and the non-clicking projection 23 are provided in the wiper 20 and the clicking depressions 13 are provided in the cover 10. Alternatively, in the present invention, the projections 22 and 23 may be provided in the cover 10 and the depressions 13 may be provided in the wiper 20. However, it is more preferable to provide the projections 22 and 23 in the wiper 20, and the depressions 13 in the cover 10, as in the first preferred embodiment.

The following description explains why it is not necessarily preferable to provide the projections 22 and 23 in the cover 10 and the depressions 13 in the wiper 20. Unlike the sliding surface of the cover 10, the wiper 20 does not have an even surface around the circumference because the wiper 20 has the arm segment 21. For this reason, in a case where the projections 22 and 23 are provided in the cover 10, when one of the projections 22 and 23 faces the arm segment 21, the contact pressure applied against the wiper 20 is lowered, or the projection 22 or 23 will not come in contact with the wiper 20. This may possibly cause the rotor 30 and the wiper 20 to lose balance and tilt. Furthermore, the changing of the contact pressure of the projections 22 and 23 against the wiper 20 in the middle of a rotational process may fluctuate the rotary torque of the wiper 20, i.e. the rotor 30, thus deteriorating the operational feel.

As shown in Fig. 10, if the projections 22 and 23 are disposed at a small interval of, for example, 30°, the non-clicking projection 23 might interfere with the engagement between the clicking projection 22 and the clicking depression 13, thus causing a problem.

Second Preferred Embodiment

A second preferred embodiment will now be described with reference to Figs. 11 and 12.

Fig. 1 illustrates the rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the second preferred embodiment of the present invention. The variable resistor of the second preferred embodiment basically includes the same components as those included in the variable resistor of the first example. The difference is that clicking apertures 13' are provided in the cover 10 in place of the clicking depressions 13.

Fig. 12A illustrates a state in which the clicking projection 22 is sliding on the undersurface of the cover 10. Fig. 12B illustrates a state in which the clicking projection 22 is engaged with one of the clicking apertures 13' of the cover 10.

By providing the apertures 13' for the clicking engagement portions, as in the second preferred embodiment, a better feel of a "click" is imparted to an operator as the clicking projection 22 engages with the apertures 13'. Moreover, a good "click" is achieved even with a low contact pressure, thus leading to size reduction of the wiper 20. Accordingly, this contributes to a size reduction of the entire variable resistor.

Other Embodiments

The rotatable variable resistor provided with a clicking mechanism according to the present invention is not limited to the above-described preferred embodiments.

For example, referring to Fig. 3, the inner surface of the upper substantially cylindrical portion 31 of the rotor 30 may be D-shaped in plan view so as to allow the rotor 30 to be rotated using, for example, a shaft, which is not shown in the drawings. Alternatively, the inner surface of the upper substantially cylindrical portion 31 in plan view and the cross section of the shaft may have any type of shape, such as a rectangular shape, that allows engagement between the two. Furthermore, the shaft may alternatively be integrated or unitary with the rotor 30 such that the shaft extends outward from the central portion of the rotor 30.

Moreover, for further abrasion resistance and noise reduction of the sliding surfaces of the components, grease may be applied to the surfaces. The sliding surfaces in this case refer to sliding contact surfaces between the wiper 20 and the resistor layer 60, the wiper 20 and the cover 10, the rotor 30 and the resistor substrate 40, and the rotor 30 and the cover 10.

Furthermore, the protruding segment 24 of the wiper 20 may be provided with a notch so as to prevent the segment 24 from coming off the slot 34 of the rotor 30. Alternatively, the external terminal 12 and the external terminals 51 and 52 may be provided with beads for preventing deformation.

While preferred embodiments of the invention have been described above, it is to be understood that variations and modifications will be apparent to those skilled in the art. The scope of the invention, therefore, is to be determined solely by the following claims.


Anspruch[de]
Ein drehbarer variabler Widerstand, der folgende Merkmale aufweist: eine Dreheinheit (20, 30), die einen Rotor (30) und einen Schleifer (20) umfasst; und eine feste Einheit (40, 51, 52), die ein Widerstandssubstrat (40) und einen externen Anschluss (51, 52) umfasst; wobei eine der Dreheinheit und der festen Einheit mit einem Einrastvorsprung (22) und einem Nicht-Einrastvorsprung (23) versehen ist; die andere der Dreheinheit und der festen Einheit mit einem Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt versehen ist, der mit dem Einrastvorsprung in Eingriff bringbar ist; dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass

der Nicht-Einrastvorsprung (23) einen flachen oberen Abschnitt (23a) aufweist, eine Breite in einer Richtung des flachen oberen Abschnitts (23a) größer ist als diejenige des Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitts, eine Oberfläche des flachen oberen Abschnitts (23a) in Kontakt mit der anderen der festen Einheit und der Dreheinheit steht; und

eine Gleitspur (T1) der Oberseite des Einrastvorsprungs (22) in einer Radiusrichtung derselben innerhalb einer Gleitspur (T2) des Nicht-Einrastvorsprungs (23) angeordnet ist.
Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 1, bei dem die feste Einheit ferner eine leitfähige Abdeckung (10) umfasst, die mit einem externen Anschluss (12) integriert ist, wobei der Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt in der Abdeckung vorgesehen ist. Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 1, bei dem der Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt eine Öffnung ist. Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 1, bei dem der Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt eine Vertiefung ist. Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 2, bei dem die Oberfläche des flachen oberen Abschnitts (23a) eine Unteroberfläche der Abdeckung (10) berührt. Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 2, bei dem der Einrastvorsprung (22) und der Nicht-Einrastvorsprung (23) in dem Schleifer (20) vorgesehen sind und der Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt (13) in der Abdeckung (10) vorgesehen ist. Der drehbare variable Widerstand gemäß Anspruch 2, bei dem der Einrastvorsprung und der Nicht-Einrastvorsprung in der Abdeckung vorgesehen sind und der Einrastineingriffnahmeabschnitt in dem Schleifer vorgesehen ist.
Anspruch[en]
A rotatable variable resistor comprising: a rotary unit (20,30) including a rotor (30) and a wiper (20); and a fixed unit (40,51,52) including a resistor substrate (40) and an external terminal (51,52); wherein one of the rotary unit and the fixed unit is provided with a clicking projection (22) and a non-clicking projection (23); the other one of the rotary unit and the fixed unit is provided with a clicking engagement portion which is engageable with the clicking projection; characterized in that the non-clicking projection (23) has a flat top portion (23a), a width in one direction of the flat top portion (23a) is greater than that of the clicking engagement portion, a surface of the flat top portion (23a) is in contact with the other one of the fixed unit and the rotary unit; and a sliding track (T1) of the top of the clicking projection (22) is located within a sliding track (T2) of the non-clicking projection (23) in a radius direction thereof. The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 1, wherein the fixed unit further includes a conductive cover (10) integrated with an external terminal (12), the clicking engagement portion being provided in the cover. The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 1, wherein the clicking engagement portion is an aperture. The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 1, wherein the clicking engagement portion is a depression. The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 2, wherein the surface of the flat top portion (23a) contacts an undersurface of the cover (10). The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 2, wherein the clicking projection (22) and the non-clicking projection (23) are provided in the wiper (20) and the clicking engagement portion (13) is provided in the cover (10). The rotatable variable resistor according to Claim 2, wherein the clicking projection and the non-clicking projection are provided in the cover and the clicking engagement portion is provided in the wiper.
Anspruch[fr]
Potentiomètre rotatif comprenant : une unité rotative (20, 30) comprenant un rotor (30) et un curseur (20); et une unité fixe (40, 51, 52) comprenant un support de résistance (40) et une borne externe (51, 52) ; dans lequel une de l'unité rotative et de l'unité fixe est munie d'une projection à crans (22) et d'une projection sans crans (23) ; l'autre une de l'unité rotative et de l'unité fixe est munie d'une partie de mise en prise à crans qui peut être mise en prise avec la projection à crans ; caractérisé en ce que la projection sans crans (23) a une partie supérieure plate (23a), une largeur dans une direction de la partie supérieure plate (23a) est supérieure à celle de la partie de mise en prise à crans, une surface de la partie supérieure plate (23a) se trouve en contact avec l'autre une de l'unité fixe et de l'unité rotative ; et une piste de glissement (T1) de la partie supérieure de la projection à crans (22) est située à l'intérieur d'une piste de glissement (T2) de la projection sans crans (23) dans une direction de rayon de celle-ci. Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'unité fixe comprend en outre un couvercle conducteur (10) intégré à une borne externe (12), la partie de mise en prise à crans étant fournie dans le couvercle. Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie de mise en prise à crans est une ouverture. Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 1, dans lequel la partie de mise en prise à crans est un creux. Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la surface de la partie supérieure plate (23a) se trouve en contact avec une face inférieure du couvercle (10). Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la projection à crans (22) et la projection sans crans (23) sont fournies dans le curseur (20) et la partie de mise en prise à crans (13) est fournie dans le couvercle (10). Potentiomètre rotatif selon la revendication 2, dans lequel la projection à crans et la projection sans crans sont fournies dans le couvercle et la partie de mise en prise à crans est fournie dans le curseur.






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