C&K has launched an optical rotary encoder, the ENC Series 24-Position Optical Encoder with integrated pushbutton.

The ENC Series encoder was developed as an improvement on the company's 16 Position Optical Encoder. In addition to adding 50% more detent positions, the 24-position encoder also includes a right angle connector socket to make installation easier.

The fluid, precise rotation of the central encoder shaft makes applications like mode selection or menu navigation simpler, with rapid and accurate responsiveness to user input. The integrated pushbutton, activated by pressing the encoder shaft downward, makes the encoder a means of interface control in one simple design.

The 24-position centre select switch has a smooth haptic feel that allows for fast rotation. The encoder’s 2-bit Gray code output makes it easy to monitor direction and magnitude of rotation through whatever microcontroller our customers prefer.

The ENC Series 24-Position Encoder is intended for applications like automotive entertainment clusters, navigation, and volume control knobs. It’s also suitable for applications in medical devices like menu navigation, power cycling and intensity tuning. In an industrial setting, it works well for mode selection in control panels and other similar functions.