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"High quality Motorized Potentiometers"


       MC5168MAC2WCMC20A

Motorized Potentiometers

and Motorized Rheostats

High Precision Proportional Controls for Automating Analog Driven Devices.


On Line Controls offers manually adjustable motorpots which combine a highly reliable potentiometer, with a slip clutch, geartrain and motor in a single panel mount assembly.

Motorized Potentiometers are used in a variety of industrial automation and process control applications such as speed controls, flow meters, tensioning motors, etc., by allowing automatic remote control in addition to use of a manual control knob. A geared servo motor, slip clutch and single or multi-turn potentiometer form the motor pot. The different gear boxes in the motorized potentiometer enabling run-up and run-down time settings varying from 10 to 300 seconds. OLC manufactures all its motorized potentiometers from the highest quality components available. The main characteristics of our motorized potentiometers are smooth performance, high linearity and resolution, reliable terminations and durability. Series MC (DC) and MAC (AC) models are available with single turn or ten turn, wirewound or conductive plastic, and single or multiple gang potentiometer. The slip clutch protects the potentiometers end stops, and allows for manual adjustment. Motor controlled potentiometers give wide latitude in speed control.

Replacement units for old ETI motorized potentiometers available, please check the bottom of page for a list of model numbers. Please call if you do not find the model number below. We can also repair old ETI motorpots built in the 1980 and 1990's.


Download a catalog sheet

DC Motorized Potentiometer Catalog Sheet

AC Motorized Potentiometer Catalog Sheet

Motorized Rheostat Catalog Sheet

Selection Guide:

Potentiometer considerations:

MC20A
  1. Resistance value (ohmage).
    10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 ohms, 1K, 2K, 5K, 10K, 200K 50K, 100K depending on model
  2. Wattage (.5, 1, 2, or 5 watt)
  3. Type - conductive plastic or wirewound
  4. Single turn or 10-turn.
  5. Single, dual or triple gang for feedback purposes

Motor Considerations:

MAC2EC
  1. AC or DC voltage.
  2. Operating voltage (6 VDC, 12 VDC, 24 VDC, 24 VAC or 115 VAC).
  3. RPM (turns per minute) desired.

Potentiometer Choices:

Single Turn Potentiometer for low resolution applications.
Multi-turn for more power, better resolution, linearity, and setability than a single turn.
Conductive Plastic element for long life and essentially infinite resolution. For use when wiper current will not exceed 5 milliamps.
Wirewound element for better stability and lower temperature coefficient. For when using the potentiometer as a variable resistor. Wiper current must not exceed 50 milliamps.
Hybrid element is made with conductive plastic over a wirewound element. Lower inductance, better resolution and longer life.

Ordering Guidelines

Information needed to correctly process your order.(samples) See AC and DC Charts for a list of all models available.


1. Model No ** 2. Potentiometer Resistance 3. Motor Voltage 4. RPM
MC20-1 1K 6 VDC 3 RPM
MC20-2 5K/5K 12 VDC 10 RPM
MAC2E 10K 115 VAC 5 RPM

** Choose model from DC or AC charts below.

DC Voltage Motorized Potentiometers

MC20-1

DC Catalog Sheet pdf


MC and ME Series:
Best performance at low currents, typically 5 to 20 ma.

Choose 6, 12, or 24 VDC
RPMs 1, 3, 5, 10, 18, 35, 61, or 120.
Other RPM's are available.
All DC motorized potentiometers have a +/- 20% RPMs.
All motors have a 6" red and black connector wires from the motor.

Special cabling harnasses can be made, send specifications, for a quotation.

DC motorized potentiometers can be made ROHS compliant upon request.
Resistances values are 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 ohms, 1K, 2K, 5K, 10K, 20K, 50K, and 100K depending on model.
Diagrams available by email - Length measurement depends on RPM's required and therefore the motor and geartrain used.


Type of Potentiometer Watt Resistance Description Model
Single turn wirewound 0.5 10 ohm to 20K General purpose with gold plated terminals for solderless assembly with AMP model 110 S connectors on pot. Pot life expectancy 500,000 turns. MC2E
MC2ED (Dual gang)
Single turn Conductive plastic  1 50 ohm to 20K Standard General Purpose with glold plated terminals. Pot life expectancy 10 million turns. MC2PMC2P
MC2PD (Dual gang)
MC2PD
Single turn Conductive plastic  1 500 ohm to 100K One piece Japanese motor geartrain used. 24 VDC, 20 RPM normal. Same pot as MC2P. ME2P
3 turn hybrid  1 1K to 100K Longer rotational life. Pot life expectancy 10 million turns. MC5146B
10 turn wirewound  2 100 ohm to 100K General Purpose - in housing. Long life, two million turns. High reliability, space saving design. MC20-1
MC20-1
10 turn wirewound  2 100 ohm to 100K Same high quality as MC20-1 in rugged, open-frame cage. MC20A MC20A
10 turn wirewound  2 1K/1K, 2K/2K, 5K/5K, 10K/10K, 2K/3K, 5K/10K Dual gang for feedback systems. Same potentiometer as MC20A. One pot section for control, the other supplies position to your system. MC20-2 MC20-2
10 turn wirewound  2 100 ohm to 100K For industrial applications. Pot life expectancy 1 million turns. MC2W
10 turn wirewound  2 5K/5K/5K normal. Others available. Triple gang potentiometer for feedback. MC5022
10 turn wirewound  2 100 ohm to 100K One piece Japanese motor geartrain used. 24 VDC, 20 RPM normal. ME2W ME2W
10 turn wirewound  5 100 ohm to 100K Normal 1K Approximately 2" diameter. Potentiometer has ball bearings, CCW end resistance 0.25 ohm max., 5" dead spot at CCW end. MC5168 MC5168
10 turn wirewound  5 10 ohm to 100K Normal 1K Dual Gang with ball bearings MC5215
10 turn wirewound   5 10 ohm to 100K Limit switches 5 AMP at either or both ends of travel on potentiometer. 24 VDC normal. MC5342

Also Available are: MC20AT-20K, MC20-3 (replaced with MC20-1 and dial), MC20-4, MC20-5, MC46-2, MC46-4, MC46-5, MC5000, MC5022A-5K/5K/5K, MC5025, MC5054A, MC5058, MC5059, MC5105, MC5179A, MC5190, MC5208, MC5208A, MC5224, MC5248, MC5288, MC5290, MC5312, MC5321, and MC5324
Other Models still available. Please contact us to check any MC numbers for older ETI units.

AC Motorized Potentiometers

AC Catalog Sheet pdf


All AC motors are equipped with a reversible 115 VAC motor.
A limited number of optional 24 VAC motors are available.

RPM's available 1, 5, or 10 RPM NEW 2 and 3 RPM motors (pear shaped) now available.
Special cabling harnesses can be made, send specifications, for a quotation.
All AC models include starting capacitor and dynamic braking diode. Some models have a circuit board with mounted starting capacitor, breaking diode and solder terminals.
Diagrams available by request.


Type Watt Resistance Description Model
Single turn wirewound 0.5 10 ohm to 20K Potentiometer life expectancy 1 million turns, with black anodized aluminum housing on potentiometer. MAC2E
Single turn wirewound 0.5 10 ohm to 20K MAC2E with circuit board which contains mounted starting capacitor, breaking diode and solder terminals. MAC2ECMAC2EC
Single turn wirewound 0.5 1K/1K, 2K/2K, 3K/3K, 5K/5K, 5K/10K, 10K/10K Dual gang potentiometer for feedback. Same type potentiometer as MAC2E. MAC2ED
Single turn wirewound 0.75 50 ohm to 20K Uses Hi-Rel, precision quality potentiometer with metal housing. MAC5100
Single turn conductive plastic   1 500 ohm to 20K Standard Potentiometer life expectancy 20 million turns, with black anodized aluminum housing on potentiometer MAC2P
Single turn conductive plastic   1 500 ohm to 100K MAC2P with circuit board MAC2PC
Single turn conductive plastic   2 1K to 100K Uses 1.5" diameter potentiometer with 50,000,000 turn rotational life, essentially infinite resolution, low inductance. MAC4P
Single turn conductive plastic   2 500 ohm to 100K MAC4P with circuit board MAC4PC
10 turn wirewound   2 100 ohm to 100K General Purpose. Long life (two million turns). High reliability. MAC20
10 turn wirewound   2 100 ohm to 100K MAC20 with Cicuit board MAC20C MAC20C
10 turn wirewound   2 100 ohm to 100K General purpose, 1 million turns life expectancy, high temp thermo plastic housing on potentiometer. MAC2W
10 turn wirewound   2 100 ohm to 100K MAC2W with circuit board MAC2WC
10 turn wirewound   2 1K/1K, 2K/2K, 3K/3K, 5K/5K, 5K/10K, 10K/10K Dual Gang for feedback with circuit board MAC2WCD
10 turn wirewound   2 100 ohm to 100K Potentiometer with switches MAC5167
10 turn wirewound   5 10 ohm to 100K With snap action switches at each end of travel on potentiometer MAC4RC

AC motors used on our motorized potentiometers are UL approved but are NOT ROHS compliant at this time.
If you don't see your requirements, call for availability.

Other models available are:

MAC20(S), MAC22-5099, MAC22-5100, MAC2PCD, MAC46C, MAC46CD, MAC5099, MAC5101, MAC5101-20K, MAC5167, MAC5167-5K, MAC5286-10K/10K, MAC5334-500x3, MAC5360-1.5K, MAC5439, and MAC5360
Please contact us to check any other MAC numbers.

Concentric Turns Counting Dials

Dial Catalog Sheet pdf
Available for Motorized Potentiometers - dial to be attached by customer.
DB10 Square digital - counts up to 10 turns, Height 1-3/4", Width 1"
MF46 Large Round - counts up to 20 turns, 100 dial gradations, diameter 1 13/16"
MF25 Medium Round - counts up to 10 turns, diameter 1"
MF22 Small Round - counts up to 20 turns, diameter 7/8"

Motorized Rheostats

Motorized Rheostat Catalog Sheet pdf
AC and DC available upon request.MACR25 RMACR
Standard Wattage values 25 to 100 watts.
MACR25 Motorized Rheostat 25 watt with 115 VAC motor, specify resistance and RPM
MACR50 Motorized Rheostat 50 watt with 115 VAC motor, specify resistance and RPM
MACR100 Motorized Rheostat 100 watt with 115 VAC motor, specify resistance and RPM
MCR25 Motorized Rheostat 25 watt with DC motor, specify Resistance, Voltage and RPM
MCR50 Motorized Rheostat 50 watt with DC motor, specify Resistance, Voltage and RPM


MACR100

Other Options

On Line Controls can work with your engineer to motorize any other manufacturer's rotary potentiometers, rheostats, or variable transformers. Potentiometers with a dual shaft or back shaft can retain its standard mounting manual knob operation. All others forfeit manual operation for motorized operation.

For a quotation:   Tel: 978-562-5353   Fax: 978-562-8986
  or   Email: olc@onlinecontrols.com


On Line Controls, Inc.
9A Kane Industrial Drive
Hudson, MA 01749-2905 USA
Tel: 978-562-5353 Fax: 978-562-8986 Email: olc@onlinecontrols.com


Updated September 2014