Patent Number: 7,786,727

Title: Miniature rotary encoder

Abstract: A small rotary encoder capable of easily fitting a substrate into a proper position without using an adhesive or the like is provided. Slits are formed in an encoder case so that the encoder case is partially plate-spring shaped, a step portion and a claw portion are formed on the inner circumference of the encoder case, convex portions and concave portions that are combined with each other are formed on the inner circumference of the encoder case and a substrate, respectively. When the substrate is inserted into the encoder case, the encoder case is bent by the slits so that the substrate can be inserted into the encoder case. The substrate is inserted between the step portion and the claw portion, so that the substrate can be fitted into the encoder case, and the substrate is prevented from being incorrectly fitted in a circumferential direction, so that a position can be easily determined.

Inventors: Sumi; Tomonori (Tokyo, JP), Oki; Kouji (Tokyo, JP)

Assignee: Namiki Seimitsu Houseki Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: G01B 7/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018