I am looking for a joystick/encoder for a production machine.
I am now working with an encoder made by ALPS, which is pretty nice but way too fragile. It does up-down-right-left, encoder for twist motion, and a push-in. It was really intended for automotive use, and has a life of 15,000 cycles. (see eg.)
I need something like this, except that it needs to be rugged enough to be used by the public - not vandal proof, just rough-hand proof - and can withstand being in a NEMA-3R panel outdoors.
I am looking for quantities of 100, so it does need to be a regular production model.....
I've not had much luck finding sources - any ideas?