Alpha KLC Series

Alpha KLC Series

The KLC ultra-precision thermosensitive resistor series from Alpha Electronics offers a highly accurate device that has a resistivity which varies linearly with temperature change in a through-hole package. By utilising Alpha's Bulk Metal® foil resistor technology, they are able to produce these resistors that are ideally designed for temperature detection, providing a small size and rapid response. The temperature characteristics for the KLC series can be freely adjusted, please see the datasheet under the Technical Library tab or the TCR against resistance values available graph below for further details.

  • Ultra-precision thermosenstive through-hole resistor
  • Available in a wide range of resistance values from 20Ω to 40kΩ
  • Tolerance options from ±5.0% down to ±0.5% available
  • Temperature characteristics can be freely adjusted and are almost linear
  • Maximum working voltage of 300V
  • Power rating of 0.25W (at +70°C)
  • Maximum rated operating temperature +70°C
  • Working temperature from -65°C up to +125°C

These Alpha KLC ultra-precision thermosensitive resistors are made of material only a few µm thick and responds rapidly to temperature changes. Strict control of foil composition maintains uniform quality without fluctuation of temperature characteristics of resistance. They are produced by the same fine photo-etching technology used in other metal foil precision resistors from Alpha.

The KLC series has a pin pitch of 7.62 ±0.25mm.

Typical applications for the KLC ultra-precision thermosensitive resistor series include:

  • Cold junction reference for thermocouples
  • Temperature compensation in load cells
  • Temperature compensation device in semiconductor circuits
  • Temperature sensing devices

The below graph represents possible TCR values against resistance values available for the KLC thermosensitive resistor series. Please see the datasheet under the Technical Library tab for the full specifications for the KLC series.

Possible TCR values against resistance values available graph

Graph showing possible TCR options against resistance values available in the KLC series.

Specifications
Additional Features
  • Ultra-precision thermosensitive through-hole resistor
  • Resistance is provided by metal foil meaning the resistor is highly stable with little change over time
  • Temperature characteristics of resistance are almost linear
  • Response to temperature changes is rapid
  • Small size
  • Pin pitch of 7.62 ±0.25mm
  • Temperature characteristics can be freely adjusted (please see the datasheet for further details)
Maximum Power Rating 0.25W (at +70°C)
Maximum Resistance 40kΩ (please see the datasheet for further details)
Minimum Resistance 20Ω (please see the datasheet for further details)
Package/Size Through-hole
TCR This is dependent upon resistance value (please see the datasheet for further details)
Tolerance
  • ±0.5% (D)
  • ±1.0% (F)
  • ±2.0% (G)
  • ±5.0% (J)

We are pleased to provide you with a range of additional content including videos, product datasheets, case studies, white papers and application notes for your reference. Please see below for the latest content available:

 

 

DOCUMENTATION
PDF Document Alpha Electronics CLA, CLB, KLC, NLA, NLB, NMP and NMQ ultra-precision thermosensitive resistor series datasheet
PDF Document Alpha Electronics manufacturing process, adjustment of resistance value construction, and temperature characteristics of resistance information which covers their resistor range including typical characteristics such as their typical 0.14 ppm/°C TCR
PDF Document Alpha Electronics additional services and custom products available to compliment their precision and ultra-precision resistor ranges
PDF Document Alpha Electronics ultra-precision resistors databook, covering all parts and models they have to offer

 

 

 

VIDEOS
Resistor Stability Put to the Test (Demo Video)

In this video, host Richard Zuratt from VPG puts the stability of the three major resistor technologies — foil, thin, and thick film — to the test. Each resistor type is subjected to an overload pulse and its change in resistance value is recorded. Due to the homogeneous nature of the VPG Bulk Metal® Foil resistor, it is the only of the three to experience no change from the high power pulse. This demonstrated performance makes foil resistors the technology of choice for critical applications where long-term stability and survivability are paramount.
A head to head comparison of the survival rates of precision thin film nichrome (NiCr) resistors versus VFR Bulk Metal Foil resistors in a high humidity environment.

All resistors that are based on nichrome, which is a category that includes both thin film devices and Bulk Metal Foil resistors, are susceptible to electro-chemical corrosion or etching when placed in a high humidity environment and powered with a very low wattage. But since the nichrome element of a Bulk Metal Foil resistor is hundreds of times thicker than the element in a thin film device with the same value, it will last much longer under these conditions. This video shows the actual etching process and survival times for thin film and foil nichrome resistive elements as they are tested in 100% humidity conditions.
Comparison Testing of Chip Resistor Technologies Under High Vibration

Surface-mount resistors suffer physical stresses when exposed to high vibration or thermally unstable environments. Failure modes commonly occur in welds, solder joints, connectors, and terminations, ultimately resulting in circuit failure. In this demonstration, vibration-table-mounted boards are subjected to ±2° deflection 25 times per second and monitored for any ΔR > 0.1%. All the chip resistors failed in 2 to 12 minutes (8K to 16K cycles). But the Alpha MPP molded Bulk Metal® Z-Foil resistor with flexible terminations experienced over a million cycles with no change in resistance.
VIDEOS
Resistor Stability Put to the Test (Demo Video)

In this video, host Richard Zuratt from VPG puts the stability of the three major resistor technologies — foil, thin, and thick film — to the test. Each resistor type is subjected to an overload pulse and its change in resistance value is recorded. Due to the homogeneous nature of the VPG Bulk Metal® Foil resistor, it is the only of the three to experience no change from the high power pulse. This demonstrated performance makes foil resistors the technology of choice for critical applications where long-term stability and survivability are paramount.
A head to head comparison of the survival rates of precision thin film nichrome (NiCr) resistors versus VFR Bulk Metal Foil resistors in a high humidity environment.

All resistors that are based on nichrome, which is a category that includes both thin film devices and Bulk Metal Foil resistors, are susceptible to electro-chemical corrosion or etching when placed in a high humidity environment and powered with a very low wattage. But since the nichrome element of a Bulk Metal Foil resistor is hundreds of times thicker than the element in a thin film device with the same value, it will last much longer under these conditions. This video shows the actual etching process and survival times for thin film and foil nichrome resistive elements as they are tested in 100% humidity conditions.
Comparison Testing of Chip Resistor Technologies Under High Vibration

Surface-mount resistors suffer physical stresses when exposed to high vibration or thermally unstable environments. Failure modes commonly occur in welds, solder joints, connectors, and terminations, ultimately resulting in circuit failure. In this demonstration, vibration-table-mounted boards are subjected to ±2° deflection 25 times per second and monitored for any ΔR > 0.1%. All the chip resistors failed in 2 to 12 minutes (8K to 16K cycles). But the Alpha MPP molded Bulk Metal® Z-Foil resistor with flexible terminations experienced over a million cycles with no change in resistance.

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