I know that thumb wheel potentiometers are an outdated technology, everything is moving to rotary encoders. The problem I have is that my company has a large number of legacy products. We have designed rotary encoders into most of our designs but have a few very low volume products that wouldn't be worth a complete redesign. Here is the datasheet for the component currently used(its the 3rd on the datasheet). If anyone knows where to find something similar that would be great. I am also open to other alternatives and ideas anyone may have that would not require a complete redesign. I would like to simply be able to just update the footprint on the PCB to fit a new potentiometer
Note: I proposed the possibility of a knob protruding from the side of the product to control volume but that idea didn't go over very well, the thumb wheel is preferred.
Note: some specs are 10k, single turn, about 12.7mm (0.5") diameter