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New Joysticks Can be Customized to Suit Operator Needs

Lake Bluff, Ill.-based elobau Sensor Technology recently introduced its J6 line of industrial joysticks, designed for heavy-duty use on various vehicles and equipment, including cranes, forklifts, and material-handling devices. Compatible multi-function levers are available with one, two or three push-button operation to suit most any application.

J6 joysticks are offered in standard analog (Hall Effect sensor) or digital (Reed sensor) measurement styles, with voltage, current, PWM and CAN-bus output versions, all designed to resist EMC interferences, even to the demanding specifications of the auto and other industries. Housed in IP67 protection class enclosures, these joysticks are available in multiple mechanical configurations. The units feature multiaxial zero actuation or cross gate. Other gate and reduced angle designs are available on request.

Standard angular operating range is 25 in the X- and Y-axis. A mechanical life of 2 million cycles is typical. Operating temperatures range from •25 to +75C (~ 9 to 168F).

elobau joysticks are available with or without a multi-function lever mounted. The literature now offered includes complete part number specifications to build the joystick for most any application. elobau performs all circuit and cable assembly, plastic molding, assembly and full performance testing at its factories. Thus, modifications to suit virtually all industrial and commercial requirements are achieved quickly and in a cost-effective manner.

elobau has also launched a mercury-free tilt sensor solution, N3/N4 tilt sensors, to add to its range of sensitive electronics that are used in adverse conditions.

The company claims that this tilt sensor is easier to use than its predecessors. It has a high angular range of 60, which can be defined for analogue from 5 and digital from 1,5 in steps of 0.5. The zero point can be adjusted with an infrared remote control by the user. With this detail the single-axis version N3 and the two-axis N4 are suitable for even adverse mounting conditions.

The output signal can simultaneously use analogue and digital signals. Both axes can be defined by four switching points • two on positive and two on the negative range. For eliminating signal failure caused by vehicle vibrations, an arbitrary delay is used.

The small, modular design of the housing also guarantees system redundancy to ensure safety by mounting a second sensor directly on top.

For special mounting conditions a 90 vertical alignment is possible. Protection against dust and humidity in the N3/N4 is ensured by adherence to the IP67 standard. Temporary immersion in water causes no breakdown of the sensor.

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