Penny + Giles Introduces New Single-Axis Joystick at Bauma

Penny + Giles, Long Beach, Calif., a business group of Curtiss-Wright Controls, launched its new hand-operated 12-bit programmable Hall-effect technology-based JC1500 joystick for single-axis operator control of cranes, aerial work platforms and other off-highway vehicle applications at Bauma.

The compact joystick comes with a range of user-defined features, enabling OEMs to quickly and efficiently build safe and reliable control systems, according to the company. The JC1500 joystick is designed with cast metal components for strength and reliability. It can be supplied with a wide range of handle and grip styles to suit specific applications that may, for example, require the increased safety and functionality offered by finger-operated triggers, buttons, and rockers. To support unique, customer-specific handle shapes or designs requirements, the JC1500 is also available  in a ‘no handle’ version with a plain operating lever provided for interfacing with the joystick handle or grip.

The joystick lever’s sensor is embedded at the pivot mechanism to ensure maximum output sensitivity over the full lever travel. Power requirements include a 5Vdc regulated or 9-30Vdc unregulated power supply. It features over-voltage protection to 40Vdc with reverse polarity protection; dual outputs, with independent output ramps (same or opposed); analog (0.5 to 4.5Vdc) or digital (Pulse Width Modulated) signal outputs; spring return or friction hold lever action; optional center or end of travel locks and detent features; an operating temperature range: -40 to +185ºF @ 5Vdc; and environmental protection to IP69K above the mounting panel.

For optimal flexibility, a number of the joystick’s factory-programmed sensor features can be specified when ordering, including a choice of analog voltage or digital PWM signals on two channels. Each output can be configured with the same or opposed output ramps, enabling summed outputs to be monitored for error checking. Additionally, OEMs can choose advanced custom features including non-linear outputs; switched outputs; clamp voltages; and extended analog voltage to emulate potentiometer signals.

The component also provides mechanical options that enable the customer to best suit their specific application. These mechanical options include spring-to-center lever action; friction hold lever action; center- or end-locking functions; or intermediate detent positions.

The JC1500 joystick can be simply and quickly adapted into an OEM’s system, according to the company. Its compact footprint (2.09 inches) under the mounting panel enables it to fit easily inside enclosures and control panels. It is intended to be mounted in environments subject to external weather conditions all year-round, on applications such as vehicle cab controls and aerial work platform control panels. The joystick has IP69K protection above the mounting flange for protection against the ingress of particles and fluids, even under pressure wash-downs.