Single-axis joysticks now with tactile feedback

Paul Boughton
Penny + Giles is expanding its family of JC120 single-axis joystick controllers with the addition of new features within the existing joystick design. A friction mechanism is now available that enables the operator to set the joystick lever to a specific position for driving a control system at a constant speed with no need to hold the lever. Also available with this friction option is a centre detent position that provides a tactile indication of the joystick lever's middle position.
A further new feature is a seven-position detent feel that provides the operator with a tactile indication of the progressive movement through the joystick's operating angle. There are three detents positioned at 10-degree increments each side of the central position. These detent options are available for the original 'spring return to centre' and 'spring return to one end' versions of the JC120, as well as the new friction option.
These features are designed to offer users a cost-effective means of providing mechanical indication of the setting when controlling the speed of a system. The life of the new mechanical features is in excess of 1 million cycles.
As with the existing variants, the new models of the JC120 joystick are compact, measuring only 26.5mm wide (28.5mm with the optional IP67 protective boot fitted). They feature a pivoting lever design that provides one axis of forward and reverse movement. Two lever heights are available, either 63.75mm (long) or 54mm (short) above the mounting panel. Electrical connections are provided through a seven-pin Molex 70553 series latching male connector on the joystick base.
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