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Penny and Giles has expanded its family of JC120 single-axis joystick controllers with the addition of new mechanical features contained within the existing joystick design.

A friction mechanism is available, which will allow the operator to set the joystick lever to a specific position for driving a control system at a constant speed without the need to continue to remain holding the lever.

Also available with this friction option is a centre detent position that provides the operator with an indication of the joystick lever’s middle position.

A further feature is a seven-position detent feel that provides the operator with an indication of the progressive movement through the joystick lever’s operating angle.

There are three detents positioned at 10C increments each side of the centre detent 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 with a cost-effective solution to providing mechanical indication of setting the speed of a control system.

Penny and Giles said the life of the new mechanical features is in excess of one million cycles.

The JC120 joystick is a small, compact controller measuring only 26.5mm wide (28.5mm with optional IP67 protective boot fitted) featuring 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.

The standard spring-return-to-centre option is ergonomically designed for smooth, precise finger-tip control, making it ideal for repeated operations over long periods.

The company this option also features good proportional control, stable output, low noise and long life and is designed for applications including radio remote control ‘chest packs’, robotics, remote camera controls and agricultural and material-handling equipment.

Electrical connections are provided through a seven-pin Molex 70553 series latching male connector on the joystick base.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

The Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group is formed from a number established specialist companies who are experts in the design, testing and manufacture of a range of components and systems for the safe and reliable operation and control of mobile and static machinery – especially off-highway vehicles, heavy trucks, buses, military vehicles and motorsport. Within the business are four market leading brands — Penny & Giles Controls, PG Drives Technology, William Controls, and Arens Controls.

Penny & Giles Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions using the latest non-contact sensing technologies, and specialises in rotary, linear and tilt position sensors; joysticks; solenoid actuators and associated electronic signal conditioning. The business was first established in 1956 and pioneered aerospace sensing and data recording technologies with a reputation for quality, performance and reliability. The aerospace business continues today within other Curtiss-Wright business units. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2002.

PG Drives Technology
Delivers rugged subsystem solutions including programmable controllers and drives used in a wide variety of advanced electric-powered vehicles such as forklifts, pallet loaders, mobility scooters and wheelchairs, serving the industrial and medical markets. These products deliver precise variable power from batteries to electric drive motors, and are fully programmable to suit various motor profiles, voltages and power levels. The business was first established in 1976 and was originally part of the Penny & Giles group of companies. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Williams Controls
Delivers rugged component level solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly-engineered electronic sensors and electronic throttle controls for off-road equipment, heavy trucks, and military vehicles. The business was first established in 1937 and pioneered the development of the first electronic throttle control for large diesel engines, quickly becoming the world leader in the design and manufacture of electronic throttle controls for trucks and buses. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2012.

Arens Controls
Delivers rugged component level and subsystem solutions and is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered electronic shift controls for automatic transmissions used on heavy trucks and buses. The company also designs and manufactures power management and traction systems for the emerging Hybrid Electronic Vehicle (HEV) market. The business was first established in 1939 and pioneered the development of “by-wire” vehicle control technology, and more recently power electronic drivetrain components and systems for the HEV market. The company joined Curtiss-Wright in 2013.

Curtiss-Wright Industrial Group has manufacturing sites in the US, Europe, India and China. Total customer service and support is assured via a global sales network with CWIG offices in the US, UK, Germany, India, Taiwan and China, as well as a network of distributors and agents covering other regions.

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