Product Details Supplier Info More products

Penny and Giles has launched a hand-operated 12-bit programmable Hall-effect joystick for the single-axis operator control of cranes, aerial work platforms and other off-highway vehicle applications.

The compact JC1500 joystick comes with a range of user-defined features, enabling original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build safe control systems.

As the joystick is designed with cast metal components, it provides high strength and reliability, according to the company.

It can be supplied with a 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 customer-specific handle shapes or design 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 JC1500 features a 12-bit programmable Hall-effect sensing system with dual outputs.

Penny and Giles claims that the joystick lever’s sensor is embedded at the pivot mechanism to ensure maximum output sensitivity over the full lever travel.

Features of the JC1500 include: a 5VDC regulated or 9-30VDC unregulated power supply; over-voltage protection to 40VDC with reverse polarity protection; dual outputs, with independent output ramps (same or opposed); analogue (0.5-4.5VDC) or digital (pulse-width-modulated) signal outputs; a spring return or friction hold lever action; optional centre or end-of-travel locks and detent features; an operating temperature range of -40C to +85C at 5VDC; and environmental protection to IP69K above the mounting panel.

A number of the JC1500’s factory-programmed sensor features can be specified when ordering, including a choice of analogue voltage or digital pulse-width-modulated 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.

OEMs can choose advanced custom features, including: non-linear outputs; switched outputs; clamp voltages; and extended analogue voltage to emulate potentiometer signals.

The JC1500 also provides mechanical options to suit specific applications; these include a spring-to-centre lever action; a friction hold lever action; centre or end locking functions; and intermediate detent positions.

The joystick can be adapted into an OEM’s system.

Its 53mm footprint under the mounting panel enables it to fit inside enclosures and control panels.

It is intended to be mounted in environments that are 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.

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.

View full profile