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Higher strength joystick controller for tough duties

06 July 2012

Penny + Giles has introduced the JC8000, a heavy-duty electronic joystick controller with a number of high-strength features for demanding working conditions such as skid steer loader controls or where operators traditionally use hydraulic joysticks. The increased strength of the new controller has been achieved by increasing the body material around the area that supports the operating lever, increasing the operating lever’s diameter and changing the lever’s pivot geometry.

These fundamental changes have enabled the joystick to handle increased torque and improve the lever’s bending and applied loads.

Designed for the most challenging applications, the JC8000 can withstand a 380Nm overload on the X and Y axes and 2,000N on the vertical. It has also been tested to more than 60 million operations (15 million cycles) under laboratory conditions.

With an under-panel depth of 70mm, the JC8000 is more compact than equivalent heavy duty joysticks and there is a choice of digital or analogue outputs, including dual-redundant 12bit Hall effect, CANbus J1939 and digital PWM.

Other key features of the JC8000 joystick controller include single or dual axis control; IP69K sealing to the electronics; 5Vdc (regulated) or 8 to 54Vdc (unregulated) supply; dual-channel analogue output on each axis with optional ramp directions; a range of eight handle/grip options; and an operating temperature range from -40°C to +70°C.

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