Penny + Giles has introduced a heavy-duty, single-axis joystick controller to its JC6000 product range. The company says this is in response to requests for a higher-strength, return-to-centre joystick for use in arduous conditions or where high 'across axis' loads can be an issue.

The increased strength of the new heavy-duty JC6000 has been achieved by redesigning the body casting, which, the company claims, has increased across-axis fatigue life by a factor of five.

The heavy-duty version will also use a new gaiter designed to accommodate the increased strength of the body casting.

For new applications and to ensure that all Penny + Giles customers can benefit from the improved fatigue performance, the new heavy-duty version is designed be used as an alternative to existing single-axis, spring-return joystick controllers, as both versions share the same panel mounting detail.

The joystick is available with long-life potentiometer track sensors with auxiliary contacting directional switch tracks, single or dual non-contact Hall-effect sensors, or a combination of both, CAN (J1939) and CAN-Extended input interfaces and is designed to share all the standard JC6000 handles and grips.

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