of areas, in a couple of applications, where we were not
the market leader,” Maher said. “We were determined to
become a market leader for joysticks, even a market refer-
ence in terms of how you go about designing a joystick.
“We had not done this extensive amount of research in
the past, and we felt to really do it well, and to understand
why we were doing what we’re doing, this was the type
of research we needed to do. I think it’s going to pay off.
Our preliminary discussions with pilot customers have
provided very, very good feedback.”
One of the key design parameters for the JS7000
line, Maher said, along with ergonomics and
aesthetics, durability and ruggedness, was
flexibility. “We wanted to offer options — if,
for example, the customer wants a spring-
return or a friction hold,” Maher said.
“We wanted to be able to offer a joystick
design for those customers that absolutely
needed options for exactly how their joy-
stick should feel and move.
“This design lends itself to that, so that
you’re not redesigning the joystick every time to
get those types of very specific customer feels.”
As such, the JS7000 will be available with
multiple standard options including 20° to 25°
movement for the multi-axis version and 15°
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The basic design features of the first JS7000 joysticks to market include dual-axis
designs with spring-centered guided movement and vertical right- or left-hand grips.
A T-grip design will be introduced later this year.
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