Analog inputs are, in general,
used for the main joystick X and
Y axis signals or auxiliary thum-
bwheels or analog pushbutton
controls. Up to two analog inputs
are necessary for each joystick
axis or thumbwheel controller if
signal redundancy is required in
the application. The input voltage
range is zero to 5 Vdc.
Digital inputs are used for
pushbutton switches and for the
capacitive presence sensor input.
Digital outputs are used to com-
mand LEDs, which can include
backlights or activation lights on
the handle and on the individual con-
trols or other function LEDs installed
in the handle.
The standard controller allows for
several possible configurations on
the handle. The maximum configu-
ration is eight pushbutton switches
or five pushbutton switches and two
thumbwheel controllers on the face
plate; and two pushbutton switches
joystick base, elobau said. This
also simplifies the equipment
assembly process and allows
for an expansion in the number
of controls and LEDs that can
be incorporated inside the han-
dle, the company noted. It also
allows for easier integration of
the handle onto a conventional
hydraulic joystick base.
In configurations without the
CAN option, the maximum num-
ber of wires would be limited to
14, therefore also limiting the
number of functions that can be
incorporated inside the handle.
Another advantage of the grip-integrated CAN module is the possibility to reduce the space requirements with the armrest’s front end,
which also reduces the likelihood of
intruding into ergonomic knee zones.
With the CAN controller, the number
of wires coming out of the controller is
limited to four — UB, ground, CAN-H
and CAN-L. If the CAN module con-
The standard 36xG con-
troller allows for several
possible configurations on the handle. The maximum is
eight pushbutton switches or five pushbutton switches and
two thumbwheel controllers on the face plate, as well as
two pushbutton switches or one pushbutton switch and one
thumbwheel on the rear plate.
trols the joystick base, additional wires
would be routed from the base to the
handle, the company noted.
The interface uses CAN Specification
2.0B, (per ISO11898) and supports
the standard CANopen and SAE
The standard CAN controller is de-
signed to accept up to 10 analog inputs,
11 digital inputs and 16 digital outputs.