Joysticks in apparatus engineering

Joysticks for apparatus engineering solutions

Precise and robust multi-purpose joysticks or control sticks are used to control complex devices in apparatus engineering applications. If the devices are used outdoors or are subjected to dust and moisture, they must comply with specific IP protection classes. As well as operating the measuring unit, the robust, multi-purpose joysticks can also control tools built into the measuring system. In order to accommodate such complex operations and complementary functions in the input unit, our experts enhance the joysticks with individual functions by means of integrating special joystick buttons or rocker switches into the multi-purpose grip.


Joystick-based control of sewer inspection systems

Sewage networks are inspected using complex, remote-controlled camera carriages. They are called sewage inspection systems and are controlled by means of built-in cameras and one or more multi-purpose joysticks. Additional functions, such as dedicated joystick buttons, simplify this task. The complex navigation and control procedures inherent in this field of work lead to an extremely high level of motion cycles. In other words, the joystick is in constant operation and therefore needs to have a correspondingly long service life.
The mechanical design of MEGATRON’s series 844 finger joysticks is superbly suited to this task. These precision finger joysticks are particularly long lived and easily fulfil the demanding requirements. In addition, the contact-free Hall-effect sensors in the joystick do not exhibit any wear.
Thanks to the low installation depth of the analogue joystick (optionally with PWM output), it can be easily integrated into the control panel. As requested by the customer, we also adjusted the cable length for installation and attached a connector. This allows for convenient control of the inspection device’s camera via the joystick, facilitating simple and reliable navigation of the sewage network.

Our contribution to the application
  • Integration of additional functions into the joystick for ease of operation
  • Highly robust and precise joystick built to withstand large numbers of motion cycles



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