Modular Joystick Keeps A Low Under-Panel Profile

APEM’s XD series is a multi-axis hand-grip joystick engineered for demanding vehicle applications.  Featuring non-contacting Hall effect technology to provide up to 10 million operations, the component is a compact, highly reliable joystick suited for off-highway vehicles and machinery.


The XD series joystick measures 60 mm below panel and can withstand horizontal loads up to 400 lbf.  Durability has been achieved by utilizing all metal construction as well as optimizing the wall thickness and diameter of the joystick’s lever.  The result is a compact joystick with the mechanical integrity of heavy duty joysticks much larger in size.

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The XD series’ handle utilizes a uni-body construction with modular inserts to provide design flexibility.  This allows users to purchase base joysticks which may then be configured as required.  Insert options include an index trigger switch, operator presence paddle and a customizable faceplate.  The one-piece handle also limits ingress points and enables IP67 above panel environmental sealing.  The series provides SAE CAN bus J1939-71 outputs and all axis and button data are delivered on a CAN 2.0B compliant physical interface. Two additional signals allow configuration of the controller Source Address.  The XD series can accommodate a 6 to 35VDC power supply and will operate between -40°C to +85°C.


For more information, checkout the XD series datasheet, call 877-246-7890, or email [email protected].


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