STILL uses Elobau for controls

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- 24 Sep 2015 ( #737 ) - Leutkirch, Germany
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The J5 joystick
The J5 joystick
Forklift maker STILL has been working with sensor and control specialist Elobau to redevelop controls for reach and counterbalance trucks.

The partnership goes back about eight years and STILL turned to Elobau to develop a multi-functional handle for the FM-X series of reach trucks.

The basic element is the Elobau joystick J5, which comes with a CAN interface and various push-buttons from the Elobau program. This multi-function handle can be used as a single-handed control for all hydraulic functions without changing grip.

STILL's new generation of FM-X reach trucks are equipped with a new control unit, according to CAN Newsletter Online

Mario Halwachs from Elobau says the new unit "is not just an adaptation of the existing joystick".

"We had to develop a completely new product using current standard elements housed in a newly constructed base," he explains. Because STILL also wanted to use this multi-function joystick in its counterbalance trucks, it was necessary to make the handle base suitable for two different installation situations.

Like the previous model, the control has rocker switches for driving direction and tilt, a linear slider for lateral movement of the forks, as well as a push button switch for additional functions and the horn.

"The control gives the operator a comfortable hand rest position and protects the wrist," says STILL spokesman Jürgen Wrusch. "In addition, the operator receives a haptic feedback on the functions performed. As the joystick can be operated while wearing a glove, it's suitable for working in cold stores, and, with its adherence to IP55, can be used in wet environments. Several test drivers have given it a very positive feedback."
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