Single-Axis Joystick Potentiometers & Controllers

A diverse range of single-axis controller joysticks developed for the smooth, precise control of critical functions in a variety of vehicle and industrial applications. Each single axis controller has a range of selectable options for the most comprehensive matching of the joystick to your requirements.

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joystick potentiometers

A potentiometer joystick features physical components that, when moved, allow either the increase or decrease of voltage or current. It does so through the variance of resistance within the electronic circuit. When the joystick operator applies force, the variance of voltage or current is accomplished. While potentiometer joystick technology has opened doors for electronic circuit control, it's moving parts have limitations in terms of long term durability and reliability. It's also vulnerable to electromagnetic or radio frequency interference. 

Potentiometer Joystick Applications

Potentiometer joysticks are useful in a wide variety of industrial applications. The most common include:

  • Robotics
  • Medical apparatus
  • Cranes
  • Winches
  • Marine equipment
  • Agricultural machines
  • Forestry machines
  • Construction equipment
  • Factory production lines

As they are used in disruptive environmental conditions, they suffer rough usage and must be robust enough to live up to a long life expectancy and reduce the risk of equipment failure. 

Single-Axis Joystick Controllers 

A single-axis joystick is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its direction to the device it's controlling. Typical applications include remote control chest packs and the control of construction, agricultural or material handling equipment.

Our single axis joysticks have been developed for smooth, precise control in various vehicle and industrial applications. Each single-axis controller has a range of selectable options for the most comprehensive matching of your requirements' joystick.

Types of single-axis controllers

Fingertip Control

Our low profile joystick provides precise fingertip control on one axis. Using these paddles in a control panel allows designers to develop very low profile assemblies while maintaining a much larger single axis joystick functionality. They have been designed for maintenance-free operation.

Related products: JC120, JC1200, JC1210

Roller and Rockers

Our proportional roller/rocker joysticks are robust and compact. Mechanically designed for the under panel space to be only 21mm or 23mm. These single-axis joysticks utilize non-contacting, Hall-effect sensing technology.

This eliminates contact wear and provides for the long-life integrity of the output signal. A fully dual-redundant electronic architecture enhances safety made up of two power supplies and two sensing circuits. The outputs can be set to positive or negative ramps or a combination of both.

Related products: JC040, JC050,


We have designed a range of grips for use in heavy-duty and Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP's) without compromising on smooth proportional control. Our joysticks provide reliable and accurate output signals. Carefully-chosen configuration options offer an optimal combination of performance and cost.

Related products: JC1500, JC4000

Single Axis Motion Control Technology


A transducer that varies the output voltage in response to a magnetic field. The sensor operates as an analog transducer, directly returning a voltage. The sensors are predominantly used in applications such as:

  • Positioning
  • Speed deduction
  • Proximity switching
  • Current sensing

In a Hall effect sensor, a thin strip of metal has a current applied alongside it. When a magnetic field is present, the electrons in the metal strip are deflected toward one edge. This produces a voltage gradient across the strip's short side (perpendicular to the feed current).

How do industrial joystick potentiometers work?

Industrial joysticks are fitted with potentiometers on each side of the joystick's shafts so that when it pivots, it rotates the contact arm. When the shaft moves, the potentiometers' contact arms produce turns and vary the potentiometers' resistance, which translates the stick's position to the processing unit and onto the joystick port on the computer. If a joystick is required to move in multiple ways on its axis, it will have multiple shafts and multiple potentiometers. Joystick potentiometers' highly accurate design allows for dynamic positioning, accurate and efficient use for sensitive operations for applications such as oil rigs.

What is a joystick module?

Similar to analog joysticks found in gamepads, a joystick module is made by mounting two potentiometers at a 90 degrees angle. The potentiometers are connected to a short stick centered by springs. When the module is in a resting position, it produces an output of around 2.5V from X and Y.

How does an analog joystick work?

Analog sticks use continuous electrical activity from potentiometers to measure the precise position of the stick within its full range of motion. Compared to a digital stick which relies on single electrical connections for movement. 

further information

We are an excellent provider of electronic throttle controls, transmission shifters, and sensors for commercial off-highway equipment and heavy trucks, helping to address the long-term trend towards attaining higher fuel efficiency and lower emissions.


We strive for the best solutions, from design and manufacturing to prompt, on-time delivery with operational excellence and world-class service.



Curtiss-Wright Industrial Division includes the legacy brands of:

  • Arens Controls
  • Penny & Giles
  • PG Drives Technology
  • Williams Controls


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