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New CCI joystick vibrates and adjusts itself

CCI introduces an Isobus-based joystick that vibrates and can be adjusted to the operator’s preferences.

Competence Center Isobus, or CCI in short, introduced this universal joystick (A3) to operate machines in a smart and comfortable way. The remarkable thing about this joystick is that you can place a different grid on its small display.

Adjust the display

CCI supplies 3 different grids to go with the joystick, with 7, 8 or 10 buttons. Using a button on the back of the joystick you can swap or change the different functions that are being displayed. That way, you can adjust the display to your liking.

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Perhaps the very first intuitive and adaptive joystick on the market, this A3 joystick by CCI. You can adjust the grid yourself and choose the right function simply by feeling. And when in doubt: the symbols are always clearly displayed. - Photos: Bas van Hattum
Perhaps the very first intuitive and adaptive joystick on the market, this A3 joystick by CCI. You can adjust the grid yourself and choose the right function simply by feeling. And when in doubt: the symbols are always clearly displayed. - Photos: Bas van Hattum

Compatible with any Isobus terminal

The A3 joystick has been developed using the Isobus protocol and therefore is compatible with any Isobus terminal on any machine by any brand. It automatically downloads the Isobus symbols from the operating terminal. It doesn’t matter whether you‘re using for instance a sprayer, baler or fertiliser spreader; everything is possible.

Another smart feature is that the joystick recognises the grid you‘re using (through a built-in magnet) and automatically adjusts its layout. This way you can use 1 joystick to operate every thinkable machine without swapping or adjusting several joysticks.

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CCI offers 3 different grids, being held in place by magnets. The joystick recognises which grid you're using and adjusts its display automatically.
CCI offers 3 different grids, being held in place by magnets. The joystick recognises which grid you're using and adjusts its display automatically.

Joystick vibrates

The joystick feels solid and well-built. You‘re hand is being supported at the bottom, which makes it extra comfortable. The joysticks vibrates whenever you‘ve pressed a button; that way you know for sure the command has been given.

On the first joysticks we tested, the touchscreen (behind the grid) turned out to be extremely sensitive and could be activated at the slightest touch. According to CCI that will be improved, so the touchscreen will only react when you press the function (softly) using your full thumb.

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Prices can vary

CCI couldn’t say yet whether this user-friendly joystick will also be sold to third parties – for use in for instance tractors or harvesters. It’s to be expected though that it will be found in for instance a Grimme self-propelled harvester, since Grimme is a member of CCI. The price of the A3 joystick is not known yet; every CCI member can put its own price tag on it, so prices can vary.

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CCI

CCI was founded 10 years ago by the manufacturers Amazone, Grimme, Kuhn, Lemken and Rauch with the goal to jointly develop Isobus components, in order for those components (electronics, terminals and controls) to meet all of the manufacturers’ demands, also when it comes to precision farming applications (measuring, recording and sending data).
CCI has seen its membership grow in recent years and is expecting further growth. At the moment there are 30 members, including very large (Pöttinger and Ropa) but also smaller (Bednar, Peecon) manufacturers. Around 50,000 CCI terminals are said to be sold worldwide.

Also read: CCI 1200 terminal certified for data exchange

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