DAO Joystick Controller

The DAO Joystick Controller is a high precision,
integrated joystick, motion controller, drivers, and power
supplies all in one compact desktop unit.  It allows you to
drive any motorized XYZ stage equipped with stepper

The DAO Joystick Controller is a dual-purpose motion
controller; it can be used as a stand-alone joystick
and/or a stand-alone motion controller with computer
interface.  Programming is simple with two-letter intuitive
commands.  Its physical shape is ergonomically designed
for long operating hours.

The DAO Joystick Controller is designed for extremely
cost-sensitive and space-sensitive applications.  This
controller is typically half-the-price and, in many cases,
¼ the size of a comparable stand-alone motion controller
even without its joystick unit.  With both joystick and
motion controller integrated into one small desktop unit,
we eliminate wiring between joystick and motion


  • XYZ stage platforms
  • Robotics
  • Quality inspection systems
  • Measurement systems
  • IC fabrication clean-room or medical purpose

Key Features:

  • 1, 2, or 3 axes joystick / motion controller / drivers /
    power supplies all in one unit.  Optional 4 axes
  • Single compact desktop unit with footprint of 8.5”
    x11”.  Base is less than 3” in height.
  • Simultaneous control of all axes.
  • 3 selectable joystick speeds per axis.
  • Ergonomic joystick designed for left and right-
    handed operator.  Sunken joystick to minimize
    wrist fatigue.
  • Full blown stand-alone motion controller with RS-
    232C or optional Ethernet computer interface.
  • Open loop with scale encoder inputs, home inputs,
    and travel limit sensors.
  • Joystick mode available during PC control mode.

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General Specifications
1, 2, or 3 (4th axis is available at
special request)
X (Left-Right), Y (Up-Down),
Z (CW-CWW Rotating Knob)
Motion Control
Full blown for OEM (Command sets
documents provided)
Built-in Stepper Motor Amplifier
Full step/half step mode.  Up to 3
bipolar two-phase stepper motors.
Built-in Micro Stepper Motor
Amplifier (Optional)
Up to 3 bipolar two-phase stepper
motors at 1/64 resolution
Stepper Drive Current
1.4Amps/Phase (2.8Amps for
two-phase steppers)
Micro Stepper Drive Current
3Amps per axis
Output Motor Power
Regulated 30VDC at 8Amps
Processing speed
► Encoder frequencies up to 12MHz
► 3MHz outputs pulse for steppers
Joystick Control Method
Pre-installed DAO Joystick firmware
Joystick Travel speed
Selectable speed (Low, Medium, and
Scale Encoder Inputs
► Open loop with encoder inputs for
PC (square waves).
► Optional sinusoidal interpolation of
Sin/Cos encoders (up to 12bit).
Home Bit Inputs
User define home positions for
accurate repeatability
Travel Limit Inputs
User define travel limits, 2 per axis
Linear and circular interpolation,
contouring, electronic gearing and
Computer Interface
19.2kb RS-232C or Ethernet 10Base-T
Power Requirements
120-220 VAC 50/60Hz
Physical Dimension
8.5” x 11”, 3” Base Height, 5.25” Total
Temperature Control
Self cooling via two brushless fans
Usage Environment
► Compatible with all levels of clean
► Temperature:  32 to 104°F
(0 to 40°C)
► Humidity:  0 to 85%
► No corrosive gases, dust, water or
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Brochure is also offered in
Acrobat PDF format, which
requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Click here to download brochure
Standard Accessories:
  • OEM applications software package. Windows® 2000/XP
    compatible.  Setup utilities, OCX, DLL, etc.
  • OEM sample programs (MS Visual C/C++, MS VB, Borland
  • Software Commands manual (on CD).  No paper manual for
    preserving nature.
  • Motors connectors (adaptors).
  • Encoders/Homes/Limits connectors (adaptors).
  • 24/7 phone technical support.
  • 1 Year limited warranty.

Optional Accessories:
  • 4 axes DAO joystick controller (special order)
  • Ethernet communication port
  • Ethernet cable
  • RS-232C cable
  • RS-232C gender changer
  • Stepper and Servo motors
  • Scale encoders
  • Limit switches
  • Field integration/installation

Please contact:
818-349-7888 Office/Fax
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