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Radio remote controls for crane and conveyor technology

  • 6, 9 or 13 keys + Start/Stop
  • Receiver with 12 or 20 relays
  • Receiver with or without housing
  • up to 2 joysticks + 6 function keys
  • Receiver with 20 relays
  • Special components on request
  • Bidirectional communication
  • Display
  • up to 2 joysticks + 6 function keys

Radio remote control for industry - Remote controls for movement, monitoring & measurement

Radio remote controls are used in a wide range of applications across all sectors of industry. It is therefore essential that radio remote controls have a high degree of flexibility and compatibility so that they can be used in all areas. And not only for controlling cranes, pumps, etc. using the joysticks, but also for measuring and reading messages thanks to bidirectional remote control and LCD display with 24-digit alphanumeric display + additional function symbols. If the machine is equipped with an intelligent serial interface, the type and number of feedback is almost unlimited. In this case, the generation of messages can be taken over directly by the machine with the help of a small programme. All common fieldbus networks such as CANopen, Profibus and Profinet are compatible.

Depending on the product range, our radio remote controls can be equipped with max. two joysticks up to 13 function keys + start/stop.

This makes it possible to take on a wide variety of tasks and control functions.

  • Radio remote control with toggle switches, joysticks & more
  • Controlling the axles of a truck trailer
  • Control of forestry winches to pull felled trees out of the forest
  • Application in construction: Controlling crane, concrete pump or construction lift by remote control
  • Operation of lifting devices and lifts
  • Industrial automation: wireless radio remote control of machines enables you to work more safely and effectively and to monitor and control automated processes via measurement via receiver and bidirectional remote control e.g. via CANopen, Profibus and Profinet
  • Intralogistics: in intralogistics, customers never cease to report damaged cables, e.g. in cable-operated assembly lines. Especially in the area of the emergency stop function, this can quickly become dangerous. A remote control with radio emergency stop is therefore not an option, but actually a must in intralogistics. We also offer individual solutions for controlling forklifts, storage systems and other applications in high-bay warehouses & Co.
  • In agriculture: Radio remote controls are ideal here for remote control of the slurry pump, remote control as part of drag hose fertilisation or for irrigation systems, right up to remote control for your own tractor. Radio remote controls enable many control functions, from switching the pump on and off to precise control of a bale wrapper.
  • Other areas of application: Nautical, access technology and transport

Every industry is different and we know them all. Thanks to our decades of experience in the field of industrial machine control, we can offer you expert advice on site, by phone or via chat on our website and work with you to develop the perfect solution for your needs. The high degree of flexibility of the modular system for our JUMP, JOYsys and JOYplus radio remote controls enables us to tailor a wide variety of buttons, switches, joysticks and other components to your wishes. We look forward to receiving your enquiry.

How does an industrial radio remote control for machine control work?

Industrial radio remote controls enable wireless and mobile control of machines, vehicles and apparatus. Range, safety and reliability of the frequency, as well as the ergonomics of the buttons, joysticks and housings are therefore crucial for safe and efficient remote control. Likewise, the components of the remote controls must be very robust against water, oils, gases and extreme temperatures. But how does all this work exactly?

The principle is actually very simple: the transmitter sends encrypted data packets by pressing a button, a switch or turning a potentiometer. We work here with a 48-bit key for an individually encrypted connection between transmitter and receiver. Then the data packets are first checked for the security code by the radio module in the receiver and then evaluated differently. In this case, a predefined task is carried out by the receiver as soon as it receives a signal from an enabled transmitter. With bidirectional remote control, the remote control also has a receiver for common fieldbus networks and can thus receive information from the machine itself. Information can now be read on the 24-digit alphanumeric LCD display. Our remote controls work with the common operating frequency of 433 MHz (433.05 – 434.790 MHz).

The frequencies required for industrial radio remote controls may be used free of charge. However, not all of them are. Exactly which ones are free can vary from country to country. Within the EU, most industrial radio remote controls operate in the 433 MHz or 868 MHz frequency ranges. However, many other radio waves travel on these frequencies, for example from mobile phones, W-LAN or communication for emergency services such as the police or fire brigade. Here, interference must be prevented at all costs, because it would severely affect everyone involved. For this reason, a binding decision was made that a certain frequency range may be used for each application and within this frequency range, one can in turn use a certain channel, for example 433.05 MHz. In this way, the transmission range is further limited. In addition, radio remote controls are equipped with a unique code and key so that the receiver only evaluates signals sent by an associated transmitter.

Does this also apply to JoyPLUSor does it work with 868 MHz? As far as I know, 433 MHz is often very simple by nature due to the lack of bidirectional communication and encryption in the area of protocols.

Radio remote control with joysticks for crane control

In crane systems, any type of movement can be controlled with the pendant stations  or radio remote controls from our range. Due to the modular structure of the product range in the field of radio technology, the remote control can be individually tailored to almost any machine. The same can be realised even more easily for the pendant control.

In many places, the days of the complicated cab control, still familiar from the driver’s cab of an old crane, have long been numbered. Numerous levers were necessary for the various types of movement in order to be able to control each individual drive of the crane. Those who were perhaps already fascinated by the toy crane as a small child were especially enthusiastic about the numerous joints and the high degree of mobility. With the real crane, the operation is even more versatile and correspondingly even more complicated because the control levers can be moved in different directions. You therefore always had to know exactly which of the many joints had to be operated in which order, for example, to lower, lift or maneuver a load in a certain direction.

Fortunately, digitalization is also making its way into traditional machines such as cranes. Intuitive and ergonomic joysticks make it much easier to move loads today.

The control of the individual drive units, for example, works via radio remote control. The crane operator will therefore be seen sitting in the cabin less and less. With the remote control in his hand, he can stand next to the crane and follow the movements from outside. This way he keeps a better overview.

The whole thing becomes even more efficient and simple with joystick control. Because even with many remote controls, the principle has remained the same up to now. The crane operator had to master the assignment of the control levers and their interaction, similar to the cabin control.

Radio remote controls with joystick consists of a module with up to two joysticks, which can be extended with further switches and components. Joystick 1 is intended to carry out the movements of the crane in the horizontal plane, while joystick 2 raises or lowers the load. The crane operator does not have to think much about this. If the joystick is pressed forward to the right, the end of the crane also moves in the same direction, i.e. forward to the right. With the second joystick, the load can then be raised or lowered by the user pushing the lever away (upwards) or pulling it towards him (downwards). The decisive advantage: all crane drives are moved simultaneously and the individual joints no longer have to be controlled directly by the crane operator.

Radio remote control series JOYsys

The radio remote control of the JOYsys series can be used for many applications due to its good compatibility and small dimensions.

The handheld transmitter can be equipped with up to 2 joysticks, 1- or 2-axis, and 6 function keys to operate several motors simultaneously. A variety of functionalities have been implemented in the handheld transmitter to increase flexibility in operation. For example, the operating frequency, the passive emergency stop time and the power-saving mode can be programmed directly on the hand-held transmitter. Individual switches or push-buttons for additional functions can also be added later. The components have IP65 protection, can be used at operating temperatures of 10°C…+55°C and are available in 1-4 speeds. The range is 80 metres.

Handheld transmitter

  • Transmitting power: 10mW
  • Antenna: in housing
  • Power supply: 3.6V DC
  • Power consumption: 65mA max.
  • Batteries: Ni-Mh battery pack
  • Operating time: > 8 hours
  • Material: GRP plastic
  • Protection class: IP 65
  • Weight: approx. 1.1kg

The receiving section contains 20 relays and is available with AC or DC power supply. Dip switches can be used to ­program different command sequences for ­maximum flexibility in operation. The receiver is supplied in an ABS housing. Appropriate mounting options for surface mounting are provided.

Receiving unit (with or without housing)

  • Sensitivity: -110dBm
  • Antenna: inside
  • Power supply AC: 48V ~ 50-60Hz 5VA
  • Power supply CC: 12V – 5W
  • Switching capacity relay/stop: 8A/4A 250V~
  • Protection class: IP 65
  • Material housing: ABS

For easy maintenance or in case of service, the ­entire system is ­modular and can be replaced in individual parts.

No. Article number Description
Handheld transmitter
1 L JO43144

L JO43145

JOYsys housing kit with seal

JOYplus housing kit with seal

2 L DU42930 Carrying strap
3 L JO43146 Joystick radio interface board
4 L SO43046

L SO43072

JOYsys control board receiver

JOYplus control board receiver

5 L SO43040 Emergency stop complete
6 L MI42908 Selector switch complete
7 L DU42923 2 Keys Kit
8 L JO43134 Joystick 1 axis, 4 positions
9 L JO43133 Joystick 2 axes, 4 positions
Receiver & charger
10 L SO43043 Receiver housing complete
11 L SO43044 Motherboard receiver unit
12 L SO43056

L SO43073

JOYsys control board receiver

JOYplus control board receiver

13 L SO43047

L SO43073

JOYsys radio module

JOYplus radio module

14 L SO-CB500 Battery quick charger
15 L SO-NH650 Battery Pack
Other accessories
A L AZ43061
Mounting set for receiver unit
B L ATLAMP Alarm light

All radio remote control systems from B-COMMAND are subjected to careful testing before delivery.

Safety aspects

Safety is at the forefront of every B-COMMAND product. All radio remote controls are therefore ­equipped with ­dual control channels operated by dual microprocessors.­ Each individual microprocessor performs a permanent function test during operation. The ­output relays have been equipped with 2 safety relays for the stop function. These guarantee a safe shutdown of the machine even in the event of a failure of any kind.

In addition, a 48-bit key ensures an individually encrypted connection between sender and receiver.

JOYplus - not only sending, but also receiving, display version

The JOYplus series from our radio remote control programme is equipped with the possibility of bidirectional communication. The hand-held transmitter can not only send commands to the receiver, but also receive and process feedback from the receiver. The hand-held transmitter can be equipped with up to 2 joysticks, 1- or 2-axis, and with up to 6 function keys to operate several motors simultaneously. It is also equipped with an LCD display with a 24-digit alphanumeric display, which can also show small function symbols. This means that urgently needed information such as weight, distance, working conditions, error messages, etc. can be made directly visible to the user. If the machine is equipped with an intelligent serial interface (CANopen, Profibus and Profinet), the type and number of feedbacks is almost unlimited. In this case, the generation of messages can be taken over directly by the machine with the help of a small program. If no serial interface is available, various ON/OFF inputs can be visualized on the display. The different states of the inputs can also lead to the display of predefined text modules. The components have IP65 protection, can be used at operating temperatures of 10°C…+55°C and are available in 1 and 2 speeds. The range is 80 meters.

Radio remote control JUMP series

The radio remote control of the Jump series can be used for many applications due to its good compatibility and small dimensions.

Special attention was paid to the safety functions, such as the stop button. This is controlled by 2 stop relays and a double microprocessor.

In terms of ergonomics and robustness, ­a lot of development work was invested in the conception of the handheld transmitter to ensure an optimal combination of these aspects. The handheld transmitter is equipped with a battery pack on the back, which can be easily replaced at any time. In addition, each hand-held transmitter is equipped with ­a 2-position carrying strap.

The frequency and also the automatic switch-off time ­can be easily ­changed­ via the operating keys on the handset.

The receiver is available in 2 versions: one with a housing suitable for outdoor mounting (IP65), the other for mounting in the control cabinet on a top-hat rail. An external antenna is supplied with the unit.

Other special types of the Jump radio remote control are available on request. The modular system here leaves plenty of scope for extremely individual adaptation of the ­control to your desired specifications. The labelling ­can of course be adapted to customer requirements.

Handheld transmitter:
3 different sizes:

  • 7 keys (6 function keys + start/stop)
  • 10 keys (9 function keys + start/stop)
  • 14 keys (13 function keys + start/stop)

Battery charger
different types:

  • 220V AC
  • 12 V DC

Receiver unit
different types:

  • in plastic housing (IP65), suitable for ­outdoor mounting, 12-20 relays
  • without housing, suitable for control cabinet mounting­, with top-hat rail mounting, 20 relays

Radio remote controls in forestry

One of the main applications here is the remote control of the forestry winch to pull felled trees out of the forest by remote control. However, other machines in the field of timber harvesting are also suitable for radio remote control. For example, the control of logging trucks or the typical crane control. Especially the use on the forestry winch offers a decisive advantage: you can follow the movement of the tree trunk and at the same time keep a safe distance. In this way, one can react faster and is safe at the same time.

Radio remote control on the construction site

Here, the advantage lies primarily in the great flexibility of our modular system for remote controls. Many different machines and applications come together in the construction industry. Whether the control of a truck with concrete pump, a crane, a power unit or a lift – we configure the remote control for your specific occasion together with you. Our products are used in pumps, winches, machines & more. One reason for this is the great flexibility in the design of the switches and joysticks.

Remote control of forklifts and lifts

They are used everywhere: lifts and forklifts. Whether storing goods in high-bay warehouses, transporting tiles or solar panels to the roof via an inclined lift, or during a private move. Operating a lift by remote control is a great help here. The wireless mobile control also eliminates a major weak point of many conventional lifts. The wiring. Lifts are frequently moved in daily use and a lot of movement is always particularly dangerous for one component; cables. Damage or cable breakage often occurs. Radio remote control solves this problem.

Radio remote control for conveyor belts and stacker cranes

In intralogistics, efficiency and safety are crucial. Because both decisively define the success of your company. Logistics means movement and movement means wear. And danger. Cable-operated assembly lines are a common issue. Damage often occurs here. And a wireless emergency stop button is also an important component, especially in modern and automated warehouses or production facilities. Otherwise, employees can quickly be put in danger in the event of malfunctions of conveyor belts, storage and retrieval machines, roller doors or lever veins. B-Command supplies the right radio remote control for all these areas.

Radio remote control in the field - why agriculture also benefits

Agriculture is certainly not the first area that many people think of when they hear the term “automation” or “remote control”. The image of the typical farmer with his tractor is too deeply anchored. But here, too, digitalization is gaining more and more ground. The remote control of tractors, slurry pumps and irrigation systems offers decisive advantages for safety and efficiency. And not only that the simple ON/OFF function of a pump can be implemented. For example, the control of a bale wrapper is also possible. After the baler has left the harvested straw or hay bale on the field, the bale is deposited from the loader onto the wrapping table of the so-called bale wrapper. Now the driver can conveniently activate the wrapper from his cab and drop it onto the yard or field at the push of a button as soon as it has been wrapped well. An enormous time saving with little effort.

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