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Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« on: December 06, 2014, 07:49:32 PM »
I am seeking suggestions regarding external control buttons.  That is, an interface that will allow the use of an industrial type button/joystick to trigger Mach hotkeys or macros.  I have located a few posts on the topic, but they seem to be more of how to configure dated systems rather than recommendations on new installs.

Thanks!!! 

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Re: Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
If industrial it will likely be 24v so the options are not so good for addons as opposed to complete controller.
If however you can convert it to 5v then possibly a PoKeys would be a good option.
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Re: Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 05:25:40 PM »
Thanks, is PoKeys current stuff?  I have seen it and it seems suitable, however, I have not found a source on the web.  What I do find is discontinued.  Do you have an opinion regarding P.I. Engineering?

http://xkeys.com/xkeys/xkswi.php

http://xkeys.com/accessories/IndustrialFootSwitches.php

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Re: Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 05:30:43 PM »
PoLabs still seem to be on the go, you will find them here http://poscope.com/
Think also CNC4PC may deal in their stuff if you are in the USA.

Not had any experience with the x keys I am afraid.
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Re: Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 05:33:06 PM »
Thank you!  That is a site I did not see.  I must have been asleep at the switch.

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Re: Looking for external Control Button/Key/Joystick interface
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2014, 05:39:36 PM »
Their PoBlocks programming software for the PoKeys  looks like it would be excellent , I have never used it as I moved on from the PoKeys before  it became available.
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