Penny & Giles Controls 

The Penny & Giles product range comprises a broad selection of joysticks, sensors and solenoids for use on commercial vehicles and industrial equipment.

The products are the legacy of the Penny & Giles company founded in 1956 and acquired by Curtiss-Wright in 2002.  



Penny & Giles was founded in 1956 out of a partnership between Professor William Penny and Mr James Giles, when they identified a demand for instrumentation in the aviation industry for high-precision, high-reliability wire-wound potentiometric devices for customers engaged in aircraft flight testing.

Developments in 1957 led to the first aircraft accident data recorder based on magnetic recording of data on stainless steel wire (popularly known as the 'Black Box'). During 1963, the UK Ministry of Aviation gave notice of a mandatory requirement for passenger carrying civil aircraft to be equipped with accident data recording systems, and Penny & Giles were well placed to supply sensors and recorders for these systems.

Through the following decades, Penny & Giles developed technologies and products for diverse markets such as professional broadcasting and recording, motor controllers for powered wheelchairs, paperless chart recorders and trackerballs for computer interfacing.

The present-day product range includes: linear and rotary position sensors; LVDT and RVDT transducers; joysticks; studio faders; digital panel meters; and solenoid actuators for a wide range of industrial motion control applications.

Products such as cockpit voice and flight data recorders; air data test sets; pitot-static leak testers; ice & snow detection systems are now available from Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. Position sensors and solenoids for aerospace applications are now available from Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls division.

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