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Instrument Panels

We offer a comprehensive service for the design and manufacture of bespoke non-illuminated and illuminated panels for new build projects and modification/upgrade programs. 


Our capabilities revolve around cutting edge technologies and range from build to print to our own in-house design or cost-effective reverse engineering and refurbishment services. 


We design illuminated panels generally in accordance with the requirements of MIL-DTL-7788H (Formally SAE AS 7788 or MIL-P-7788), type III, IV, V, VI and VII.


We offer a market leading delivery time from the initial concept phase through to supply of qualified product.  We combine this with cost effectiveness through efficient company wide processes driven by lean culture. In addition we offer a first class after sales service with a full support system and advisory service.


Our products are in daily use in ground vehicles such as the Titan bridging tank, submarines including the Trafalgar class, and a host of aircraft including the Pilatus PC12 turboprop and Tornado fighter jet.

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Matt Black Systems offers illuminated panels with the following capabilities...

  • Illuminated facia panels manufactured to MIL-DTL-7788H (Formally SAE AS-7788 or MIL-P-7788) Specification type III, IV, V, VI and VIII and EL 1818

  • NVIS/NVG (Night Vision) compatibility conforming to MIL-STD-3009 and MIL-L-85762

  • Supply of Line Replaceable Units (LRU) - including the facia panel, associated mechanical assembly and all electronic functional requirements.

  • Electro Luminescent (EL) Lamps, Light Emitting Diodes (LED) or Incandescent Bulbs

  • Facia Markings comply with SAE-AS18012 formerly MIL-M-18012)

  • A wide variety of dimming methods, including LED illumination with brightness response characteristics of an incandescent lamp

  • Annunciators including Secret Til Lit (STL) indication

  • Sunlight readability to MIL-22885

  • Various supply voltages including pulse width modulated supply

  • Digital direct printing, providing reduced cost and processing times and demonstrating excellent chemical resistance and durability

  • Silk Screening

  • Aluminium, Acrylic and Polycarbonate panel materials

  • Various electrical interconnections – Pins, flying lead and mating connectors

  • Various mechanical interconnections – wasted screws, quarter turn fasteners, etc

  • Keys, knobs and switches including logic functionality via printed circuit boards

  • Illuminated keyboards and auxiliary key panels

  • Switch covers and finger guards to protect from accidental operation

  • Supporting functionality including encoders and power management

  • Windows and displays including EL and LCD

  • Obsolescence redesign and Refurbishment

  • EMC considerations, including relevant filtering, grounding and PCB layout methodology to ensure good practice is adhered to

  • Shock, vibration, humidity, temperature, contamination and environmental protection in accordance with RTCA/DO-160 and MIL-STD-810

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