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Instrument Panels

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

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

We offer a market leading delivery time from the initial concept phase through to supply of the qualified instrument/control panel.

We combine this with cost leadership through effective project processes driven by lean culture.

In addition we offer a first class after sales care with a full support system and advisory service.

Our instrument panels are currently used in ground vehicles such as the Titan bridging tank, submarines including the Trafalgar class, and also in a host of aircraft including the Pilatus PC12 turboprop and Tornado fighter jet.

Instrument Panels

Find out more about the illuminated and non-illuminated control/instrument panels manufactured by Matt Black Systems by contacting us

Product Quality assurance

Each of our products is manufactured to ISO9001:2008 standard and complies with or surpasses both international and client standards.

  • Illuminated facia instrument panels manufactured to SAE AS-7788  (formerly MIL-P-7788) Specification type III, IV, V, VI and VIII and EL 1818
  • Silk Screening
  • NVIS/NVG (night vision) compatibility conforming to MIL-STD-3009 and MIL-L-85762
  • Supply of Line Replaceable Units (LRU) – including the control 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

  • 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