Backlit Control Panel Assemblies (CPA)

Control Panel Assembly Suite

Backlit Control Panel Assemblies

Control Panel Assembly Suite

Description

Control Panel Assemblies (CPAs) incorporate Control Panels (CPs) with functioning hardware to produce units that act and operate to a customer’s needs. Designed, built, tested and qualified in accordance with MIL DTL 7788, DO-160 and / or customer (MIL/Comm Aero) specifications. Solder workmanship is performed in compliance to IPC J STD 001. Solder and assembly acceptance is certified to IPC A 610. Wire and harness acceptance is certified to IPC A 620.

A basic CPA consists of:

  • Control Panel (CP)
  • Mount Plate
  • Connector Plate
  • Common Hardware (including captive screws, grommet, washers, grounding terminal lug)
  • Standoffs
  • Enclosures
  • Wire
  • Connector
  • Test Cable

An assortment of common components specific to each CPA include:

  • Knobs
  • Toggles
  • Encoders
  • Potentiometers
  • Rotary switches
  • Push/pull switches
  • Switchguards
  • Fingerguards
  • Pushbutton Assemblies (PBAs)
  • Annunciators
  • Light Indicators

FTG has the ability to integrate a large range of components from simple toggles to dual concentric encoders and beyond.

Applications

  • Flightworthy and Simulated (trainers) Aircrafts
    • Flightworthy
      • Includes all airplanes, helicopters, or any other machines (both military and commercial) that are capable of flight.
    • Non-Flightworthy
      • Platforms or Simulators that simulate a representation of an airplane, helicopter, or any other machine capable of flight for the purpose of training or presentation.
        • These will have yellow connector plates
  • Commercial and Military Aircraft
    • Commercial Aircraft
      • Common lighting applications
      • FTG procures components and populates CPAs to simulate flight-worthy product
      • DO-160 grade components utilized for this type of CPA
    • Military Aircraft
      • Night Vision Goggle (NVG) compatible Control Panels (CPs) incorporated into CPAs
      • FTG procures components and populates CPAs to simulate flight-worthy product
      • Military-grade components can be procured and utilized for this type of CPA

Types

  • With Enclosures (Enclosed)
    • Enclosures provide protection from EMI that can cause avionic equipment performance to degrade or even malfunction. They also help reduce the introduction of foreign object debris (FOD).
      These will have a yellow stripe or fully yellow enclosure plate

      • They may or may not have holes drilled in the enclosure (preferably not)
  • Without Enclosures (Open)
    • These CPAs do not have components that require EMI shielding. Foreign object debris (FOD) may be a point of debate, but this CPA will not interfere with the communication of the aircraft mock-up.
    • CPAs without enclosures
      These will have yellow connector plates

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