Orbit Instrument Upgrades Data Entry Panels to Extend the Useful life of U.S. Navy UYQ-21(V) Display System Consoles

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Navy orders the new LCD Touch Screen “Color Entry Panel” (CEP) that will replace Plasma Entry Panel (PEP) units to prevent system obsolescence.

The new Orbit Instrument 6.5” Color LCD-Based Entry Panel

Orbit was able to absorb the non-recurring engineering costs and still deliver an all-new CEP system at a price comparable to the cost for repairing the older, obsolete Plasma panel.

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Orbit Instrument, known for its leadership in providing data entry and other man-machine interface products for military and FAA applications, is helping the U.S. Navy keep its UYQ-21(V) display systems operational by manufacturing and supplying replacement LCD Color Entry Panels.

About the UYQ-21(V) Display System.

Since its initial procurements by the U.S. Navy in 1982, the UYQ-21 U.S. Naval Tactical Display System (NTDS) console has been the standard for many U.S. Navy surface vessels. Ships that have been equipped with the UYQ-21(V) console include CG-47 Ticonderoga class AEGIS cruisers; DDG-51 Arleigh Burke class AEGIS destroyers; FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates; LHD-1 Wasp class amphibious assault ships; and CVN-68 Nimitz aircraft carriers. It is estimated that more than 3,500 consoles were produced before production stopped in 2002.

Orbit’s Form-Fit-Function Color Entry Panel solution.

Orbit has been the lead supplier of Computer Controlled Action Entry Panels (CCAEP) since 1970; first for the Navy’s UYA-4 Consoles, then for their UYQ-21 consoles. These early units were based on the rear-projection read-out CCAEP technology that was the state of the art at that time.

Orbit Instrument designed and developed its first flat plasma panel data entry systems in the 1990s, to replace the rear-projection CCAEP and keep the U.S. Navy on the cutting edge of technology needed to enhance mission capabilities. Now, because LCD displays are able to further enhance the Navy’s mission, Orbit’s color LCD touch screen is the third-generation replacement.

Orbit absorbed all Non-Recurring Engineering (NRE) costs.

To reduce the Navy’s cost for entry into this essential upgrade program, Orbit absorbed the NRE costs for its third-generation solution. The new Color Entry Panels utilize Orbit COTS LCD touch screens and Single Board Computers. Orbit Instrument also developed all necessary software and firmware to connect the new CEP to the existing UYQ-21(V) display systems interface, and to ensure that the new LCD panel is completely on-line and off-line downloadable. After laboratory tests were completed at Orbit Instrument’s design and manufacturing facility in New York, units were tested at several Navy facilities and aboard U.S. Navy combat ships.

The new CEP is a rugged design, well-suited to withstand the rigors of shipboard combat operations.

According to Sam Berhumoglu, Orbit Instrument Vice President for Sales and Marketing, “Orbit was able to absorb the non-recurring engineering costs and still deliver an all-new CEP system at a price comparable to the cost for repairing the older, obsolete Plasma panel. That’s a win for the US Navy, because the same funds budgeted for repairing the older system can now pay for a new higher-performance system.”

Designed for maximum versatility.

The Orbit Instrument CEP can be readily modified for other military, FAA or industrial programs that require a 6.5” Display. The COTS single board computer interface is modular in design, and available with RS-232, USB and Ethernet interfaces.

In addition to 6.5” based Panels provided for the UYQ-21(V) U.S. Naval Tactical Display System (NTDS) console, Orbit designed/developed and supplied 4”, 6.5”, 8.4”, 10.4”, 12.1” 15”, 18.1”, 20.1” models for a wide range of military and civilian applications. Options on these displays include Touch Screen, desired interface, Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) compatibility and Vertical Action Buttons (VABs).

About the Company.

Orbit Instrument (http://www.orbitinstrument.com), a division of Orbit International Corp., manufactures and sells high-quality militarized, displays, keyboards, switch panels, pointing devices, plus communication and audio panels for military and FAA programs.

Orbit International Corp., (http://www.orbitintl.com), based in Hauppauge, New York, is involved in the manufacture of customized electronic components and subsystems for military and nonmilitary government applications. Orbit subsidiaries include Tulip Development Laboratory, Integrated Combat Systems and Behlman Electronics. Behlman manufactures and sells high quality standard, modified standard, custom and COTS power solutions, including AC power supplies, frequency converters, inverters, DC-DC, AC-DC, DC-AC, and uninterruptible power supplies.

For more information contact Orbit Instrument Corp., 80 Cabot Court, Hauppauge, New York 11788 USA; TEL: +1 631 435-8300; FAX: +1 631 435-8458;
sales @orbitinstrument.com ; http://www.orbitinstrument.com .

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