Illuminated Components

Prime Products specializes in manufacturing illuminated components for avionics and other control panel or instrument panel applications, including light plates, knobs, buttons, dials, pointers, overlays, silicone keypads and more. Each product is built to meet our customer's requirements for color, gloss, light transmission, luminance, chromaticity and contrast ratio. The part is produced and tested using a lighting fixture that is supplied by our customer, or we can procure the lamp boards and supply completed assemblies.

The process starts with an unpainted "blank", which is typically manufactured in our machine shop from clear acrylic per MIL-PRF-5425 or from clear polycarbonate. We also buy plastic and silicone molded blanks from our network of approved suppliers. The blank is spray painted, toned and light balanced in our dark rooms, which are equipped with power supplies, imaging photometers and colorimeters. The graphics are produced via laser etching. Translucent colors or dead front can be added over the graphics as required. Each part is then carefully inspected in our dark room before a clear protective top coat is applied.

Please refer to the table below or contact us directly to learn more about how Prime Products can assist with your illuminated instrument panel or control panel components.

Past Projects

Illuminated Component Capabilities

Product Name Toning
Light Control
Process / Method Spray Painting
Laser Etch
Components
Panels
Light Plates
Knobs
Buttons
Overlays
Dials
Pointers
Keypads
Options Dead Front
Colored Illuminated Graphics
Materials
Heat Resistant Acrylic (MIL-PRF-5425)
Acrylic
Polycarbonate
Thickness Up to 5/8 in
Diameter Up to 3 in
Inspection 100%
First Article (AS9102)
Quality Control
CMM (Touch Probe / Vision)
Optical Comparator
Photometers
Microscope (40X)
Calipers
Pin Gauges
Testing
Brightness (foot-lamberts)
Transmission
Contrast Ratios
Chromaticity (x, y)
Documentation Light Readings
Additional Services
Mechanical Engraving and Paint Filling
Sand Blasting
Liquid Honing
Flame Polishing
Threaded Insert Installation (Thermal Press)
Assembly (Soldering / Gluing)
PSA Sheet Cutting & Application
Helicoil Installation
Mechanical Buffing / Polishing
Vibratory Tumbling
Ultrasonic Cleaning
Anodize per MIL-A-8625
Chem-film per MIL-DTL-5541
Spray Painting
Screen and Pad Printing
Fiber Laser Etching and Marking
CNC Milling and Turning
CO2 Laser Cutting
Production Volume Prototype to Medium Volume

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Aerospace
Medical
Audio Equipment
Industry Standards
ISO 9001:2008
AS 9100: 2009 Rev C
Mil-P-7788F
AS7788
AS25050
Mil-L-85762
Mil-PRF-22750
Mil-PRF-23377
Mil-PRF-85285
FED-STD-595
MIL-STD-130
MS33558
RoHS
File Formats
Autodesk Inventor (AutoCAD)
DXF
DWG
AI
EPS
CDR
STEP
IGES
hyperMILL

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