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Aish Technologies - T45 Destroyer Operator Consoles

Aish Technologies : 03 March, 2007  (Application Story)
In 2001 Aish was approached by NG Sperry Marine to quote for the design and manufacture of the Operator Consoles for the Platform Management System for the T45 Destroyer. After several visits to our facility in Poole, NG Sperry were convinced of our pedigree within the Naval environment and our ability to carry out the required task. Our customer was experienced in platform management systems on commercial vessels but had no previous history on RN ships and specifically the harsh operating environment that protection would be required to guard against.
The system required was to be self-contained so that our customer had only to install the consoles on board ship and then load their software operating system. There were to be two basic types of console, a dual screen (side by side) and single screen (with remotely mounted screen). Aish engineers decided that a 'building block system' should be adopted as the method of achieving the design, hence the name 'Morpheus'. This was to consist of a standalone Processor Crate, Flat Panel displays and input devices. All these items would be environmentally proven individually, the idea being that any style of carcass could be used to mount the equipment and theoretically meet the environmental requirements.

Aish were successful in their bid and received an order for six ship sets of equipment in 2002. Subsequently after design reviews, prototyping and testing, ship set production commenced. What has evolved is technically an excellent console set and a very satisfied customer.

In 2003 Aish Technologies were under contract to design and supply Platform Management System Consoles for the new Type 45 Destroyer for the Royal Navy. Although displays were not originally part of the scope of work, our customer was unable to source a suitable display that was of the required size and specification.

Aish Technologies seized the opportunity and were able to offer a design using our expertise in the field of packaging of electronics into harsh environments and then going to an independent test house to verify that design. The 20' product that evolved was so successful in achieving the desired goals of both Aish and our customer that we quickly saw further opportunities for a generic design.

Aish are now supplying all the displays for T45 Combat Management System Consoles along with those for the Platform Management System. These were won in competition where the price and performance were paramount with the Project Office and their sub contractor. In one product we are fitting standard commercial TFT displays behind a protective screen for use in a Naval environment.

To date our successes have included the following screen sizes 8.4', 12.1', 17', 18.1', 19', 20.1', 21.3' and 23' including some with touch screen overlays. Our success has been amplified because of our ability to mechanically and electrically adapt our design to suit our customer's individual requirements. This means that where an off the shelf solution doesn't suffice, then Aish, with it's in house design and manufacturing facility, can tailor a product to meet our customer's needs.
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