The Control Panel product category at Dornier stands for the control and operation of electric seats in aircraft and trains. The abbreviation PCU is used for Passenger Control Unit.
Dornier offers various technical methods for the control of electric seats.
The most commonly used technology for Control Panels or Passenger Control Units are capacitive touch sensors combined with a robust glass surface, which we call Glass PCU‘s. The touch sensors can be combined with a smart surface like kydex as well. The PCUs are often used in Business Class Seats and First Class Seats of various aircraft types. These control elements are not only used in aircraft but also in trains.
Apart from an attractive and high quality look the main advantages are:
scratch and fluid resistant surfaces
easy to clean and resistant to any cleaning agents
competitive total cost of ownership
The Control Panels can be adapted to diverse customer requirements:
glass button and frame design • size, shape, colour, surface finish, function
background lighting and brightness levels • lighting for buttons, areas or full screen • brightness modes e.g. sleep, standby and active/feedback • day and night design
button functionality and lighting • response timing • aura and pulsating lighting • lock and unlock function for buttons and areas
power supply 12V
power consumption about 3.6W (depending on brightness and functions)
weight starting from ~ 70g / ~ 0,15 lbs (depending on functions and size)
interfaces e.g. discrete / binary coded (CAN-Bus, RS-232, RS-485, matrix)
Mechanical Control Panels
The mechanical Control Panels, which we call Hard Buttons, are an alternative to the Glass PCU’s. The Hard Buttons have the same functions as the Glass PCU’s and also offer a great design freedom.
Beside the Control Panels we have developed an Indication Panel which displays information to the cabin crew:
TTL position on/off
do not disturb on/off
Airbus (e.g. A380, A350)
Boeing (e.g. B777, B787)
software DO-178 conform
A selection of our customers
Airlines: American Airlines, Austrian, Air Canada, Air Astana, Aer Lingus, Air Tanker, BMI, Brussels, Deutsche Lufthansa, Edelweiss Air, JetBlue, Qantas, SAS, Swiss
Airplanes: Airbus A321, A330, A340, A350, Boeing 767, 777