Systems Integration by General Digital

9 May 2017

SlimLine 1U 19 inch in transit caseGeneral Digital is well-known for our state-of-the-art engineering regarding display technology. But what you may not know is that we also provide a full complement of engineering for systems integration of displays and other electronics, along with mechanical components and devices.

From display systems to power supplies, secure servers, KVM switches and extenders, as well as cooling systems—to name a few—we can incorporate the disparate components essential to your build and deliver the complete system. General Digital can provide the computing power, embedded or application software, rack or console construction or assembly, and even do in-house confidence and pre-qualification testing. We do it all to ensure everything works as designed and meets expectations.

Army intelligence equipment in rack mount stationsAs a partner in complete systems integration, we are willing to do as little or as much of an integration project as required, for cost-effective results. This means that General Digital can assemble a few simple parts for a larger and more complex integration unit. Or we can design and develop an entire large, complex system—or series of systems—and partner with our customer to document the plans as a Statement of Work, afterward delivering the final integrated system as a program deliverable.

Many of our customers are systems integrators themselves. We do not intend to pose as competition with them; rather, we offer our expertise for the purpose of serving as a resource for overflow and level-loading of common ebbs and flows of contracts and orders received by government prime contractors and engineering centers.

The overwhelming majority of our products are designed and built to meet various military standards including, but not limited to: MIL-STD-901D, MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461E/F, and MIL-STD-167B. Our systems are perfect for shipboard, airborne, vehicular, space and land-based applications. At General Digital, we provide our customers with support and expertise for all steps during the engineering process, from planning and analysis to the final qualification of the system.

Technician analysing server in large data center

The collective engineering expertise at General Digital includes electrical, mechanical, software, optical and qualification compliance. Inquire with a Sales Engineer to learn more about this new service offered for commercial, industrial and military applications.

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How to Clean the Display on Your LCD Monitor

29 Mar 2017

Dirty computer displayDust and finger prints on your LCD screens are a constant nuisance. What’s worse is when you attempt to clean it with normal glass cleaning solutions—it leaves a streaky film and the screen never looks as good as it did the day you bought it.

General Digital specializes in manufacturing LCD monitors and we know the struggles of maintaining a showroom-clean screen. We’re happy to share with readers our 3-step cleaning method, which will aid in the proper cleansing of your display.

You will need the following materials to begin:

1) Oil-free gloves

2) UVEX™ glass cleaner and isopropyl alcohol

3) Canned air

4) Lint-free wipes

Once you’ve gathered all of the materials, we can begin the process of making your LCD look brand new again!

Step 1) Put on the oil-free gloves and fold a lint-free wipe in half 2 -3 times. Proceed to spray the wipe until lightly moistened with UVEX™ or alcohol. Remember to NEVER SPRAY THE MONITOR DIRECTLY.

Step 2) Wipe the monitor with the lint-free wipe from top to bottom vertically. Wipe slow enough to avoid redepositing particles, but fast enough to avoid leaving any smudges on your screen.

Step 3) Spray the freshly cleaned screen with canned air to alleviate any leftover particles to regain a showroom finish.

Learn more about this process and watch it in action in the video below.

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Announcing the Release of VueSim and Mi-HMI Smart Displays

16 Feb 2017

General Digital’s new re-configurable smart display line could save up to 75% of a company’s software and display costs.

The NEW VueSim™ / Mi-HMI™ smart design and display line are versatile, highly-configurable systems designed to provide easy-to-use, complete display solutions for simulator manufacturers. With VueSim / Mi-HMI, you design your screens, download them to the smart display and run. The plug-and-play monitor can hold thousands of screen configurations and can be used at will for the desired simulation at hand.

Some key features and capabilities include…

  • Build your own configuration by choosing from a wide variety of LCD sizes and resolutions, LED backlights, overlays, embedded processors, I/O, memory, etc.
  • Select a standard enclosure or have us build to your exact mechanical specifications
  • Create instrumentation and reusable vector-based graphic libraries using General Digital’s Author™ graphics editor, or by importing SVG files directly from your libraries or third-party sources
  • Intuitively link input data from popular simulation programs to graphics; animate and download executable files to VueSim or Mi-HMI Display System
  • Engage a Technician—rather than an expensive Engineer—to rapidly design or reconfigure screen content

General Digital can tailor the VueSim and Mi-HMI to simulate virtually any military or industry-related graphics by configuring the unit with an assortment of standard or custom LCDs, Graphic Processing Units, I/O expansion modules, bezel switches, rotary encoders and more. Watch our latest videos below to learn more and then visit our Web pages for VueSim and Mi-HMI. Or call 800.952.2535 for a no-pressure consultation.



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Change Efficiency for Cost-Effective Simulation Smart Displays

2 Dec 2016

Pocket change

It’s a safe guess that over a million words have been written on the subject of managing change. A quick look on reveals over 2700 books from the terms.  But a search of the same site for “change efficiency” shows only 459 books on the subject.

But efficiency of making changes is clearly something that we should be concerned about!

For Flight Simulator manufacturers, change activities include Change Requests, Repurposing and Reconfiguration. Change Requests come from either the airframer or the end customer. Repurposing a display system for a different cockpit or function is desirable as a cost saving measure. The ability to reconfigure the cockpit for various training scenarios or different revision model aircraft provides tremendous advantages to both manufacturers and end users.

VueSim™ is the best choice for managing cockpit simulator display changes.


Change Requests

VueSim was designed to be used by cockpit designers and technicians. Changes to the graphics or signaling of the display can be implemented as needed by the people directly involved with the design of the Simulator. Waiting on the Software Engineering group or the display OEM to implement Change Requests can take too much time and can delay delivery. The VueSim tools are easy to use and its files are text-based, making changes trackable through Configuration Management Systems.



The VueSim display can hold thousands of display configurations. Reconfiguring the display is simply a matter of issuing a “select” command to the display. Once selected, the configuration remains active through power cycles. What if your engineering department decides to change the core simulator (say from an internally developed system to a commercial sim)? With VueSim, changing the simulator source is easy with Author’s two-step signal definition.



Using an OEM flight display for a cockpit typically means that the display is usable only for the original purpose of the simulator (maybe). With VueSim, refurbishment of a cockpit system no longer requires manufacturers to discard the display hardware. Obsolescence becomes obsolete!

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Questions about VueSim? Feel free to contact any of us at General Digital Corporation.

Learn more about General Digital’s VueSim smart display.

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VueSim – Reconfigurable Smart Display for Avionics Simulators

30 Nov 2016

SVG file dragged into Author and used as an instrument on the smart display

General Digital Corporation’s VueSim™ is a versatile, highly configurable simulator smart display system. It is designed to provide an easy-to-use, complete smart display solution for simulator manufacturers.

Most simulator display design packages only get you halfway to where you need to be, requiring you to invest additional resources to integrate the design software with the display hardware. Other systems require software engineers to create the screens and code to implement the simulated instruments. With VueSim, you design your screens, download them to the smart display and run. The smart display can hold thousands of screen configurations and can be used at will for the desired simulation at hand.

Today, signals are UDP-based or onboard the display itself (buttons, encoders). This makes it easy to connect to simulators that send UDP data (i.e., Lockheed-Martin’s Prepar3D®, medical simulation devices). This also allows for easy connection to modeling tools like MATLAB/Simulink® for use in designing the screen system. The display system was designed to be easily adaptable for other inputs (OBDII, ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553, and others).

Questions about VueSim? Feel free to contact any of us at General Digital Corporation.

Learn more about General Digital’s VueSim smart display.

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Bridging the Gap Between Pre-Clinical and Real-World Experience Using Simulation

7 Nov 2016

Training with real world devices can be expensive, never mind having the correct combination of devices for every training scenario required. A typical Operating Room, Emergency Room or doctor’s office can have many devices for monitoring a patient’s health. Some of those devices can have costs in excess of $50,000. This makes going from the pre-clinical/classroom to the real world very tough.

Mi-HMI, VueSim, and Author

But now a solution is available for far less than the cost of one piece of equipment— and can do everything you would need. Finally, a way to give real world, hands-on experience and training in a cost-effective way using simulation…truly bridging the gap between pre-clinical training/education and real world experience.

All of this with the appearance, and the performance, of authentic equipment, and you can create your own instrumentation for your devices and recall them on-demand to suit your needs. General Digital’s Mi-HMI will accommodate your every requirement. It is truly a unique and cost-effective “Design & Display” solution.

Contact General Digital for more information.

Learn more about Mi-HMI™ and VueSim™ on our Web site.

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Simulation Stimulation – Using Signals in VueSim

13 Oct 2016

VueSim Author Screen Captures

One of the design goals of the VueSim™ product line was to provide an easy-to-use instrumentation system for simulator manufacturers. We knew that many of the instrumentation tools in the market required high levels of integration as most vendors provided software-only screen design and code libraries. When it came time to implement the screens on a display with these software-only applications, manufacturers required a significant amount of development and integration time to implement the desired instrumentation on the selected display system.

With VueSim, the smart display and desktop-based design software work hand-in-hand to provide a complete package to implement instruments. The arduous task of building cockpit displays can now be handled by designers and technicians. And, while screen design is made easy with Author™, VueSim’s graphics editing software, the connection to simulator signals has never been easier. With Author, designers create screens and attach signals using animators (icons that represent the desired motion of the graphics). A right-click on the icon will present the user with a set of available signals. The user then selects the desired signal from the list, fills in any other properties of the animation and then it’s ready to use.

Signals may not be known during screen design, but Author implements a 2-step approach to signal definition that not only allows for ease of design, but also makes changing simulator sources much easier. The first step asks the designer to add a signal to the drawing. The user is prompted for a name (e.g., roll), a type (e.g., integer) and a range (e.g., 0–360). When the screen design is complete, the designer then takes the second step and “links” the signal. The linking makes the connection between the screen’s named signal and the simulator’s signal.

Upon completion of the design and signal linking, the project is downloaded to VueSim’s smart display, selected as the default and is ready for use.

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General Digital’s First 4K UHD 24-inch LCD Monitor

28 Sep 2016

Saber Standalone rugged 24 inch 4K UHD display

General Digital is excited to announce that we recently finished constructing our first 4K UHD monitor. This first configuration is equipped with a 23.8″ LED-backlit LCD, though other sizes will be available soon (27″, 30″ and larger). The 3840 x 2160 resolution screen (16:9) displays 1.07 billion colors at a contrast ratio of 1000:1. The standard brightness is rated at 300 cd/m², though we will be offering sunlight readable and NVIS goggle-compatible capability.

Enclosed in our rugged Saber Standalone housing, this ultra high definition display features DVI-D, HDMI (x3), and DisplayPort video inputs, as well as an internal AC power supply. Contact a Sales Engineer today at 800.952.2535 for a no-obligation discussion on how we can configure a 4K display that will suit your requirements.

Uses for a 4K display are many, as they offer greater definition for sharper images and increased color depth. Though still in its infancy, we see many industries adopting 4K to enjoy the benefits of the display’s high resolution clarity. Those markets include military, industrial, digital signage and advertising, education, entertainment, aerospace, restaurants and other service-oriented establishments, and even consumer-grade monitors for PC gamers and home theaters.

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Canada/NY/MA Road Trip 2015

29 Sep 2015

Parliament Hill Peace Tower Centre Block in OttawaThe week of September 21 found Tenell, Brian and yours truly (new team member Ronald) rolling up the highway to visit customers in our general neck of the woods.

The trip, in all of our minds, was a huge success! We were able to make new connections, due to changes in staffing for some of our customers, and we strengthened the more tenured connections. We met with a range of interesting and engaging people, from all levels of position/status within the company. Considering the upbeat dialog, I’m confident that this trip will pay dividends.

Our latest product, the VueSim (a smart monitor for flight simulators) sparked quite a bit of interest in how it can be applied to our customers’ projects.

Below is a breakdown of the visits and highlights of each company we visited.

Lockheed Martin SyracuseLockheed Martin (Syracuse, NY)

Falling well within our area of expertise, we discussed the possibility of installing our Impact Monitor Kit into their existing enclosure design.


General Dynamics Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)

General Dynamics CanadaSeveral of our products could be a good match for their ground-based applications, as well as buoy applications. Designed to meet and exceed a whole host of military specifications, our monitors and display kits are already serving in similar applications.


Lockheed Martin Canada (Ottawa, Ontario)

Our rack mount monitors, which are widely accepted for ground-based and shipboard applications drew considerable interest. When we unveiled our VueSim monitors (one, a sunlight readable/NVIS compatible solution; the other, a display featuring a wider color gamut) they cited a shipboard application for which they thought it might be instrumental.


Lockheed Martin Canada (Montréal, Quebec)

Our VueSim monitors may very well be a perfect fit for an application that would require a replacement and a redesign of consoles. Also on their wish list are flat screen LCD monitors larger than 24″ (possibly up to 32″), specially designed to display both tactical and classified information.


L-3 KEO Massachusetts

The VueSim monitors were a hit, to say the least! L-3 KEO’s business model doesn’t require immediate use of monitors, but the technologies that comprise VueSim were of interest to them, as they require a 1″–2″ display with high resolution capabilities for use with/in periscopes.


And there you have it! Five customers in four days from Ottawa to Northampton certainly kept us on our toes—just the way we like it. We have much to which we look forward.

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Midwest-North Road Trip 2015

4 Sep 2015

It’s been quite some time since General Digital has made its presence known in the rugged upper Midwest. Our long-standing relationship with Astronautics, and our growing relationship with UTC Aerospace Systems, gave Jennifer and Brian a compelling reason to head west. Their three-day trip started Wednesday, August 26th, and ended with them touching down again late Friday night on the 28th.

Astronautics in Milwaukee, Wisonsin

General Digital’s work with Astronautics in Milwaukee, WI, stretches back to the early years of the new millennium, providing our expert display enhancements to their renowned avionics products. Our Optical Bonding Laboratories is often tasked with augmenting customer-supplied displays which, on their own, do not meet the customer’s desired level of performance. Although we’ve worked with Astronautics for well over a decade, it was apparent that our visit made Astronautics aware that we can serve in many other ways, as well.

From passive enhancements involving improvements to the display’s film stack to the replacement of trailing edge CCFL backlights with leading-edge LED backlight designs, General Digital covers an impressive range of product and service offerings.

Jennifer and Brian hit the road once again, leaving Milwaukee behind, as they made their way to Burnsville, Minnesota, for their visit with United Technologies. After all, what’s a five-plus hour ride among friends?

UTC Aerospace in Burnsville, Minnesota

United Technologies was especially interested in our Optical Testing Laboratory. General Digital offers a suite of laboratory services that quantify the capabilities of both our, as well as customer-supplied, flat panel displays and monitor products. We explained to the engineers that one of the processes we are able to provide is professional display calibration and matching, granting customers image uniformity and true-to-life image reproduction across multiple displays. Companies like UTC consider these services invaluable in helping them provide quality solutions to their customers.

Our ability to optically bond overlays of various thicknesses and characteristics to the display improves both the display’s optical performance and its durability. Beyond that, our technicians are trained in the art and science of using a wide variety of bonding adhesives, chosen for the properties that best achieve the desired results. Once integrated into the customer’s overall system, our rugged displays offer superior viewing and unparalleled performance.

In all, the Wisconsin/Minnesota Road Trip afforded Jennifer and Brian the opportunity to shed light on more of General Digital’s vast arsenal of capabilities. With the warm reception they received, we’re looking forward to meeting their display enhancement needs at the highest caliber!

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