Mark Prieto, Senior Vice President of Business Development
To render network-centric military operations efficiently and make informed decisions by having proper situational awareness, it is imperative to have an intuitive human-machine interface or HMI solution. But military equipment needs to be qualified to meet specific standards and must conform to Form, Fit, and Function for most applications. Also, these solutions are expected to work in environments that could have high altitude or temperature, vibration, and shock or fluid Intrusion, which makes durability and reliability a mandatory requirement. Unfortunately, the increasing product specifications and the level of its sophistication is becoming a significant challenge for manufacturers—is addressing each one of them is a task easier said than done.
Founded in 1957—Orbit International, a custom electronic solutions manufacturer that caters to military and non-military government applications—works in liaison with its customers to offer best-in-class solutions that match their specific needs. With two operating units—Orbit Electronics Group, a designer of HMI devices and solutions and Orbit Power Group, a manufacturer of wide range of COTS and VPX Power Supplies and power products, such as AC-DC, DC-AC, VME and VPXPower Supplies for commercial, industrial, and military needs—the company brings holistic and reliable solutions to the table.
“We have been in business for more than 60 years with several ongoing military and government projects, and we work with our customers to provide viable and efficient solutions. By providing support from the design process to installation and maintenance, we mitigate the issues around survivability and keep buyers updated on obsolescence issues of their equipment,” says Mark Prieto, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Orbit International.
Being operational in a highly sensitive zone, Orbit International follows a comprehensive quality control process to offer customers the best possible solutions.
We have been in business for more than 60 years with several ongoing militaries and government projects, and our solutions are well-accepted by our customers
For instance, every solution that the company provides goes through a rigorous testing and qualification process from the very beginning. “Quality is our main concern, and we achieve it by understanding every single detail. This approach has helped build our reputation to a great extent. Additionally, we stand behind every solution that we offer, and customers never hesitate to come back even after 15 or 20 years for next-generation changes. This is the key to build a long-standing relationship with many of our customers,” says Prieto.
Durability is another critical area where Orbit International concentrates. The reliable operator interfaces that Orbit International provides to the government and defense sector can withstand harsh environments in terrain, shipboard, and airborne conditions. Apart from this, the company holds a nimble and experienced team that is well-acquainted with the military environment. By enabling the company to break the limitations of one-size-fits-all models and address customer-specific needs seamlessly, the team plays a vital role in sharpening Orbit International’s edge in the market.
Honing such capabilities, Orbit International has added several renowned customers to its list. In one instance, one of its customers demanded an upgraded unit for a flight operating system. To meet their requirements, the seasoned team at Orbit International designed a unit with a touch screen and added some additional capabilities, such as having real-time weather and targeting information. Most importantly, it replicated the core functionalities of the existing form, fit, and function of the unit and ensured that all the information would be displayed on the same screen. With such instances of customer success, the company has built its reputation in the marketplace.
Striding ahead, Orbit International will sharpen its edge by continually improving its engineering, manufacturing, and support capabilities. Also, it has started to work with new customers, which is going to enhance its problem-solving skills on a massive scale. “We are a public company with experienced management. Leveraging our years of experience, we have grown into a one-stop-shop for unique military requirements to support our customers’ needs,” concludes Prieto.