The present invention concerns the structure of and methods of constructing indicating
instruments with slim profiles. The indicating instrument comprises a meter movement
and a circuit board. The main body of the meter movement is situated in an aperture
in the circuit board. With this placement, the front end of the body of the meter
movement extends a distance in front of the circuit board and the back end of the
meter movement body extends a distance behind the circuit board. Through appropriate
selection and arrangement of any components on the circuit board, the circuit board
can be constructed such that none of its components extend beyond the distance
that the meter movement extends on either side of the circuit board. In this manner
the space needed for the meter movement and the circuit board and its components
collapses into the same area. A light plate may be added to the circuit board and
meter movement. The light plate provides a structural framework for the indicating
instrument. The circuit board and meter movement may be mounted to the light plate.
In this manner, the internal components of the indicating instrument are all held
together and can be calibrated and tested without the addition of any further components.