After reading an intriguing discussion on “Does industrial touch application really need multi-touch functionality?”, I began pondering the ways industrial and consumer touch applications differ from each other.
For one thing, most consumer touch products have multi-touch functionality. Whether it is a laptop, desktop multi-touch monitor, tablet or smart phone, it becomes clear that multi-touch is very much a consumer driven feature. Multi- touch is necessary for smartphones and tablets since those are applications that require a pcap touch monitor.
While multi-touch may be an important factor in consumer’s buying decision, it isn’t necessarily the same for industrial use. For industrial use, multi-touch is only unnecessary it is often less cost effective.
Few industrial application really have a need for multi-touch capability. Think about all the machinery that use touch in an industry setting. CNC machine and automated machines in factories do not use multi-touch. When industrial users use touch type end user applications, they generally use applications that are fast, easy and most importantly, accurate. Because users are often dealing with heavy, moving parts, touch typing must be accurate. Multi-touch can lead to errors such as the possibility of the wrong touch gesture. That could lead to the wrong procedure being executed on accident.
Multi-touch is also impractical for some more commonly used industrial applications. ATMs and point of sale machines (POS) are made to be focused on a specific function. They need to be pratical and quick for the people using it. Therefore, they are simple. People don’t want to make an error during an important transaction.
Because of these factors, resistive touch is more popular in industrial applications and it is one of the more cost effective touch technologies. At Caltron Industries, we offer resistive touchscreens for industrial applications and many others. You would most likely find the touch technology you need at Caltron since we carry such a wide range. Our sizes range from the smaller 6.5 inch screen to the larger 19 inch screen. With our 15 inch screen, our most popular model is the LWT- 156OC, which is a 15.6″ pcap open frame touch screen monitor. It is highly versatile as it can be used in everything from an interactive kiosk to use in hospitals. In addition, it has a wonderfully clear display and a thin design. It is thin enough to save much needed space and attractive enough to keep consumers engaged. It can be integrated into your end user applications easily. So while, multi-touch applications are great for consumer models, they don’t fit many industrial applications and those unique needs as they are prone to human error and are not cost effective.
There are some industries, such as social work, hospitals and the military, that depend heavily on their computer system. This being the case, they require certain things from their monitors. The screen needs to be large, but not so large that the content is blurry. The case itself must be strong enough to withstand hours of use day after day. In places such as the military and hospital settings, it is essential that monitors perform and don’t become easily overwhelmed, causing downtime while a replacement is found.
Caltron Industries offers a 17 inch industrial open frame touch screen monitor that is more than capable of filling all the needs of even the heaviest users. They offer two models, Caltron’s LBT-1704OTEAS and LBT-1704OTEASU, that give users a choice to best fit their needs. We thought it would be good to see what these monitors had to offer.
The 17″ screen is large enough to give access to even small print without severe eye strain, which is often a hazard of continuous computer use. The 1280 x 1024 resolution keeps the content crisp and easy to read, helping lessen eye fatigue and the need to second-guess essential information. The print was easily visible to the eye yet didn’t require extra scrolling to see an entire page.
The open frame monitors offer two touch screen options. The touch formats available are with a 5-Wire Resistive or Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) touch option. Highly-trained technicians have integrated these options and added to the usability, allowing for optimal performance even with round-the-clock usage seven days a week. What this basically translates to is a touch screen that responds immediately and doesn’t require a great deal of pressure.
Caltron states that its 17 inch industrial open frame touch screen monitor is milled from a CNC machine to keep the chassis durable and uniform throughout the whole process. We found the case to be tough and yet lightweight enough to be moved when necessary. The tough chassis is designed so that even LCD upgrades or changes do not weaken them. This allows for endless possibilities in regards to adding the newest applications without having to purchase an entirely new system.
This is a 17 inch industrial open frame touch screen monitor that will last through the toughest use. It is dependable, easily mounted to save space, easy on the user’s vision, cost-effective and upgradeable. In short, you can not ask for much more from a monitor. We were extremely pleased with both the quality and the price. This is definitely one of the better monitors designed for heavy usage that we have tested.
There has been lots of progression from when there was tube TVs to flat screen TVs to the first LCD flat screen TV. There was a great improvement from the old TV displays over to the new ones. As each new model comes out, the TVs seem to be getting thinner and thinner. Can the same be said for industrial displays? Likely, not.
While it would seem ideal for industrial displays to get thinner as time goes on, it is not necessarily the correct choice. There are many instances where having a thinner display would not be beneficial. In this instance, open frame displays can get as thin as 1.75 – 2.25 inches and still be durable and rugged enough to handle industrial applications and harsh environments. With consumer TVs, they can get as thin as 0.5 inches and this question can be brought over to industrial grade embedded open frame monitors. Why is it that industrial displays can’t be as thin as consumer TVs? A big reason is that the demand for thinner industrial displays is not a requirement and isn’t completely vital since most, if not all open frames that are used is integrated into a larger enclosure and while a thinner display can provide more real estate inside the enclosure, it is not necessary at all.
Industrial monitors tend to lag in technology and are usually far behind consumer technology because there is always a concern to ensure that all components, including the LCD backlit panel open frame monitor itself is durable enough to be converted to a thinner size. While it may seem like it is an easy task to choose thinner panels, which it is, there are many other factors that come into play to ensure that the panel and overall industrial monitor is capable of handling industrial environments. At times, there can be extra pressure added to the enclosure and stress out the frame more and with thinner panels it is more susceptible to possible damage or fold under the stress of the surrounding environment.
The market for industrial monitors is so miniscule compared to the consumer market that there is not too much of a need to vastly expand into the industrial displays. That’s not to say that thinner LCD panels are not possible at all because special customizations and OEM projects can always be considered. With the route of customizations and OEMs the process can take slightly longer, but it is always possible.
For any industrial application from CNC machines, control panels, kiosks, to digital signage, 4:3 aspect displays have been the norm for practically every application. While LCD monitors have phased out CRT monitors for practically every application, it is not to say that widescreen displays will phase out 4:3 aspect ratio displays anytime in the near future. 16 x 9 Widescreen displays are just an alternative solution to applications that have a preference for widescreen displays. A few applications that both types of industrial displays can be used in would be as follows:
A few things to consider when getting a 4×3 aspect chassis mount display for these types of applications would be:
While each application is unique in its own form and every designer has their own vision, it is important to try and consider what is most vital when trying to select the proper display.
Each application probably needs certain specs to fulfill the requirements, but this information can help designers decide what is needed to properly choose the correct display. As all designers and integrators should know, there are many key aspects to cover when trying to choose the best solution for any application, especially when it comes to displays.
When considering your next project, be sure to create a series of checks and requirements to ensure that the final product will turn out great.
Technology is constantly evolving and with any industry that uses computers or displays, it is usually best to keep up with the changing technology so that they can stay ahead of their competitors and have the most efficient working applications. Technology, including industrial touch panel monitors can greatly help to improve any application so that it can become more robust or be more appealing to the user, depending on the application that the flat panel displays for drop-in applications is used for. In everyday use for commercial applications such as digital signage or kiosk applications, having the newest technology can create a buzz and the likelihood that users will remember or spread the word more about that display.
New or different touch displays that and create a more engaging experience for users usually generates a connection with the visitor and user experience that it will leave an impression and increases the chances that they will remember the content advertised. With emerging technology on the rise, with wide screen displays and various touch solutions offered for flat screen display monitors that can be integrated into display solutions, applications will generally want to convert to the newest technology so they can be the purveyors of displays and be the first to create a buzz amongst whichever industry they may be in.
Industrial monitors are becoming much more prevalent and widely used because the screens are rugged and capable of handling any application. With Caltron’s industrial touch screen displays capable of being integrated into any enclosure to provide a sleek look along with being unique and user friendly, industrial displays are making much more headway into everyday applications.
When deciding to convert from a mouse click function to a touch screen monitor click function, there are usually a few reasons to put into consideration to see if it is a valid route to go. When any application decides to go the touch screen monitor route, there is a pretty good reason why it was chosen over a mouse click.
A good example would be industrial applications such as a CNC machine, before there was the simple mouse connected to the PC, which worked perfectly fine, but as machinery got more advanced and complex with moving parts, there became a worry that a dangling mouse can interfere with the machine’s moving components or possibly disrupt the flow of work if the mouse accidentally clicked. It started to become more viable to just create an all-in-one solution. With an all-in-one touch screen monitor solution integrated into the final enclosure it helped to make the unit look more uniform and prevent accidents from occurring if the mouse slipped off the pad or the table that it was on. With touch screen monitors integrated into any system it becomes much easier to control the entire unit and create more workspace for the unit as a whole.
Most industrial applications require things to work in the long run and although upfront costs might be a bit more expensive in the beginning, the trade off in the long term will definitely pay off. Industrial digital signage applications might require a composite video touch screen monitor to accommodate the needs of various outputs for display. CNC machines are starting to migrate over to 16:9 aspect ratio industrial monitor for daily use and widescreen displays in general. Most importantly, industrial applications use touch screen monitors because it is much cleaner with less wires, to deal with, that can cause interference.
While there are many different suppliers to choose from for industrial grade products, such as Open Frame Monitors and Industrial Touch Screen Monitors, it is always difficult to find the correct supplier that is willing to work with you for specific project needs. Caltron believes that there is much more than just providing a monitor and being done with the transaction. Not only does our procurement and engineering department source industrial grade components that make up the displays that we offer, but our technicians always test the final product to ensure top quality usage. Along with quality components and products, Caltron’s sales and support team consistently follows up to check and see if the product is working to its required specifications and if it is the correct unit for the application at hand. Caltron’s team is constantly designing products and reviewing our client’s projects to see if we can provide the adequate units for use.
We believe that there is much more than providing quality products, but also working closely with engineers and designers to figure out what the project needs are and to determine is any special customization is required. It is vital to provide LCD monitors for industrial and commercial use that are perfectly suited for any application to ensure that there are minimal complications when trying to integrate the industrial monitor. There are continuous follow ups to see how the units are working and to see if there are any improvements that can be done to allow for the next project to be even better. Our sales team is always working with buyers to help forecast projects and potential future orders so that the appropriate parts are on constant order and minimize lead times so that all projects can be completed on time and in a timely manner.
Caltron will always return RMA units in a timely manner and we always go that extra step to provide the best possible customer service when working with our clients. We always understand the needs of our clients and will try our best to accommodate the needs of any project that is given to us, if possible.
There will be some instances when a customer receives an industrial embedded touch screen monitor and it may not function right away. There are some simple steps that can be done to check and likely get the monitor functioning again. If the unit is installed and the touch function does not work, then visually inspect the touch glass to see if there are any noticeable cracks or chips. If there is, then this can cause the touch function to not work. If there are no visible chips or cracks, then please proceed to check the following:
Serial or USB cable: Make sure that both ends are securely connected and if using a serial, then please check for bent pins.
Drivers: Sometimes, drivers are not fully installed, so please try uninstalling and reinstalling.
Tap on the touch glass, if no “beeping” noise happens after each touch, then it could be a defective controller card or touch glass on the touch screen monitor.
After testing the connection on one computer, trying testing on a second one, if possible to ensure that it is not that one specific computer that is having connection problems.
If the problem persists, then please check with a Caltron sales representative for technical support.
Caltron has a unique customer that requires a 12.1” monitor to be integrated into their helicopter flight console for navigation. This unit has to be a sunlight readable high bright display since it will be in the air and has to be able to fight the elements of the sun to display properly.
The HBT-1212O, 12.1” High Bright LED Open Frame Display is an industrial high bright open frame monitor that is equipped to handle various harsh environments, including helicopters that can have high vibration levels. All of the components have shock and vibration resistant factors put into place to a certain degree so that it can be used in a variety of other applications, including helicopters. A big reason why Caltron’s customer chose the HBT-1212O is due to the fact that the screen brightness is rated at 1,600 nits, which is much brighter than most other displays, along with all industrial grade components to ensure that the unit lasts for a long time in harsh conditions.
With a crisp and clear display, the industrial open frame monitor is capable of always delivering a clear image for the pilot. Helicopters always need to have a clear visual display to navigate and steer the helicopter. With a sudden loss tragedy can happen, so helicopters always demand a highly reliable display to ensure that there is minimal to no chance of accidents occurring from a bad display. Please go to the link below to see how the HBT-1212O is integrated into the console of the helicopter and how the display looks:
There are a few variations to choose from when selecting a resistive touch glass. I will go over some differences and provide reasons why a 5-wire resistive touch glass was chosen. A four-wire resistive is the simplest form and easiest to manufacturer. How a four-wire functions is that it has two layers and once the top layer gets touched, it causes contact with the bottom layer and produces a touch point and the touch screen is activated. With a four-wire resistive touch technology micro cracks will develop over time with all of the touches and this eventually causes the touch function to no longer function.
Eight-wire resistive touch technology is very similar to that of a four-wire, except that it is more associated with larger size displays, like 10.4” and higher. As the screen display size gets larger, there is more disparity and drift can significantly increase. By drift, that means less response. Although an eight-wire touch screen will increase in functionality for larger size displays, the durability and life expectancy is still relatively low like the four-wire resistive touch technology, so this option is not recommended either.
Now, let’s move onto the five-wire resistive touch technology. The thing that separates this touch technology is that it is very identical, but the key difference is that there is an extra protective layer that overlays the actual touch points on the glass and with this overlay, the touch glass itself becomes a lot more rugged and durable. The touch functions are just as accurate as the four and eight-wire resistive touch screen, but equipped to handle much more. All of Caltron’s flat screen open frame monitors are integrated with a 5-wire resistive touch glass when a resistive touch screen monitor for human machine interface is needed. A 5-wire touch glass is the most rugged and equipped to handle harsh environments, so Caltron chooses this type of touch technology for industrial applications.