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Caltron's Industrial Embedded Displays Latest News

2014

October 16th, 2014

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Caltron introduces smaller form factor Wide Screen LED Open Frame Monitors

Applications are constantly evolving as time progresses and will require different types of displays to be available. Caltron started to provide 4:3 aspect ratio open frame LCD monitors because that was the norm for all applications that were switching over to LCD displays. While 4:3 aspect ratio monitors and displays are still the norm for almost every single industrial application out, the trend for digital signage and other non industrial machine applications seems to be accepting and open to 16:9 aspect ratio or wide screen display formats to have more diversity in displays.

Caltron has had wide screen format displays for a while, in larger sizes. The first two models were the FWT-2206O and the FWT-2407O, which has been replaced by the LWT-2407O. These two models are typically meant for applications that required a larger screen display.

Now Caltron has transitioned into developing smaller screen sizes and the first small form factor to be released is the LWT-121O, 12.1” Wide LED Open Frame Monitor. A unique feature that this monitor has that no other Caltron monitor has is an HDMI video input as an option alongside the VGA standard. Essentially, if a DVI input is required, then an adapter can be used to convert HDMI video into DVI. With this open frame monitor, there will be no other video input options such as composite, S-video or BNC will be available. An HDMI with audio can also be an option, if audio is required. If that is the case, then a 2 watt speaker can be added to accommodate the HDMI with audio option.

 

This 12.1 inch wide monitor will come with an LED backlit panel and two touch options, a 5-wire resistive, LWT-121OR or projective capacitive, LWT-121OC touch. If a touch option is requested, then the touch interface available will be USB only.

The LWT-121O is milled with consistency with a CNC machine to ensure that the unit maintains durability and robustness throughout the lifetime of the monitor. The LWT-121O will never have a change in design even if there is an LCD panel revision to ease integrators and designer’s worries when designing this unit into an enclosure. Since applications are integrating more widescreen displays, it is vital for Caltron to provide the necessary displays to meet the demands of the project applications. The LWT-121O will have outstanding viewing angles so that the monitor can be implemented into any signage display application.

Since the LWT-121O is a wide open frame LED monitor, the chassis will be more unique and will have to be larger than Caltron’s typical 4:3 aspect ratio open frame monitors, so the units will not be interchangeable. This 12.1 inch wide LED open frame monitor will be the first of many wide screen LED open frame monitors to come out. Wide screen displays will start to become more prevalent in the display industry as more applications begin to adopt these types of display formats.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

August 20th, 2014

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Caltron introduces HDMI video input as a new option for Open Frame Monitors

With technology constantly advancing, every application, whether retail or industrial, must adapt to the ever changing life cycles of the display market. Many, if not all, consumer grade televisions have an HDMI input as a standard on the units. HDMI, otherwise known as High Definition Multimedia Interface, is used to transmit both high quality video and audio. With HDMI inputs becoming more of a standard in many applications, the industrial applications are starting to incorporate HDMI video inputs as an option as well.

Many PCs and output signals have HDMI as a standard output and with that being said, many displays, including industrial open frame monitors will have the need to start having HDMI as a standard or at least as an option. Generally, HDMI is used in applications that require both high definition video and audio at the same time. Most industrial display applications typically will not require any sound, so up until HDMI outputs/inputs started becoming more prominent, a DVI input was all that was required. As HDMI begins to dominate the display market, more industrial applications must adapt and convert over to HDMI friendly monitors so that they can be compatible with PCs or other such devices that have HDMI outputs as a standard.

Since HDMI outputs are becoming more of a standard on PCs and other input devices, open frame monitors have to,

 

or should have that option available as well, even if the project application requires no audio. To accommodate the needs of any industry, Caltron’s engineering team has developed an HDMI video input option for the line of industrial open frame monitors. Typically, HDMI or high resolution video inputs are meant for widescreen displays versus 4:3 aspect screens. For the introduction of HDMI video inputs into Caltron’s existing line of 4:3 aspect monitors, all HDMI options will be considered OEM applications, to ensure quality and functionality for the open frame monitors.

While HDMI inputs mainly dominate the consumer Televisions and displays for now, there is a sense of urgency to provide an HDMI input as a video input option for industrial open frame monitors because more and more sources are having HDMI outputs as a standard and will soon spill over to industrial applications. Caltron understands that it is vital to keep up with the changes of the industry to meet the needs of integrators and OEM projects. With the release of HDMI as a video input option, Caltron will soon release the line of widescreen open frame monitors to blend with the HDMI input as a standard, but that will be release at a later date this year.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

March 18th, 2014

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Caltron Introduces a New Line of Panel PC Industrial Monitors to the Lineup

With the progression of technology, Caltron is always investing in the continued research & development of new products to assist Original Engineer Manufacturer (OEM), Original Design Manufacturer (ODM) and integrators. The needs and wants of applications in the current industrial market is constantly changing and with the aid of useful tools, project applications can become much more powerful and easier to use with the right technology that is suitable for the application at hand.

After much R&D, Caltron’s engineers developed the IPC-15T, 15 Inch industrial Capacitive Multi-Touch Panel PC. While it is understood that this unit might not be suitable for every application, it can be quite the useful tool for applications that require an all-in-one unit. Sometimes, there is a need for an all-in-one solution for a project because it can save lots of time from trying to source all of the correct components that can be used for an application and in the end, saving time usually equates to saving money. With all-in-one panel PC’s starting to become more readily available at cost efficient prices, it makes it easier for integrators to do a one stop shop, per se.

The IPC-15T comes with a front sealed industrial capacitive multi-touch, touch screen monitor that has a built in embedded PC mounted in the rear of the unit. Currently the PC comes with an Intel mobile Core i5 motherboard for computing purposes. Along with the panel PC’s powerful motherboard also comes 8GB of dual-channel DDR3 SO-DIMMs SDRAM that is rated at

IPC-15T | 15 Inch Industrial Touch Panel PC

IPC-15T

 

1066/800 MHz and an internal storage of 60GB SSD, which is definitely big and powerful enough to run practically every industrial application. Along with the industrial grade CPU, there is also a built in Smart fan to keep the unit and internal components at a constant temperature to prevent overheating and failure of any components. This fan is designed in to complement the unit in terms of a cooling system that will suffice. Since the unit itself comes with a multi-touch capacitive touch panel, there is no need to worry about getting a secondary touch panel added to the unit.

Along with all the internal components, the exterior of the panel PC is also what makes this unit unique and apart from others. The outside housing of the industrial panel PC is comprised of durable metal housing with rounded edges to have a smoother finish than most other box like designs of panel PCs. With a flushed capacitive multi touch panel integrated securely, the IPC-15T is dust and liquid resistant, making the unit more capable of enduring the elements of the harsh environments the unit is put into. Instead of a typical drop in design, like all of Caltron’s typical open frame monitors and touch screen monitors, the IPC-15T comes with a rear standard VESA mount for integration and mounting, allowing for this panel PC to be situated into any location that offers a VESA mount.

The IPC-15T is designed in a way that the unit can be easily integrated into any application and can be used for industrial applications to Kiosks. Providing a capacitive multi-touch panel allows for the unit to be widely used in any application that prefers a multi-touch unit or single touch, since the unit can be used both ways. Having flexibility and a strong motherboard for the PC portion of the unit, allows for the unit to have the power to run virtually any application that the unit is integrated into. Since there are certain applications that will look for an all-in-one panel PC that can be used, there will always be a need for Caltron’s industrial panel PCs.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

2013

November 11th, 2013

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Unique iCAT3 Online Content Management Software

When working with advertisements or displays, both small and large dooh (digital-out-of home) company projects will look for a digital signage player that has a very user friendly interface to work with, especially if it is a network player versus a standalone looping player. Caltron’s MP-1080N uses an all online content management software system to manage the player’s scheduling and playlist of all content that is needed for display. The iCAT3 online content management software was designed to manage Caltron’s MP-1080N easily and accurately. The online software allows for users to manage and update content conveniently through a remote location. Providing an all online content management system allows for players to be place anywhere in the world and can be easily updated if and when there is new content that needs to be shown. The simplicity and easy-to-use online management software allows for users to conveniently update playlists and schedules for each player, located anywhere, with minimal to no assistance with setup as the software is designed to be extremely user friendly and simple to operate. Since iCAT3 is an all online content management software, anyone with a steady internet connection can access the software at any location to update content as needed.

The MP-1080N, Network High Definition Digital Signage Media Player is a very unique player, as it requires the iCAT3 online software to function. The player was built specifically to operate through the iCAT3 software only. ICAT3’s main function is to allow media to be uploaded onto the server, create a playlist for each player or a group of players, create a schedule for designated playing times and provide status updates of each player through the software. ICAT3 also serves as a content layout tool since

icat3 digital signage management system

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there is an option to add in desired features to the program that will tell the player what to play. The content management software is designed so that users can utilize the software with ease through elaborate functions that is designed to be easy to used and understand for configuring content and designing layouts for any display. Templates can be chosen to create menu boards to have zoning options to have multiple content displaying at one time on the screen. Unique functions in the online management software also allows a date, weather, company logo and RSS feed to be added as well. An easy to use drag and drop allows the user to resize zones selected for the user to choose what size each zone should be. iCAT3 also serves to manage each player by providing constant log updates of any new activity incurred on the MP-1080N. A key special feature that this software has it that it can tell the player what to play during the scheduling and will have the next playlist and schedule download into the player in the background so that there is no delay when it is time to switch to a new playlist or schedule, should it be different from the current one.

As with all players with free software, there are generally some limitations to keep the costs at a minimum. Each registered account will have a 100MB storage limit provided by Caltron Industries. Generally 100MB will suffice for most applications, but sometimes will not be suitable for all applications. For applications that require more than 100MB of online storage, there are special options available for these circumstances. Licensing options are available to applications that require a larger storage space. With licensing for applications, there is a licensing fee that will be charged to do this. Each application can then modify and update the software accordingly to meet the needs of the project. This can be beneficial for any project that requires content that has a large file size. Licensing the ICAT3 software for company use can allow for custom designs and features for the user and/or company. This allows for iCAT3 to be unique for each user, if necessary.

Test an MP-1080N unit with iCAT3 and for more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

September 12th, 2013

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Caltron introduces a new open frame monitor line

With all of the technological needs out in the industry, there is always a need for a newer or better monitor to meet the needs of industrial applications. One of the most popular sizes for industrial applications that include, but are not limited to control panels, gaming machines, photo booths, touch panels, CNC machines and aerospace, would be a 10.4” industrial open frame monitor or open frame touch screen. Caltron will introduce the LEO-104, 10.4” LED backlit LCD open frame monitor. This LEO-104, industrial open frame monitor is unique in its own standard, in that it is an industrial open frame monitor still, like Caltron’s current open frame monitors, but was intended for projects that require a different type of monitor that can still meet the expectations of an industrial grade monitor for any application. This unit was designed to have simple options available to accommodate the needs of projects that do not require all of the extra options available that can potentially increase costs.

Although this LED backlit panel is not as bright as a typical Caltron LED backlit monitor, it is just as bright as a typical CCFL backlit LCD panel, but uses considerably less

 

energy to operate. As like all of Caltron’s existing industrial open frame monitors, this 10.4” LED open frame monitor comes with a standard VGA input option and has an optional resistive USB touch screen interface option for applications that require a touch screen application. As always, like all of Caltron’s current industrial open frame monitors, this monitor is durable and rugged enough to handle any type of industrial environment.

For more information about LEO-104O and LEO-104RU, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

LEO-104 | 10.4 Inch LED Open Frame Monitor

LEO-104

June 10th, 2013

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Caltron’s Industrial Monitors also come in an LED Backlit Version

Caltron introduces the LBT-1704O, 17” LED Open Frame Monitor to the LED line of open frame monitors and touch screen monitors.

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) have changed the LCD (Liquid Crystal Displays) Industry greatly and rapidly. Before LEDs, CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps) were used and are actually still primarily used. In most cases, consumers do not feel the need of a better lit screen for the price trade off, but as time has progressed, LEDs have become much cheaper and more affordable. At first, LEDs were not thought of as a primary option, but there are quite a bit of advantages that come with an LED backlit monitor. Generally, LED backlit monitors provide a brighter screen allowing for images to be more crisp and clear while consuming less power than that of a typical CCFL backlit monitor.

With LEDs in backlights, LCD monitors were able to become more rugged and durable. Typically, most screens had a MTBF of about 20,000 hours, while LEDs had a typical MTBF of 50,000 hours. Since CCFLs contain mercury, it is also generally more difficult to control the monitors under applications with severe temperature

17 Inch LED Open Frame Monitor

LBT-1704O

 

changes, while LEDs do not have that problem. LEDs were more mainstreamed towards televisions, but started to trend over to the industrial side because some applications do require a brighter and more efficient screen as well.

Not only have LED backlit display become more prominent in commercial applications, like TV’s and computer monitors, but they have also progressed towards industrial applications. Caltron has released the LBT-1704O, 17” LED Open Frame Monitor, rated at 350 nits, to the line of LED Open Frame Monitors. Using and LED backlit monitor can be beneficial for open frame touch screen applications because most screen with a touch panel overlay usually loses about 10-20% brightness. Having a higher brightness open frame monitor can allow for the same crisp clear picture as a standard LCD monitor, even with a touch screen overlay.

The LBT-1704O has superior viewing angles and has a longer MTBF, compared to a standard LCD panel with a CCFL backlight. Many industrial applications typically use a 17” open frame monitor and there are many applications that also require an open frame touch screen. Having a higher brightness panel can allow for easier use better image quality so there is minimal compromise on the brightness of the display.

Test an LBT-1704O unit today and for more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

May 13th, 2013

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Caltron releases the MP-1080N, High Definition Zoning Network Digital Signage Player

As digital signage technology constantly improves, it becomes more user friendly, filled with many options that users can choose to use in their application. Many users are trying to find better ways of reaching their target audience. Digital signage is a great way of reaching target audiences through the display of dynamic content. Digital signage can be used in practically every application when trying to send a powerful or captivating message to an audience. Using digital signage media players can help to deliver content to a large group at one time with very minimal maintenance. Implementing a digital signage media player to any application help to create a more creative vibe, since a more effective image or video animation can help to deliver that power punch to “wow” visitors that come to see the attraction. Media players and digital signage can help turn a boring static billboard or image into something that is much more fun and interactive for visitors that come.

In many applications, the display is meant to draw in visitors and capture their attention. The more creative the content, the more engaged visitors will become. Engaged visitors are most likely to help spread the attention of the display and this usually causes an excitement in the air and this helps to promote the exhibit or content that is displayed.

Caltron’s newest player, the MP-1080N, high definition network digital signage player with zoning and online content management software will help users create a display that requires minimal attention and can be easily updated remotely. While the digital signage media player does not create content, it does help to manage and arrange how the content will be displayed, with the free iCAT3 software provided. Content creators or self created content can be uploaded into the online management’s storage. The MP-1080N is capable of outputting full 1920 x 1080 HD content and is meant for screens that are capable of supporting 1080i or 1080P quality content.

Designing and managing content with the simple iCAT3 software has never been easier. The iCAT3 software provides all of the necessary tools to properly create playlists and schedules as well as manage content all online. Each account will have a unique login and password for user security. The iCAT3 software is a

 

simple, drag-n-drop, type of application that help user’s create single day playlists to multi day playlists. With a simple resizable zoning feature to create multi-zone content, a screen display with one single image/video can be displayed or there can be multiple zones, if necessary. This software also allows for music to be played in the background, if images are being displayed. As soon as the schedules and playlists are completed, the MP-1080N is ready to receive the playlists. iCAT3’s software also allows for a live RSS feed or a simple scrolling text to include more vital information. A date/time and weather feature can also be added for more information.

A unique feature that the MP-1080N and iCAT3 has is that while it plays the current files and playlists, it is constantly downloading potential future playlists and schedules in the background to minimize loading times for future content to be displayed. This software is always receiving live feed back from each digital signage player so that player status is easily monitored. Content log data is always updated into iCAT3 to provide a detailed description of each player’s daily status. As long as each payer has an internet connection, then each player can be update from any location provided that location has internet connection for the user to connect to iCAT3 and update each player or group of players.

The MP-1080N and iCAT3 was created to give each user an easy to use experience. Within a few minutes, the user can create playlists and schedules to be transferred to each digital signage media player. Content is transferred over IP to the internal 4GB internal memory or up to 32GB of external memory. User created playlists contain multiple digital signage file formats such as image, video or music files, along with scrolling text files and RSS file feeds.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

MP-1080N, High Definition Zoning Network Digital Signage Player

MP-1080N

April 30th, 2013

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A 24 Inch Wide Open Frame Monitor with an LED Backlit Panel

Caltron releases the LWT-2407O, 24 inch wide LED open frame monitor to replace the FWT-2407O. It can be used in open frame or touch screen monitor appropriate applications.

With the discontinuation of the FWT-2407O, Caltron has replaced the unit with an LWT-2407O, 24” LED Open Frame Monitor. An LED backlit monitor provides a power display with 250 nits and uses less energy to power the unit. It is great for applications that require a bright display while consuming less energy. All mechanical specs are the same as the previous FWT-2407O model, except that the LWT-2407O now uses an LED backlit LCD panel,

24 Inch Widescreen LCD Open Frame Monitor

LWT-2407O

 

instead of the traditional CCFL backlit panel, while still having the same robust and durable qualities as the FWT-2407O.

Using the LWT-2407O 24” Wide LED open frame monitor is great for many industrial applications that require a large wide screen monitor or it can also be used in many digital signage applications. Gradually as time passes, technology keeps advancing and hence is the reason Caltron has introduced the LWT-2407O, 24” LED open frame monitor to replace the traditional CCFL backlit FWT-2407O. With greater viewing angles along with a better contrast ratio, this monitor is definitely a better fit for any application, whether it is just an open frame, touch screen monitor or digital signage application.

Test an LWT-2407O unit today and for more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

March 27th, 2013

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Caltron introduces the SD-281, 28 Inch Ultra Wide Stretch Bar LCD Monitor

With digital signage taking a turn for the better, there are always constant new ideas and technology introduced into the digital signage world. Caltron releases the SD-281, 28 Inch Ultra Wide Stretched Bar LCD Monitor. This monitor comes complete with the necessary cables to get the monitor working and connected. Perfect for docking platforms of rapid transit or airport terminals to display advertisements or general information. Ultra wide stretch displays can also be used in restaurant environments, eateries, bars or any type of food location where many visitors come to. Bar LCD monitors can be vital when trying to provide dynamic content display to visitors since the displays are so unique, many visitors are more inclined to come back. Stretch displays can also be integrated into almost any application, just like Caltron’s signature Open Frame Monitors.

With advertising techniques always changing and evolving, content creators and business establishments are always trying to figure out how to stand out from the rest. Without having to use multiple monitors to simulate a single ultra wide stretch LCD monitor, it would be more economically smart to get 1 stretched LCD monitor that can do the job of multiple monitors combined, especially for applications that are space conscious.

 

The SD-281 stretch monitor is a perfect fit with Caltron’s soon to be released MP-1080N, high definition digital signage player, since there are zoning capabilities on the player. With zoning capabilities, images and videos can be configured to fit perfectly into the screen of the SD-281. With Caltron’s MP-1080N combined with the SD-281, delivering content will be more powerful than regular displays.

Just like all of Caltron’s other products, the SD-281 is robust and capable of being displayed 24/7. With side handles on both sides and VESA mounting available on the back of the unit, designing a display or simply mounting the unit on the wall for display will be perfect for any location.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

28 Inch Ultra Wide Stretched Bar LCD Monitor SD-281

SD-281

March 19th, 2013

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Caltron introduces the Industrial Touch Screen Monitors Becoming More of a Norm for Integrators

As technology advances with each passing day, so has become the growing need for Human Machine Interface applications. More integrators are using industrial touch screen monitors for projects.

Sometimes certain applications like POS systems, industrial machines, control panels, Kiosks, ATM machines or Digital Signage applications might require a touch screen open frame monitor, better known as a Touch Screen Monitor

. It is important to understand the benefits of using a chassis mount open frame monitor over the standard consumer grade desktop monitor. While sometimes using a consumer grade desktop monitor may seem like the more cost efficient solution in the short run, overall it can be more costly for integrators and OEMs in the long run. Many consumer grade monitors are constantly having mechanical redesigns every 6 months or so, while Caltron’s open frame monitors will not have a design change throughout the lifetime of the unit.

When designing a unit into an enclosure or industrial machine, whether it is an open frame monitor or industrial touch screen monitor, nobody wants to have to worry about having to redesign a whole entire enclosure, especially if it is mass produced and all enclosures have to be corrected to replace a damaged monitor. This leads to the next problem of having failing internal components, in general, most, if not all consumer grade monitors have to be replaced when one component fails, whereas if a Caltron open frame monitor component gets damaged, that one part can be easily replaced or repaired without the need to purchase a new unit every instance a component fails.

Growing trend of HMI applications

Not only are Industrial Touch Screen Monitors used nationally in the United States, but they are becoming

 

more prominent internationally, in other countries, as designers try to create sleek new displays that can be easily embedded into any solution. Human Machine Interface or HMI applications are becoming more of the norm in everyday life as technology rapidly progresses. Let’s use Caltron’s HBT-1212OTEAR, 12.1 Inch Resistive Touch Screen High Bright LED Open Frame Monitor as an example. Integrators are constantly working with consumers and developers to design the perfect application that will not only captivate new audiences, but create a big enough stir to invigorate and keep audiences returning with interactive solutions that will always amaze or create environment that can be much more user friendly for workers and create a much more efficient working environment. A 12.1 Inch High Bright Monitor can accommodate the needs of both indoor and outdoor applications. As technology advances, Human Machine Interface or HMI will become more prominent in the daily lives of people, just like how cell phones have become a very essential part of people’s daily lives.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Industrial Touch Screen Monitor

Industrial Touch Screen Monitor

March 5th, 2013

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Emerging trends in embedded and industrial applications

Before LCD monitors were available, commercial grade CRT monitors had to either be taken apart for the use of the screen to be integrated into an embedded display or the whole CRT monitor itself had to be used during integration. Integrating a CRT monitor was not only cumbersome, but also required a lot of space accommodation in the enclosure. This generally caused headaches for designers and integrators when designing an enclosure for an application that allotted minimal space. Many big factors for certain applications were challenges of space, weight, heat eminence, power consumption and small form factor and footprint left behind. Many embedded systems or displays were limited to the size of the PC/computer and amount of space taken up by the display monitor. With many designers already having to worry about size restrictions of applications, another worry would be how difficult it would be to replace the unit or a component, should there be a failure.

As technology is constantly changing, there is always newer and better technology to help embedded designs and industrial applications, especially with demands of better functionality of technological products. Embedded displays and industrial applications have become a great part of human life. We sometimes take for granted all the perks that we have and are always wanting better. CNC Machines and ATM machines used to use CRT monitors before the LCD monitor was introduced and while it did the job, it was bulky and hard to replace when the unit failed. Integrators and industrial industries are converting over to open frame LCD monitors to create more efficient working units.

Industrial LCD Open Frame Monitor

Embedded LCD Display

 

Caltron specializes in Open Frame Monitors

Caltron works closely with integrators and OEM’s to assist with special project needs. Open Frame Monitors, whether it is an LCD, LED Backlit or high bright monitor, are great for any application that requires a screen that takes up minimal space or for projects that only allow for a small limited area to work with. The time of bulky CRT monitor is rapidly phasing out, since they require such a large space for integration, into enclosures. With the demand growing for newer monitors that take up minimal space, Caltron is constantly working with engineers to develop the next possible need of open frame monitors for any type of industrial application.

Benefits of an Open Frame Monitor

There are many applications that are switching over to LCD open frame monitors to make it the norm for the industrial industry. Since LCD monitors leave a smaller footprint, it produces considerably less eco waste which many “green” companies want. Many hospital and pharmaceutical applications like and are converting to LCD open frame monitors because it create more space for other important things that need to be in the same environment. Many industries, like CNC milling machines, precision machining, health care, industrial equipment controls and enclosure designers that require small form factor monitors are considering open frame monitors more heavily for new projects. Digital Signage, sometimes prefer Caltron’s High Bright Open Frame Monitor, like the HBT-1212O, 12.1” open frame high bright led open frame monitor when used in outdoor displays or in areas with high ambient lighting. Sometimes a high bright monitor is needed to fight against the elements of bright lights to deliver a powerful dynamic display.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

January 30th, 2013

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Caltron Set to Introduce the High Def Digital Media Player MP-1080B for Dynamic Signs

With such a great need for digital signage to improve to keep up with the demands of distinguishable displays, Caltron has added the MP-1080B, Standalone High Definition Digital Signage Player to the signage player line. With new files constantly being created to show the best possible content, new media player have to be created to encompass these files.

The MP-1080B comes with many great features that digital signage players should come with. The MP-1080B can use an SD card that holds up to 32GB of content, providing lots of high definition quality videos and images. This media player is capable of looping content 24/7 and is small and compact enough to be easily hidden away from the any area visible to and possible visitors. Much like its predecessor, the MP-1080A, the MP-1080B is capable of delivering strong content with the same sturdy structure as before.

Standard features on the high definition signage player include playing content in 1920 x 1080 resolution or 1080P format. The digital signage player can also play H.264 files along with many other file formats that most players are unable to do.

 

The MP-1080B is perfect for applications that require high definition content to be shown, while leaving a small footprint. The digital signage player is industrial grade and is capable of enduring harsh environments without failing, even when put into strong endurance tests.

Matching the MP-1080B, Standalone High Definition Digital Signage Player with one of Caltron’s LCD Open Frame Monitors or Industrial Touch Screen Monitors can create a powerful dynamic display, especially when integrated into an enclosure or unique application.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

HD Digital Signage Media Player MP-1080B

MP-1080B

2012

December 17th, 2012

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Caltron Set to Introduce HBT-0842O, A High Bright 8.4 Inch Open Frame Monitor for High Ambient Environment Applications

Caltron releases the HBT-0842O, 8.4 Inch Open Frame High Bright LED Backlit Monitor to the popular line of open frame high bright monitors. Just like all of Caltron’s other high bright and open frame monitors, the HBT-0842O has the option of adding on addition ports to satisfy special project needs and can also have a touch application integrated, whether it is a resistive or surface acoustic wave touch panel.

Caltron’s high bright open frame monitors are ideal for many applications.  Rated at 1,000 nits or cd/m2, Caltron’s HBT-0842O can be the ideal unit for photo booths, outdoor ticketing machines, Kiosks, instrumentation controls to basically any place that has high ambient lighting that requires a monitor that is bright enough to still have a magnificent display that is capable of showing great quality content with minimal effect from the bright lights. This unit is especially useful for signage applications that are located outdoors or in areas with a lot of bright lights.

The HBT-0842O is designed with a chassis that will remain consistent throughout the lifetime of the unit and the design will not change to ease the mind of designers and integrators when designing the unit into an enclosure

 

or application. Usually when a commercial grade monitor fails, the whole unit is rendered defective and finding an exact replacement unit is difficult, due to the design changes happening so often. Also with this unique model , like all of Caltron’s other industrial monitors and industrial touch monitors, should a component fail, only the one part will have to be repaired/replaced instead of having a completely defective whole unit. With replacing components made so easy, it helps to relieve the burden and worry of design changes in enclosures.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

8.4 Inch Sunlight Readable LCD Open Frame Monitor HBT-0842O

HBT-0842O

October 26th, 2012

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Caltron Set to Introduce A 17 Inch High Bright Open Frame Monitorfor Indoor and Outdoor Applications

With the electronics and industrial industry constantly changing to adapt to the needs of integrators and OEMs, Caltron is releasing the HBT-1704O, 17 Inch Open Frame High Bright LCD Monitor to accommodate more project needs. Rated at 1500 nits, this open frame high bright monitor can be a powerful tool when used in any application, compared to most monitors with about a 300-400 nits brightness.

The 17 Inch LCD Open Frame Monitor has become a standard size for many industrial applications. Caltron’s FBT-1704O has been used in many industrial applications, but now with the vast changing market, Caltron has also adopted a 17 Inch Daylight and Sunlight Readable Open Frame Monitor to branch out to meet the demands of the market.

Many applications can take place in a very bright or outdoor environment, such as an outdoor Kiosk can include, ticketing machines, maps displays, ATM machines, POS machines and even digital signage displays. When having an outdoor application, a monitor or display with a high

17 Inch Ultra Brite Open Frame Monitor HBT-1704O

HBT-1704O

 

bright screen is usually required to fight against the brightness of natural sunlight. Most regular displays have a brightness of around 250-400 nits. This amount of brightness is ideal for indoor applications since it does not have to fight against the elements of the sunlight. However, when a typical monitor, including televisions that is used to display content in the sunlight can encounter many problems, like a very dim looking screen, since direct sunlight is so bright. This can cause the display or Kiosk to appear dim and hard for anyone to see what is on the screen.

In most cases a high bright monitor will be used in an outdoor display or in an area with a lot of ambient lighting. A sunlight readable monitor is great for digital signage applications located in an area with high traffic. The high bright panels allows for the display to deliver content that is easily viewed, even when located in an area with a lot of bright lights or sunlight. Sunlight readable monitors are also ideal for Kiosks that are located in outdoor areas, such as, parks, outdoor malls, theme parks or front store displays would be great to name a few.

Ideally, the HBT-1704O is just as rugged and robust and Caltron’s typical industrial open frame monitor, the HBT-1704O also comes with touch options, in case, certain applications require a more interactive touch feature that needs an industrial touch screen monitor.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

August 15th, 2012

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Caltron adds the HBT-1904O, 19 Inch High Bright Open Frame Monitor to the fast growing line of Sunlight Readable Displays

With the growing demand for high bright screens in larger sizes, Caltron has been able to put together the HBT-1904O, 19 Inch Open Frame High Bright LED Monitor. The HBT-1904O is as durable as all of Caltron’s industrial grade monitors, but with a brightness of 1400 nits or cd/m2. This monitor is great for both indoor and outdoor environments.

With a brightness rating of 1400 nits, the HBT-1904O is great for almost any application that requires a larger size monitor with a sunlight readable screen. This monitor also has touch options available, in both, resistive or surface acoustic wave. Adding on a touch component to make this monitor into a Touch Screen Monitor helps to add more diversity to the monitor, making it useful for any application that requires a touch screen monitor.

Just like any of Caltron’s LCD Open Frame Monitors, it comes with a robust design that will never change through the entirety of the unit, making it easier to design into any application, without the worry of a design change down

 

the line, also making it easy to replace and repair in the future.

Daylight readable monitors like the HBT-1904O, make it easier for integrators and Digital Signage applications to use since brighter screens can bring more attention to visitors. With proper shading and design, the HBT-1904O can deliver a powerful punch to any application that is outdoors.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

19 Inch High Brightness Open Frame Monitor HBT-1904O

HBT-1904O

July 12th, 2012

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Caltron introduces the IPR-1904O and IPS-1904O into the line of industrial touch screen monitors

Like all of Caltron’s industrial touch monitors, the IPR-1904O, 19 Inch LCD resistive industrial touch screen monitor and IPS-1904O, 19 Inch LCD SAW industrial touch screen monitor are both UL Compliant and has a front bezel for any application that requires a monitor that is not open framed. Just like Caltron’s existing industrial touch screen monitors, the 19 inch monitors have a front bezel to help integrators design the unit into an application without the worry of needing a front cover compared to an open frame touch screen monitor. This helps to protect the unit from harsh environments in proximity to the unit or enclosure. Many integrators and applications might prefer

19 Inch Industrial Touch Screen Monitors IPR-1904O and IPS-1904O

IPR-1904O | IPS-1904O

 

our IP series, since certain applications require a unit with a bezel or enclosure type cover instead of an open frame from the surrounding environment.

Many industrial applications are in need of industrial monitors with a bezel and it is only fitting that Caltron releases a new Touch Screen Monitor to accommodate the needs of the integrators and applications that require a front sealed monitor. Caltron’s industrial monitors are built to handle harsh environments and are just as durable as Caltron’s open frame monitors. All of the industrial touch monitors are easy to integrate into any application and with a standard VESA mount in the back of the monitor; it allows integrators to have more options when integrating the unit into an application.

When one of Caltron’s Open Frame Monitors just doesn’t quite fit into the job requirement and there is a need for an industrial touch monitor, try a front sealed monitor, that Caltron has to offer for any job requirement in need of a front sealed monitor.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

March 21st, 2012

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Caltron adds the MP-02V, Network Digital Signage Player with zoning and live TV streaming capability to our Digital Signage Player lineup

Caltron has been working hard to adopt a live TV streaming option into our Digital Signage Players, so that users can have added options for advertising and uses for our networkable players. Sometimes, when having video content is not enough, but there is also a need to stream live TV content, such as the news or a particular time sensitive update, the MP-02V allows for this to happen.

The MP-02V, network MPEG player with zoning, live TV streaming and Content Management Software is the newest addition to Caltron’s growing Digital Signage Players line. Just like Caltron’s MP-02A and MP-02Z, the MP-02V is capable of 24/7 playback and is built with robust industrial grade components. The MP-02V is compatible with both CAT and iCAT for content management. The MP-02V provides a cost effective option for projects and applications that require a digital signage player that is easy to use with many options available to use.

The MP-02V has the option of being a basic standalone player and is capable of looping images and videos continuously or it can be updated remotely through an intranet setting via CAT or through an internet setting via iCAT. The zoning on the MP-02V allows for users to display

 

live TV streamed content as well as displays video or picture ads simultaneously to display the best dynamic digital signage possible to the viewer. Having the ability to advertise multiple content at the same time helps to deliver a powerful punch causing a greater impact to the consumers and viewers.

The MP-02V is as simple to use as Caltron’s current MP-02A and MP-02Z. With any player, Caltron’s staff will always provide full technical support ensuring that all players will work well and that our customers are fully satisfied with the players and software.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Network Digital Signage Player MP-02V

MP-02V

January 24th, 2012

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Caltron Introduces the HBT-1042O, 10.4 Inch Open Frame High Bright LED Monitors

With Caltron’s rapidly growing line of industrial monitors and the quickly changing industry, there are constantly new demands for various industrial touch screen monitors

, whether it is for the standard LCD monitor or the newer LED Backlit monitors to high bright monitors for indoor and outdoor use. Caltron strives to keep up with the demands of the industry and has just released theHBT-1042O, 10.4 Inch Open Frame High Bright LED Monitor. This monitor is good for both indoor and outdoor applications. The operating temperature is greater than a typical Caltron LCD monitor allowing the high bright unit to withstand harsher environments and having a more diverse operating capability.

Just like all of Caltron’s other open frame monitors, the

10.4 Inch Ultra Brite Open Frame Monitor HBT-1042O

HBT-1042O

 

HBT-1042O has touch screen options and added input options available as well. The mechanical dimensions and shape of this unit are the same as our current FBT-1042O and LBT-1042O, so there can be an even exchange or swap, making the addition of the HBT-1042O into a pre existing enclosure easier to do since no modifications will be needed.

Many outdoor environments require a higher brightness monitor so the display can be more attractive in the sun and this is where the HBT-1042O will come in handy. With its durable chassis and similar features of the original FBT series monitors that Caltron already offers, there is no need to worry about a mechanical change during the lifetime of the unit. High Bright monitors work very well in sunlight as long as there is a bit of shading provided or if it is not directly facing the sun as there can be hindrances from the extreme brightness of the sun.

The HBT-1042O is perfect for almost any industrial or commercial application, including CNC machines, Kiosks, gaming machines to industrial controls.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

2011

November 29th, 2011

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Caltron Introduces the LBT-1904O, 19 Inch Open Frame LED Monitors

As the demand grows for more LED monitors and brighter screens, Caltron has kept up with the industrial trend and has just released the LBT-1904O, 19 Inch LED Open Frame Monitor. The 19 Inch LED Open Frame Monitor comes with a brighter screen rated at 350 nits, compared to the standard LCD Monitor, rated at 250 nits.

While having a brighter screen and greater viewing angles, the LBT-1904O also uses less power to run the unit and in turn saves more energy throughout the lifetime of the monitor. Some applications require a large screen to be integrated into the enclosure or unit and this is where the LBT-1904O will be useful. The LBT-1904O is capable of handling harsher conditions and environments with a better temperature rating to improve the quality of the monitor. Like all of Caltron’s other Open Frame Monitors, the LBT-1904O has added touch screen options available.

There is either a resistive or surface acoustic wave touch option in available with either a serial or USB touch interface. Various additional options like, adding on a BNC

 

connector, s-video and composite or DVI options are also available. Having an LED Monitor has many advantages for integrators and industrial applications as the LED Monitors are built for rugged applications as are all of Caltron’s other open frame monitors. Caltron can usually accommodate most special requests if given enough lead times as well.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

LED Backlit Industrial Open Frame Monitor LBT-1904O

LBT-1904O

November 1st, 2011

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Caltron Industries, Inc. introduces the next size to the growing line of High Bright Open Frame Monitors

Caltron's new HBT-1503O is now available for integrators and OEMs to use in their applications

The HBT-1503O, 15” Open Frame High Bright monitor is the next in the series of Open Frame High Bright LED Monitors to be released for integrators, OEMs and End Users to use in their applications. The HBT-1503O offers users more options when developing a prototype or products. The brighter screen allows for the unit to be used in both indoor and outdoor applications. The 15” High Bright Open Frame Monitor will be one of many sizes to be

Caltron 15 Inch High Bright Industrial Open Frame Monitor HBT-1503O

HBT-1503O

 

introduced into this line. Just like all of Caltron’s other open frame monitors, there is both, a resistive or surface acoustic wave touch option with a serial or USB touch interface. There are also additional options like, DVI input, Composite Video input, BNC input and other such additions. All specs are similar to the currently existing LED Open Frame Monitors, including the mechanical dimensions and the only difference is that the brightness of the panel is rated at 1500 nits or cd/m2. Caltron tries to keep all of our monitors uniform, within the size range, so that integrators and designers have one less worry, when designing an enclosure. With the same robust and sleek design as our current Open Frame Monitors, the HBT-1503O will surely be a reliable monitor that integrators can use in their applications.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

September 20th, 2011

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Caltron Introduces the LBT-0651O, 6.5 Inch LED Open Frame Monitors

Caltron has always been committed to bringing their customers with the latest product in the industry, and continuing with this standard, Caltron is proud to introduce the next item in our LBT line of Open Frame Monitors, the LBT-0651O, 6.5” LED Open Frame Monitor. This is the third release in our small form factor line of Open Frame Monitors and it’s available in the standard open frame or industrial touch screen monitor version, if necessary.

The LBT-0651O Open Frame LED Monitor will replace the current FBT-0651O with a few improvements like with the increased brightness of 800 nits, compared to the current

Caltron 6.5 Inch LED Backlit Industrial Open Frame Monitor LBT-0651O

LBT-0651O

 

450 nits. There’s also an increase on the contrast ratio and a wider range of operating temperature and viewing angle. And with LED technology, the LBT-0651O is operating at a smaller energy footprint with an increased of energy output to produce a higher quality display. For exact specs of the LBT-0651O, please visit our product page to view the data sheet.

Many industrial applications would like to get the most robust product that is best suited for their application the first time around and with the LBT-0651O having higher temperature ratings than the typical FBT-0651O and a longer MTBF from 20,000 to 50,000 hours, integrators and OEM’s can use these monitors into any application with minimal worry. The LBT-0651O is comprised of all the same durable industrial grade components and the form factor will be the same as the FBT-0651O. This makes it easy to adopt the new LBT-0651O with virtually no design change on the customer’s end.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

May 2nd, 2011

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Caltron Industries, Inc. releases the LBT-1503O, 15" Open Frame LED Monitor

The LBT-1503O is an LED backlit monitor that provides more power output while using less energy.

With technology advancing towards a greener world, Caltron has released the LBT-1503O, 15” Open Frame LED Monitor. This monitor can have a touch screen option added for special projects that require a touch screen monitor. The LBT-1503O has a higher energy output to produce a higher quality display, but at the same time use less energy than a typical LCD monitor. Caltron provides an LED option to make our Open Frame Monitor and Touch Screen Monitor Product line more extensive and readily available to projects that might require various types of monitors. Many project applications do require larger size screens, so Caltron tries as best as possible to accommodate all project types by increasing our product line so that designers and integrators have a myriad of options to choose from.

Caltron 15 Inch LED Backlit Industrial Open Frame Monitor LBT-1503O

LBT-1503O

 

Not only is the LBT-1503O robust and capable of handling many harsh environments, but it is well equipped and sleekly designed to easily fit into many enclosures and can be designed into many applications. Integrators and OEM’s now have the option of using a monitor with higher brightness and clarity without the worry of paying an absorbent amount of money. With the LBT and FBT models both having the same chassis design, it will be easy for integrators to swap out the units with ease, if necessary. Some project applications also require special add-ons that are not standard for our units for their project needs and Caltron can accommodate project needs by obtaining the required parts for the unit.

Many industrial applications would like to get the most robust product that is best suited for their application the first time around and with the LBT-1503O having higher temperature ratings than the typical FBT-1503O and a longer MTBF from 20,000 to 50,000 hours, integrators and OEM’s can use these monitors into any application with minimal worry. The LBT-1503O is comprised of all the same durable industrial grade components as all of our other products.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

January 27th, 2011

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Caltron Introduces the IPR-2206O and IPS-2206O, Digital Signage Touch Screen Monitors

With the market trends of digital signage changing so rapidly, there is always an increase in demand for new and exciting products. Caltron has released their new 22" touch screen monitors that are built for easy drop in designs.

With the recent trend of touch screen monitors moving more towards digital signage, Caltron has released some touch screen monitors for digital signage. The 22 inch digital signage touch screen monitor is available in the IPR-2206O 22” Open Frame Digital Signage Resistive touch screen Monitor or IPS-2206O 22” Open Frame Digital Signage Surface Acoustic Wave Touch Screen Monitor version is a perfect size for any digital signage application. With superior viewing angles and a high resolution, the monitors are well suited to take on many applications. The touch screen monitors are robust and are capable of handling many harsh environments. The

Caltron 22 Inch Digital Signage Touch Monitor IPR-2206O and IPS-2206O

IPR-2206O | IPS-2206O

 

screens are spill proof, so there is no worry about water damaging the units.

Touch screen monitors were generally meant for many industrial applications and Kiosks, but as digital signage continues to grow larger and is becoming more interactive, the demand for touch screen monitors grow. Caltron’s 22 inch digital signage touch screen monitor can be used specifically for digital signage applications or for a variety of applications beyond digital signage. Caltron’s 22 inch digital signage touch screen monitors are robust and use parts that will not change the form factor for the lifetime of the monitor so integrators and applications with specially designed enclosures need not worry about component upgrades and replacements. The 22 inch touch screen monitors allows for applications to become more interactive with the user, giving them a greater experience and more complete sense of satisfaction with digital signage.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

2010

November 29th, 2010

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LBT-1212O, 12.1" Open Frame LED Backlit Monitor for many applications

While most applications will suffice with an LCD screen, there are always new applications that want to transition over to LED panels. Caltron has just released the latest addition to their LED backlit monitors, the LBT-1212O, a 12.1” open frame LED monitor. With the industrial aspect of open frame monitors rapidly changing from one type of LCD panel to the next, quite a few integrators and OEM companies struggle to keep up with the quick and vast change. Caltron’s 12.1” LED backlit monitor is a bit different from the other LED monitors released. With the LBT-1212O, there is also the option of integrating a touch screen for applications that require a touch option. Given that the monitor does provide a higher contrast ratio and has less energy consumption to power a brighter screen compared to that of an LCD panel using a CCFL backlight. What makes this 12.1” uniquely special is that the resolution of the panel has increased from the typical 800 x 600 to 1024 x 768, allowing for a better quality display should any application require it. Many integrators yearn for a higher resolution output without the need for a larger screen, with the LBT-1212O that comes with the resolution

Caltron 12.1 Inch LED Backlit Industrial Open Frame Monitor LBT-1212O

LBT-1212O

 

of 1024 x 768, integrators can now create custom solutions that require a higher resolution without the larger size screen.

Many industrial applications are switching over to LED backlit panels in becoming green and environmentally friendly, so Caltron wants the opportunity to be able to contribute to the companies by offering more available solutions. LED backlit panels are known to have a longer MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) than that of the traditional LCD panels enabling integrators and industrial applications to worry less about having to replace monitors frequently. The LED backlit panel is more robust and inclined to handle a more severe environment. The LBT-1212O is another monitor in the vast series of LCD/LED monitors that are available on the market, but what makes the LBT-1212O more unique and different is that the open frame monitor has a design that will not change so integrators will not have to worry about design changes when designing the monitor into a specific application. Like all of Caltron’s other open frame monitors that have a set and fixed enclosure by design so that when LCD panel manufacturers introduce a new generation of panels that may differ in dimension, Caltron will be sure to design brackets for the panel to ensure that the overall footprint of the open frame monitor will not change so there is no modification needed for any enclosure or application once the monitor is designed in.

For standalone or OEM usage. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

August 23rd, 2010

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Multi-zone digital signage player available at Caltron

MP-02Z supports multi-zone management and better picture quality on big screens

Caltron just announced their newest digital signage player, the MP-02Z, the MP-02Z uses an updated SOC (System on Chip) to provide more functions and features to sign owners. Those features include playing 720p pictures and multiple zones. The MP-02Z is compact in size, easy to use and affordable cost will attract small to medium size users like our existing MP-02A and MP-01 digital signage players. The player is cost effective which allows users who are restricted with budgetary confinements to afford the MP-02Z which is still compatible with the existing CAT software, this complimentary software costs nothing for users to provide their clients with the lowest cost in services and supports. The MP-02Z has two video outputs YPbPr and VGA, both are able to connect to any existing displays in the market

The MP-02Z’s multi zone feature allows users to upload videos, pictures, RSS text, date and time information. A top banner allows for company logo or any image in jpeg format; left video zone for all video or jpeg files on playlist will playback here; right image zone for any still image data like jpeg files, each slide will last 10 seconds then proceed onto the next image; time zone default is date and time, also allows a still image to display if needed; RSS zone display RSS news ticker or scrolling text or can display image

The complimentary software that the MP-02Z comes with is known as CAT (Client Administration Tool) for users to schedule and manage files onto different zones in MP-02Z,

 

this helps users remotely control MP-02Z through Internet connection which also allows for the ability to transfer content to networked players. The MP-02Z also can be treated as a standalone non-network digital signage player, with a few simple steps editing the playlist text file and saving in the storage device like Compact Flash Card. All pre-defined files will show on designated zones and play files as the order user defines.

The MP-02Z is a perfect tool for resellers and store owners. Reseller owners can build and manage their digital signage players at different locations through CAT and sell ads to their ad sponsors in different zones in MP-02Z; store owners can use MP-02Z promote their special offers on one zone and looping different videos on the other zone. Users also have the option of selling zones to have some extra income.

User manual, data sheet, detail features, specs, articles, and demonstration video are located on MP-02Z Zoning Digital Signage Player page. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Multi-zone Networkable Digital Sigange Media Player MP-02Z

MP-02Z

July 20th, 2010

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Caltron Introduces small form factor LED Monitor

New LBT-0842O monitors come in normal and touchscreen LED models

Caltron today announced the addition of a new LED backlit open frame monitor, the new 8.4 inch LBT-0842O. Available in both regular and touchscreen versions, the LBT-0842O LED monitor represent the latest cutting-edge technology in small form factor LED technology. With the LBT-0842O's added options, users now have an affordable and versatile way to take advantage of LED benefits for their application.

Energy conscious environments can now take advantage of the benefits that low energy consuming LED panels offer compared to its CCFL backlit brethren. Whereas most CCFL panels are rated at 20,000 hours MTBF (mean

Caltron 8.4 Inch LED Backlit Industrial Open Frame Monitor LBT-0842O

LBT-0842O

 

time between failure), the new 8.4" LED panel we use in the LBT-0842O is rated at 50,000 hours MTBF. Coupled a longer lifespan with superior horizontal and vertical viewing angles, an ultra clear and bright 450 nit LED panel, and a much wider operational temperature range to meet the demands of integrators and custom OEM projects in areas such as digital signage, kiosks and automated vending markets, these benefits alone make the LBT-0842O an attractive bargain.

The LBT-0842O LED industrial monitor provide users with maximum functionality thanks to numerous inputs (DVI, composite video, S-Video, BNC), along with serial/USB touch interfaces. In addition to the standard LED monitors, Caltron also offers LBT-1042O in two touch-screen models, LBT-0842OTEAR (5-wire resistive touch screen) and LBT-0842OTEASU (surface acoustic wave touch screen). Best of all, Clatron’s LED monitors come at extremely competitive prices

The LBT-0842O LED monitors are available immediately for standalone or OEM usage. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

June 2nd, 2010

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Caltron Introduces Affordable LED Monitor

New LBT-1042O monitors come in normal and touchscreen LED models

Caltron Industries, an industry leader in digital signage player and display, open frame monitor and touch screen monitor solutions, today announced the release of its new LBT-1042O line of LED backlight open-frame monitors. Available in both regular and touchscreen versions, the LBT-1042O LED monitors represent the latest cutting-edge technology in small form factor LED technology. With the LBT-1042O’s options, users now have an affordable and versatile way to take advantage of LED benefits for their application.

“It wasn’t too long ago that you could only choose from bulky tube designs,” say Caltron President Jim Wang. “Thanks to LED technology, they can get better specs in a more flexible thin design – and they’re more environmentally friendly.”

The LBT-1042O LED monitors provide users with maximum functionality thanks to numerous inputs (DVI, composite video, S-Video, BNC), along with serial/USB touch interfaces. In addition to the standard LED monitors, Caltron also offers LBT-1042O in two touch-screen models, LBT-1042OTEAR (5-wire resistive touch screen) and LBT-1042OTEASU (surface acoustic wave touch screen). Best of all, Clatron's LED monitors come at extremely competitive prices.

Today’s flat-panel LED technology gives solution providers and integrators a wider range of choices while offering cost- and energy-efficiency. Caltron’s LED monitors consume less power than traditional CCFL panels and contain no mercury; in terms of manufacturing, LBT-1042O monitors are much more environmentally friendly.

 

“LED panels are becoming more mainstream because of price, but they’re much more than a prettier picture,” says Wang. “LED’s lower thermal output and thin frame give users maximum flexibility for industrial or commercial settings.”

Regarding performance, Caltron’s FBT-1042 offers 74% greater brightness while using only 27% more power – a much better output-to-consumption ratio, including research-proven longer panel life spans (often double or triple traditional CCFL panels). Caltron’s FBT-1042 monitors also have a larger operational temperature range compared to traditional operating temperature ranges: -30 to +85 °C [-20 to 185 °F] versus 0 to 50°C [32~122°F].

The LBT-1042O LED monitors are available immediately for standalone or OEM usage. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Caltron 10.4 Inch LED Open Frame Monitor LBT-1042O

LBT-1042O

May 3rd, 2010

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Caltron Partners With Atmio To Deliver Web-Based Content Management For Digital Signage

New web-based management fulfills need for network capable Caltron MP-1080 digital signage users

Caltron Industries, a leader in digital signage players, and Atmio, a leader in networked content management, announced today the availability of Atmio's web-based Content Management System Software which provides networked content management and control for Caltron's MP-1080A and MP-1080H High-Definition Digital Signage Players. This new partnership enables content management access for previously non-networkable digital signage markets, increasing Caltron's reach and opening its capabilities to anyone needing digital signage

"At Caltron, we've always been on the cutting edge of content management -- from network access to USB and memory card uploading," says Jim Wang, President of Caltron. "Now, our partnership with Atmio opens up the door to cloud-based content management, overcoming the final hurdle to anywhere anytime content management."

Caltron's MP-1080 digital signage players have an industry reputation of excellent quality, reliability, and performance. Compact, durable, and easy-to-use, MP-1080 players are currently used worldwide for digital signage. However, today's businesses demand on-the-fly updates and anywhere/anytime access to content management. With remote access via Atmio's web-based content management system, Caltron has fulfilled this critical need, giving users even greater flexibility for controlling their digital signage.

"We feel that we have the perfect partner in Atmio," says Wang. "Their easy-to-use interface works seamlessly with Caltron's Digital Signage Players and lives up to the

 

standard established by the Caltron brand."

Atmio’s Content Management System has a web-based interface that allows for independent playlist editing and content management across multiple networked signage deployments. As with all internet solutions, Atmio's web-based system is a hosted solution compatible with all popular web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome). Featuring an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, scrolling message updates, and MP-1080 management via online network management software, Caltron's MP-1080 Digital Signage Players are more user-friendly, accessible, and scalable than ever before -- the ideal solution for users planning on networking a standalone Caltron MP-1080 player at a later date.

"Our solution allows Caltron’s customers to focus on what’s important – their digital signage content," says Sunil Baliga, CEO of Atmio. "Atmio completely handles the technical side by providing server maintenance, storage space, provisioning bandwidth, software upgrades, and more. Caltron handles hardware support with their excellent support staff."

The integration of Atmio's web-based Content Management System is available immediately for Caltron's MP-1080A and MP-1080H players. From small local businesses to full-scale retail deployment, this new Caltron/Atmio partnership ensures that digital signage content management is easier than ever before.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

March 11th, 2010

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Caltron Introduces 17" Industrial Touch Screen Monitor

Affordable Industrial Monitors Are Liquid/Dust-Proof For Harsh Environments.

Caltron Industries announced the launch of two new 17" industrial touch screen monitors for harsh environments, IPR-1704O and IPS-1704O. Previously, industrial monitors were only available in 10.4" and 15" sizes. With the launch of IPR-1704O/IPS-1704O, Caltron provides large touch screen capability capable of handling difficult environments for industrial, medical, or outdoor retail systems.

"Certain situations present an unpredictable environment that can be difficult for most touch screen systems," says Jim Wang, President of Caltron Industries. "With models IPR-1704O and IPS-1704O, we now have a way to present a large 17" screen in even the harshest conditions."

The IPR-1704O and IPS-1704O models are 17" industrial monitors that are sealed and dust/liquid-resistant, providing easy protection from the elements or industrial situations that would typically damage non-sealed monitors. The difference is in their formats: resistive and surface acoustic wave. The IPR-1704O utilizes a 5-wire resistive touch screen overlay and the IPS-1704O uses a Surface Acoustic Wave touch screen technology. Both compliant monitors contain a seal around the touch panel to repel potentially damaging liquids and particles, thus protecting the internal electrical components.

"Our customers demand machine reliability and durability in these situations," says Wang. "Our industrial grade

 

touch screen monitors are designed to withstand pollutants, liquids, and anything that might affect machine uptime."

The IPR-1704O/IPS-1704O models are versatile monitors with enticing optional features. The IP65-compliant monitors can support either a 5-Wire Resistive or Surface Acoustic Wave touch screen with both serial and USB touch interfaces as standard options for touch ports and DVI / VGA for display inputs. A remote OSD control box is available for users that prefer external controls.

Other features include an easy-to-remove back cover for quick firmware upgrades that reduce total maintenance downtime. Both IP65-compliant monitors are built with a unique chassis design for simple integration into many NEMA or industrial applications.

"These two monitors provide greater touch screen display options for the harshest conditions," says Wang. "At the same time, they come with the durability and functionality that is synonymous with the Caltron brand."

Caltron currently offers samples of 10.4", 15", and 17" industrial touch screen monitors for evaluation, and the company plans to expand the product line in the near future. Detailed information such as specs, features, drawings, and datasheets are available at Caltron’s website. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

January 7th, 2010

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HBT-1212O, 12.1 Inch High Bright LED Backlit Open Frame Monitor

Many outdoor digital signage applications are exposed to a great amount of ambient lighting or sunlight. With Caltron's new HBT-1212O, high bright LED open frame monitor that is rated at 1600 nits will be perfect for any application that is constantly surrounded by ambient lighting.

Industrial-grade LED backlights provide better readability in ambient light conditions for digital signage and advertising, says Caltron Industries, a leading provider of LCD open-frame monitors. Starting in 2010, Caltron will offer LED-backlit technology in digital signage, such as the 1600 nits (candle light per square meter) brightness system in Caltron's 12.1" High Bright LCD Open Frame Monitor (HBT-12120). This provides a brightness level five times greater than CCFL technology while reducing cost of ownership.

"LED backlights are more powerful and more cost-effective for digital signage than CCFL backlight tubes," says Jim Wang, President of Caltron Industries. "They are perfect for digital signage advertising, outdoor presentation systems, or any other situation with high ambient light conditions."

Most off-the-shelf LCD monitors have a brightness rating around 300 nits -- a level with insufficient luminance for outdoor or bright-environment viewing that creates a grainy, low-quality image. The traditional solution is the costly installation of multiple CCFL (light bulb) backlight tubes. However, this also requires a thermal management solution to dissipate excess heat generated from backlights. Cumulatively, all of these upgrades create an arduous and costly process. The smarter, more-affordable alternative is an LED backlight.

"CCFL solutions require cost-heavy thermal management, like heat exchanges, piping, or cooling fans. When the goal is simply good visibility in ambient light, that's a lot to ask for," says Wang. "Caltron uses LED backlights for digital signage because it makes sense for the operator and the viewer. It's cost-effective, easy to use, and it works well in almost every circumstance."

 

In 2010, Caltron will introduce its line of open-frame high-brightness industrial monitors. Caltron has partnered with leading high-bright panel suppliers on the best backlight solution possible through seven years of research and development, all leading to the new LED backlight technology as featured in the HBT-12120. This technology has undergone rigorous testing, including nearly 10,000 hours of backlight aging tests. The net result is a 1,600 nit high-bright screen that consumes less than 24 watts (about half of similarly equipped CCFL backlit panels) for lower power consumption without any loss in brightness or MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure).

"Our R&D testing shows that LED backlights are reliable, durable, and cost effective," says Wang. "This technology introduces a better way to take clear digital signage outside and in other high-ambient light areas, and we will be soon be integrating it into our other products."

Caltron's 2010 product line starts with the HBT-12120 monitor. In the coming months, the LED backlight technology will expand into Caltron's other open-frame products. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Caltron 12.1 Inch Sunlight Readable Industrial Open Frame Monitor HBT-1212O

HBT-1212O

2009

December 3rd, 2009

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MP-1080AW and MP-1080HW Wireless Digital Signage Players available from Caltron

With digital signage changing how advertising and public information is being presented to the public. Advertisers need to find new methods of capturing the attention of audiences. With Caltron's new wireless high definition digital signage player, advertising has never been easier and more convenient. Caltron's players are affordable and easy to use.

Wireless Internet connection is now convenient and cost effective

Dynamic Signage has changed how advertising, entertainment and public information is being presented. The audience's attention is now captured by bright images and messages that are constantly changing. The electronic billboard type messages are displayed on plasma screens, LCD flat panels, video walls, projection systems, LED based displays both indoors and out. This is what they term “Out-of-Home” advertising. Your advertising can follow wherever your target audience may go once outside the home. Whether it's a multi-display kiosk, standalone single display, or an “Out of Home” networked display system, we have a solution that will fit your need. Ask yourself the following questions: Do you

Caltron Wireless Digital Signage Players MP-1080AW adn MP-1080HW

MP-1080AW | MP-1080HW

 

require contents updated wirelessly? Is getting to your digital signage display a difficulty? Has using Ethernet cables been a huge problem?

Reliable products, affordable cost, and in-time services from Caltron

Caltron’s MP-1080AW and MP-1080HW allows you to receive content updates via wireless internet connection, eliminating the need for costly and complicated Ethernet connections. Like Caltron’s MP-1080 full HD standalone players the MP-1080AW and MP-1080HW both have the same dimensions, weight, functions, and features. Caltron’s MP-1080AW and MP-1080HW use sophisticated wireless technology giving our digital signage value added partners/providers an additional feature to offer to their digital signage customers. MP-1080AW and MP-1080HW, like all of Caltron’s existing digital signage players such as the MP-01, MP-02A, MP-1080A, and MP-1080H, are compact, low cost and reliable with Caltron’s on-line support service to handle your questions. Samples will be available at the beginning of December.

For standalone or OEM usage. For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

September 15th, 2009

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Simple and Cost Effective Video Synchronization from Caltron Industries

Setting up and configuring hardware and software for synchronizing multiple displays can be very costly and complicated. The added cost of networking and custom software can make this application cost prohibitive. Continuing with the goal of helping to make your application simple and cost effective to set up, Caltron has just added a video synchronization feature to the MP-1080A Full High Definition Standalone Media Player. With this new feature, up to 16 high definition TV’s can be synchronized without any networking and software. The solution comes with a pre-configured playlist and a pre-configured DSP text file.

Caltron’s MP-1080A is affordable, compact and easy to operate. The new added video synchronization feature will not require any Operating System configuration, no software to setup, no networking requirement, and no monthly service charge. MP-1080A works with any network switch box or crossover adapter in the market. Because no networking is required, set up is easy and trouble-shooting becomes simple as well. MP-1080A’s compact size (7.35” x 6” x 1”) and light weight (1.04 lbs) make it easy to attach to the back of any Television or monitor. Set up is as simple as connecting the MP-1080A via the VGA or DVI port to the TV or monitor and then connecting the network RJ45 port connector to a switch box. Then just power on and the

 

whole synchronized system is ready to operate.

Idea applications include commercial video walls at retail stores, shopping malls, airports, train and bus stations, and multi-screen kiosks. The displays can be arranged vertically one below another, parallel, matrix style, or even randomly. Televisions or monitors either play the same or pre-edited synchronized contents which can be prearranged during content creation. Caltron offers a 2 minute video that shows you the basics of the setup and steps that demonstrate this cost efficient solution. Custom solutions are also available if the current standard synchronization does not meet your needs.

Caltron Industries has been offering solutions for digital signage applications since 1997. Solutions include display solutions with touch options and media players. Display solutions come in 4 x 3 aspect ratio sizes from 6.5” diagonal to 19” diagonal and 2 wide screen solutions – 22” and 24”. Media players include the MP-01, a standalone VGA player, the MP-02 network player, and the new MP-1080A/MP-1080H high definition player.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

August 25th, 2009

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Controller Board adds interactive feature to HD player

Designed for MP-1080A HD player, Model MP-RB1080 adds user-controlled, interactive push button option to signage and kiosk solutions. Relay board accessory uses RJ10 connector, allowing system design to offer dynamic interface as opposed to passive signage. Measuring 2.06 x 2.56 x 0.62 in., board features max operating voltage of 5.5 V and baud rate of 4,800 bits/sec. It offers option of hardware or ribbon cable for integrating keypad, actuators, push buttons, and/or input keys.

Continuing with Caltron's commitment to providing simple and cost effective digital signage solutions, Caltron's has just released a relay board accessory for their HD MP-1080 player. The new MP-RB1080 adds an interactive feature to the MP-1080A HD player.

Caltron HD Digital Signage Player Interactive Board MP-1080RB

MP-1080RB

 

This controller board is idea for Kiosk manufacturers, Digital Signage Integrators and Solutions Providers for adding a user controlled interactive push button option to their signage and Kiosk solution. Using an RJ10 connector interface for the MP-1080A, this controller board now allows the system design to offer the user a dynamic interface feature as opposed to a passive signage where a loop must be completed before the particular ad or information is seen again. Attention and interest are enhanced through this added feature.

This low cost solution features the option of hardwire or a ribbon cable for integrating a keypad, actuators, push buttons and/or input keys giving more flexibility for the system design. This compact board measures 2.06" (L) x 2.56" (W) x 0.62"(H) taking up very little space in any system design. Other features include a maximum operating voltage of 5.5V and a baud rate of 4800 bits per second.

High traffic areas such as shopping malls, hotel lobbies, and bank lobbies are ideal settings for kiosks and dynamic signage. Settings such as these require simple and compact solutions. Simple and compact means easy to use, very low maintenance and uses up very little space. Caltron's high definition MP-1080A player now with the added compact MP-RB1080 controller board provides the means of meeting those requirements.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

July 18th, 2009

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Interactive Touch Now Mainstream

To help you meet this demand for touch screen display technology, Caltron offers 6.5-inch to 19-inch LCD Touch Display Solutions

To meet the demand for shorter waiting lines, interactive touch-screen displays are now part of many venues. Major retail stores, hardware stores, sport shops, and movie theatres all have stand alone interactive kiosks to offer consumers the touch technology experience. Self service kiosks in the forms of self-service check-out stands, self service movie ticket purchasing machines, airport self-service check-in stands, and interactive information touch displays are now mainstream. The screen size of these free standing interactive kiosks range from 15” to 17” in a 4 x 3 form factor.

With self service becoming mainstream, interactive touch display screens are now found at the end of store shelf aisles. These space saving LCD touch-screen displays help with price checks or with any questions regarding a particular product. When not being used, these LCD displays continuously play ads and other information regarding any store featured product – televisions, gaming products, food, and other consumer goods.

In addition to ATM machines with touch, free standing self service ticket purchasing machines are now part of the services offered at movie theatres. Airport check-in times have been reduced due the self service touch screen

 

kiosks. These free standing touch displays can be found not only at airports, but at convention centers and major hotels.

To help you meet this demand for touch screen display technology, Caltron offers 12.1-inch to 19-inch LCD Touch Display Solutions. All in the 4 x 3 aspect form factor. We also offer 22” and 24” widescreen open frame monitors with and without touch. Our technology includes both resistive and SAW – serial or USB interface – all in a plug and play and ready to integrate chassis.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Caltron Industrial Touch Screen Monitor

6.5" to 24" Industrial Touch Screen Monitors

May 16th, 2009

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Caltron Industries Inc. Introduce MP-1080H - HD Digital Signge Player with HDMI option

With full HD or 1080 lines of resolution becoming mainstream, LCD display monitors now offer HDMI input options in addition to VGA and DVI inputs. Digital signage requires 22” or larger LCD wide screen displays. With that

Caltron HDMI HD Digital Signage Player

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requirement also comes the need for digital audio. The HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) allows the user to output both digital audio and digital video using a single cable/connector from an MPEG player to an LCD monitor display. Not all digital signage applications require audio. However, when there is a need for an HDMI output, look no further than Caltron’s Stand Alone MP-1080A MPEG Player. Our simple and compact MP-1080A MPEG Full HD Player comes with an HDMI option when ordered as an MP-1080H.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

April 6th, 2009

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New Compact and Simple HD Player from Caltron

With MPEG 1,2,4, JPEG, and MP3 support, modern audio and video codec technology is dynamically brought to life through High Definition (HD) pictures and videos to give the experience of reality.

The latest addition to Caltron's line of digital signage players is the MP-1080A. With MPEG 1,2,4, JPEG, and MP3 support, modern audio and video codec technology is dynamically brought to life through High Definition (HD) pictures and videos to give the experience of reality.

The MP-1080A is the viable alternative for high definition digital signage and many other advertising applications. The MP-1080A can deliver flawless images to have that extra impact on digital signage. The MP-1080A can load dynamic signage and in-store media playback from data accessed directly via Compact Flash card or USB flash drive. With 24/7 playback capability housed in a small footprint, the MP-1080A stands out from bulky computer-based MPG playback units with its compact size and unique packaging for any in-store media and digital signage needs.

The MP-1080A is designed to have the same simple

 

functionality of the MP-01, but is used for displaying high definition digital signage displays and larger screens. In addition, the unit streamlines digital signage/video playback costs without the need for software licenses through the latest solid-state technology. For integrators and solutions providers who have customer that do not plan to update content on a regular basis, it is the perfect solution.

For more information, please email us or call a Caltron sales representative at 510-440-1800.

Caltron HD DVI Digital Signage Player

MP-1080A

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