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20 Facts to Consider Before Buying a Rugged Touch Display

Not all monitors are created equal and very few can withstand intense work environments. If you’re looking for a rugged touch display solution, then consider these points carefully:

  1. Rugged touch monitors securely protect computer hardware placed in hazardous environments. They can protect from water and dust which gives you options to cover most working environments.
  2. These monitors are much more scratch resistant than plastic and so they do not need the use of a protective overlay in dirty environments.
  3. Rugged touch monitors require constant pressure so as to draw smooth lines.
  4. Rugged touch monitors detect less accidental touches. This is why rain will not be picked up on these monitors since it is such a light touch. This comes in useful in outdoor usage where precision is needed in adverse weather conditions.
  5. One can use any pointing device on the rugged touch screens because the touch is sensitive to pressure. The touch can be from a human finger both gloved or ungloved or from any other inanimate pointer such as a stylus.
  6. Rugged touch monitors respond to pressure and have been implemented widely due to their low cost. The rugged touchscreen panel is made up of electrically conductive layers. When this panel is touched the layers will come into contact at that point which can be accurately detected and transmitted to the controller for processing.
  7. These monitors possess an extended operational temperature range.
  8. Rugged touch monitors are durable and reliable. The surface is chemical-resistant.
  9. These monitors can easily be integrated with various types of display and this will not compromise on touch sensitivity.
  10. Rugged touch monitors have a minimal susceptibility to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
  11. The rugged construction of the monitors allows them to be used in a diverse range of environments including; commercial, military and industrial. They can also be used in the outdoors.
  12. Rugged touch monitors can operate with the presence of dust, water, dirt and chemicals on the screen.
  13. These screens have got an enhanced operational life cycle.
  14. Re-calibration may be required over-time and it is carried out using a calibration software. Calibration is about the adjustment of the touch screen controller so as to match touched points with cursor positions also known as coordinates.
  15. Rugged touch monitors have high resolution, high brightness and they also have outdoor sunlight-readable capabilities. The sunlight-readable capability is an added functionality which is optional.
  16. They are designed to withstand harsh conditions such as in the mining industry where they are subjected to vibrations, wet and dusty conditions and extreme temperatures.
  17. Rugged touch screens are extremely resilient to wear and tear which makes them an excellent choice for high-traffic applications. These include applications such as point of sale devices, ATMs and industrial applications.
  18. Rugged touch monitors have got higher sensor resolutions than a capacitive touch screen. This means a fine tip would work better on them as compared to capacitive touch screens. This comes in useful whereby the application’s buttons are fairly small.
  19. These monitors have got a lower sensitivity. These may get a while getting used to since a user may be required to double press or press down harder leading to confusion as to whether the touch was registered or not.
  20. Some rugged touch monitors do not have multi-touch support. Therefore, this may restrict the number of users. One should consider the purpose of the touch solution and the number of users expected.