If you use a computer at work today then it is most likely to be one with a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) monitor. Indeed it is now very rare to find a computer without one, although Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors are still widely used in legacy systems such as on boats, hospital equipment, and control rooms.
LCD screens have several key benefits over CRT monitors in that they take up far less space, they warm up virtually instantly, and they use around 1/3 of the electricity of a similar sized CRT monitor.
Indeed LCD screens are so prevalent in the market place that virtually every new computer bundle purchased comes with one, yet depending on your work the one that comes with the computer may prove to be far from adequate.
There are several reasons for this: –
Firstly most computer monitors purchased are designed for use at home, or in a nice air-conditioned office.
They are designed to sit in the same place for years and not be moved around.
They are designed for normal environmental conditions. They are not designed to be used in environments that are very hot, cold, humid or dusty.
They are not designed to with stand any shocks no matter how small. Nor are they designed to be particularly scratch resistant.
However if your working environment falls outside of these categories then you may find that you need to look at purchasing industrial LCD monitors instead.
Industrial monitors, whilst often featuring the same core LCD panel as your normal home computer LCD monitor, are designed to withstand far more rigorous environments.
Examples of their uses include being used in the oil industry in very hot climates, being used by the military or in Arctic explorations, in very cold climates, often in well below freezing conditions.
Or they may be used in industrial situations, working in areas where large amounts of dust maybe present which would potentially affect the electronics of a normal LCD monitor.
Industrial monitors are designed to work in all of the environments described above. They are also designed to be shock and scratch resistant.
They also come in models that can be bolted down, making them ideal for use on commercial ships, as well as other models that are rugged and designed to be moved around and deployed in different locations very frequently.
So if you are having problems with your LCD monitors and you suspect it may be the environment that they are being deployed in, then maybe you need to look towards using industrial LCD monitors.