The technology that goes into liquid crystal displays, or LCDs, far surpasses that of the CRT, cathode ray tube, displays of old. CRTs were the standard of home personal computer and industrial computers for most of the 90’s. Now with the rise of LCD monitors and TVs it is hard to come by the once standard CRT. With LCD screens came industrial LCD screens, these meet standards so far above what a normal screen will ever need to endure. It is interesting to learn that industrial LCD monitors have a longer battery life then a normal LCD and that if they are treated properly, they will outlast a normal LCD sometimes up to 30,000 hours.
Another type of LCD the consumer should know about is the TFT Display, also known as the thin film transistor. The TFT LCD’s are a higher quality image LCD commonly found in TV’s and high end computer monitors.
Laptops were the first computers that came standard with LCD technology and were the reason LCD monitors became a huge success. Industrial LCD’s are night and day from the LCD you watch movies on. Industrial LCD’s also rival the quality of regular LCD’s and only the TFT LCD can compete with picture quality. This may seem like not a big deal, but when these LCD monitors need to survive below zero temperatures, and heats well over 200 degrees. They need to be able to stand being dropped, kicked, stepped on, tossed, be underwater, and sometimes even need to stand being shot since the military uses industrial LCD monitors almost standardly.
Touch sensitive screens are also more common in the industrial LCD monitor world right next to the sunlight readable monitors. These two options have become more and more common in the military and the aquatic worlds since having to worry about a keyboard and mouse can be tedious and tiring. To decrease the glare for sunlight readable LCD’s some companies have increased the backlight and found this effective. Other companies took this into a whole different world by creating highly reflective backlights therefore increasing the reflection of ambient light. This also eliminates the need for extra energy to cool the LCD as the sun is not impacting the screen as usual.