Flat panel displays (FPDs) are thin, flat electronic devices used to display alphanumeric data, text, graphics, and images. There are several basic types of products. Digital light processing (DLP) displays are arrays of small mirrors on a semiconductor. Each mirror is a pixel, and the mirrors move quickly to produce an image. Electroluminescent displays (ELDs) or EL displays sandwich a thin phosphorescent film between two plates. One plate is coated with vertical wires. The other is...
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Q & A on Flat Panel Displays

We asked our users for their input on Flat Panel Displays. Here are the results of 141 users familiar with Flat Panel Displays.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing flat panel display design?
27 answers
Answers:
LED - lower power consumption with a crisp image for graphics 3D or depth technology without the need for glasses Curved or flexible displays
~Sean M, Senior Product Manager, Moncotn, Canada
Pixel size, LED backlighting, wide range of colors, brightness/contrast control, reliability, reading angle, NVG compatibility with active filtering.
~Anil, Research & Development, Bangalore, India
OLED Dynamically controlled LED backlighting E-paper Field Emission Display Surface-conduction electron-emitter display Plasma
~Mick S, Engineering Consultant, Newcastle, Australia
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative flat panel displays?
24 answers
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I have a good relationship with Shenzhen KASI Electronics Co.,LTD. They are able to give me an open frame style monitor for multiple applications.
~Andrew G, Owner Operator Small Machine Shop, Roy, UT
I'm afraid that in our country (Greece), we are not aware of all the market players. The most reliable of our market are Sony, Samsung, LG...
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Pylaia, Greece
I think OLED's are the go for light producing displays and e-paper is amazing for sunlight/reflected light readability.
~Mick S, Engineering Consultant, Newcastle, Australia
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used flat panel displays for?
30 answers
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Temperature monitoring and control Automated equipment such as PLC's controlling water production Ampoule filling machines and bottle washing plants
~Mike E, Manager, Technology and Services, Pinetown, South Africa
Update older CNC Machines that use CRT tube monitors in the control panel, with New LCD color monitors.
~Andrew G, Owner Operator Small Machine Shop, Roy, UT
Rugged Computers. Daylight Readable. Low emissions. Touch Screen HMI
~Mick S, Engineering Consultant, Newcastle, Australia
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that flat panel displays have been used for.
11 answers
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Used a LDC display with custom clear button panel to provide dynamic buttons.
~Sean M, Senior Product Manager, Moncotn, Canada
They are very versatile for a broad selection of uses.
~Andrew G, Owner Operator Small Machine Shop, Roy, UT
Narcotics and explosive detection instruments.
~Gabriel G, General Management, Burlington, Canada
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of flat panel displays?
6 answers
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Large screen displays that couldn't be read from a reasonable distance. High resolution screens were chosen and the resulting high resolution text was clear but tiny and unreadable from a distance. Additional magnification software had to be used to right the wrong.
~Mick S, Engineering Consultant, Newcastle, Australia
Sunlight exposure combined with prolonged usage condition makes LCD opaque like a 'mirror', avoid build up of temperature in excess of 85 deg C & keep covered when not in use.
~Anil, Research & Development, Bangalore, India
If using LVDS signals check what power levels are needed to drive the Vcc of the LCD circuits. This may vary from 3V3 to 5V.
~Ilias A, Design Engineer, Athens, Greece

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
18 answers
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Temperature range -10C to 70C Maximum two fasteners to undo to replace in emergency condition - preferably cable ties which can be cut Panel connectors just off panel and not miles away
~Mike E, Manager, Technology and Services, Pinetown, South Africa
Product performance stable for 5+years Low Power Consumption Wide temperature range (0-70 deg C) Standard/Common LVDS Connector for all models
~Ilias A, Design Engineer, Athens, Greece
Aluminum substrate will be used to manufactured Printed Circuit Board
~RATI P, TECHNICAL SUPPORT, SPRINGFIELD, MO
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of flat panel displays?
10 answers
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Pick the resolution based on your application. eg. If the display needs to be read from a long distance, say 10 meters, a much lower resolution is better as each pixel covers more of the screen and the characters are therefore bigger.
~Mick S, Engineering Consultant, Newcastle, Australia
Look for the temperature requirements particularly if you are the users for Military applications. Storage temperature of Liquid crystal may not meet your reqs. of -54deg C.
~Anil, Research & Development, Bangalore, India
Learn about the TV model & features, make sure it does everything you need or want it to do. Don't simply base it off of how the picture looks next to other TV's on display.
~Justin L, Repair technician, FARGO, ND
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Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using flat panel displays?
15 answers
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Buy the extended warranty! They are not just "money makers" for the store, they can save you money! Consider it insurance. You have insurance on every other expensive product you own, get it on your TV. When a screen goes bad out of factory warranty (1 year on most TV's) you will have to foot the bill if you don't have the extended warranty. These things are not bullet proof like the old tube TV's.
~Justin L, Repair technician, FARGO, ND
Do your research before shopping. Don't be swayed by low prices. You get what you pay for.
~Brock G, Marketing/Sales, Calgary, Canada
Service is critical. Check out more about the Smart (Internet) TV and the 3D adaption.
~Angus W, Marketing/Sales, Hong Kong, China
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