Touch Screen Success Story
AMT resistive and projected capacitive (PCAP) touch screens, touch controllers, optical bonding, Lucent Gel, touch screen displays, and Open Frame touch monitors have high specifications, full-featured, easy to use features, suitable for different environment, including heavy industry, automation, medicine, aviation, transportation, and commerce....etc. AMT touch screen solutions conform to many testing standards and satisfy customers’ high diversity needs. AMT understands the issues facing product applications in different industries, and this understanding lets us customize touch products for our customers. Here to share with you our recent success stories.
The end customer, in this case, one of the leading manufacturers of medical equipment in surgical rooms. Due to the unique needs of medical applications, customer and SCHURTER tested and qualified the products from AMT for over a year and confirmed that our products meet the medical safety test standards. SCHURTER designed in and integrated our standard projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panel and PenMount touch controller for their C2 Xplore, which monitors nerves during thyroid surgery to ensure the laryngeal nerves are unaffected during the operation. This story is about how AMT provides satisfying support and how we will tackle unforeseen challenges to serve our clients.
Before distributing the products, all the devices meet the medical standards required. However, after six months, 5-10% of the devices were affected by an unknown source. Identifying the sources, adapting the firmware to avoid interferences, and updating the firmware became the challenge of AMT.
Specialists from AMT first help the end-user identify the source of interference. It turns out there were interference signals generated by electric surgical knives and lights in the operation room. We further advised them to measure the frequency range of the signals and set out to resolve the issue after receiving the data. After adjusting the firmware parameters such as median filter, spike filter, and extended frequency hopping through PenMount PCIUtility, and successfully adapted the working frequency to bypass the local interference!
The second challenge surfaced as AMT provided the solution. To update the firmware, utility needs to be installed. How could the distributor update the firmware with the least time and man power? The client again sought help from AMT. We worked on the update and package the firmware using a command line to make the update pain-free. If the hospital is equipped with wireless signal, they could even update the firmware easily though internet.
This story showcases the unparalleled effort AMT to support our clients. We all know that it doesn’t matter how thorough we are with product design; there are bound to be unforeseen issues due to the working environment of the devices. The salespeople from AMT are always there to help our clients make customized adaptations to resolve these issues.
The client, in this case, is a leading manufacturer in the heavy industry. They specialize in producing equipment such as cranes, bulldozers, and excavators. Since LCD is a top priority for industrial computers (IPC), the client thus used the touch modules provided by their LCD supplier in their products.
Excavators are usually parked outdoors. The machine must have good UV radiation resistance to ensure its best performance. However, hazing and air bubbles appeared when the client performed a UV test on the touch module. The client has successfully collaborated with AMT, so they turned to AMT to seek a better solution.
After an in-depth examination, we found that the original touch module does not have an anti-UV design. This leaves the plastic vulnerable to sunlight which causes yellowing, white fog, bubbles, and even cracking of the touch panel. AMT projected capacitive (PCAP) touch products with anti-UV design pass the ASTM G154 Cycle 1 for 1,000 hours & MIL-STD-810H Pro 1 for 1,000 hours test and can meet the customer's full-spectrum test specifications. Display readability is generally low under direct sunlight, but the optical bonding service provided by AMT could avoid such issues. Lucent Gel is silicon-based. Compared with acrylic-based LOCA, Lucent Gel has higher stability and stronger resistance to extreme temperatures and UV. There is rarely cracking, foaming and yellowing caused by UV. It is a perfect choice for outdoor applications!
With the touch module already incorporated into the design, the cost of re-modifying the mechanism will be too high. To cope with the issue, AMT customizes the touch module to meet the needs of the customer's organization. The client trusts AMT can deliver an anti-UV, very readable and weather-resistant product with satisfying quality and placed the order with us!
The customer in this case specialized in developing and manufacturing small and medium-sized LCD touch modules. They produce TFT, OLED and LCM modules but acquired touch screen and optical bonding services from third party suppliers.
For this project, the client had highly specific needs. Their original suppliers were not able to accept special designs, small quantities, or technical modifications. After the customer learned that the original supplier would not customize the design, they contacted AMT, hoping that we could solve the problem. Our sales person immediately contacted them by phone after receiving the request. They identified the pain points and analyzed the issues in the original design. They then developed an innovative plan to provide the very best solution to meet the client's needs.
The challenge in this case was the product depth of industrial plastic frames. Because of the design and the depth of the frame, rollers cannot be used for bonding. Additionally, most plastic frames are black which absorb light. Therefore UV cannot be used to cure LOCA or “liquid optically clear adhesive”.
Lucent Gel SOCA, or “solid optically clear adhesive”, produced by AMT, is the best solution for this type of product. Lucent Gel is Silicon-based, which is soft and pliable with good defoaming (debubble) performance. Coupled with a special bonding fixture, it is suitable for optical bonding of plastic frames at all depths. Last but not least, if there is any problem in the manufacturing process, Lucent Gel has significantly better reworkability than LOCA.
The client trusted AMT’s professional technology and sent prototypes to us immediately. AMT was able to begin prototype production that met the customer’s unique requirements within a week of receiving the sample products. We are proud of our professional capabilities and always willing and excited to help our customers.
The customer, in this case, has been involved in the imaging module industry for decades, and they specialize in low-volume, customized products production. The end product is a handheld thermal imaging sensor; AMT successfully tackled the challenges and performed optical bonding using our Lucent Gel to bond the LCD and the black plastic mechanism of the products.
The client, in this case, had consulted other manufacturers, but the following challenges hindered their manufacturing process:
1. The handle is a three-dimensional mechanism, which means the normal flat lamination process is out of the question.
2. The black plastic handle absorbs light of all wavelengths, which affects the UV curing of LOCA during lamination.
3. Plastic material tends to deform due to increased temperature, so the heat-cured LOCA is also not applicable.
AMT conducted thorough research and resolved these issues for the client when they brought them to us.
The plastic handle, in this case, is an all-in-one piece (ABS frame plus PC cover) with a particular three-dimensional design. Instead of the acrylic SOCA (colloidal thickness about 0.3mm), AMT adopts our signature Lucent Gel which is thicker (1.5 mm in this case) and much softer which suits this product design well. The features of Lucent Gel enable the gel to fit closely with the slightly curved plastic frame. And due to the nature of Lucent Gel, no curing by heating or UV is needed.
On the other hand, AMT has been dedicated to designing fixtures. Our engineers studied this case thoroughly and custom-designed an institution for this product. With the complementary design of our fixture, we were able to overcome the difficulty of lamination of three-dimensional structures.
This project was demanding; however, AMT is committed to serving our customers and never giving up. After meticulous research and numerous tests, we finally found the ultimate combination of parameters and the most suitable thickness to bond customers' products with the most economical price. We thank the customer for trusting our professional bonding technology and being so agreeable during the process that the product could be launched smoothly.
This customer is a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer specializing in producing power supply, transformer systems, automation, and infrastructure. It is one of the top manufacturers in the power supply industry and has subsidiaries in China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and Europe. This acclaimed customer has worked with AMT and used our resistive touch panel products for the past decade.
The customer's CNC product line used to produce controllers and motors only. They would like to incorporate a touch monitor to enhance the usability and functionality of their CNC machine. However, high-voltage and low-frequency noise generated by CNC is very likely to interfere with the operation of the touch screen. In addition, the inevitable liquid such as water and oil in the factory environment also cast another challenge for touch devices. After learning about our new Open Frame product line, the customer contacted AMT to seek our professional advice.
AMT professional team worked with the customer to consolidate our experience on anti-noise capability, water- & oil-proof design in their design and conquered the problems and worries of the customer. On the other hand, the customer wishes the new product could look different from the old design. AMT thus recommends adding a Graphic Overlay on the touch panel to achieve a true-flat effect. During the process, our team made quite a few design improvements according to the specifications given by the customer so that the product could be mass-produced and launched smoothly and successfully.
After an in-depth discussion with the professional team of AMT, the customer decided AMT understands their challenges and shares the same values, so they entrust their new projects of 10.4" and 15" Open Frame touch screens to us.
The customer's products have been launched on their official global website and sold to Taiwan, China, Europe, and other areas. After this project, the customer recognized AMT as an even more accredited partner and trusted AMT with more follow-up projects. This project again showcased the most prominent feature of AMT Open Frame touch monitors: our complete customization options. We can create exclusive product designs to meet your project needs!
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