Why Would You Need High Brightness Screen for Your Tablet or Panel PC?

Panel PCs are commonly used in industrial automation, manufacturing, transportation, medical equipment, retail, and other sectors. They provide a compact and integrated solution for control, monitoring, data collection, and human-machine interaction in these environments. The design of industrial panel PCs allows them to withstand harsh conditions, such as temperature variations, dust, humidity, and vibration, making them suitable for demanding applications.

Many engineers and product designers of industrial or medical applications understand the crucial aspect of having a rugged tablet or panel pc and equally recognize the importance of the brightness of the touch screen computer for ease of operator function.

What is a High Brightness Screen?

When we talk about brightness for tablets and panel PCs, it’s important to understand the term, “nits.” Nits, in the context of display technology, refer to a unit of measurement called candela per square meter (cd/m²) that quantifies the brightness or luminance of a display or light source. It is used to indicate the intensity of light emitted by a display panel or the brightness level that can be perceived by the human eye. Why should you care about nits for your product design?

A higher number of nits indicates a brighter display, while a lower number represents a dimmer display. For example, a typical LCD panel may have a brightness level of around 250 to 350 nits, can achieve brightness levels of 1000 nits or even higher. So, depending on the purpose of your product, you might need a high nit level of brightness for your panel pc. A brighter display is more suitable for well-lit environments, such as offices, medical facilities or outdoors, while a lower brightness setting may be preferable in for power saving or to conserve battery.

A doctor uses a high-brightness, medical grade tablet

High Brightness Industrial Panel PCs in a Hospital or Clinic Setting

Having a bright screen in a hospital setting is important for several reasons. In a hospital environment, there can be various lighting conditions, including bright overhead lights, sunlight coming through windows, or dimly lit areas. A bright screen ensures that medical professionals can clearly see the information displayed on monitors, such as patient data, test results, medical imaging, and vital signs. This improved visibility helps prevent errors and facilitates accurate and timely decision-making. In fact, a study has shown that performance on visual tasks get better as light levels increase.

Hospitals deal with critical situations where every second counts. In emergency rooms, operating rooms, and intensive care units, having a bright screen is crucial for healthcare providers to quickly assess information, interpret data, and make critical decisions. High brightness PC panel displays allow for rapid identification of key details, such as abnormal readings, vital signs, or critical alerts.

Other Outdoor Application Settings that Require High Brightness Screen Customization

It’s not just medical professionals that require high brightness PC panels or tablets to perform well on the field. Bright displays are beneficial in farming and agriculture because they allow workers to view critical data, maps, and agricultural applications clearly even under bright sunlight conditions. This enhanced visibility enables farmers to make real-time decisions, monitor crop health, access weather information, and manage various agricultural tasks efficiently, ultimately leading to improved outcomes in the field. Workers in logistics and transportation would benefit from high brightness displays because it ensures clear visibility of information and navigation tools, even in bright outdoor environments or direct sunlight. This enhanced readability for both outdoor and indoor use helps drivers, warehouse staff, and logistics personnel efficiently manage deliveries, track shipments, and access critical data on the go, leading to improved operational efficiency and smoother workflow in the transportation and logistics industry. Outdoor kiosks and self-service stations as well as those located buildings with a lot natural lighting would also require high brightness screens to help avoid glare and give the user a vivid, yet comfortable reading experience.

Under full sunlight and blue sky conditions, like an outdoor digital sign or panel at a gas station, it’s recommended to have a display brightness of 800 – 1000 nits. A semi-outdoor panel in an environment with indirect sunlight like those found at an airport or bus stop would usually require a screen with 500-800 nits.

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A deliver person uses a sunlight-readable tablet


Custom Brightness for your Panel PC by Estone

While Estone has many current panel PCs and tablet PCs that are not just rugged but designed to compatible with high brightness screen options, we recognize some devices or industries might require a certain standard. That’s why Estone is available to customize brightness levels to meet required compliance for your project such as developing 1000 nit capacitive touchscreens. We understand that no two products are alike and can have very unique requirements—Estone can perform various customizations for your special design. Contact us to discuss your product now.