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Why Marine LCD Monitors Are So Vital

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When it comes to using an LCD monitor in a marine environment, then it is doubtful that you will be able to just walk in to your local electrical store and buy one.

The requirements for marine LCD monitors are quite specific in what environmental conditions that they have to work in. Predominantly they have to be shock proof and waterproof, an LCD monitor that does not have sufficient shock proofing could prove to be a disaster, if it failed in a commercial situation, as an example in a Pilot boat then the consequences could be huge from the pilot losing all GPS navigation displays and simply being lost which is bad enough, through to making a wrong decision and guiding another boat into disaster.

Military marine LCD monitor failure could be a different matter altogether, in a heavy sea in a war zone a warship could be without its "Eyes" and put at grave danger.

These situations are why marine LCD monitors have to be so rugged, in certain situations the display failing is simply not an option. In a naval military boat duplicate systems do exist but in the event of failure the swap over may not be automatic, and wasted seconds could cause major operational problems.

They also need to be waterproofed most commonly to IP65, which can mean that they can operate with substantial amounts of water such as spray from the sea being thrown over them without failure.

Also there is the quality of the display with both naval and commercial boats often needing accurate pin sharp screen quality, in both uses there is often the requirement for them to be rugged as well as still having touch screen LCD displays.

In both uses the displays are likely to need to have a wide range of brightness and dimming options, so that they can still be seen clearly with bright sunlight on them, and yet be dimmed down at night such that they cannot be seen miles away by an enemy vessel in the case of a military use, and so that they do not dazzle a commercial pilot when he is steering his vessel at night and needs to maintain his night vision.

They also need to be visible for a wide range of viewing angles as the operator maybe watching several screens at once.

So as you can easily see the use of marine LCD monitors varies considerably in their requirements from many other fields of operation.

You can find a large selection of Custom LCD Monitors at KME. Kent Modular Electronics are the number 1 specialists of LCD Monitors in the UK.

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