Display systems are at the heart of what RDS does. The company has been designing and developing custom displays and systems for many years. This article outlines what goes into a display when it is built to a customer's specification.
Working closely with clients, RDS develops systems that suit their exact needs for an HMI or system, taking into account functionality, the limits of the settings, its facets and how these will affect the display itself. Aesthetics also come into the equation; a front panel formed purely of glass looks smart and can be shaped. If the customer needs a graphic on the bezel, RDS can print this and give the display an edge over standard black bezel templates. RDS also needs to consider the environment where the display will be used. Does it need to be robust, are the conditions hazardous, is sunlight a problem? These days displays also need to have a strong body, and they are often embedded with smart display features that can include virtual keyboards and swiping mechanisms.
So, what goes into a custom display?
RDS has a comprehensive range of embedded systems and boards, from single-board computers, wide-temperature SBCs and modules that come in many form-factors, including Pico-ITX, Mini-STX, Micro-ATX and ATX, together with a full range of processors. Controller options are also available from chip-only to dedicated boards capable of supporting most common operating systems. Utilising bespoke ARM-based systems, RDS can include a range of add-on features including WiFi, Ethernet, CanBus, etc. Custom-designed boards - to any shape or size and using selected components to meet specifications - are all assembled and tested by RDS.
Display system design can include touch panel integration to add an extra dimension to the usability of an HMI system, or multi-touch capabilities of PCAP technology, or the simple, rugged and reliable option of resistive four-, five- or eight-wire sensors. Smart cover glass options are available for screen sizes from 3.5 to 4.0 inches. Screen technologies can vary from standard TFT to high-brightness OLED or super-strong and robust EL.
RDS displays must meet the specifications of a range of applications and certifications. Whatever type of bespoke display is required, RDS can work with customers from prototype right through to manufacture and all relevant certifications.
If you need a custom display system, visit the RDS website to find out more about the company and its customisation capabilities at www.review-displays.co.uk.