This section provides an overview for graphic panels as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 9 graphic panel manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked graphic panel companies as of December, 2023: 1.FOSSIL INDUSTRIES, Inc, 2.PANNIER GRAPHICS, 3.CAREL INDUSTRIES S.p.A..
A Graphic Panel is a panel that displays a structure. It is used as one of the devices that make up the central monitoring system.
It displays on a large screen the system diagrams and layout diagrams of the power system, air conditioning and ventilation equipment, water supply and drainage equipment, etc., of the power receiving and transforming facilities installed in the automatic control equipment, and expresses the equipment operation status and measurement values on the screen.
Graphic Panels are used for a variety of purposes, including the display of information and images.
For example, they are used for sightseeing information bird's-eye view signs, 360° panoramic bird's-eye view signs, and large panels for conference rooms. They are also used for various purposes in traffic control systems such as railroads, for example, to indicate the position of vehicles with lamps.
Other applications include arrival and departure information at airports and train stations, and score displays at concerts and sporting events.
To indicate the alert and monitoring status of a facility, a floor plan of the facility can be inserted into the panel board, and the alert status transmitted from various sensors can be controlled by the controller and indicated by lighting and blinking LEDs. The easy-to-see, easy-to-understand display enables early detection of intruders and prompt response.
Graphic Panels are also suitable for advertising and promotional use for construction projects at construction sites. By displaying them in highly visible locations throughout the site, they can provide project information to passersby and interested parties.
Graphic Panels are also useful for providing instructions and safety reminders within the construction site. Displaying information about heavy equipment and hazardous work areas can help prevent accidents.
They can also indicate the progress of a construction project, which improves communication among all parties involved, streamlines operations, and facilitates project scheduling.
Graphic Panels, a type of display technology used to show information, differ from conventional display technologies such as liquid crystal and plasma displays in that they use a material called OLED, which utilizes organic molecules.
OLED has the property of emitting light when electricity is applied, eliminating the need for a backlight, as is the case with LCDs, and making it possible to create thin, lightweight displays.
It also features a very wide range of display colors, high contrast ratio, and wide viewing angles. While these panels are very useful for guiding and explaining facilities to visitors, the cost is relatively high because separate monitoring and display devices are required.
When used as a map panel, it can be classified into two types according to the display method: the simple method and the engraved method.
The simple method of Graphic Panels uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which are arranged directly on the surface of the panel and emit light. This method uses a method called dot matrix to connect the dots, and although it cannot produce a high-definition display, it can be manufactured at a low cost.
It also consumes less electricity and is highly energy-efficient.
In the engraving method, the panel surface is engraved with a laser to allow light to pass through. When the laser beam hits the panel surface, it vaporizes the surface and creates microscopic depressions. The light is scattered by these depressions and the specified design appears on the surface of the panel.
This method enables higher definition display by controlling the engraving depth and light transmittance. While it has a high level of design and visibility and is visually appealing, it is also burdensome in terms of cost and delivery date if the screen display needs to be changed.
When specifications change due to an increase in the number of monitoring devices or a change in their location, it is necessary to create a new map version and change the internal wiring and the location of the LEDs on the back of the screen to update the screen display, which tends to increase the cost. As a countermeasure to such high costs, a recent trend is to use software-generated monitoring screens projected onto large LCD monitors instead of handmade panels, and to use general-purpose Internet browsers or dedicated applications for monitoring.
The production of graphic panels requires a high level of technology and expertise. Although they are more expensive, they can be easily installed to monitor the equipment system of an entire facility.
Various monitoring alert statuses, equipment operation statuses, and fault occurrence statuses can be checked and grasped graphically on a map version, contributing to quality improvement of facility management. In addition, it is necessary to select the most appropriate materials and technologies according to the intended use and location, thereby realizing cost reductions.
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ETS-Lindgren is an American manufacturer of electromagnetic as well as acoustic energy components and systems established in 1993 as a subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Company. Based in Cedar Park,Texas, the company produces a wide range of acoustic energy components including various probes and monitors, absorbers, amplifiers, and filters. Its products are used in wireless communication devices, safety testing and shielding applications, and noise removal. ETS-Lindgren primarily serves clients in the defense, government, wireless technology, and information technology sectors.
Fossil Industries Inc. is a supplier of signs and graphics services founded in 1995 and headquartered in Deer Park, New York. The company employs proprietary technology to produce graphic products, such as wayfinders, monoliths, totem signs, and entrance signage. Its product range includes CHPL (Custom High Pressure Laminate), ACG (Aluminum Composite Graphic), and AG (Acrylic Graphic Panel), produced using '12 Color HD Printing' and an exclusive ink and top coat formula. Precision cutting is achieved through its exclusive Laser Guided technology and its exterior graphics are both graffiti-proof and backed by a 10-year guarantee against fading and weather damage.
PANNIER GRAPHICS is a manufacturer and supplier of durable signs, frames, and graphics solutions headquartered in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania and founded 1922. The company offers high-definition/high-resolution digital graphics produced using Fiberglass Embedment (FE) and Gel Coat Laminate (GCL) technologies. These technologies provide solutions for outdoor graphic products requiring strength and protection against extreme ultraviolet rays and harsh weather conditions. Pannier's products are applied in interpretives, parks and historicals, trails, storywalk exhibits, and wayfindings. Its panels and frames can be custom-cut in thicknesses ranging from 0.040mm to 0.250mm, and digitally prototyped in 3D for customized framing.
Winstar Display, established in 1998 in Taiwan, Japan is a manufacturer of LCD display modules and panels. The company operates worldwide and manufactures advanced displays and modules for LCD, LCM and TFT screens. Their product categories have LCM modules along with monochrome FSTN LCM, TFT LCM / TFT panels, OLED display modules (PMOLED), custom LCD displays and panels. These products find use in transportation, entertainment, architecture and retail sectors. These displays are ideal for higher resolution pictures and can showcase information, images or other requirements on the screen with crystal clarity. Customized sizes and panels are available on request.
Schneider Electric S.E. is headquartered in Rueil-Malmaison, France, and has been operating since 1836. Schneider Electric provides a number of products and services including electrical car charging, energy management software, surge protection devices, load banks, servers and HMIs, valve and valve actuators, feeder automation, grid automation, and SCADA software products, data center cooling and software, home automation and security, light switches, motion control and robotics, signaling units, solar and energy storage, RFID systems, as well as other hardware, services, and software.
Autonics Corporation, established in 1977 and based in Busan, South Korea, is a developer and manufacturer of automation products, which are marketed worldwide. Some of its products include sensors, peripheral connection equipment, motion devices, control devices, and process automation instruments. The automation products are used in various industries, including automotive, packaging, machine tools, metal, and marine. The company has 12 international offices spanning over 100 countries, a fully automated warehouse system, and various international quality certifications, including RoHS, CE, UL, and EAC. Its safety products meet the functional safety standards IEC 61508 and mechanical safety standards ISO 13849.
CAREL INDUSTRIES S.p.A., founded in 1973, is a manufacturer and distributor of evaporative cooling and humidification refrigeration, air conditioning, and heating systems for industrial, residential, and commercial applications. The products include pressure control solutions, speed controllers and inverters, water treatment systems, isothermal humidifiers, and programmable controls. The Burgine-based Via Dell'lndustria company provides technical support, field services, spare parts, digital services, and product maintenance. The company provides technology solutions to data centers, hypermarkets, museums, theaters, and printing industries.
Fitzpatrick Woolmer Design & Publishing Ltd is a manufacturer and supplier of custom-made outdoor signage and accessories, headquartered in Rochester, Kent, Wales and founded in 1995. The company produces consumables such as donation boxes, leaflet holders, park benches and chilterns mobile displays. Its products are useful in business signage, conservation trusts, corporate and education, consultants, and heritage attractions. The company offers an array of services, including creative mapping, print design, illustration, interpretating signage design, and expert signage consulting.