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Industrial monitors | Medical monitors

skoopia offers industrial graded, rigid monitors, dedicated to meet your unique vision challenges. All industrial and medical monitors adhere to life cycle and EOL requirements as well as longevity of product.

skoopia offers the following configuration options.


skoopia Industrial and Medical monitors can be delivered as:

  • Monitor version - complete industrial or medical monitor with housing for stand alone usage with foot / VESA compliant fixation holes

  • Module version - complete medical or industrial monitor without housing ready for robust integration into a device or customer specific enclosure

Next to monitors that are used by OEMs to compliment their vision solution they sell, skoopia also offers a Test Monitor, which is dedicatedly focused on helping engineering departments in easy testing of different video standards and/or cable testing. Click here for more information on the test monitor. 


 

 

Industrial monitor | sizes - aspect ratios | long time availability

 

skoopia offers monitors and modules in sizes
up ranging from 2.5" up to 54". Yet, skoopia
does not produce the displays. Displays are
only produced as long as demand is present.
As such, skoopia cannot guarantee to deliver
the identical monitor for more than 5 years.
However, it sources the displays from
industrial manufacturers that adhere to a clear
EOL policy, providing the opportunity that after
the EOL announcement a Last time Buy can
be made and final deliveries will occur up to 2
years after the formal EOL announcement.

Although displays come in numerous sizes
and can range (in skoopia's contemporary
industrial monitor portfolio) somewhere
between 2.5" and 54", sizes are in steps and
concrete, as sizes are standardized. Also the aspect ratio of sizes is fixed, and most sizes are only available with one specific aspect ratio. 
 The most common displays are found in the underneath table.

Industrial monitor - Medical monitor - examples of standard display sizes

Industrial monitor        Display size           Aspect Ratio              Brightness           Touch          

M056PN2                                     5,4"                             4:3                                450 nit                   n.a.

 

M065PN1                                     6,5"                             4:3                                600 nit                   n.a.

 

M070PN3-CT-NF                         7,0"                           16:10                            1000 nit                  Capacitive

 

M080PN3-RT-NF                         8.0"                             4:3                                700 nit                  Pressure

M080AT1                                      8,0"                             4:3                                350 nit                  n.a.    

 

M084PN2                                     8.4"                             4:3                                450 nit                   n.a.

M101PN1                                   10.1"                           16:10                               250 nit                  n.a.

M101S-IP85                              10,1"                           16:10                             1000 nit                   n.a.

 

M104PN3-NF                            10.4"                             4:3                               1000 nit                   n.a.

M121PN2                                   12.1"                              4:3                                 350 nit                  n.a.

M121L-CTO-NF                         12.1"                            16:10                             1000 nit                  Capacitive

M150PN                                     15.0"                              4:3                                  350 nit                  n.a.

M156S4                                      15.6"                           16:9                                 1000 nit                n.a.

M170PN                                     17.0"                             5:4                                    250 nit                n.a.

M185-IP8                                   18,5"                           16:9                                    250 nit                n.a.

M190PN-NF                              19.0"                              5:4                                    250 nit                n.a.

M215AT                                     21.5"                             16:9                                   350 nit                n.a.

M238S                                       23.8"                             16:9                                   350 nit                n.a.

M270IP8                                    27.0"                             16:9                                   350 nit                n.a.

4KM315                                     31.5"                              16:9                                   350 nit               n.a.

M420S                                       42.0"                             16:9                                   350 nit                n.a.

M460IP8                                    46.0"                             16:9                                   350 nit                n.a.

Short explanation on monitor / module nomenclature:
NF = No Frame, module         CT = Capacitive Touch       PN = CVBS in/out            S = SDI in/out

156 = Monitor size 15,6"        RT = Resistive Touch         AT = AHD/TVI in/out        IP8 = IP in, 8 channels 

4K = 4K pixels     

 

 

Industrial monitor | industrial video input monitors

 

Industrial and medical monitors often support direct video signal input, next to video inputs that are provided via a PC. Standard PC signals are naturally supported (e.g. VGA, DVI, DP, or HDMI), but also video signals such as SDI (3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI), AHD, TVI, CVBS and even composite video. These signals are often coming directly from cameras. In most cases, the signals from cameras are directly fed into the monitor to minimize latency. The minimum latency allows for direct viewing, but often the displayed signal still has to be captured for further analysis. Therefore the direct industrial camera or medical camera images are directly displayed to the monitor to minimize latency, but also have a loop through of the same video signal for further processing in e.g. an FPGA, computer or DVR. 

 

Specialty inputs are also possible, such as IP allowing to display the video signals of several IP cameras directly, without using a PC to drive the images. These industrial monitors can even be powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet), minimizing the wiring to 1 single CAT cable entering the industrial monitor.

 

Next to environments where one requires the display of several IP camera inputs, IP industrial monitors are also used in Point of Sale applictions. On a central place the video stream is configured, and streamed to plural industrial IP monitors, not requiring a separate PC.   

 

Industrial monitor | brightness, display resolution

 

Industrial and medical monitors are often used in very different circumstances as regular monitors. Where regular monitors expect you to sit in front of the monitor indoors, applications often require viewing from a fairly large angle, viewing the industrial monitor outdoor, dealing with different lighting (from bright sunlight till dark nights) and /or the need for exact detailing, requiring very high pixel resolution at very accurate color representation. 

For such applications, skoopia industrial and medical monitors are particularly suited. In the medical field, the need for accurate color calibration and/or color representation is required, often in combination with very high and reproducable pixel resolution. Here, particularly the 4K monitor series of skoopia are suitable. 

Industrial applications often require good sight from an angle, preferably even if bright sunlight hits the monitor. skoopia's industrial monitors are available for indoor (typical brightness 250-350 nit) as well as for outdoor (brightness of 1000 nit). Moreover, the monitors are default having a non-glare finish. The combination makes it possible to acquire a good video representation even in extreme conditions (large viewing angle, bright sun light). 

Industrial monitor | aspect ratio

 

 

Industrial and medical monitors are (still) requiring aspect ratios that are already obsolete in consumer electronics. CVBS aspect ratio 4:3 or more exceptional 5:4 is difficult to get in consumer electronics, and even in industrial monitors the offer is limited. Nearly all industrial monitors have adopted 16:9 using larger displays. Most smaller monitors are effective 16:10 or even more obscure resolutions, such as 17:10. 

 

Aspect Ratio              Pixels       

  4:3                               640x480

  4:3                               768x576

  4:3                             1024x768

  5:4                             1280x1024

16:10                           1280x800

16:10                           1920x1200   

16:9                             1920x1080

16:9                             3840x2160  

Industrial monitor | zoomed panorama view

 

Industrial and medical monitors with non-16:9 aspect ratio displays are often used, because the monitors are integrated in total setups. Often such setups are used for field work, and are integrated into a portable suitcase. Especially, if the objects analyzed have no preferred dimension direction (round objects, square objects, or objects that have no preferred horizontal or vertical direction (e.g. in the medical field: colon with colonoscopy cameras), usage of 4:3 monitors is often seen.

Advantage of 4:3 industrial monitors or 4:3 medical monitors is a lower weight compared to a 16:9 monitor presuming the height of the monitor remains identical. Moreover, previous CVBS based applications do not require a re-engineering of the integrated monitor. However, if a 16:9 signal is displayed on a 4:3 monitor standard industrial or medical monitors offer either "skewed" Full HD signal, or "panorama view" Full HD signal. For image analysis where usage of the maximum display size is important but also representing the image in correct aspect ratio (e.g. pipe inspection industry) these monitors do not provide the required solution. Therefore, all skoopia industrial monitors and medical monitors offer "zoomed panorama view". Because for such applications, the image in the outer parts is hardly relevant, but correct aspect ratio is crucially important (round tubes should be round, not oval), the "zoomed panorama view" allows maximum image size with correct aspect ratio. Underneath pictures show the three different views, if an HD/Full HD or 4K signal is displayed on a 4:3 monitor.

Display of 16:9 Full HD camera image (most left) on a 4:3 monitor. Most industrial 4:3 monitors offer default view and squeeze the 16:9 in a 4:3 display (2nd from left). More advanced industrial monitors offer the capability of panorama view (3rd from left). Only skoopia industrial monitors offer the so called "zoomed panorama view" allowing full monitor usage in combination with correct aspect ratio. 

 

Industrial monitor | protective glass - glass hardening

Robustness and endurance demands of industrial and medical monitors are quite different in comparison to consumer electronics monitors. Metal frame, and a potential protective glass is often offered as an option for industrial or medical monitors. 

 

But protective glass as well as metal frame can also be considered as negative. Particularly if weight is crucial (e.g. a mobile video solution which is hand carried by the operator/user), alternatives come in handy.

 

skoopia offers industrial and medical monitors which have standard a specific glass hardness, and a fairly low quantities further hardening (thermal, but also chemical hardening) can be requested. Yet, integration of monitor modules in combination with chemical hardening can reduce the weight of the industrial monitor module by more than 60%, without compromising the robustness of the solution. 

Industrial monitor | Industrial touch screen monitor

 

Although several touch technologies exist (e.g. SAW (surface acoustic wave) or IR (infra-red) touch)), the industrial and medical touch screen monitor market has seen two dominant technologies prevail, being capacitive touch (PCAP) and resistive touch (or pressure based touch). 

Capacitive touchscreens register a touch whenever it comes in contact with a conductive object. Human fingers (the most common conductive objects) can be used for operation. Capacitive touch screens are respond immediately, and do not require any pressure. Most common implementation of capacitive touch is the mobile phone.

Key advantages of capacitive touch:

  • Fast response 

  • Durable, as glass front panel and even screen protectors can be used 

  • Multi-touch gesture possible (e.g. zoom with two fingers opening up)

  • Limited impact on the brightness of display.

 

Capacitive touch does not work well, if specialty input needs to be given (e.g. hand writing), or when the screen gets wet (even a rain drop can upset the functioning). 


Resistive touchscreens operate with two layers of material with a space between them.  Pushing on the outer screen causes the two layers to contact each other and register the "touch".

Key advantage of resistive touch:

Pressure can be applied via separate device, such a stylus, making it very suitable in specific out-door conditions (very cold, work with gloves, or rain (no impact).


Resistive touchscreens do not support multi-touch gestures, and -certainly in bright sunlight conditions - offer poor visibility. 

For most applications it is fairly straightforward to select the best touch screen technology. In doubt just discuss your application with skoopia. Nearly all industrial monitors offer the ability to have either capacitive touch or resisitive touch. 

 

skoopia offers the ability to have a non-glare finish of the industrial touch monitor, a feature which not many indsutrial monitor suppliers offer. 

 

For lower quantities or for specific hygienic situations, the usage of a screen protector appears a valid alternative. Click here for a good supplier of screen protectors of industrial touch monitors. 

 

Medical monitor | Specific Medical Monitor features

Industrial monitors and medical monitors often have depending on the application the need for specific features, and although some features are more seen in the medical field (e.g. SDI monitor input) as compared to industry, or vice versa, this section highlights two features that are near-exclusive seen in the medical industry. Both features can be acquired for nearly all skoopia medical monitors. 

skoopia medical monitors can be equiped with white bezel, as oposed to a black bezel (default)*.

skoopia medical monitors have the option to be DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) compliant.  

 

Industrial monitor customization | Medical Monitor customization

Although industrial monitors and medical monitors are not made in quantities as consumer electronics monitors, customization is often not possible or extremely expensive. Here, skoopia differs, using a combination of mass-customization (tailoring unique solutions to customers, by combining independent parts of an industrial monitor together (alike lego: using different bricks in different combinations, one can build a unique object) as well as have specific customization features available (e.g. 12 V or 24 V clamps, fire protective coating, etc). 

skoopia provides monitors with default settings. However, your application could require different settings as default. Do not hesitate to inform us about your default settings. We will provide you firmware so you can upgrade all already bought industrial monitor modules using the USB connection on the monitor and will secure you get all following deliveries of the monitor in your required uniqe settings. 

 

4K Test monitor

 

Next to regular monitors, skoopia also offers a 4K test monitor. This test monitor is the ideal companion at installation and engineering test stage.

 

The monitor is battery-powered for wireless usage, having a Full-HD (1080p) 7" LCD screen accepting all types of inputs (EX-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, AHD, TVI, CVI, IP (WiFi & ethernet), CVBS, HDMI) up to 4K (2160p) and outputs (VGA, HDMI, PoE, 5 V & 12 V for powering the camera), as well as on screen support for multiple control standards (e.g. Pelco-D/P, VISCA).

 

A cable tester (CAT as well as coaxial) is also integrated, as well as network tester. Next to viewing, the monitor also supports video recording and snapshot. The platform runs on Android, so you can also integrate your preferred environment to share your recordings in different formats via email or other sharing channels. Direct sharing is possible, as the Test Monitor also has HDMI output (for sharing on larger screens and/or beamers), but also via email or social media as it also supports on board WiFi).