How Durable is the S-Series Touchscreen
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    How Durable is the S-Series Touchscreen?

    Rick WilliamsPosted on December 04, 2019

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    The new S-Series tool comes with plenty of features designed to make strapping a breeze for your team. With it, you can increase productivity and safety, while also reducing injuries, worker fatigue, and even material waste.

    One of the new features is a colour touchscreen. Touchscreens have been around for a while, but many of them aren’t ready for the demands of the plant floor. Some of them aren’t sensitive enough to use while wearing gloves, leading to safety issues and issues with productivity if your team members are constantly taking their protective equipment on and off.

    That’s why the S-Series’ touchscreen underwent rigorous testing for durability and usability. If you wondered how anyone could prove a touchscreen was ready for the plant floor, the results of these tests should convince you.

    The Endurance Test

    Just how long will the S-Series tool’s touchscreen hold up in factory conditions? That’s the question the endurance test seeks to answer.

    The point of the test is to simulate long-term use of the touchscreen in the most demanding of environments. Results generated in a sterile lab setting don’t necessarily mean anything on the plant floor, where dust and debris are an everyday reality.

    To get more realistic testing conditions, the touchscreens are dusted with sawdust and sand-lime brick.

    Each screen then undergoes 300,000 actuations in 3 different places. The test shows the screen holds up to wear and tear, even when it’s coated in dust.

    The endurance test also showcases just how easy it is to operate the S-Series tool’s touchscreen, even when the surface is dust-covered and operators are wearing gloves.

    Putting the Touchscreen Under Stress

    The endurance test simulates long-term use of the screen, but what about more demanding plant environments? Dust and debris may not be the only concerns on the floor.

    The vibration test is the answer. Each touchscreen is tested extensively on the “shaker” bench, which vibrates. It also spends time in the climate box, which simulates the extreme temperatures of plant environments.

    The results show the touchscreen in the new S-Series is more than up to the task. Even in the harshest environments, you can be sure the touchscreen’s electronics will keep functioning. Heat and humidity can do a number on electronic devices. The S-Series handles these extreme conditions easily.

    Testing Durability

    What happens if someone drops an S-Series tool from a height? What if a tool box topples off a bench and lands on the touchscreen?

    If you’re thinking of the touchscreen in your iPhone, you’re probably envisioning the spider-web cracking that makes the screen virtually unusable.

    Not so with the touchscreen in the S-Series tool. This screen has been tested to ensure it can withstand a steel ball being dropped directly onto it.

    In this test, a 50 mm steel ball weighing more than half a kilogram is dropped onto the display from a height of 600 mm.

    The touchscreen not only withstands the impact, it keeps right on functioning too. There’s no damage, meaning you can trust your S-Series tool to keep working, even when drops and impacts are a concern in your work environment.

    Quality You Can Trust

    All of the S-Series tools and new innovations are tested in Fromm’s research and development centre in Germany. Individual lab procedures and transparent test results tell you everything you need to know.

    Optimizing standards and creating new models to meet the high quality standards you expect from your strapping tools is the name of the game for the research centre.

    If you’re looking for a tool that’s built to keep up with your team, look no further than the new S-Series tool.

    Need a quote? Get in touch now.

    Rick Williams

    Rick Williams has been employed in the packaging industry for the past 35 years, with a primary focus in the areas of semi-automatic and automatic equipment sales in conjunction with a wide variety of strapping tools. Rick is well-versed in consumable sales and their applications and has taken part in several packaging-related sales training and equipment forums over the years. In his spare time, Rick enjoys golfing and spending time with friends and family. He has also recently taken up recreational snowmobiling, although the lack of snow has not been favourable to enjoy the hundreds of miles of groomed trails Southern Ontario has to offer.

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