How to Extend the Service Life of Industrial Touch Screens

How to Extend the Service Life of Industrial Touch Screens
How to Extend the Service Life of Industrial Touch Screens

Many industries are embracing touchscreen technology in the machinery used. Touchscreens make work more manageable as the interface becomes more user-friendly and easier to navigate. Generally, an industrial touchscreen makes work easier. For instance, you can evaluate the machinery performance, directly send commands, and track machine downtime. There are so many applications in industries that use touch screens. The food industries, hospitals, and manufacturing industries use touchscreens.  

However, industrial touch screens can sometimes be problematic, even with the many advantages. The environment that industrial touchscreen equipment is exposed to is one leading reason for their downtime. The touchscreen equipment is exposed to heat, moisture, and dirt, which may affect its function. To extend the service life of industrial touchscreens, you must take great care of them and take some maintenance steps toward keeping them functional.  

Maintaining the industrial touchscreen is essential as the user interface is integral to any machinery. A negative effect on the touchscreen of equipment will consequently affect its function. 

Common Industrial Touchscreen Problems

Using an industrial Touchscreen

Some industrial touchscreen problems are due to the environment in which the equipment is used. Dirt and grease, for instance, can result in dysfunctional touchscreens. When dirt piles up on the touch screen of any equipment, it makes it challenging for the equipment to recognize command signals, and this generally affects its functionality. 

Another common problem in industrial touchscreens is poor calibration or lack thereof. Most industrial equipment gets touchscreen calibration during installation. However, the calibration may shift and prevent the system from recognizing command inputs. If you have experienced unresponsiveness in your touchscreen industrial equipment, the most likely reason is poor calibration. 

How to Maintain Industrial Touchscreens 

There are various maintenance practices you can carry out to extend the service life of industrial touchscreens:

Regular Cleaning of the Touchscreens

Industrial touch screens are exposed to environments that make them capable of collecting dirt and grease. To prevent the malfunction the layers of dirt can cause, you should clean the touchscreens regularly. All you need is a microfiber cloth, distilled water, and a cleaning solution. 

Microfiber fabric is gentle on screens and will not scratch them when you are cleaning. Distilled water will barely leave marks on the screen. There are specialized cleaning solutions made for screen cleaning. Before cleaning, ensure the equipment is turned off to prevent damage and make it easier for you to see the dirt marks. As you clean, you should dampen the cloth using the cleaning solution instead of spraying it on the screen. 

Periodical Calibration

Periodical calibration should be done when the equipment malfunctions and as a maintenance procedure to prevent possible jams in the future. Typically, operators are trained on how to calibrate industrial touchscreens. It is a simple procedure. However, you can contact a professional electronic repair company to calibrate your touchscreen equipment. 

Careful Use of the Touchscreens

Carefully using the touchscreen is another way to maintain it and extend service life. It would help if you placed the touchscreen equipment in a safe place free from direct exposure to moisture. When using the touchscreen, refrain from using gloves, as this will lower the screen’s sensitivity. Clean your hands before touching the screen, and be gentle when inputting commands.  

Contact ACS For All Your Industrial Repair Needs 

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