Virtually unbreakable touchscreen

Paul Boughton

JLT Mobile Computers, Swedish developer and manufacturer of rugged computers for demanding environments, has announced the JLT1214P, a new logistics computer which features Rugged Projective Capacitive Touch (PCT) display technology and additional computing power compared to previous product generations.

The JLT1214P computer’s bright 12-inch XGA display with the new JLT Rugged PCT technology provides a familiar, user-friendly experience comparable to modern consumer devices, both with a gloved or ungloved hand, while ensuring ruggedness, reliability and longevity in even the most demanding environments.

The JLT1214P computer also offers enhanced computing performance thanks to a 64-bit Intel quad-core processor, improving responsiveness. In combination with the new user-friendly touch screen, the higher performance speeds up tasks and increases users’ productivity. This powerful combination of features provides the best possible total cost of ownership for logistics applications ranging from warehousing and food distribution to freezer storage and cross-docking.

The JLT1214P computer is based on the company’s JLT1214 platform which is already well known in the market for its outstanding quality and reliability, having been proved in thousands of installations by customers around the world.

Previous generations of rugged computers most commonly used resistive touch screen technology that is chosen because of its usability with different types of gloves and in wet conditions. In some demanding environments, however, the resistive touch screen is susceptible to scratches and scuffs or even breakage of its plastic screen, often making the screen the point of failure for the computer.

Resistive touch screens also do not offer the user experience that operators have come to expect from the capacitive touch screens in their own personal electronic devices. With the introduction of the JLT Rugged PCT technology, the projective capacitive touch with superior resilience to wear and tear can be used in the same demanding use-cases as a resistive touch, for example with different types of gloves and wet conditions.

The addition of the JLT Rugged PCT technology to the proven JLT1214 platform provides the JLT1214P’s touch screen with a lifetime as long as the computer itself, minimising disruptive down time, resulting in a higher service level and greater customer satisfaction.

A 1.8mm thick, practically unbreakable hardened glass cover protects the touch sensor, offering unparalleled durability and scratch resistance. In tests, it withstands a 500g steel ball dropped from a height of 1.2m with no damage to the screen.

Additionally, the JLT1214P computer can operate in temperatures between -35 to +55˚C, is dust and water resistant to IP65 and its design eliminates the cavity between the glass screen and the case, preventing dirt build up when in use and allowing it to be easily sanitised for use in the food industry.