Best known for its extremely rugged portable computers, Dolch Computer Systems Inc., Fremont, Calif., has announced an equally rugged line of LCD monitors for the shake, rattle, and roll of the most physically demanding applications.
The SharkView monitor series comes with a 12.1-in. SVGA, 15.1-in. XGA, or 18.1-in. SXGA screen.
The SharkView's packaging technology "wards off the effects of harsh physical treatment and the environmental hazards routinely encountered in industrial, military, and transportation-related applications," said a Dolch spokesman.
The frame of the monitor case is "a Dolch proprietary high-strength, finned aluminum extrusion," he said. This extruded frame "lends a high degree of physical support beyond that found in ordinary sheet-metal designs," he said, and the fins "provide for a substantial increase in exposed surface area, therefore better system cooling."
The LCDs are mounted using the company's isobaric (constant-pressure) IsoKlip, rather than the more common screw-on design. With IsoKlip, clips are "unambiguously captured in the extrusion, providing a tightly controlled amount of pressure," the spokesman said.
A NEMA 12 SharkView costs $1,995 with a 12.1-in. screen. The same LCD monitor costs $2,995 with a 15.1-in. screen and $4,995 with an 18.1-in. screen.