Methuen, Mass. - April 27, 2004 3M Touch Systems, Inc. announces today a new integrated touch screen product, MicroTouch with (PDF 204 KB), an exclusive offering. This robust touch screen product is the recommended touch solution for applications that are exposed to direct sunlight and require high levels of durability in outdoor use. The product is the first to deliver on 3M's plan to integrate its 3M film products with its extensive line of MicroTouch touch screens. This integrated touch screen provides a unique, value-added solution for many different vertical applications.
"This product delivers on our plan to build synergy between our touch screen business and other solutions provided by 3M Optical Systems Division," said Terry Jones, general manager, 3M Touch Systems. "As many of our customers continue to request touch screens for outdoor environments we recognized the need for a film solution that reflects infrared rays while maintaining high light transmission."
MicroTouch Near Field Imaging with Vikuiti Solar Reflecting Film helps to reflect infrared solar energy while still transmitting visible light. All light, including sunlight, is either transmitted, reflected, or absorbed. The combination of these variables will affect the internal temperature of a device. Since infrared rays cause heat, the ability to reflect any amount of infrared solar energy will help improve the resulting internal temperature of the enclosure. Typically, when the enclosure's internal temperature gets higher, the LCD display will heat up and experience a higher rate of failure.
"For years, the goal of various solar technology manufacturers has been to block infrared energy transmission while still allowing visible light transmission sufficient for the application," says John Barkholtz, business unit manager, 3M Touch Systems. "The unique feature of the Vikuiti Solar Reflecting Film, exclusively available with MicroTouch touch screens, is in its non-metallic properties. This means that the film, when laminated between the two layers of the touch screen (the top glass and the sensor), will reflect, not absorb the heat producing infrared solar energy."
As outdoor kiosk and ticketing applications become more and more popular, and are exposed to direct sunlight, the need to reduce the internal heat of the kiosk unit becomes imperative. 3M's new integrated touch screen product - Near Field Imaging with Solar Reflecting Film - provides the solution to help protect the longevity and performance of the unit's LCD display.
About 3M Touch Systems, Inc.
3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of 3M, operates globally and reports
through the 3M Electro and Communications Business, headquartered in Austin, TX.
3M Touch Systems provides fast, reliable and accurate touch products to customers
worldwide under the "MicroTouch" brand. Popular interactive applications include
casino gaming, retail point of sale, foodservice, hospitality, self-service, mobile
handheld, and interactive digital signage. For more information visit www.3M.com/touch01.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of innovative
products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M’s core strength is applying its more
than 40 distinct technology platforms – often in combination – to a wide array of
customer needs. With $24 billion in sales, 3M employs 79,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60 countries. For more information, including the latest
product and technology news, visit http://www.3m.com/.
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