Category Archives: LCD Supply Chain

Display-Based Games Parts Replacement

With new casinos being built from England to Vietnam and the recent US Supreme Court Ruling on sports betting the number of display-based games is increasing dramatically. This increase is not just due to new facilities and opportunities, but also because of monetary return.

David Schwartz, the Director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, states it best in his Forbes article, “How Casinos Use Math To Make Money When You Play The Slots.”

“Slot machines remain the most important money-making part of casinos in the United States. In many states, casinos make between 65 and 80 percent of their gambling income from slots. In Las Vegas, the percentage varies from 88 percent in casinos that cater primarily to locals to 50 percent on the Las Vegas Strip, where high rollers betting tens of thousands a dollar a hand skews the results in favor of table games.”

While these games offer greater customer interactivity and engagement, they come with different replacement part challenges. Navigating the shark infested waters of LCD panel sourcing can be dangerous. It is filled with scams, frauds, and unknowledgeable vendors. Whether you are a casino, sports bar, or repair shop, you need the right LCD panel the first time. Every second your game is out of order you’re losing money.

SmarterGlass understands that. We have 18 years of experience providing LCD panels to a variety of companies all over the world. We source panels that are no longer in production and can find replacement solutions when panels are no longer available. Our Gaming representative, Tara Faino (tara@smarterglass.com) (978-465-6190 x 586), can help you find the panel to get your game back on line. Her 7 years of experience providing LCD panels to the gaming industry and wealth of knowledge about subject will turn your LCD buying experience from a nightmare into a dream.

CDTech Electronics Limited Panel Technology

CDTech (H.K.) Electronics Limited was founded in 2009 in Gushu Bao’an Shenzhen, China and is prominently involved in the design, manufacture, and sale of LCD, LCM, Touch panel, and UART LCM products.  As such, they provide all standard OEM/ODM services including software, hardware, and additional product support. 

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Industry LCD Shortage

Recently, the display panel industry has been facing new changes and developments that may affect the global supply chain. Through a series of market forces such as reinvestments, new more promising technologies, and the reallocation of priorities have caused there to be a significant impact on the production and subsequently the availability of small and medium-sized color TFT panels, in addition to premium IPS wide screens.

What happened?

In short, major Korean manufacturers of these mid-sized panels have recently gone through a change in market strategy, from developing small panels to researching and producing newer more profitable displays.

Why?

Due to a recent increase in the production of small panels in China, some of Korea’s prominent panel manufacturers such as LG and Samsung have begun to move towards large-sized LCD panels and OLED panels. Smaller TFTs will ultimately prove to be no longer profitable as the lower-cost manufacturing in China will reduce profits for Korean panel manufacturers.

What do we recommend?

Contact sales@smarterglass.com to learn more about what you can do to prevent these temporary shortages of small and mid-sized TFT panels from affecting you and your business!

EOL Notices and What They Mean for You

An EOL Notice, or End Of Life notice, means that a panel you’re currently buying is reaching the end of its manufacturing process- after a certain date, this panel will no longer be in production. What does this translate to? No more panels for you to put in your product, and therefore products using that panel can be jeopardized. Will you upgrade your panel and subsequently your entire product? What if you need more time to redesign your product? What if you simply can’t redesign at this stage of production?

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Types of LCD Providers

Read all about the different types of panel providers in the industry! Each has different benefits over the others, with its own capabilities and limitations. The four types are: Authorized distributors, stocking distributors, brokers, and service providers. Read more about each below.

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Manufacturer Reveal: Tianma

Tianma Microelectronics Company, LTD is the largest manufacturer of passive and monochrome LCDs in continental China with a manufacturing plant of nearly 1.2 million square feet (27.55 acres). Since its foundation in 1983, it has strived for excellence in producing the latest and greatest LCD display modules. Recent projects and research currently include LTPS-TFT, Oxide-TFT, AM-OLED displays, Flexible displays, Transparent displays, 3D displays and In-cell/On-cell integrated touch technology, making Tianma a forerunner of the electronic display industry.

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Manufacturer Reveal: LG Innotek

LG Innotek manufactures high performance, quality LCD display panels for many products in varying markets. From manufacturing automotive parts to fine semiconductor electronics, the CEO Jong-Seok Park states the company operates on the belief that “components and materials determine the quality of the end products.” As such, the company specializes in high grade electronic and automotive components, often in lieu of retail and point of sale products.

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Manufacturer Reveal: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric is a global company specializing in the manufacture, production, and sale of electronics and technologies. Officially founded on January 15, 1921 in Tokyo, Japan, this industry leader extends its reach through a range of applications. In addition to the LCD industry, Mitsubishi manufactures electronic equipment used in Energy and electric systems, automation, information and communication systems, electronic devices and microprocessing, and home appliances.

Fun Fact: Similarly to some other LCD manufacturers, Mitsubishi panel part numbers also include the length of the diagonal of the panel in the panel number. Ex. AA192AA01 is a 19.2” panel.

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Manufacturer Reveal: Ampire

Another company specializing in small and medium sized LCD modules, Ampire was established in 1998 as an industrial control panel manufacturer. Now, almost 20 years later they continue to be a prominent company in the display industry, providing both touch and non-touch display solutions.

Although their largest panel is only around 16″ on the diagonal, they provide a wide range of panel sizes and a variety of resolutions for each size, typically chosen based on the application. Ampire specializes in outdoor applications, providing rugged and damage-resistent paneling than most companies offer, making them ideal for indoor and outdoor industrial applications. Most displays are also high-brightness, making them perfect for use outdoors where they will need to provide contrast in direct sunlight.

Fun fact: Ampire part numbers contain the resolution of the screen immediately after the ‘AM’ prefix. Example: AM1024768H1 has a resolution of 1024x768.

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