Added safety, ergonomics and efficiency for professional vehicles

March 27, 2020

In-glass laminated displays (IGLD) empower you to wow your customers by turning glass windows into see-through interactive displays. So far, LUMINEQ transparent displays have been integrated in vehicle windshields, train windows, naval bridges, airplane windows and architectural glass. But this is just the start - the number of potential applications areas is much higher.

In this article we introduce how in-glass displays add safety to heavy machinery, improve ergonomics and efficiency in the industrial market.

Professional HUD's for industrial vehicles.

Transparent LUMINEQ displays improve safety, ergonomics and situational awareness in vehicle cockpits. Given that the displays are very rugged and tolerate extreme conditions better than any other display type. The technology behind our displays is perfect for environments where the conditions are harsh and challenging. If you are looking for a durable displays for outdoor instrumentation, oil, industrial, mining or construction, LUMINEQ displays is your perfect choice trusted by many industrial customers.

Transparent displays in vehicles often have a positive impact on ergonomics. Placing the display in the right place and right height can, for example, prevent repetitive head movements required to see crucial information. This also enables the driver to keep he's view on the work (line of sight) as well as not missing out any crucial information due to information overload.

Laminating a Display in a windshield enables an exceptionally wide viewing angle (360°) and saves space from the already crowded cockpit.The information displayed on a windshield can be read from the inside as well as the outside of the vehicle.

A projector based HUD only works when there is an angle between the projector and the windshield. This is especially a challenge when the vehicle has a vertical windshield. 

Professional HUDA LUMINEQ transparent display embedded in a tractor windshield.

In some specific cases it might be more ergonomic to have multiple displays on different locations in a windshield. Companies might want to have different information on different displays or double critical information from the main display to the line of sight. Our partner NXP introduced a smart cockpit of 11 displays at CES 2020, which included a transparent EL Display engineered by LUMINEQ. Read more about Super eCockpits here.

Ergonomics and safety of heavy equipment, such as tractors, cranes and loaders, can be considerably improved with see-through displays. With well-placed information in the confined cabins, the operator can e.g. avoid unnecessary repetitive movements made in effort to check critical information. Displays can also be used to inform the people working outside the machine. This way the ergonomics and safety of both the people in and outside the machine can be enhanced.

Since 1984, LUMINEQ has provided industrial displays to various markets and applications. With transparent displays our customer base has enlarged drastically since not only markets operating in harsh environments show interest in our displays but also plenty of indoor instrumentation displays have been engineered. 

Learn more about designing transparent vehicle displays!

Industrial DisplayLUMINEQ in-glass display laminated on forklift sunroof glass

More details about the lamination process and how to start your own in-glass integration project can be found here: Production-ready laminated displays.

Customer Case: Valtra

The tractor solution pioneer Valtra contacted LUMINEQ back in 2017 with a vision in mind. They wanted to improve vehicle safety, ergonomics and situational awareness in their cockpits while operating the tractor in demanding conditions. 

By displaying critical information in the line of sight, SmartGlass HUD greatly improves safety and ergonomics of the operator. While focusing on the front loader work, the operator can see various information such as the loader height, load weight, driving speed, and engine rpm, without needing to look away from the work at hand. 

The SmartGlass can also display information to people outside the tractor. For instance the fuel level can be showed to the operator when he is outside the tractor filling the fuel. 

This concept was first introduced at 2017 Agritechnica and received lots of positive customer feedback. After two years' intensive testing and improvements, Valtra SmarGlass is now made available as an option via the Unlimited studio. It was announced that after Agritechnica 2019. Valtra will release 20 pilot units to selected customers and serial production is planned for later in 2020.

Read more about Valtra Smartglass display here: https://www.valtra.com/news-and-events/valtra-introduces-revamped-smartglass-display.html

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