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Fascinating Features of Microfiber Cloths

August 6, 2019 | By Mandy Peterson

What is a Microfiber Cloth?

The word "microfiber," as you can imagine, means small fiber.  How small you ask?  I could go on and on using words such as denier, decitex, and micrometers, but who really knows THOSE words?  So instead of making you go to the web (unless you're smarter than me), I'll put it in layman's terms:  Most microfibers are about 1/5 of the diameter of a human hair.  These synthetic microfibers are most commonly made from polyester and polyamide.

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Privacy Protection for Rugged Tablets – A Case Study

June 28, 2019 | By Jolynn Paige

Introduction

The Mascoutah Police Department of Mascoutah, IL came to Photodon for help with solving a privacy problem.  Since coming up with custom solutions for our customers is what we do best, we were well-equipped and happy to help.

Police officers use computers in their police cars so that they have ready access to information.  A great deal of public information is retrieved through these computers — information necessary for them to do their jobs effectively. Why? Sometimes they need to get the position of other police officers in the area, or they need to look up suspect information at a crime scene. These computers — often ruggedized tablets –are also used for record-keeping and tracking vital data such as license plates.

The Mascoutah Police Department's Challenge:  Help Us Keep Public Information Protected

Lieutenant Matt S. called us and said that his department's Motion R12 Rugged tablets were installed on the dash of their squad cars.  The problem? When the officers leave the car, the screen is left in plain view, leaving the public's personal information in the database vulnerable to wandering eyes.

He wondered if we had any suggestions as to how to help keep information on the screen from being seen by people outside the car. He explained that it is their duty to protect the public's private data.

Photodon's Advice

We offered to send 5"x3" samples of our privacy filter materials to Lieutenant Matt so that he and his colleagues could decide which of our filter options would work best to solve their problem.  We offer three types of privacy filters from which they could choose:

Choice #1:
P2S: 2-Way Privacy Filter Silicone2-way adhesive privacy filters (P2S) — meant to be installed one time and left in place and offers privacy from left to right;

Choice #2:
P4S: 4-Way Privacy Filter Silicone4-way adhesive privacy filters (P4S) — also installed once and offering privacy from left to right and top to bottom;

Choice #3:
P2L: 2-Way Privacy Filter2-way non-adhesive privacy filters (P2L) — designed to have the option to be taken on and off of the screen several times.

2-way Privacy Filter Demo
4-way Privacy Filter Demo

Results

After receiving the samples, the team of police officers decided to purchase the 2-way adhesive privacy filter for the computers in their squad cars.  Problem solved.  Here is what Lieutenant Matt had to say:

Hello Jolynn,

I installed the screen protectors the same day we received them.  They fit like a glove and the officers love them compared to the ones we had before.  
 
The overall satisfaction is a "5-star" rating.  
 I appreciate the time and assistance and will definitely relay our satisfaction with the Photodon screen protectors to other departments using the Motion R12 tablets. 

Conclusion

We love helping our customers solve problems, especially in protecting their digital gear from damage, glare, and visual data breaches.  We can make privacy filters for first responders, emergency personnel, fire departments, and more. If we don't have a particular privacy filter on our website, we will custom cut the filters for your device. Custom is what we do.

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Privacy Filters are perfect for protecting information in open offices

How are Privacy Filters Made and How do they function?

August 30, 2018 | By Don Basch

Privacy filters, also known as privacy screens, are like a set of vertical blinds for your computer monitor or any device with a screen but on a Nanoscale. Most modern-day filters are only the thickness of a common business card — .012" (.3 mm). Unlike vertical blinds, the louvers are permanently set in the full open (on edge) position. There are approximately 42 louvers in the 12-pt. letter "a" shown below. This makes for about 715 of these louvers per inch (25.4mm) and equates to thousands of mini-louvers per typical screen. The thickness of a dollar bill (.0043") is approximately the same thickness as 2 louvers in the images below.

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A girl experiences eye strain due to digital screen exposure

Does Blue Light Hurt My Eye Health? [infographic]

June 6, 2018 | By Jolynn Paige

Because June is Computer Vision Syndrome Awareness Month, we thought we'd showcase how Photodon's MXB blue light-cut film can help not only eye-health but overall health.

The American Opthomalic Association warns against the dangers of long periods of exposure from computers and other digital screens on the health of our eyes.  Computer Vision Syndrome is basically eye strain and blurred vision due to staring at digital screens for long periods of time.

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Protecting The TopMix2 Paint Mixing Terminal From Harsh Cleaning Solutions: A Case Study

March 12, 2018 | By Jolynn Paige

THE PROBLEM:

Several months ago, a new customer named Jason – an owner of a Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting business in Minnesota – called Photodon.  His problem?  He had been purchasing a protective cover for his Satorius TopMix2 Paint Terminal that

A) didn't fit (it was like a bag around the machine);

B) was expensive (around $100.00); and

C) had to be replaced monthly because the plastic would get damaged when the paint had to be cleaned off it.

The TopMix touch screen is connected to a scale and mixer.  When the paint is mixed, as you can imagine, it can splatter.  In addition, the paint shop workers often touch the screen with gloves that have paint on them.  This means that the very expensive touch screen needs to be protected.

Jason explained, "I use a paint thinner to clean the screen about once a week, and the protector I'm using gets damaged quickly. I'm spending a fortune on these protective covers. "I'm hoping you can help me."

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More than ever, companies are being held accountable to ensuring that their clients and employee information be kept private.

Computer Privacy Screens for Curved Monitors

January 25, 2018 | By Jolynn Paige

Increasingly, companies find it essential that images, data, and other information be protected from visual hacking.

Leadership teams are making the decision to provide their employees with computer privacy screens so as to decrease the risk of private and/or sensitive information getting within sight of unauthorized personnel or clients.

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9HO Screen Protectors: 9H Hardness Defined and Tested

January 4, 2018 | By Jolynn Paige

Photodon's Touche brand super scratch resistant screen protective film

Photodon's highly scratch-resistant oleophobic 9HO screen protective film is a rockstar in Photodon's film lineup. Not only is it one of the most scratch resistant films available on the market, it is extremely clear, with a glass-like finish. It's easy to clean, affordable and —  unlike tempered glass — it's shatterproof.

But what exactly does 9H mean in terms of scratch resistance?

9H Explained:

There are many ways testing labs will evaluate the hardness of a given material. One common way is to test a surface with minerals of varying degrees of hardness to determine if it will scratch a surface. Another way is A box of pencils used by artists showing hardness factor levels.to use pencils that are on a hardness scale that ranges from 2H to 9H. The higher the number, the harder the lead.

The most commonly used pencils are 2H on the hardness scale — not very hard. You may notice that if you use much pressure on a #2 pencil tip, the tip will break easily. Many artists will use 9H pencils — the hardest pencil grade available — so their pencils don't break as they draw.

Photodon's 9H Hardness Test:

One way Photodon's screen protectors were tested was by using pencil hardness methods as set forth by the highly reputable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International Standards. Photodon's 9HO film surface was evaluated for its ability to withstand scratches using these graded pencils.

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Using A Stylus with a Photodon Screen Protector

May 26, 2017 | By Jolynn Paige

Whether you use a drawing tablet for work or for play, a stylus may cause damage to your screen.  Photodon carries several popular screen protectors for drawing tablets, which not only help protect your investment but can enhance your drawing experience.  In fact, we've had many customers tell us that they love their tablet even more with one of Photodon's screen protectors installed.

While so much depends on personal preference and drawing habits, here is some information based on customer feedback we've received to help determine which film type might work best for you.

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