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Protect your digital investment, your health, and your privacy: Photodon films protect screens from scratches, dirt, and abrasion.


9HO Screen Protector on a cell phone

9HO Screen Protectors: 9H Hardness Defined and Tested

July 8, 2020 | 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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Protect Your Employees and Your Expensive Equipment With Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors

June 10, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the workplace for the unforeseeable future, and Photodon is here to help our business partners protect their digital equipment and themselves with our durable anti-microbial screen protectors. Digital equipment in the workplace – timeclocks, office computer screens, informational kiosks, cafeteria ordering screens – any screen that employees touch – can be protected from damage caused by disinfectants by using a screen protector.

Why do we need anti-microbial films?
Now, more than ever, keeping digital surfaces free from bacteria and viruses is essential in the workplace.  While our anti-microbial film (AMC) does not kill viruses, it does kill 99%+ of bacteria that hits the surface, which gives companies an added level of confidence that they are providing a safe environment for their employees.

Instead of bacteria accumulating and multiplying on the screen surface, anti-microbial screen protectors drastically reduce the risk of transmission of common bacterial infections such as strep, e. coli, and salmonella.  When these micro-organisms hit the surface of our AMC film, the zinc in the surface layer of the screen protector creates an uninhabitable environment for bacteria.  SGS Test Report for Photodon Anti-Microbial AMC

How does Photodon’s anti-microbial film hold up to disinfecting type cleaners?
Anti-microbial screen protectors can be cleaned with disinfectant cleaners used in implementing rigorous workplace disinfecting procedures.  While we are unable to say exactly how long one of our screen protectors will withstand regular cleaning with harsh chemicals, we do know that replacing the screen protector is much less expensive than replacing the device screen itself.  We have repeatedly heard from companies about how expensive and unproductive it is when their digital equipment gets damaged from heavy usage or improper cleaning. We also hear from them how happy they have been with the results of using our screen protectors.  There is no doubt that we are helping them save time and money.

Photodon’s Anti-Microbial Screen Protector features:

  • Kills 99+% of tested bacteria
  • Protects your device screen from harsh cleaning products
  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Is recommended for all devices, especially ones in medical-type facilities
  • Has a glass-like smooth touch
  • Has an oleophobic coating for easy cleaning
  • Retains all touch-screen features, even when wearing rubber gloves
  • Is highly transparent
  • Does not cause damage to the screen due to silicone adhesion 
  • Is easily removable with no residue
  • Is available on any device up to 82.5" with 16:9 aspect ratio

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How does Photodon anti-microbial film work?

Zinc Oxide is embedded in the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) protective film.

 

Zinc Oxide damages the bacterial cell membranes, thus preventing them from reproducing and destroying them on contact.

Why Choose Photodon AMC Anti-Microbial Screen Protectors?
Our anti-microbial screen protectors are free of any harmful chemicals and compounds, they are tough once installed but easily removable with no damage to the screen, and they and can retain anti-microbial properties indefinitely with normal cleaning. They are effective in eliminating over 99% of bacteria (pathogens). Our films are also cost-effective and durable.  We can custom cut any shape and size anti-microbial film (up to 82.5 inches) with no minimum order quantity, fast turn-around time, and discounts on bulk and multi-piece orders.  When you work with Photodon, you know you will be working with a team of professionals dedicated to helping you with all your digital screen protection needs.

 

Photodon's screen protectors can be cleaned with disinfectants and bleach.

Screen Protectors That Can Be Cleaned with Bleach and Sanitizers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 19, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

What Hospitals Need to Know About Our Products  

Now that the coronavirus has arrived, electronic devices are being cleaned regularly, especially ones used in medical facilities.  To ensure these devices are cleaned properly, hospital-grade type disinfectants are being used directly on expensive digital screens which, if not protected, can cause damage to the screen.  Our screen protectors hold up to harsh chemicals and can save your device screen’s life.  Below you’ll see what we did to prove this.  

  
The Test – 6HS and MXH Screen Protectors and Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Solutions: 

Our Photodon lab technicians created a bleach test to see how our 6HS and MXH protective films would hold up to being regularly cleaned with hospital-grade Clorox Bleach Germicidal Wipes. 

We used a standard office monitor and wiped down the screens two times daily with the bleach wipes for a period of 30 days.  The results were clear:  the screen protectors' clarity and protection were not compromised, which means the screen itself was not either! 


Features and Specifications of Photodon’s 6HS and MXH Screen Protectors: 

Our screen protectors can be part of your company’s cost-reduction program by avoiding the need to replace expensive screens, whether it be for medical equipment screens that can be damaged by regular and necessary cleaning requirements especially at this time, to manufacturing-type devices, laptops, monitors, TVs, or any other device screen. 

Our 6HS and MXH Materials: 

  • Are resistant to yellowing, even when cleaned with harsh chemicals 
  • Are touchscreen-compatible 
  • Are an affordable solution 
  • Are great protection for your screen and offer different finishes.  6HS is a clear, glass-like option, where MXH offers an anti-glare, matte finish 
  • Protect your devices from scratches and blunt force impact 
  • Withstand daily wipe-downs with hospital-grade disinfectants, including bleach wipes 
  • Can be custom-cut for any device (up to 40.5” tall) 
  • Are easily removable with no residue left on the screen 
  • Come with installation kits and detailed instructions for an easier installation 

Photodon’s Advice: 

Replace the screen protector:  Not the screen. 

While we have not tested our other films, we believe that our other screen protector film types would respond the same way if tested with the bleach wipes. Should chemicals degrade the PET material over time, it can be inexpensively replaced, while the same cannot be said of replacing the actual device screen. 

The Bottom Line: 

Touchscreen use is increasing in medical-type environments from patients using equipment to check in and check out, to doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and other staff.  It pleases us to know that we can provide a high-quality, affordable option for protecting these heavily used and expensive devices. We specialize in custom solutions and offer 9 film types and privacy filters. We have quick turn-around times and will work with you to get you what you need when you need it! 

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Photodon’s MXB Blue Light Screen Protectors Make a Difference! – A Case Study

December 12, 2019 | By Jenny Sockol

Introduction

Andy was on a mission to find a screen protector that would keep his new 55-inch television protected from scratches AND his eyes protected from eye strain.  After researching the Photodon website, he enthusiastically placed his order with an MXB blue light cut screen protector, but it wasn’t just for his large gaming television monitor.  He also bought MXB blue light cut screen protectors for a 2nd TV and for his iPhone!

Reason (and we install – fairly local)

Why? Andy’s biggest concern, even ahead of keeping his devices in pristine condition, was conserving his eye health.  He was trying to diminish his chances of developing macular degeneration like his grandma had and like his mom has now.  Photodon’s blue light cut screen protectors can help to reduce the threat of this potentially life-altering condition.

Andy chose Photodon for its MXB screen protectors because his research led him to us.  Our informational site, accompanied by blogs, research, and videos, helped convince him and his parents to use our MXB screen protectors to protect their devices and their eye health.

And because Andy lives relatively close to the Photodon shop, he was able to have us install his new MXB screen protector onto his 55-inch television for him in our cleanroom.

Results

How is it working for Andy now?  “The protectors are amazing!  My eyes do not get tired as quickly as they did, and I am sleeping better than I was before them.”

Conclusion

If you would like to learn more about Photodon’s blue light cut screen protectors, take a peek at this site:  https://www.photodon.com/c/MXB.html.

You can also help regulate your sleep patterns, prevent over-eating, reduce eye stress, and lessen your risk for macular degeneration just like Andy is doing now.  Let the sales team at Photodon know how we can assist you!  We are available Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm EST, at 847-377-1185 and at sales@photodon.com.

Picture of Motion R12 12.5" Rugged Tablet with privacy filter

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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