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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Paul, Nov 5, 2003.

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  1. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Does anyone know where hobbyists can buy industrial computer parts from in
    AU? I'm after LCD touchscreens and what not, but I'm not a reseller or
    manufacturer.

    Paul
     
  2. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    Advantech for one, in Melbourne and Sydney. There are others too, of course,
    but I don't have their details handy.

    Ken
     
  3. Geoff C

    Geoff C Guest

    I am going thru the process of sourcing touchscreens at the
    moment and can tell you its not easy. This is what I know-
    Industrial=expensive. You would think that point-of-sale stuff
    is cheap but I've seen quotes of $2000. Sizes smaller than 15
    inch are disappearing off the market. LG make a resistive
    touchscreen. Apparently not many are available from the
    manufacturer like this. Cost me $880 from Computer World.
    Model L1510SF. Cheaper alternative, get $400 cheap LCD screen
    and fit your own touchscreen from Entech in Adelaide ~$200 for
    USB and drivers.
     
  4. Paul

    Paul Guest

    Why are companies charging so much for LCDs? They're about $150 cost price
    for a 14" laptop screen, I've seen the figures in my line of work, where
    unfortunately I do not have access to parts.
     
  5. Geoff C

    Geoff C Guest

    That is interesting, I did not know they were so cheap. Anyway
    does not help much as we still must source them from somewhere
    where the laws of supply and demand dominate.
     
  6. Paul

    Paul Guest

  7. Try the Komtron (ahh, could be jumptech here) sourced LCD's. I think soanar
    distributed them in AU.
     
  8. Guest

    Not industrial, but a good deal cheaper.

    http://www.earthlcd.com/touch.htm

    Other sellers/manufacturers are

    www.elotouch.com
    www.microtouch.com

    Costs of touchscreens vary according to the manufacturer, and the type
    of touchscreen you want, eg, 4 or 5 wire resistive, capacitive, surface
    acoustic wave, etc.

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    Regards
    David

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    dmmilne at ozemail dot com dot au
     
  9. David Segall

    David Segall Guest

    I'm sorry I can't really answer your question but don't worry about
    not being a reseller or a manufacturer. You are not building your
    gizmo as a hobby you are assembling a prototype. Now you are a
    manufacturer. When you get round to ordering you may need to fax them
    an order form but that's easy using Word to compose the order,
    complete with a suitable letterhead, and a fax modem to send it. If
    you want extra decoration on your letterhead you can get a free ABN
    on-line from here http://www.abr.business.gov.au.
     
  10. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    I've bought from Advantech in Sydney without problems. Just used my Visa.
    Easy-peasy.

    Ken
     
  11. bobi

    bobi Guest

    try Ebay I bought an Advantech Embedded 233Mhz Pentium Single Board computer
    for about $70. It can with PC104 connectors and watch dog timer, 4 serial
    ports, ethernet, 1 PCI slot and IR and LCD connector and ....

    It is running DOS now on a Compact flash card ...
     
  12. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Try here
    http://www.icp-australia.com.au

    There's some pos units for sale at Netway Computers in Perth they are the single 5volt rail type run at 233 Mhz for
    about $199
     
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