Dead Front Effect enables sleek, uncluttered front panel designs

Enhanced aesthetic appearance for TFT display applications

26 January 2021

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 26, 2021. Display solutions and embedded systems provider, Review Display Systems Inc. (RDS) has announced the introduction of Dead Front Effect (DFE), a new highly opaque optical cover glass for front panel designs. For equipment and systems using high brightness TFT display modules with graphical user interfaces, implementing a Dead Front Effect enables a clean, uncluttered, front panel to be easily created.

When integrated on to the top surface of a TFT display module, a Dead Front Effect design configuration creates a completely dark, black appearance enabling a sleek, high-end aesthetic to be achieved. The ‘off’ state TFT display is effectively completely hidden from view underneath an opaque cover glass. When the TFT display is switched to its ‘on’ state the display image can be clearly seen and the viewing of information, graphics, text, or images is unrestricted.

Josh Marcus, sales manager, RDS said, “For system designs and applications that demand a slick, contemporary appearance, a Dead Front Effect design implementation provides an ideal solution. The best results are achieved when the DFE cover glass is optically bonded to the TFT display module. This technique enhances optical performance and increases the overall ruggedness and integrity of the front panel.”

Dead Front Effect cover glass can also feature integrated Projected Capacitive (PCap) touchscreen functionality, chemical strengthening, and anti-glare, anti-reflection, or anti-scratch coatings. Additionally, screen printed graphics and icons, menu buttons, corporate branding and logos can be easily added.

Different manufacturing techniques can be used to change the transmissivity of the Dead Front Effect cover glass to allow the level of opacity to be varied.

Further benefits include the ease of cleaning of the front surface of the DFE cover glass which can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, or for medical devices applications, sterilized with appropriate cleaning solutions.

Review Display Systems can provide fully integrated display solutions incorporating Dead Front Effect designs and access to an extensive portfolio of industry-leading high performance TFT display modules. Fully customized, bespoke Dead Front Effect designs can be undertaken.

To discuss Dead Front Effect design requirements and business opportunities, contact RDS on +1-414 296 8360 or

About Review Display Systems Inc.

Established in 1982, RDS has extensive experience supporting and supplying display and embedded hardware solutions.  Representing leading global manufacturers, RDS supports a comprehensive range of display technologies, touch screen and embedded computing solutions.

Review Display Systems engages and develops partnerships with customers in a wide range of industry sectors including industrial control and instrumentation, medical devices, facilities management, marine, aerospace, point-of-information, and process control.

A strong commitment to environmental responsibility and quality is reinforced with accreditation to the latest internationally recognized quality standards including ISO14001, ISO9001-2015 and ISO13485 for the design and manufacture of medical devices.

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Josh Marcus
Review Displays Systems, Inc.
​Suite 321
​790 N Milwaukee Street
​WI 53202


tel: +1-414 296 8360