Quality and Reliability
At Watchfire, we know that high quality and unmatched customer service are values that turn shoppers into loyal customers and purchases into relationships.
Our manufacturing process is built on quality methods and materials, not cutting corners. We only use the most reliable, best performing components available. Watchfire uses only single-bin LEDs from top-tier manufacturers. Through our state-of-the-art whole-sign calibration process, we ensure every digital billboard and XVS sign displays smoothly and brilliantly, without tiling or quilting. We are the only manufacturer who factory calibrates for both color and brightness. From superior weather and water resistance to strong, lightweight cabinets, our displays are designed to provide years of worry-free performance.
Both mechanically and electronically, our LED displays boast a streamlined design, low parts-count and simplified construction that minimizes maintenance and enhances reliability. These features give Watchfire products unparalleled field uptime.
Our patented multi-channel data configuration, available on digital billboards and most XVS signs, ensures that if a service issue occurs, it will be isolated so that messages will still be readable. Without multi-channel data, one data connection error could affect all of the modules in a row, leaving the sign unreadable.
We have engineered our displays to operate in all climates — from coastal regions with high humidity and salty sea air to desert areas with intense heat, high solar intensity and vast temperature changes. Before a Watchfire product goes to market, it must pass a battery of tests for structural stability, windload, heat management, corrosion resistance and of course, water resistance.
Some of our most stringent tests include:
We design all our electrical components to withstand temperature cycling in our environmental chambers from -40°C to +60°C (-40°F to +140°F).
High heat and humidity
We ensure that all our LED modules can withstand 1000 hours at 85°C (185°F) and 85% relative humidity.
All modules pass the ASTM B117 salt fog test, which was originally designed to test corrosion resistance for automotive finishes.
High Accelerated Life Testing (HALT)
This process applies controlled thermal and mechanical stress to identify design weaknesses and avenues for product improvement.
We perform a variety of electrical disturbance testing, such as EFT (electrical fast transient) and surge testing.
For years, we’ve been proving the reliability of our modules by running them underwater for months at a time.
Operating costs are an important, and often overlooked, consideration in choosing an electronic sign or billboard manufacturer. Watchfire uses only high efficiency components. The average energy usage of a Watchfire sign is about 1/3 of the maximum amperage requirement. Watchfire was also the first in the industry to be UL Energy Efficiency Verified.