This a question frequently asked in our board. We now want to give some advice and information regarding this topic.
The most sensitive part of an LCD is the panel which is why it should be handled with the most caution and care during a transport. Only a small number of LCDs have a glass panel, so if a mechanical force is being exerted on the panel, it can take damage quickly, i.e. get scratch marks, dents or even a panel fracture.
We would definitely recommend keeping the original packaging of the display/ LCD TV. The device can be transported safely in this packaging. Special caution is advised during packing and unpacking.
Original display packaging.
But the original package is usually pretty bulky. While this is not a problem at all during relocation, the large cardboard can turn out to be quite impractical if one wants to take the LCD to a LAN party.
In this respect, you can easily help yourself with a protective cover for the panel's front side in order to shield the sensitive panel from any kind of hazards. We used the NEC LCD1880SX to demonstrate how an effective transport safeguarding for the panel's front face can be realized rather easily. For this purpose, we got ourselves an acryl glass plate (i.e. available in DIY stores). Since the acryl glass plate is supposed to protect the front of the NEC LCD1880SX, it first needs to be cut to the right size.
Plate made of acryl glass with the size of 387 x 394 mm for the NEC 1880SX's front face.
You could paste the acryl glass plate up with some soft foam plastic or thick felt for example. We decided against the bonding and hung a large soft micro fiber cloth over the panel instead and, in doing so, wrapped up virtually the entire panel housing.
NEC 1880SX with micro fiber cloth hung over the panel housing.
We then fixated the acryl glass plate onto the cloth covered front using rubber bands (Important:
the rubber bands should have the right length so they don't exert too much force on the panel housing)
The acryl glass plate is fixated onto the panel housing and onto the micro fiber cloth using rubber bands (the acryl glass plate still has a protective film on it).
This way the sensitive panel is properly shielded off from any kind of potential damages during the transport. In addition, you can now put a plastic foil over the display and the LCD is protected against bad weather as well.
The NEC 1880SX is packed and ready for transportation now.
This simple transport safeguard can be applied and removed again easily and quickly and also doesn't take up much space.
But it doesn't necessarily have to be an acryl glass plate. It is just as well possible to make a panel shield from stiff paperboard that gets pasted together like a paperboard sandwich. When you do this, mind the structure of the paperboard and paste each one crossed onto the next.
Structure of the paperboard.
Paperboard sandwich made from three layers of strong paperboard.
Those who find the color to be boring can paint the acryl glass plate or paperboard sandwich, put logos onto it, et cetera. There are no limits to one's fantasy in this regard.
If you are willing to spend 50.00 to 60.00 Euro, you can buy transport bag. Transport bags have the appropriate cushioning in the front part, they feature bags or fasteners for display cables and also frequently come with shoulder straps.
GearGrip transport bag for displays (2).
The transport of an LCD TV
should by all means happen in its original packaging and advice given in the manual should be followed with care. Large sized LCD TV have a correspondingly big panel and this should usually only be transported lengthwise and in an upright position because, when inclined, even the panel's own weight could lead to panel fracture.
1 - The panel is basically made of two plates with a liquid embedded in between that contains the liquid crystals. Liquid crystals are aligned to two so called alignment layers. Both plates are held in just the right distance to each other by means of tiny spacers. If these spacers take damage or get displaced because of too high pressure, the distance between the plates is decreased at this dent. This has fatal consequences, the alignment layers of the liquid crystals mix and consequently the panel ceases to work correctly at this dent.
2 - GearGrip Display transport bags are available at the online shop of 3Dsupply for example.