MENTOR components from Multitron
Innovative new design of front panel light guides, rear-mounted to deliver optimum optical quality.

Conventional front-mounted light guides will by definition always have heads slightly larger than the panel’s hole, which results in not all of the head being directly illuminated by the LED.

The advantage of mounting from the rear of the panel is that all of the light guide head is directly illuminated and this produces a markedly superior lighting effect. Mechanical fixing is achieved via the radial compression of slightly over-sized rings moulded into the light guide body. The minimum recommended thickness of the front panel is 1.5mm.

Available with either spherical or rounded heads, as well as the standard stocked part numbers, custom dimensions and multiple arrays can also be provided. Following incredibly positive reaction to the launch of these products in March, look out for a major extension of the rear-mounted range that will be launched at Electronica 2014.

Another innovative cost-effective solution from MENTOR!

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Light guide-based 7-segment displays.

7-segment displays are nothing new but these innovative MENTOR ones are - they lack LEDs! Instead, the customer provides its own SMD LEDs (even RGB) and mounts them on the PCB using a cost-effective manufacturing process. The MENTOR light guide based 7-segment displays are push-fitted to the board at the end of production.

Another innovative cost-effective solution from MENTOR!

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Custom Opto Solutions.

MENTOR are world-leaders in the management of light emitted from today’s powerful LEDs. As 1st-tier suppliers to many prestigious auto brands they are at the top of their game and many other non-automotive OEMs also seek MENTOR’s expertise. From concept, design, tooling, manufacture and assembly, everything is performed in-house to ensure MENTOR's legendary efficiency.

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Busch-Jaeger use a custom solution from MENTOR for their new iceLight product.
Handles & Knobs.
Photos Duncan Grove FRPS

With so much current excitement surrounding MENTOR’s leading-edge opto solutions, it is sometimes all-too-easy to forget their near 100-year heritage and the fact that they remain one of the world’s largest manufacturers of equipment handles and turning knobs. MENTOR ships millions of ultra-high quality handles and knobs annually in their inimitable “boringly reliable” manner – delivered on time and no quality issues!

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Electronics Design Show, Coventry. 22-23 October 2014.

This is our favourite Exhibition – lots of Design Engineer visitors with whom to “chew the fat”! It is our opportunity to explain the many design solutions within our arsenal that are not always searchable via a Google.

Join us for a coffee and a chat at the Show. See many working examples of the standard and custom solutions we describe on our web site and gain invaluable advice and guidance about your own current design project from a Senior MENTOR Engineer who will be in attendance throughout the show. If pushed, we may also whisper to you about the Electronica launches referred to below but we will have to shoot you afterwards!

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Electronica 2014, Munich. 11-14 November 2014.

Throughout Electronica, Multitron will be in attendance on MENTOR’s very substantial and impressive Stand 255 in Hall B5. Allow us introduce you to the most relevant of MENTOR’s many talented electronic and opto engineers who can give you practical, non-biased advice on your own current design project.

Also, be amongst the first to learn about new MENTOR innovations, including the new and unique MENTOR custom light guide service that will be launched at Electronica 2014. We can’t reveal more, other than it will provide Design Engineers with levels of design flexibility at low MOQs and zero tooling costs that they could previously only ever have dreamed of! We believe that it will change for ever the way that light guides for low to medium volume products are specified. Visit the MENTOR stand to discover your dreams realised!

It is a pain to hang around at shows waiting for specific individuals to become available. To mirror MENTOR efficiency, if you have a project to discuss please e-mail to make an appointment! We realise that it will be difficult for you to adhere strictly to a time-table at such a large show but a window of about one hour will help us to ensure that you are not kept waiting.

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Mentor - Innovations for the future Mentor - Innovations for the future

Established in 1920, MENTOR GmbH is an extremely successful, self-funded and highly-invested company with legendary standards of efficiency. It has 500 employees and is German headquartered with additional substantial manufacturing facilities in Germany, Poland and Tunisia. Standard, stocked parts encompass handles, knobs, switches, sensors, opto and light guides. Around 50% of turnover comes from MENTOR innovatively fulfilling customer-specific requirements from design to finished component, all in-house and very cost-effectively.

Opto design and manufacture is a core and world-leading MENTOR competency and they are first-tier suppliers to many major auto companies. This experience has resulted in them developing unique skills; they are able to virtually design optics and take these to in-house production without the need for prototyping. Many non-automotive companies are now exploiting these capabilities.

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Multitron Ltd was established in January 2012 with substantial support from MENTOR. Its management has an 18-year trackrecord of assisting Design Engineers with MENTOR solutions.

Multitron is MENTOR's sole agent for the UK & ROI. Its three objectives are:-

  • Assist its region’s Design Engineers to successfully identify and exploit the many elegant design solutions that can be found within the broad range of MENTOR standard and semi-custom components.
  • Managing “Total Solution” projects that allow its region’s OEMs to benefit from MENTOR’s unique combination of opto and electronic design expertise, coupled with legendarily efficient in-house manufacturing competence.
  • The efficient management of MENTOR’s supply chain to major global catalogue-based distributors and CEMs.

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