Audi Q2 interior lighting that the driver can select to reflect the currently-preferred ambience
Audi has been one of the most innovative and successful brands in the premium automobile and sports car segment for many years. The latest vehicle to come out of Ingolstadt is the Audi Q2, the new compact SUV. Its sophisticated RGB coloured lighting solution from MENTOR creates perfect ambient lighting which the driver can set to reflect their current “mood”. Intelligent RGB LED modules, complete with an integrated microcontroller, provide dynamically-mixed, LED-coloured light to create attractive, completely-homogenous feature lighting. The RGB light sources are perfectly synchronised to create a very consistent user-selected colour. Key features include automatic colour-calibration for a homogenous effect as well as the fact that when unlit, the surface gives no indication of its potential to be illuminated. Off-status = undetectable! Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Grohe Blue Home: Illuminated control knob for an intelligent water system, displaying the water output - chilled, sparkling, still etc
Modern products are becoming increasingly multi-functional, incorporating ever-growing intelligence. A good example is the innovative Blue Home intelligent water supply system from Grohe, one of the leading manufacturers of high quality bath and kitchen fittings. The Grohe Blue Home is an intelligent system that transforms simple water into filtered, chilled, still, medium or sparkling water. It is nevertheless simple and intuitive to use. MENTOR has developed (and manufactured in its entirety) a fully-custom illuminated solution which combines an attractive lighting effect for the ergonomic control knob with a functional colour-code to signal the selected type of water – blue for cool, green for sparkling etc. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
MENTOR’s achievement in delivering totally homogenous light around 360° of varying radii, using just two LED light sources is truly impressive
Vorwerk produces high-quality products such as the Kobold vacuum cleaner and the smart kitchen appliance Thermomix®. The newest feature of the TM5, the state-of-the-art version of the Thermomix, is the Cook-Key, which uses WiFi to connect with the Cookidoo online recipe portal. The intelligent food mixer allows users to weigh, chop, blend, mix, grind, grate, cook, steam, whisk and knead, all within one compact machine. Vorwerk insists on using components of the highest quality, and it relied on MENTOR’s expertise for the development and manufacture of the integrated light guide system. Using just two LEDs, a perfectly homogeneous, green circumferential light ring confirms the current operational status to the user - for example the successful download of their chosen recipes. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Temperature regulator indicators using miniature, flat light guides
Dixell, part of the US Emerson Climate Technologies Group, is a world-leading Italian manufacturer of temperature regulators. For the XWeb-Modul T620T-100W0 regulator product, a very flat, customised light guide was developed by MENTOR to act as a backlit status indicator. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Functional and attractive accent lighting for beverage dispensers
Kärcher, market leader in pressure cleaners, has expanded its product range to include beverage systems. The Kärcher WPD 100, 200 and 600 water dispensers incorporate a custom lighting solution developed by MENTOR - two LEDs to provide a visual hot water indication combined with attractive "accent" lighting. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Accent lighting for hot drink vending machines
Crane Merchandising Systems has manufactured high-quality and technologically-advanced drink, snack and confectionery dispensers for over 80 years. Crane's Autobar (Pelican Rouge) range incorporates MENTOR M-Tube flexible light guides, producing subtle lighting effects which complement the modern design of the drink dispenser. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Front and rear lights on a state-of-the-art concept bike
BASF, in partnership with the design studio DING3000, has developed a state-of-the-art concept bike, inspired by design trends from 1865 (the year in which BASF was founded). The bike is made from cutting-edge BASF plastics and the front and rear lights were developed by MENTOR, demonstrating the advantages of flexible light guides. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Miniature light guides for under-sink water heaters
Clage is a manufacturer of instantaneous water heaters and its MCX range of small water heaters incorporates specially-developed MENTOR light guides. The light guides have a special reflective coating, just one millimetre thick, allowing the illuminated status display to be clearly visible, even in the confined spaces found under kitchen sinks. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Attractive and functional lighting for sanitary products
Light can be used as a design element, combining "ambience" with function. The innovative WC module Monolith Plus from Geberit demonstrates how light can be both functional mood-creating. The award-winning WC design features an elegant base unit made of glass and brushed aluminium, available in two heights, compatible with Geberit Monolith washbasins. It offers simple, quick installation with minimal disruption. MENTOR's solution incorporates a reflective coating which provides very even, homogeneous light. A "pulsing" effect provides a visual indication of the fan function. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Light guides incorporating 200,000 micro-prisms
The Busch-MasterLight® is an innovative light developed for entrance doors, offering cutting-edge design, combined with practical functionality and very even, high-quality light. MENTOR ‘s low-profile, custom light guides incorporate 200,000 computer-configured micro-prisms, providing perfectly homogeneous and highly-directional light distribution. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Reflective and refractive wall light optics
Busch-Jaeger has 130 years' experience in the design and manufacture of electrical products. A MENTOR custom solution was required for the Ambiente and Orientierung wall light systems, which feature Busch-iceLight® modules, designed by Hadi Teherani. The MENTOR solution uses a modular system incorporating reflective and refractive optics. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Light guide solutions for a concept refrigerator
BASF selected the innovative MENTOR Illuminant M–Tube flex to incorporate into its Coolpure 1.0 concept fridge. The highly-flexible M-Tube material offers a wide range of illumination options and can be cut to suit any application requirement. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Indicator lights for coin-operated products
Standardwerk Eugen Reis GmbH designs and manufactures coin-operated slot machines and many other types of coin-related equipment. MENTOR worked closely with Reis to design, develop and manufacture the light panels for the PMMA range. Download the MENTOR Custom Product Lighting catalogue (PDF)
Square light for the Sirius ET200 motor starter from Siemens
Siemens is one of the world's leading providers of modern PLC control systems for a very wide variety of applications. A current example is the new Sirius ET200 motor starter, which provides high functionality within very compact dimensions. Siemens used a customised version of the miniaturised square Light Guide 1296 from MENTOR. It suits the straightforward design of the control system perfectly and demonstrates that illuminated status displays don’t always have to be round. Customisation of standard products, such as adjusting the length of a Light Guide, are among MENTOR's strengths and in many cases the customisation can be implemented with zero or low tooling costs.
Data connection, transmission and performance indicator lights for Kromek's networked radiation detector
Kromek is an Anglo-American radiation detection solutions Group that provides digital colour x-ray/ gamma ray detection and imaging systems, enabling direct materials identification in the security screening, civil nuclear and medical imaging markets. Multitron worked closely with Kromek to specify an especially manufactured customised dimension of MENTOR Light guide 1293.1400 that provides clearly-defined status indication for its Discreet Dual Detector (D3S), an agile, cloud augmented network combining fixed and portable sensors, providing significant defensive capability against the threat of nuclear terrorism for the US government.
Rugged optoelectronic status displays for crane control
HBC-Radiomatic is a leading manufacturer of electronic controls for cranes and handling equipment. HBC selected optoelectronic components from MENTOR's standard ranges for the Spectrum 1 and Spectrum 2 radio-controlled products. The MENTOR opto components indicate power and battery status using a powerful, clearly-visible light source.
Light guides for fibre converter products
x.net 2000 has over 20 years of experience in network and data communications, developing solutions for voice and data transmission. The x.net 2000 UPO ISDN-over-fibre converter incorporates MENTOR's light guide 1296er series. The light guides offer a high-quality light source, providing a very clear network status indication.
Custom-manufactured light guides for digital systems
ASTRO specialises in solutions for digital systems and full-service network solutions. ASTRO incorporated MENTOR custom-manufactured light guides into their product ranges. The MENTOR light guides shown here are manufactured to custom dimensions and are IP68 certified, providing a waterproofing capability of up to one meter depth.
Waterproof light guides for servo controllers
Moog GmbH is a manufacturer of high-quality servo controllers and with this high-quality in mind, Moog chose MENTOR's IP 68-rated 1282 light guides. The servo controllers do not really need to be waterproof, but MENTOR's light guides provide the required quality assurance. The image shows a unit that has been in use underwater for over a year.
Bright, even and easy-to-read illumination for dashboard control panels
Inomatic GmbH specialises in PCB-based control systems for automotive, automation and industrial markets. Inomatic specified standard MENTOR Illuminated Switch Caps for their range of ambulance control panels to provide clear, perfectly even illumination, particularly important when working in high-stress, emergency situations.
Pushbutton switch caps with individual identification symbols
Inperio Systems GmbH designs and manufactures a telematics product which incorporates six MENTOR 2271 series pushbutton switch caps. The caps feature individual identification labels, featuring graphic symbols relating to the function of each button.
Rugged aluminium case handles
KKC is a manufacturer of robust cases for use in professional markets, offering a high-quality, rugged construction. With this high level of quality in mind, KKC selected handles from MENTOR's standard ranges of folding and fixed aluminium handles.
Custom buttons for audio equipment applications
Sennheiser, a worldwide manufacturer of high-quality audio products, incorporated custom buttons from MENTOR in their EM 9046 range of multichannel-receiver equipment. The buttons were black-lacquered and featured lasered symbols to indicate clearly the various audio functions of the receiver.
High-quality rotating buttons for audio receivers
The Sennheiser EM 3732 COM-II multichannel receiver is a high-end audio product which required high-quality rotating control buttons. Sennheiser selected knobs from MENTOR's top-of-the-range product series, providing the user with a positive, tactile feel and clear illumination.
Aluminum rotating knobs for audio systems
Funk Tonstudiotechnik designs and manufactures analogue and digital audio equipment for professional studio use. High-precision controls were required for the AMX-V pre-amplifier, and Funk selected aluminium rotating knobs from MENTOR's standard ranges. MENTOR's use of high-quality materials combined with a classic design ensures a visually pleasing, ergonomic and tactile end-user experience.
Precision analogue voltage control
Iseg Spezialelektronik GmbH specialises in the design and manufacture of high-voltage generators for industrial and research markets. For the NHQ Ein-/Zweikanal HV-Modul products, Iseg chose analogue rotating knobs from MENTOR's standard product ranges. The knob incorporates a precision potentiometer to accurately select the chosen voltage.
Aluminium knob for an electronic guitar sound pedal
Crushsound's "Farmer's Mill" is a guitar-effect sound pedal which they claim "can make you sound like Jimi Hendrix!" The sound pedal has been developed in conjunction with the designers of Le 2 Workshop and to ensure that the end-product's looks matched the sound quality, they specified stylish aluminium knobs from MENTOR's standard knob range. Checkout the effects it can achieve HERE
Plastic adjustment knobs for microphone pre-processor modules
EXOR Modushop designs and customises electronic enclosures for many different product applications. To complement the elegant design of the HAM microphone pre-processor modules, Exor selected MENTOR's standard plastic knobs, which feature integrated pointer dials.
Plastic knob systems for air conditioning equipment
REMKO GmbH & Co KG designs and manufactures air conditioning equipment. The temperature adjustment knob was selected from one of MENTOR's standard knob systems. It has a collet fixing and the cap is custom-made by MENTOR to REMKO's specific requirements.