Multitron has announced the availability of a new range of MENTOR miniature light-guides with radiating surfaces of 2mm diameter and a grid dimension of 2.54mm. Compared with conventional 5.08mm grid light-guides, these new miniaturised versions allow twice the number of display elements within the same physical width. This offers design engineers a whole new range of possibilities, particularly when space is restricted.

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These new miniature light-guide modules are available in 150 standard variants including both horizontal and vertical radiating types, and single or multi-row modules. A number of different lengths are available as standard and special lengths can be provided at low MOQs due to clever tool inserts. Some versions are panel-mounted thus avoiding the need to drill holes in the PCB. Diffused and clear light-guide options are offered and customised, coloured modules are also available; these show the LED display colour when the LED is switched off.

Despite their small radiating surface diameter of 2mm, with a relatively close side-by-side design, the miniature light-guides have been specially developed to prevent glare affecting neighbouring guide elements. This has been achieved by an in-house product creation process which starts with virtual development, and continues via simulation and prototype manufacture, all the way through to the final production stage.

This new range of light-guides extends MENTOR’S multi-category portfolio by adding over 150 new miniature light-guides. In total, MENTOR offers 452 variations of standard light guides, 209 of which are immediately available from stock with low MOQs. Other product categories in which MENTOR excel include diverse opto components, capacitive keypads, knobs, handles and illuminated switching.

As well as standard products, MENTOR has highly advanced and innovative competencies in the design and in-house manufacture of custom light guides and optics for a wide variety of applications. They are first-tier suppliers to many major automotive and lighting companies.

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Background information

Multitron is the sole UK & ROI agent for MENTOR GmbH, a world leader in the manufacture of opto and electronic components. Multitron is a new UK company formed with active support from MENTOR.

Multitron’s sole objective is to promote the MENTOR brand in the UK & ROI, enhancing service levels for MENTOR’s customers. In particular, Multitron wishes to reach out to Design Engineers at the inception of new projects and to assist them with design solutions.

On 1 July 2012, MENTOR’s agreement with its previous UK distributor terminated and Multitron was appointed MENTOR’s sole agent for the UK & ROI.

MENTOR’s Joint Managing Director Mr Wido Weyer comments: “The UK market is proving to be an increasingly important one for MENTOR and these new arrangements are proving great for our UK customers. They now have a local company dedicated to MENTOR and able to advise on the use of our broad range of standard components, as well being able to draw on the expertise of MENTOR’s R&D engineers to help overcome technically-difficult design challenges.”

As an internationally-successful corporate group, MENTOR has been setting standards in the technical development and implementation of mechanical, electronic and optoelectronic components for decades.

Since it was founded in 1920, the company has expanded continuously: with its head office in Dusseldorf, the MENTOR Group has subsidiaries in Germany, Tunisia, France, Poland, and China.

The know-how of more than 90 years company history together with innovative manufacturing technologies and diverse simulation and testing systems ensure the high quality of MENTOR’s products: development, simulation, validation and production.

Multitron contact information

Duncan Grove, Managing Director
Multitron Ltd
46 Crooked Billet
Wimbledon Common
SW19 4RQ
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 203 475 2610

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