POL has developed a number of display illumination solutions for major mobile telecoms and automotive manufacturers. Our design approach, using light scattering pattern techniques, have enabled us to provide high efficiency display illuminations with very compact space envelopes, which use the minimum of light sources and electrical power consumption.
The light scattering patterns developed by POL are laser etched on to the surface of the mould tool to provide a robust, repeatable and very cost effective means of optimising the display illumination. Alternatively, for large format displays, we have developed a novel adhesive film to give the light scattering function.
Our software portfolio includes a number of routines to generate non-uniform light scatter patterns that enable the light to be evenly distributed across the back-light viewing area. We also have our own laser equipment to cut customer back-light prototypes and soft tool inserts.
Typical applications for our back-lighting optics are LCD displays, door entry signs, advertising hoardings and ceiling lights. We have supplied back-lighting for tiny applications such as mobile phone displays, and for large format illumination such as bus shelter advertising panels. Our 3D ray-tracing software can be used to analyse the display systems and to optimise the design for maximum efficiency.
POL supply the back-light for the Nissan Juke trip computer. Our design reduces stray light to provide a sharp and bright display.
An important consideration for back-lighting is the efficiency of the light-input system. POL’s ray-tracing software can be used to analyse the efficiency of the design and optimise the performance.
Prototype back-light cut from sheet material using POL’s in-house laser equipment
Analysis of display performance using POL’s 3D photometric ray-tracing software.
POL has developed a number of display illumination solutions for major mobile telecoms and automotive manufacturers. Our design approach and light scattering pattern techniques have enabled us to provide high efficiency display illuminations, with very compact space envelopes, and using the minimum of light sources and electrical power consumption.
The light scattering patterns developed by POL are laser etched on to the surface of the mould tool to provide a robust, repeatable and very cost effective means of optimising the display illumination.
POL has now scaled their display illumination technology from areas of a around 10 square centimetres up to 10’s of square metres for large area signage applications.
The patented technique allow large
By using POL’s thin backlighting technology developed for the mobile phone industry, the total depth of the large area signage system can be as small as 10mm and can be produced for RGB colour change.
The display illumination methods developed by POL, typically for LCD backlighting, have also been applied to the keypad illumination of mobile telecoms products and other similar applications.
Keypad lightguides of down to 0.5mm thickness are designed to give efficient light handling and even illumination intensity over the key pad area. Optical features are incorporated to manage the correct transport of the light through the keypad lightguide plane, then laser etched scattering patterns are applied to the mould tool surface to finally optimise the evenness of the keypad illumination.
This provides a very efficient, compact and cost effective solution with excellent illumination evenness.
The latest computer optical design and ray trace programs with optomechanical innovation are used to take full advantage of plastics materials. Complex optical surfaces combined with integral low cost assembly features.
SLA (Stereolithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), Clear SLA, SLA to Vacuum Casting, Direct Machining and Tooling options.
Proven optical quality toolmakers are chosen and assisted by mould flow analysis to optimize the tool. Our specialist toolmakers are skilled in optical surface generation and polishing.
Our moulders are trained in the art of optical moulding. Mould flow process analysis and thorough F.M.E.A. is controlled by the Project Manager to ensure quality and quantity.
Our integrated approach to design enables optical components to become part of the total solution, including how they interface with the other non-optical components.
Plastics optical components can be coated in poly-siloxane and acrylate based resin blends to impart more robust properties.
Polymer Optics Limited
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Polymer Optics “Modular LED Optics”® design, based on a patented hexagonal format, allows maximum packing density and assembly flexibility for a wide range of applications.
We have also developed specialist optics for the latest range of high power UV LEDs emerging onto the market. These are made from high quality optical silicone to give excellent UV transmission with no long term degradation. See POL’s Silicone Optics page for further details.
We design and supply a comprehensive range of high quality, standard products for use with most world-leading LED devices
Hybrid Reflector design uses a central lens to collect and collimate the on-axis light from the LED.
Our expertise in efficient light control in Lightguide assemblies, enables a lower number of LEDs to achieve the maximum performance.
Free-Form optics are a relatively recent development which offer a step change in the way wide areas are illuminated by LEDs.
Our "engineering with light" approach allows us to provide product solutions for all applications across the whole spectrum from Visible to Infrared.
Developed tooling techniques enable us to produce precision optical surfaces with optical apertures of less than 1mm in diameter, required for miniature camera lens applications.
Our design approach, using light scattering pattern techniques, have enabled us to provide high efficiency display illuminations with very compact space envelopes, which use the minimum of light sources and electrical power consumption.
Our experience in designing and developing ophthalmic products, enables us to provide precision, impact resistant, eye protection optics for applications such as: fire protection, motor cycle visors, industrial PPE and military systems.
Polymer Optics have designed and manufactured a range of optics for street lighting, to meet both the ME and S class regimes of EN13201-2 in Europe and the requirements of IESNA RP-8-00 in the USA.
Emergency Lighting and Visual Alarm Devices are applications where light from an LED has to be efficiently distributed over a wide area. POL’s free form optics technology is particularly suited for applications which require wide area illumination.
POL can now provide advanced optical product design and rapid manufacture in the latest silicone resins to gain design and cost advantages in our customers’ applications.
Our patented prismatic colour mixing optic was introduced to enable good colour mixing, for narrow beam angle systems, using three discrete LED sources.
Brand named “GloWorm®”, the novel lightguide technology enables the light projected from a simple lightguide to be redirected and shaped