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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LUXeXceL for Its Pioneering Manufacturing Technology for Advanced Optics in LED Lighting

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LUXeXceL for Its Pioneering Manufacturing Technology for Advanced Optics in LED Lighting PR Newswire LONDON, Sept. 18, 2012 - Its Printoptical technology has the potential to become a standard in the near future LONDON, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent research on the advanced optics market for LED lighting, Frost & Sullivan presents LUXeXceL Group B.V (LUXeXceL) with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award for its Printoptical Technology. LUXeXceL's pioneering manufacturing process addresses the key challenges to large scale adoption of LEDs in general lighting. Currently, the majority of the LED chips are designed to deliver maximum light output and changing LED chips usually means changing secondary optics designs as well. Changing designs means stock is wasted, leading to huge losses. Further, injection moulding, which is the conventional technology employed for manufacturing LED optics is a time-consuming and expensive process. This delays the development and introduction of new LED lighting devices. "Although LED for lighting applications is quite promising, the lengthy and expensive manufacturing processes and lack of industry standard have been the major challenges faced by system integrators in developing secondary optics needed for most LED lighting fixtures or luminaires," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shyam Krishnan.
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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes LUXeXceL for Its Pioneering Manufacturing Technology for Advanced Optics in LED Lighting
PR Newswire LONDON, Sept. 18, 2012
- Its Printoptical technology has the potential to become a standard in the near future LONDON,Sept. 18, 2012/PRNewswire/ --Based on its recent research on the advanced optics market for LED lighting, Frost & Sullivan presents LUXeXceL Group B.V (LUXeXceL) with the 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award for its Printoptical Technology. LUXeXceL's pioneering manufacturing process addresses the key challenges to large scale adoption of LEDs in general lighting. Currently, the majority of the LED chips are designed to deliver maximum light output and changing LED chips usually means changing secondary optics designs as well. Changing designs means stock is wasted, leading to huge losses. Further, injection moulding, which is the conventional technology employed for manufacturing LED optics is a time-consuming and expensive process. This delays the development and introduction of new LED lighting devices. "Although LED for lighting applications is quite promising, the lengthy and expensive manufacturing processes and lack of industry standard have been the major challenges faced by system integrators in developing secondary optics needed for most LED lighting fixtures or luminaires," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Shyam Krishnan. "LUXeXceL's innovative Printoptical technology prints optics directly from CAD files, reducing the manufacturing time and making the process simpler and less expensive by eliminating the need for expensive tools, moulds or dies." LUXeXceL allows customers to provide CAD files of the designs, which are directly printed in optics using a proprietary form of 3D printing. This removes the need for moulds, intermediate steps, and post-processing. Further, the Printoptical manufacturing process can print one optic or 10,000 – the customer only needs to order what they need. The reduction in the time taken to manufacture the optics, minimizes time-to-market and helps the manufacturer to better cater to customer demands. Therefore, LUXeXceL's technology provides the system integrator the flexibility to manufacture the desired volume, preventing wastage of the manufactured product. The system integrator also has the advantage of changing the LED chip manufacturer, depending upon the market trends, as there is no need for stocking optics. In addition, variations of an optic design for an existing fixture can easily, quickly and economically be made to serve custom lighting opportunities. Further, the smoothness achievable in mould-making through subtractive machining is inherently afflicted by tool marks and abrasions and can never match the perfect smoothness formed by surface tension using the Printoptical process. The lack of flexibility in designing variety of textures and colours is