DETROIT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At its 2012 Transportation Summit this week – an event showcasing the
newest technology solutions designed to address industry challenges such
as alternative energy, weight reduction, safety, sustainability,
passenger comfort, personalization and quality – 3M
displayed its Uniform Lighting Lens (ULL) technology to its OEM
transportation customers and their suppliers.
The ULL innovation, which allows for new design and performance
possibilities for LED illuminated tail lights, is a unique light
management solution utilizing a precision engineered, micro-patterned
polycarbonate that provides even illumination when used as an inner lens
in LED tail lamp designs.
The ULL technology can currently be seen on its first commercial vehicle
application, the 2013 Buick Enclave.
“Our Uniform Lighting Lens technology is a solution to several
challenges our customers face,” said Jeff Boettcher, new business
development manager, 3M Automotive. “It can be used not only to create
new, modern lighting designs, but also allows for manufacturers to
create signature images to generate brand differentiation.”
When ULL is used in an application, the hollow light mixing cavity
design enables the creation of lightweight, unique designs with a thin
profile and uniform appearance. This improved uniformity may also enable
LED reductions. ULL’s thermoformable, automotive grade polycarbonate
also provides proven durability while allowing custom shapes to be
3M captures the spark of new ideas and
transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of
creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful
technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that
never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 84,000
people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more
information, visit www.3M.com
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