Illumination Project Milestones: Understanding the Key Steps of the Process

Posted by on Mar 28, 2019

Design Light Guide Solutions that Meet Your Needs & Budget: A Step-by-Step Guide

Editor’s Note: Let’s talk about your next project at Display Week 2019! Stop by Booth #634 to share ideas with a GLT engineer. 

Whether you need to enhance an existing lighting application or build a new one from scratch, it’s important to work with an illumination partner that offers strong project management capabilities. While quality design and manufacturing expertise are equally important, good project management ensures you don’t face delays or budget increases that affect your bottom line.

Our team developed an efficient, six-step process to ensure your lighting solution is designed, tooled and delivered to meet your complex requirements.

Step 1: Illumination Discovery

Each project begins with a full review of your illumination objectives. The project engineer assesses a variety of requirements, including:

  • Project schedule and timing needs
  • Space constraints for assembly
  • Electrical limitations such as voltage, current and/or power limits
  • Optical requirements such as color, intensity and uniformity
  • Special components or restricted materials for the end product

Step 2: Light Guide Design

Based on your needs, the project engineer creates a custom light guide or improves upon an existing lighting solution. You have the opportunity to review and provide feedback to ensure the final design aligns with your goals.

At this stage, your engineer also explores and recommends ways to adjust the design and reduce components and costs without compromising the product’s end performance. Ultimately, you make the final decision.

Step 3: Prototyping

At your request, your project engineer can build prototype samples using in-house equipment at our engineering facility in Cleveland, Ohio. The prototype allows you to quantify and experience illumination performance before the design moves into final tooling and assembly.

Step 4: Product Tooling

Once design, pricing quotes and prototypes are approved, your project engineer moves into tooling production. Your tooling includes any components or subcomponents that support your design and performance requirements such as injection mold tooling, optical pattern designs, production fixturing and packaging.

Step 5: Sample Approval

With design and tooling complete, your engineer produces a sample end product for review and approval before moving into mass production and shipment.

Step 6: Manufacturing

Finally, your design moves into mass production in quantities of thousands to millions, depending on your goals. GLT has several ISO- and TS-certified facilities to meet our customers’ manufacturing and delivery needs.

Throughout the entire process, your project engineer communicates and collaborates with you frequently to ensure there are no unexpected surprises at the end of the project. You can trust our team to deliver not only a versatile illumination solution but an overall great customer experience.

Would you like to learn more about our custom light guide solutions or speak with a representative? Contact our lighting experts today.

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