Reactive Solutions: "Yesterday, or ideally last week!" – Case Study 2
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In the first week of March earlier this year, my phone rang and it was Alexandre Boullot, Managing Director of Odeli - On DEmand LIghting (French LED specialist responsible for designing bespoke lighting solutions).
A young and energetic company, Odeli have 3 bywords for success: Quality, Innovation and Reactivity. The reason for their call? They had just won an urgent contract, and needed an immediate solution – yesterday, if possible.
Odeli needed to encapsulate an LED system with resin and immediately thought of Electrolube with our extensive range of solutions for the LED market including conformal coatings, encapsulation resins and thermal management products. Our mantra of 'the solutions people' was about to be put to the test and with my customer... no pressure there!
My first priority is always to understand the individual customer needs and work out a specification list taking into consideration all aspects of the environment, application process and product characteristics.
Odeli required a resin with 3 key characteristics:
Absolutely the primary issue; the nature of the environment (outdoor stadium) meant that the potted LED systems needed to protect to the electronic device from the weather and also dust and sand particles etc.
The light dispersion factor is also critical for the end use. An amazing quality of light dispersion is achievable by use of a hazy resin solution. The light can pass through, but is also dispersed rather than emitting a harsh beam.
Last, but not least, aesthetics. Gone are the days when a potting compound could be merely functional. The exponential growth and drive in the LED market requires aesthetic solutions combining function with design. Fortunately we had already spotted this trend and could offer a drop-in solution.
Electrolube’s UR5635 was the perfect solution for this project and combined to satisfy the 3 main objectives.
The final hurdle however, still remains; the solution has to be tested, approved, manufactured and delivered within 4 weeks!
Mr Boullot is very aware that this is an almost impossible timescale, especially with a qualification process in the middle, but the contract had to be delivered on time. The application was actually for the main stadium of the European Games taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 12-28 June 2015: 6,000 athletes from 50 countries competing in 20 sports. On hearing this, we literally picked up the challenge and ran with it! Protection of LED’s, an International event, short time scale – it had our name all over it.
Electrolube UR5634 clear and 5635 hazy resins
We started the ball rolling with samples of the resin being sent the very next day followed by an ambitious plan of action. Odeli worked on testing the resin, insuring all criteria was being met whilst Electrolube’s team worked with a three week delivery target, poised to spring into action as soon as approval received.
As soon as we received the nod from Odeli, all was in place for a successful project, and we actually managed to deliver earlier than required! The reactivity and flexibility of Electrolube’s process is one of our strengths, and sets us apart from our competitors. With our international distribution, and global manufacturing sites, we are perfectly set up to solve solutions, even on such a short time frame.
The success of this project is due to a great capacity of adaptation from Electrolube and fast turnaround from both companies. Odeli have found a reliable and reactive partner, and they are now looking into the rest of the LED range to qualify more of our solutions.