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OMS increases R & D facilities

27 February 2014 17.30 GMT

(Slovakia) - 3,600 square metre Lighting Innovation Center (LIC) with over 120 R&D engineers and global specialists to be foundation for OMS’ lighting technology and product innovations.

“Innovation is at the heart of OMS’ culture - from the ingenuity of our R&D team to the pioneering initiatives of the marketing department, it’s the driving force behind everything we create,” said Vladimir Levarsky, CEO. “Our patented LED solutions and achievements in the area of optics; notably nanostructures, have not only set OMS apart as a market leader but have established industry standards in LED.”

Founded in 2009 with a mandate to lead innovation in global lighting, the Lighting Innovation Center has since grown to encompass 8 departments, four of which are focused on R&D: Optic Design, Thermal Design, Electronic Solutions and Mechanical Engineering. Each department functions separately and as a whole, positioning the LIC as one of the best R&D laboratories dedicated to the advancement of lighting solutions in Europe.

Optic Design: Focused on achieving the best light quality through the application of new materials and technologies, the Optic department constantly strives to find the ideal balance between performance and visual comfort, in accordance with international standards. The team’s highest priority is the optimization of optical systems according to their specific applications, often resulting in the development of internal software tools to achieve customer requirements. For example, its proprietary software configurator for street lighting delivers unlimited possibilities to find a solution for virtually any customer demand. Overall, the team can define the optimal light intensity distribution curve for most applications and based on their findings, optimize the ideal optical system.

Thermal Design: As the industry trends towards smaller, faster and higher-powered devices, thermal management is critical. OMS’ Thermal department is dedicated to solving the design challenges of increasing power while reducing heat output. Its advancements in thermal management not only result in innovative design but improved performance and reliability: temperature cycling, power cycling, steady state operating life, high / low temperature storage life, thermal simulation, fluid flow, building heating & ventilation, force prediction, thermography, and glow wire testing.

Electronic Solutions: The rapid transition of an idea into a game-changing, market-ready electronic solution is a key advantage that empowers the Electronic Solutions team to consistently stay ahead of the competition. Their comprehensive range of electronic design solutions include, but are not limited to:

CPS: The Central Power Source (CPS) centralises AC to DC power conversion and supply to lighting fixtures. Fully integrable into existing DALI installations, the two-way communication is facilitated between the central unit and connected luminaires along the power lines. This means that it can be used in cases where retailers wish to update an installation without the need to update its wiring or infrastructure. Brightness control is performed directly at the central unit or using an optionally incorporated DALI or 1–10 V interface. CPS is ideal for use where stores require accent or dynamic lighting. By centralising the power conversion it removes the need for individual LED drivers in each luminaire, making the wiring and infrastructure much simpler and lighter weight than in a standard installation, reducing costs and increasing reliability and efficiency. Additionally, the two-way communication means the system can react to faults and failures to protect the installation from damage. Other versions of the CPS are currently under development that have further control options and improved communication speeds that enable the use of images and videos.

Deebridge: Deebridge is a simple yet highly functional solution perfect for use in stores with a focus on unique and dramatic design and lighting. It comprises an Ethernet to DALI bridge device and user-friendly PC- or smart device-based application that enables the control of your DALI installation via an Ethernet network. What this means in practice is that retailers and employees can control the DALI installation from a laptop, tablet or smartphone in real-time. It is incredibly simple to use and reduces the effort and complication associated with the control of lighting systems with a variety of functions. The software enables brightness, TunableWhite and RGB control of the lighting, depending on the type of installation. It is also possible to define and run lighting scenes and timers.

Daywatch: Daywatch is a fully customised computer-based autonomous control interface that allows for the switching and dimming of luminaires according to lighting scenes, calendars, timers and sensor input. Ideal for use in areas where large numbers of luminaires need to be controlled according to a pre-define routine. Great for use in larger stores, supermarkets, wholesalers and shopping malls. The software automatically changes the lighting parameters according to defined purposes, for example, for cleaning and maintenance, for night illumination or standard operation. The use of such a tool makes the control of extensive and complex systems simple and removes the risks and energy losses associated with the manual control of such installations. It also allows for real-time system monitoring including information about the energy consumption of each part of the system or as a whole.

 OMS TunableWhite : TunableWhite, but better. OMS TunableWhite (TW) luminaires are powered and controlled differently to other TW luminaires, making them simpler and more reliable and efficient. Available in a manually controlled and DALI controlled version, both of which can be equipped with IR and RF remote control capabilities. Manual control is implemented using two push buttons directly on the luminaire. DALI control is done via a standard DALI interface and also allows for dimming if the luminaire is assigned one address for colour temperature control and one for brightness control. TW is perfect for use in any kind of store as different light colour temperatures suit different products and create different atmospheres. For example, in a supermarket baked items look best under warm light whilst frozen goods look best under cool light, or in a fashion store leather jackets look great under warm light but winter jackets look ready to face the elements under cool light. TW enables the rapid and effective change of light colour temperature precisely according to need without changing a single luminaire, saving changes in wiring, infrastructure and the positioning and aiming of new luminaires.

“OMS’ Lighting Innovation Center is making a significant contribution to lighting design and technology across Europe on a daily basis thanks to a forward-thinking R&D team, state-of-the-art facilities and research support from EU programs,” said Manfred Raffler, COO, OMS. “We take our leadership role in LED very seriously, translating customer needs into trendsetting lighting solutions that have a positive impact on the industry and environment.”


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