OMC launches new Mouldshare™ series of moulded backlight series: new techniques enable greatly reduced setup costs, lower MOQs

OMC, the pioneer in optoelectronics design & manufacture, has launched a moulded backlight series. OMC’s new Mouldshare™ backlights are manufactured using innovative sliding-gate injection moulding techniques developed by the company which significantly reduce the usual set up costs and MOQs associated with producing a new backlight to a customer’s desired shape and size.

Put simply, the company’s Mouldshare manufacturing process allows many different designs (from one or many customers) to be incorporated into a single injection mould tool. This vastly reduces the setup cost associated with each individual design, and reduces minimum order quantities considerably.

In general, setup costs for standard moulded backlights are in the region of £5k to £10k depending on the design, and a typical MOQ would be around 20,000 units.  OMC’s Mouldshare series reduces typical setup costs to the £1k – £3.5k region, with MOQs as low as 500pcs.

From a market position perspective, the new series bridges the gap between the company’s Profiled backlight range – which are manufactured using custom-engineered CNC profiling machines, have little or no setup costs and MOQs as low as 5 pieces – and the company’s standard moulded backlight range.

As with OMC’s standard injection-moulded backlights, designs can benefit from simulated multi-source™ (SMS) emitting elements and integral dispersion lenses to enhance uniformity and PCBs can be incorporated into the design allowing simple 2-pin connection to the backlight and simplifying circuit design. Customers can also specify screw holes, mounting clips and other features to be moulded into their designs, reducing cost and enhancing versatility.

OMC’s Commercial Director, William Heath comments: “This new backlight series has proven very popular in our trials, as it is suitable for all standard backlight applications.  A recent example of a design we manufactured using this new technology was a high brightness, high uniformity white backlight with an integrated PCB, 2 pin connection, about 35mm x 45mm in size, used for an imaging application.  Our customer was delighted that we were able to introduce this with a setup NRE of under £1.5k and MOQ of 500 pieces. The extra features that this new moulding technology enables for specialist applications has opened up many possibilities for a wide range of sectors.”

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About OMC

Founded in the mid-1980s as The Fibre-Data Group, OMC is one of the longest-established specialist manufacturers of optoelectronics in Europe, headquartered in Cornwall, UK. Accredited to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 and winners of the UK National Electronic Component Award for Innovation, OMC is a pioneer in the development, manufacture and application of cutting-edge LED and fibre-optic technologies for a wide range of industries and companies worldwide, and places a major focus on research and development, engineering and innovation. OMC’s commitment to the highest standards of quality, performance and engineering support is recognised within the industry. OMC has four key manufacturing divisions: Fibre Optics; LED Backlights and Optical Mouldings; Discrete Optoelectronic Components; and Semiconductor (LED) Lighting.