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09.04.2013, Hamburg/Mainz (Germany)

Colorful and homogeneous: SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik to introduce HelioJet (TCS) with color stabilization

Innovative sensor technology in the cabin lighting system delivers lasting uniform color shades
The joint development HelioJet (TCS) from SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik will now be available in color for the first time ever. A newly developed innovative sensor technology ensures that all of the colors are emitted in a stabilized manner by controlling
The joint development HelioJet (TCS) from SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik will now be available in color for the first time ever. A newly developed innovative sensor technology ensures that all of the colors are emitted in a stabilized manner by controlling
Hamburg/Mainz (Germany), April 9, 2013 – The cabin lighting solution HelioJet, the first joint development involving SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik, is taking on a new dimension. For the first time ever, this lighting solution will be offered in color as HelioJet TCS (True Color Stabilisation). A newly developed, innovative sensor technology ensures that the colors are always emitted in a stabilized manner by controlling all of the LEDs.

HelioJet (TCS) is based on an optical light converter at the ends of which four LEDs each in the colors red, green, blue and white (RGBW) generate light. Unlike conventional LED strips, this technology allows for the individual LEDs in the lighting system to be controlled and regulated. This, in turn, eliminates the main weakness of LEDs, namely the instable way in which they render colors. The individual LEDs in RGBW generate the primary colors that are later mixed into an even color shade inside the light converter. Any desired color shade can be produced and maintained at a consistent defined color level throughout all of the HelioJet (TCS) units. Color gradients and scenarios are also possible.

The unique aspect of this new technology is its innovative sensor technology. It ensures that every LED installed in the system is perfectly in tune and produces the desired color temperature extremely accurately, both inside a HelioJet (TCS) unit and with all of the light units inside the cabin. In this case, the light is subjected to online control to make sure it retains the desired setpoint value. This play with colors can be controlled using the cabin management system “nicemood” from Lufthansa Technik, for instance. “We are confident that our product development work, including testing of HelioJet (TCS), will be completed by the end of 2013,” both Dr. Armin Plichta, Director of Transportation for SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging, and Andrew Muirhead, Director of Innovation at Lufthansa Technik AG, confirm. The two firms jointly develop cabin lighting solutions for commercial airlines. The goal of their collaboration is to create lighting solutions for high-quality lighting scenarios in aircraft.

All those interested in HelioJet (TCS) are invited to examine the first prototypes at the SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik booths at this year's Aircraft Interiors Expo. The partners SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging and Lufthansa Technik will be exhibiting in Hamburg from April 9 - 11 (booths 6B69 and 6B68).

SCHOTT Lighting and Imaging, a Business Unit of the international technology group SCHOTT AG, has been active in the area of cabin lighting since the early 1990s. Today, its product portfolio includes basic illumination, ambient scenario and seat lighting solutions. Particularly its technological expertise in the field of optical fibers in combination with LED-based light sources gives SCHOTT a competitive edge in this area. Furthermore, SCHOTT is the market leader when it comes to LED-based reading lights that not only meet technical requirements, but also more design-related expectations.

SCHOTT is an international technology group with more than 125 years of experience in the areas of specialty glasses and materials and advanced technologies. SCHOTT ranks number one in the world with many of its products. Its core markets are the household appliance, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, solar power, transportation and architecture industries. The company is strongly committed to contributing to its customers’ success and making SCHOTT an important part of people’s lives with its high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is committed to managing its business in a sustainable manner and supporting its employees, society and the environment. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales units in 35 different countries. Its workforce of around 16,000 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately 2 billion euros for the 2011/2012 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG, with its headquarters in Mainz, Germany, is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

The Lufthansa Technik Group, with its more than 30 subsidiaries and over 26,000 employees all over the world, is one of the leading manufacturer-independent providers of services for the aviation industry. Lufthansa Technik’s portfolio encompasses the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft in the areas of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, as well as engines and components.

Photo ID 43383: Ambient lighting in aircraft cabins. A pleasant environment is created inside passenger cabins with the help of cleverly used ambient lighting. SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik offer innovative solutions for this exact purpose. Photo: SCHOTT

Photo ID 197751: The joint development HelioJet (TCS) from SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik will now be available in color for the first time ever. A newly developed innovative sensor technology ensures that all of the colors are emitted in a stabilized manner by controlling all of the LEDs. Photo: SCHOTT

Photo ID 199578: The joint development HelioJet (TCS) from SCHOTT and Lufthansa Technik will now be available in color for the first time ever. A newly developed innovative sensor technology ensures that all of the colors are emitted in a stabilized manner by controlling all of the LEDs. Photo: SCHOTT

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Media contact:

Lufthansa Technik AG
Corporate Communications
Bernd Habbel
Weg beim Jäger 193, 22335 Hamburg, Germany
Phone +49 (0)40 / 5070-3667
Fax +49 (0)40 / 5070-8534
e-mail: innovation@lht.dlh.de
Internet: www.lufthansa-technik.com/nicemood
Internet: www.nice-system.com/nicemood


Business contact:

SCHOTT AG
Andreas Uthmann
Marketing Lighting and Imaging
Hattenbergstraße 10, 55122 Mainz, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)6131 / 66-7815
Fax: +49 (0)6131 / 66-7846
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Internet: www.schott.com/aviation
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SCHOTT AG
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Further information
SCHOTT AG
Klaus Bernhard Hofmann
Vice President Corporate Public Relatio
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55122 Mainz
Germany
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Fax: +49 3641/2888-9140
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