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Makrofol® black panel films: bridging the gap from analog to digital speedometers

September 8, 2023

Latest company case about Makrofol® black panel films: bridging the gap from analog to digital speedometers

Makrofol® LM light management polycarbonate films enhance the effectiveness of hybrid speedometers that are bridging the gap between analog and digital displays with a seamless surface. Our black panel Makrofol® LM296 unites an anti-glare film surface with bright, controlled display lighting that appears only when needed.


Car instrument clusters on the transition from analog to digital

The global car industry is in the middle of a major transformation, as it rapidly shifts from analog to digital technologies. This has direct implications for the instrument cluster, which not only displays the vehicle’s speed, performance and distance travelled, but in future must also integrate important information applications such as GPS.

According to many studies, purely analog speedometers are likely to be phased out almost completely in a couple of years. Fully digital solutions will demand the wide availability of innovative new materials.


Makrofol® LM296 light management films: the right solution at the right time

Our Makrofol® LM296 transmission film offers a black panel effect that is glare-free and only visible when in use, making it an excellent material solution for digital speedometers that integrate digital display elements. We originally developed Makrofol® polycarbonate films to supplement automotive surfaces and structures with added functional properties.

In this application, grey-colored extruded Makrofol® LM296 film achieves optimal display performance within a tightly controlled light transmittance tolerance of just ±3% across its defined wavelength range. The matte surface improves image homogeneity and minimizes display defects, and no added printing is required to achieve the desired display effects.

Fade in and fade out effects are combined with precisely controlled lighting properties. Light diffusion effects can vary from transparent to translucent, which also make the film ideal for eye-catching exterior lighting features, 3D displays and LED light guides.


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