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As an internationally successful corporate group, MENTOR has been setting standards in the technical development and implementation of mechanical, electronic and optoelectronic components for diverse areas of application in the electronics industries for decades.

Benefit from our know-how and industry knowledge. Below is a selection of companies and their products, which are supplied by MENTOR client-specific or from the standard program.
Square light for the Sirius ET200 motor starter from Siemens
Siemens is undoubtedly one of the world's leading providers of modern PLC control systems for a very wide variety of applications. A current example of this is the new Sirius ET200 motor starter, which provides high functionality in a very small space. Here a customized version of the miniaturized square light guide 1296 from MENTOR comes into its own. It fits the straightforward design of the control systems perfectly and shows that illuminated status displays do not always have to be round. Customized adjustments to standard articles, such as adjusting the required length of a light guide are among MENTOR's great strengths and in many cases can be implemented at no tool costs, or only very modest ones.
Optical components for modern alarm systems
In the energy and industrial sector, modern fault and danger alarm systems are an important part of process visualization. UNITRO-Fleischmann, one of the leading companies in this field, relies on light-transmitting components from MENTOR for its WA40 and WA40-E fault alarm systems. To implement a compact display field, UNITRO-Fleischmann uses customized versions of MENTOR’s versatile M-Cut light guide system behind the keypad. In this way, the individual fields are illuminated in a perfectly homogeneous way, and replacing the labels between light guide and keypad can be done simply and cost-effectively. Thus different language versions can be implemented quickly and flexibly, for example. Standard MENTOR products are used for the keys to enter commands. The backlit function keys are illuminated in a perfectly homogeneous way with the help of Series 2271 pushbutton caps.
Frontpanel light guide for radiation detection solution
Kromek Group plc is a leading developer of radiation detection solutions based on high performance sensor materials for applications within the medical, nuclear and security screening markets. The Kromek D3S has combined the latest detector technologies in a small design for multifunctional application. For the optical display of the D3S, Kromek uses the MENTOR frontpanel light guides of the 1293 series.
Rugged status display for crane control from HBC-radiomatic
HBC-radiomatic is the world's leading manufacturer of industrial radio controls for cranes, lifting equipment and machines. HBC radio controls manage reliability, efficiency and ease of use in lifting and handling equipment. With the radio control spectrum 1 and spectrum 2, HBC-radiomatic relies on optoelectronic components from the standard MENTOR range. These simply and clearly indicate power / battery status to the user via a rugged signal light.
Light Guide 1296er Series
With over 20 years experience and expertise in data communications and development, x.net 2000 creates network solutions for voice and data transmission. For the ISDN over fiber converter UP0 the company focuses on the quality of the light guide 1296er series of MENTOR to show conditions perfectly.
Custom-made light guide
As specialists in innovative solutions for full-service networks and digital reception systems, ASTRO relies on MENTOR custom-made light guides. Those shown here are not only of a special dimension but are IP 68 certified and waterproof up to one meter.
Waterproof light guide
Moog GmbH manufactures servo controllers that really do need to be waterproof! This picture shows a unit that has already been in use for a year underwater. Moog relies on the quality of MENTOR’s IP 68-rated 1282. light guide series.
Homogeneous illumination of ambulance control panel
Inomatic GmbH specialises in the development and manufacture of PCB-based control and system solutions for the automotive, automation and general industry sectors. For their ranges of operator panels used in ambulances, Inomatic has specified standard MENTOR light panels. These can be combined with different LED types (including RGB) and deliver perfect homogeneous illumination. This allows an infinite number of different statuses to be clearly, unambiguously and safely communicated to ambulance drivers, even when they are working under stressful conditions.

Optical components for modern alarm systems
In the energy and industrial sector, modern fault and danger alarm systems are an important part of process visualization. UNITRO-Fleischmann, one of the leading companies in this field, relies on light-transmitting components from MENTOR for its WA40 and WA40-E fault alarm systems. To implement a compact display field, UNITRO-Fleischmann uses customized versions of MENTOR’s versatile M-Cut light guide system behind the keypad. In this way, the individual fields are illuminated in a perfectly homogeneous way, and replacing the labels between light guide and keypad can be done simply and cost-effectively. Thus different language versions can be implemented quickly and flexibly, for example. Standard MENTOR products are used for the keys to enter commands. The backlit function keys are illuminated in a perfectly homogeneous way with the help of Series 2271 pushbutton caps.
Push button caps with individual identification labels
The Weichs-based company INPERIO SYSTEMS GMBH, produces a telematics device equipped with six MENTOR 2271 series key caps. MENTOR supplies these delivers individual identification labels, which are subsequently printed with the appropriate logos.
Aluminum equipment- and folding handles
As a manufacturer of cases for professional use, KKC relies on the quality offered by MENTOR. They specify aluminum handles and folding handles, all from the standard MENTOR range.
Aluminium Turning Knobs for anologue synthesizers
The company x0xsh0p, based in Berlin, is specialized in sales of analog synthesizers since 2008. At the x0xb0x, the flagship of the so called synthesizers, the company uses MENTOR standard aluminium knobs because of their high quality and good surface feel.
Costumized buttons for the professional audio equipment
Sennheiser, a worldwide known manufacturer for high quality audio equipment, prefers customized buttons from MENTOR in his multichannel-receiver EM 9046. As a version completely lacquered in black or with a free-lasered symbol he assures a simple and clear handling of a wide variety of functions.
High-valiancy metal-twist button for audio receiver from Sennheiser
Within the high-end live audio multichannel receiver for wireless microphones EM 3732 COM-II Sennheiser utilizes high-end metal-twist buttons taken out of the product range of MENTOR. A user interface, that gives the end user hints, will be implemented with a MENTOR light field.
Aluminum twist buttons for the perfect sound
Funk Tonstudiotechnik develops and manufactures sophisticated audio systems for the analog and digital sound studio technique. For the precision level controls from the Preamplifier AMX-V aluminum twist buttons from MENTOR are used .High-end material and the easy form language ensure a pleasant use and the timeless design of these knob classics.
Analog precision for an optimal voltage setting
The iseg Spezialelektronik GmbH is a german manufacturer that is specialized in the development and production of high-voltage generating devices for all industry and research areas. For the proven NHQ Ein-/Zweikanal HV-Modul iseg favors the analog-twist buttons from the MENTOR standard program. The precise potentiometer per channel is used for optimum voltage.
Aluminium knob for innovative E-Guitar sound pedal
Crushsound's unique new guitar effect pedal is called “Farmer’s Mill” and can surely “make any guitarist sound like Jimi Hendrix!” It has been developed in cooperation with the architects of Le 2 Workshop. Checkout the effects it can achieve HERE. Crushsound specifies MENTOR aluminium knobs from the standard range to ensure that their product looks as good as it sounds!
Plastic Adjusting Knob for enclosures by EXOR Modushop
Poland-based EXOR Modushop supplies and customises enclosures and accessories. For their new HAM microphone pre-processor, in order to complement the elegant design of their new product Exor have specified plastic Adjusting Knobs with integrated pointer dials from MENTOR’s standard range.
Plastic knob system
REMKO GmbH & Co. KG develops and manufactures air conditioners. The knob for temperature adjustment is a standard part from one of MENTOR’s plastic knob systems and has a collet fixing. The cap is custom-made by MENTOR to REMKO’s requirements.
The Audi Q2: top-quality coloured interior lighting
Audi has been one of the most innovative and successful brands in the premium automobile and sports car segment for many years. The interior designers of the brand, instantly recognisable by its four-ring emblem, pay particular attention to the lighting design in the vehicles’ interior. The latest example to come out of Ingolstadt is the Q2, the new compact SUV. Its sophisticated RGB coloured lighting solution from MENTOR creates the perfect ambient lighting. Intelligent RGB LED modules with integrated microcontroller and perfectly adapted light guide systems ensure absolute homogeneity, constant chromaticity coordinates and constant brightness of all RGB lights integrated in the system.
Grohe Blue Home: intuitive operation due to integrated light solution
Modern products are becoming increasingly multi-functional and more useful. A good example of this is the innovative kitchen fitting Blue Home from Grohe, one of the leading manufacturers of high quality bath and kitchen fittings. In addition to its basic function, Grohe Blue Home is at the same time a tap for filtered, cooled water with added CO². It is nevertheless simple and intuitive to use. Because thanks to an integrated LED lighting solution from MENTOR, the fitting uses different light colors to signal to the user the water selected – still, medium or sparkling – and is a perfect example of how well-planned lighting solutions make communication possible between people and products.
Perfectly homogeneous light for the Thermomix from Vorwerk
Vorwerk, the family company from Wuppertal, is successful all over the world with high-quality cult products such as the Kobold vacuum cleaner or the smart kitchen appliance, Thermomix. The newest feature of the TM5, the state-of-the-art version of the Thermomix, is the Cook-Key, which uses WiFi to combine it with the Cookidoo online recipe portal. Since Vorwerk is careful to use only product components of the highest quality, during the development and manufacture of the integrated light guide system it relied on MENTOR's expertise. The result: a perfectly homogeneous circumferential light ring in the light green colors of Vorwerk signals to the user that the recipes are being transferred to his Thermomix.
Miniaturized flat light guides for status indications
The Italian company DIXELL belong to the american Emerson Climate Technologies Group-consolidation and is one of the leading providers of regulators for cold, climate, and kitchen technique. For the XWeb-Modul T620T-100W0 the possibilities of the customized light guide from MENTOR are in use. Based on a very flat light guide, which was especially developed for Dixell, states with a corresponding backlight are shown here.
Accent and function light for the new Kärcher water dispensers
Kärcher, the global market leader in cleaning appliances and systems, today offers much more than just high-pressure cleaners. With its new WPD 100, 200 and 600 water dispensers, the company has introduced innovative and environmentally-friendly beverage systems, opting to use individual lighting solutions from MENTOR. The light module in question, which is fitted with just 2 LEDs, was specially developed for Kärcher and is used not only for attractive accent lighting, but also to provide a visual indication of hot water.
Design lighting for hot drinks
As one of the worldwide largest full-service provider Crane Merchandising Systems produces since over 80 years high-quality and technologically advanced machines for the supply of drinks, snacks and confectionery .In the for Autobar (nowadays Pelican Rouge) produced vending machine for hot drinks , a flexible light guide ,from the M-Tube series , emphasizes the special accents and completes the modern design of the device.
M-Tube Flex within the Concept-Bike from BASF
Inspired from the bike from the year 1865, the year of the foundation of BASF, the company from Ludwigshafen, Germany designed, in cooperation with the design studio DING3000, a Concept-Bike in nowadays standards , which is almost exclusively made of modern plastic from BASF. The front and backlights that were build, were implemented by MENTOR and show distinctly the advantages of a flexible light guide system.
Miniaturised light guides for Clage undersink units
Clage – a leading German manufacturer of instantaneous water heaters based in Lüneburg offers a wide range of water heaters for diverse applications. Clage uses for its MCX small water heater series a light guide made by MENTOR. The light guide with special reflector coating developed specially for this particular water heater is only one millimetre thick and allows illuminated status display in confined spaces.
Ambient and functional light in sanitary module Monolith Plus from Geberit
Light as a design element: Orientation. Ambience and function. Homogeneous light and the innovative visualisation of a fan function. With the innovative WC module Monolith Plus, Geberit, a market leader and trendsetter in the area of sanitary engineering, demonstrates how light can provide functional and emotional added value. The perfect homogeneity of the light allows the use of a light guide solution with additional reflector coating from MENTOR
Light guides with 200,000 micro-prisms in Busch-Masterlight®
Busch-MasterLight® is an innovative light for entrance doors placing the highest demands on design, function and light quality. Busch-Jaeger has chosen the expertise of MENTOR for this project. With its 200,000 computer-configured micro-prisms, the integrated low-profile light guide developed especially for this product provides perfectly homogeneous and directed light distribution
Refractive and reflective optics for Busch-iceLight®
Busch-Jaeger is a market leader with 130 years’ experience in the area of electrical installation. With its Ambiente and Orientierung wall modules featuring the Busch-iceLight ® LED light series designed by Hadi Teherani, Busch-Jaeger has chosen a customised solution from MENTOR. Using a modular system with refractive and reflective optics. MENTOR provides similar innovative solutions from one source - from concept, development, visualisation, tool construction to production.
M-Tube Flex: Light guide solution for futuristic refrigerators
The company BASF uses the innovative illuminant m–tube flex from MENTOR for the conception fridge coolpure 1.0. The material flexibility gives designers broad illumination possibilities and can be cut to any customer requirements.
Signal lights in coin-operated machines from REIS eurosystems
The company Standardwerk Eugen Reis GmbH develops and manufactures coin-operated slot machines as well as other cash-related equipment. MENTOR worked with the company to design and manufacture the PMMA light panels shown in the image.