How to Solve Increasing Challenges in LED Luminaire Production
Recent research suggests that the LED penetration rate in general lighting is between 60 % – 100 %, depending on region and application. This leaves luminaire manufacturers with the challenge that the innovators margin (using LED technology) is decreasing, since the LED technology is now seen as standard technology. Therefore “LED” is no longer the selling point for a luminaire, but more often the price. This poses the question, who is best positioned for becoming stronger during such a price battle. It will be those who further innovate their luminaires and increase efficiency in their production.
Setting the background with the above mentioned points, the presentation will kick-off by looking at further, manufacturing related challenges, such as error prone manual assembly, need for flexibility due to an increase in project business, in-house manufacturing (often associated with high costs) vs. buy in (often associated with a lack of flexibility).
The focus of the presentation will be on the luminaire manufacturing process and will evaluate the different methods (manual, semi and fully automated) and its benefits as well as limitations. Typical luminaire manufacturing scenarios will be reviewed and it will be discussed how those could be improved. A major part of the presentation will show examples of successful luminaire manufacturer as “Best Practice” and the key factors that made a change in the manufacturing process necessary, as well as the relevant key factors to increase efficiency. Finishing with “Best Practice” should then stimulate some thoughts for a subsequent discussion.