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Optical Components for Vehicle Displays and Sensors

As consumers, we’re accustomed to having instant information at our fingertips. Those expectations extend to our vehicles, and auto makers are responding with more and better displays. But how do we make them easy to read, friendly to use, and safer? 3M™ has new technologies and products to make displays bright and energy efficient as well as durable for tough automotive environments.

Date: November 7, 2017
Time: 11 AM EST (8 AM PST)
Duration: 1 hour
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Automotive electrification is a rapidly growing market segment for many reasons. Consumers are accustomed to interacting with displays, and we all want that kind of access in our vehicles. Plus, with the arrival of autonomous vehicles, more sophisticated sensors and display technology is expected.

If it's a display, chances are good that 3M materials are inside. One of the key product areas for displays is optical film. These films direct light where you want it to go, and avoid areas like glass that can cause distracting reflections. The films are also highly efficient, using as much available light as possible. This efficiency not only makes the display brighter, it helps reduce thermal load and energy draw.

3M is the leader in optical technology for displays, and has helped make displays of all sizes brighter, lighter weight, and more energy efficient. Additionally, the films are efficient enough to reduce thermal load, which can be vital in the automotive applications. All films have been tested to meet the tough requirements of this environment.

Beyond the normal difficulty of raging heat and freezing temperatures, safety is another consideration for displays. Adding distractions is not an option. A half second delay can cause accidents, and displays need to give accurate information in a format suitable to the driver and the conditions inside the vehicle. For today and into the future, 3M is providing technologies and products to meet these changing needs.

In addition to learning where and how these 3M products can be used - and the benefits gained - attendees will also discover how these materials can be converted by Action for easy application in automotive manufacturing.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how the automotive display market is growing rapidly, and that 3M and Action have several solutions to help make these displays work their best
  • Understand how optical physics can be a tricky science - 3M and Action have the knowledge and experience to handle questions and challenges that displays present
  • See 3M and Action's advanced technologies and materials for the display market
  • Understand how 3M materials and the converting services provided by Action can help meet your design and sample needs


John Van Derlofske, Senior Research Scientist, 3M Display Materials and Systems Division, 3M

John Van Derlofske received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville where his thesis work concentrated on illumination systems design. After graduation, he worked as head optical designer for Chrysler, developing automotive lighting and illumination systems. Van Derlofske spent the next eight years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute heading the Transportation Lighting Group at the Lighting Research Center. His responsibilities included research, curriculum development and teaching graduate-level courses in lighting technology and design. Over the course of his academic and professional careers, Van Derlofske has authored 90 publications and given more than 50 presentations at national and international venues. Currently, Van Derlofske is a senior research specialist at 3M's Display Materials and Systems Division Laboratory where he works on the design, manufacturing and application of light control films that make displays both brighter and more efficient and thinner and more durable.