Photo: Volker Döring
There is a significant need to measure illumination.
Around the world, vehicle illumination is subject to a variety of standards, compliance with which is continuously checked as part of the development and production cycle. At the same time, these standards are continuing to be developed and modified. Cars alone have more than fifty lighted components.
There is where LMT takes the stage. These laboratories for measuring the illumination and color manufactured by this medium-sized company in Berlin’s City West are requested around the world. Entire laboratories are developed and constructed for their respective purposes and sites. From one shop, customers (including Mercedes, Audi and Volkswagen) get hardware and software, personnel training and service. The secret of LMT’s success lies in the sensors and their mosaic filters, which are millimeter thin and between three and twelve centimeters in diameter. Each of these filters is unique and can only be manufactured with exacting precision, knowledge and experience. It operates like a standardized human eye. A variety of illumination properties can be measured, including intensity, dispersion and color temperature. The pioneering act of LMT’s employees lies in having developed this product until it was ready for the market.
The climb to becoming the global leader began in 1974 with a major contract in connection with the construction of flood light systems for soccer stadiums for the 1978 World Cup.
Reliable illumination planning for this type of major event first became possible with the data from LMT’s equipment, so that during the game no one would be blinded by the lights and both players and audiences could see equally well. Shortly after its baptism by fire, the Charlottenburg team constructed their first laboratory for a major German vehicle manufacturer. “Then as now, it is the top customers who come to LMT”, says Managing Director Raymund Hammer. He was with the company from the start. His job first consisted of finding highly specialized engineers from industrial sources and from the Technische Universität of Berlin, and coordinating them as a powerful team.
His certifications as both mechanical and economics engineer as well as his experience in working with people helped in this. As a younger man, he earned his money as a musician in a band for several years, whose engagements and contracts were managed by him. Today, Hammer views his primary task as finding clever people and permanently earning their loyalty for the company. The company’s proximity to the Technische Universität and its potential specialist helps him with this task.