Under the trigalight® brand, mb-microtec provides a unique technology for the defence and watch industries. This takes the form of a maintenance-free system with a constant luminosity that requires no external energy or power source.
WHO IS trigalight®?
trigalight® is a brand of the Swiss company mb-microtec: the inventor of the self-illumination technology. The market leader counts with decades of know-how and is therefore the first choice of professionals.
WHAT IS trigalight®?
trigalight® stands for self-illumination technology and the world‘s smallest gaseous tritium light sources (GTLS). trigalight® consist of hermetically sealed systems, which function entirely without the need for external light or energy sources. It is a widely employed and approved permanent illumination technology.
HOW DOES trigalight® WORK?
trigalight® works similar to a CRT (cathode ray tube), formerly used in TV screens. Like TV CRT, our lights are built using a glass housing, a gas proof glass containment. The inner walls of this glass vessel are coated with a very thin layer of phosphorescent powder. This powder (zinc sulphide) has the ability to change electrical energy into light. The electric energy of trigalight® is generated by tritium gas, a low radiation beta emitter. While decaying, tritium (red) loses its electrons (blue). When such an electron hits the layer, it is captured and transformed into light. The colour variations of trigalight® are therefore not dependent on the gas, but on the coating, which can be varied. The brightness of the lights is however proportional to the filling pressure (quantity of gas).
trigalight® THE FUNCTION PRINCIPLE
trigalight® PRODUCTION PROCESS
Step 1: Formation of Glass
Glass vials are heated and then drawn in the desired diameter. The smallest achievable diameter being 0.3 mm, which is about the diameter of a human hair.
Step 2: Coating Process
A luminescent material (powder) is coated onto the inner walls of the vials. This coating is available in all colours of the rainbow.
Step 3: Tritium Filling
In a very delicate process, the vials are filled with tritium gas.
Step 4: Cutting Process
In the next production step, the glass vials are cut and sealed to the desired length either manually or by highly sophisticated laser machines.
Step 5: Quality Control
Every vial undergoes a strict quality control (e.g. a liquid scintillation test).
Step 6: Application process
The finished lights are then ready for a wide range of applications. Currently, the lights are in high demand in the safety, defence and watch industry. All trigalight® products are completely maintenance free and a true place-and-forget system.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
Our daily life is surrounded by radiation. Most of the sources are natural, some such as medical cancer treatment therapies, CT (Computed Tomography), atomic fallout, or consumer products that contain very small amounts of radioactivity are man-made. With regard to radioactivity it is important to know that there are different particles (rays) such as Alpha, Beta, Gamma rays and different energies of these particles (waves) when travelling. Every element (isotope) may have its own particle and energy fingerprint.
Non-personalised standard lights are available in the following colours:
Available in various shapes and dimensions:
0.5-4 mm L: 2.5-55.0 mm
W: 2.0-4.0 mm / H: 0.7-2.0 mm / L: 6.0-70 mm
1.0-2.5 mm L: 4.0-40 mm
hairlights only available in green, ice-blue and yellow
Customer specific light sources are available on request!
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Tommy SchatzInternal Sales Coordinator
phone +41 (0)31 980 20 15
Beat ScheideggerHead of trigalight®
phone +41 (0)31 980 20 24
Gavin PalmerSenior Sales Manager
phone +41 (0)31 980 20 17
mobile +41 (0)79 823 09 58