Ship Safety and Security Improved with Technology from Design LED

From: Design LED Products Limited
Published: Sat Feb 06 2010

Design LED Products and IGT Industries today announced a new order from AMI Marine to supply illuminated capacitive switch technology for a new marine Watch Alarm. The alarms will be fitted to the bridge of vessels to ensure the Officer of the Watch is present as required.

The high quality illuminated capacitive switch panel on each alarm provides bright uniform lighting to ensure it is highly visible in all environmental conditions. The secret until lit graphics and scratch resistant surface give the unit a high quality appearance and set it apart from competitive products.

"Innovative illuminated capacitive switches are enabling a wide variety of industrial products to retain a bespoke designer feel," commented Iain Kyle, business development manager at Design LED. "The design of AMI Marine’s new alarm panel is bringing high quality contemporary styling to a robust system installed into the high traffic rugged environment of a ships bridge."

Watch Alarms are currently compulsory on all vessels with a Bahamian and Danish Flag. New legislation will make them mandatory on all vessels starting in 2011. The Officer of the Watch must confirm their presence on the bridge at regular intervals by either pressing a button on the alarm panel or triggering a motion sensor. If no confirmation is received then the system triggers an alarm in the crew’s quarters.

Stuart Newman a Director of AMI Marine (UK) Ltd commented, "In a competitive market it is imperative that we differentiate our products. Working with Design LED and IGT has enabled us to develop a necessary and functional system and give it a contemporary twist. The "secret until lit" and smooth, low profile graphics along with uniform luminosity give this product a distinct advantage."

"Design LED’s technology helped us deliver a truly outstanding result to our customer, AMI Marine," said Derek McLaughlan Sales & Marketing Director of IGT. "Combining the printed light guide with capacitive touch sensing has created a robust, easy to use solution with a high quality look and feel, well suited to the target environment."

About AMI Marine
AMI Marine (UK) Ltd, formerly know as AMI-GFV, is a UK based company that develops, designs and manufactures marine electronic interfacing, retransmission, bespoke navigation products and highly successful Voyage Data Recorder (VDR).

Nearly two decades ago AMI Marine identified a need to bring the world of marine interfaces up to date. AMI were the first to introduce solid state electronic solutions into a market that was predominately electro-mechanical. Since then AMI has established a reputation for innovation and quality second to none.

AMI Marine’s worldwide network of service engineers is managed from their new purpose built headquarters in Southampton where AMI design and develop new products.

The company is approved to ISO 9001:2000 and endeavours to operate beyond this standard. All products are tested to the appropriate standards and where no standard exists to an AMI derived standard. AMI’s flagship products, SMIDS and VDR, have both been tested and approved to the prestigious Wheelmark standard.

About Design LED Products Limited
Founded in early 2004, Design LED products have developed and patented a manufacturing technology to embed Light Emitting Diodes within printed light guides. This enables thin, inexpensive, segmented display panels suitable for a range of applications from consumer electrical & electronic devices, automotive, point or sale advertising & industrial keypads.

Design LED aims to become the world leader in printed light products technology in a wide range of markets including consumer electronics, automotive, industrial and point of sale. More than 50 billion LEDs are sold every year into products and Design LED has the opportunity to both displace existing solutions and enable a new generation of products.

For more information please contact:
Design LED Products Limited, Alba Innovation Centre, Alba Campus, Livingston, West Lothian, EH54 7GA. Tel: +44 (0) 1506 592310; E-mail:;

IGT Industries Ltd, Woodside Road, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 4ET. Tel: +44 (0)23 8061 0818;

Press Contact: Nicki Langley
Neesham Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 1506 670800

Photo caption: The new marine Watch Alarm from AMI Marine will feature illuminated cap switch technology from Design LED Products.

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