is a company specialized in aluminium products, starting from its early days as a supplier of reflector components for local Italian companies to its present position as a supplier to all the world’s major lighting system producers. This specialisation has led the Group to become one of the world's biggest producers of components for the lighting technology, solar energy industries and decorative market.
reflect+A™ drives forward the development of the Almeco reflector division and adds to our existing production a new conceptual approach to the market. reflect+A™ offers customers, in its first stage, rapid solutions and access to the generation of optics constructed using high reflectance vega surfaces for all types of lighting equipment.
reflect+A™ concept: modular reflectors - custom made
reflect+A™ exisits to provide lighting solutions through Almeco Group’s engineers working in partnership with customers at whatever stage required, from concepts and design, through prototyping and tooling to production.
» Easy assembly
» Lighting components easier to ship as individual parts
» No tooling investment
» Cost savings
With reflect+A™ a new concept of reflector manufacture has been created allowing a combination of different materials to be used together in their optimum positions in the luminaire.
Thus a reflect+A™ designed reflector typically combines 2 or 3 elements made with different surface qualities that reflect and distribute light in different ways.
Segmented reflectors do not require extreme deformation in shaping, thus maintaining the aluminium’s characteristics unchanged.
Flexibility to adjust modules to set different illumination patterns
Production processes and materials based on customer preferences for each particular lighting component
Modular construction “combo system”
Ready-to-use and customised solution
Realisation of complex geometries with high performance surfaces as witnessed by the design and realisation of customised projects with Fortimo LLM, Bridgelux, Luminus, etc.
After market analysis to estimate production quantities and the establishment of specifications, the main phases in creating a new reflector are definition of reflective surface requirements, evaluation of manufacturing options and prototype and mass production engineering.
The reflector concept is developed in combination with a study of the type of surface reflectance characteristics that will best deliver the performance from the desired shape. All vega and other materials from the Almeco range, including 98% reflective vega98®, can be available depending on the light source and target application of the luminaire.
The behaviour of the enhanced vega aluminium in the reflector under development can be simulated in the lighting calculation software OPTIS to maximise the performance of your reflectors. (A complete material database is available for Optis and Photopia).
Almeco studies manufacturing options to evolve the most productive solution.
Key factors that are evaluated include planned production volume, manufacturing costs, the economic demands of the market, overall development time and plant requirements including any necessary new investment.
Fast prototyping is possible without investment in tooling.
Almeco provides tooling workshops, deep drawing, spinning and blanking production technologies supported by precision roll bending and 2D and 3D laser cutting, all supporting product assembly lines.
Almeco’s control and quality system defines and follows the whole chain of production from the coil to the final reflector.
The full process provides:
Reduction of design risks
Optimisation of investment
Confidence in results
Support of R&D, Engineering and Manufacturing working alongside customers through the project as a whole
Engineered lighting surfaces
Specialisation and flexibility make the Almeco Group a worthy partner for anyone searching for excellence in finished aluminium.
With reflect+A™ each lighting project is completely integrated, starting from the client’s requirements, going through the study of the photometric characteristics combined with various surface finishes, numerous working technologies and processes.
Surface finishes can be grouped into 3 basic types and with 3 different reflectance options:
mirror finish for precise reflection without diffusion or scattering;
micro-textured or matt surfaces which can be used to soften reflection and increase diffusion;
embossed textured materials that can be used for extensive diffusion of light from integral multi-faceted surfaces.
Pre-anodized aluminium has high reflective qualities and is very well protected against corrosion and deterioration.
All Almeco’s products benefit from the continuous anodizing process made in three main stages: electro-brightening, anodizing and sealing.
To further enhance aluminium’s reflective properties and widen its uses, Almeco has developed its vega range of products. A total reflectance of over 98% can be reached by the application of high technology vacuum coating processes for the continuous deposition of thin metallic and ceramic films, using the latest PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) technologies.
This PVD treatment is applied to the electro-brightened and anodized surfaces, which provide a high performance hard substrate for the manufacture of the various vega products which, depending on their application, are characterized by their exceptional reflective or absorptive properties, and also offer protection against surface damage, humidity, dirt pick-up and static dust attraction.
The Group’s target is always to offer an efficient, personalised response to all clients based on their particular needs, and to create and develop innovative, unique products and solutions, by offering an efficient and exclusive service.