The M108’s lights attract expo-goers like moths to a flame. It’s no surprise- when it’s in our booth on “ready” mode, the blue LEDs light up under the lid and make the whole machine seem to glow. It looks like it’s from the future (because it is).
We get one of two questions on the lights. The first, is “are the lights just so it looks cool?” The second question, is “do the lights kill bacteria with UV?” Yes, the lights do look really cool, no doubt about that. And the UV thing is a cool idea, but that’s not it either. Actually, the lights are a visual indicator system. There are three modes, represented by three different colours.
When the lights are red, this indicates that the system is not ready for operation. If the input or output chutes are not attached properly, the lid is not latched properly, the Trim Tote is full, or the fan housing or Integrated Separation System are not installed correctly, then the lights will be red. Further, the diagram on the Variable Function System control panel will indicate where the issue is.
When the lights are blue that means you’re good to go. All you need to do is dial in the settings on the Variable Function System, hit the start button, and you’re off to the races.
During operation, the LEDs under the lid change to white. When looking down into the tumbler from above the machine, the white lights help you see what’s happening inside. When testing new strains and adjusting VFS variables (blade speed, suction, etc), it’s extremely helpful to be able to see things so clearly.
Why not UV?
In the early days of the M108’s design and development, we explored the idea of having UV lights to radiate the product that moves through the tumbler. The idea was a good one; it’s an easy way for an extra layer of protection against mold and bacteria. The problem was that the UV-C lights would need to sit above the product and radiate it for over an hour to actually destroy bacteria. Who’s got time for that?! We certainly don’t. Neither do you.
The lights on the M108 look awesome, but don’t forget, their color is telling you something. The machine is communicating with you, because, like we said, it’s from the future.