Shin-Etsu VC-FILM is louver sheet for view angle control and visibility improvement. VC-FILM is constructed of minute black silicone rubber louvers that are placed in a transparent silicone rubber. Two polycarbonate film is layered on outer surface.

The highly transparent silicone rubber allows VC-Film to be used in following functional applications:

  • Privacy filter for ATM machine, POS terminals, notebook computers and smart phones
    Positioning the View Control Film in front of a display panel with louvers vertical, the film will make the image on the display visible for the user of the display only. People positioned besides the user will not see information on the display. For tablet style handheld devices, filters can be stacked as cross filter to shut lights in all directions.
  • Anti-reflection filter for backlit functions in cars
    Positioning the View Control Film in front of a display panel or on a backlit switch, the film will allow the light to go towards the driver. The backlight will be blocked in the direction of the windshield or side windows and stop the mirror image while driving at night. The View Control Film allows car designers to freely position functions in the car without requiring special designed roofs to avoid reflections.
  • Light shutter for industrial light sensors
    To avoid disturbing effects of light curtains mounted on industrial machines, View Control Film can block light in undesirable directions.

VC-Film is made to custom design and requirements although certain view angles and louver angles are standardized to ease the supply. Special view angles, louver angles, louver colors and constructions are available on request.

VC-Film can be used on top of touchpanels based on capacity touch reading.

  • View Control Film


  • Privacy filter on Smartphone, Tablet or POS terminal
  • Anti-reflection filter on automotive displays

Construction and Principle Effects of VC-Film:

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Construction of VC-Film
Construction of VC-Film
Standard pitch: Standard louver sheet thickness
Standard Pitch:
Standard louver sheet thickness

Standard Pitch:
Narrow View Angle by thick louver sheet

Standard Pitch: Wide View Angle by thin louver sheet

Standard Pitch:
Wide View Angle by thin louver sheet

Narrow Pitch: Narrow View Angle
Narrow Pitch:
Narrow View Angle
Wide Pitch:
Wide View Angle

Basic Property:

Characteristic Item Measured value Unit Test method
Thermal characteristics Bend temperature 126.8 ºC JIS-K-7207
Coefficient of linear expansion 8.0 10-5mm/mm/ºC ASTM-D-696
Heating contractibility TD 0.15 % JIS-K-6735
MD 0.10 % JIS-K-6735
Combustivity SE FMVSS-302
Mechanical characteristics Extensive strength 300 kg/cm2 JIS-K-7113
Stretch 110 % JIS-K-7113
Delamination strength 1.3 kg/25mm JIS-K-6854
Optical characteristics Ray transmittance 78 % JIS-K-7105

Environmental Resistance Characteristic:

Test item Test conditions Delamination Discoloration Change of size Bending
High temperature test 85ºC (1000 hours) None None -0.03% None
120ºC (240 hours) None -0.04%
Low temperature test -40ºC (240 hours) None None
High temperature-humidity test 60ºC, 95%Rh (240 hours) None +0.02%
80ºC, 95%Rh (240 hours) None -0.02%
Weather resistance test 240 hours None
480 hours A little discoloration
Thermal shock -40ºC (1 hours)⇔ 85ºC (1 hours)
100 cycle
None -0.02%
Heat cycle 85ºC (2 hours)→Room temperature (2 hours)
→-40ºC (2 hours)→Room temperature (2 hours)
20 cycle
None None -0.02%
  1. VCF1329000-PC200 is used for all tests.
  2. The sample size for environmental resistance test is 100mm x 20mm.
  3. Bending is measured on aluminum board by a gap gauge.
  4. A sunshine-type weather meter is used in weather resistance test.Temperature of black panel is 63ºC.
  5. FMVSS: Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

VC-FILM Standard Grade:

Type Part Number Louver Pitch View Angle Maximum Total Light Transmittance Angle
Standard Films VCF1329000 0.132mm 90°
VCF1326000 60°
VCF1324800 48°
VCF1329015 90° 15°
VCF1326015 60°
VCF1324815 48°
VCF1329025 90° 25°
VCF1326025 60°
VCF1324825 48°
VCF1009000 0.10mm 90°
VCF1006000 60°
VCF1004800 48°
Specialized Wide and Narrow View Angle Films W-VCF16512000 0.165mm 120°
N-VCF132300 0.132mm 30°
SN-VCF1002000 0.10mm 20°

VC-Film Light Transmission Graph

VC-Film Light Transmission Graph

View angle based on 132 μm pitch louvers

Technology for High Functionality

Technology for high functionality

Method of applying VC-Film on displays or glass panels
(a) a sticky siliconce layer to stick VC-Film onto a glasspanel. Less layers of material used resulting in less reflections and better brightness and transmission.
(b) a separate adhesibe layer with optional UV blocking filter to protect LCD panels.

Surface Film Options:

Type Available Functionalities Thickness Options (mm)
Polycarbonate Standard, Hard Coat, Anti-Glare, Optically Clear Adhesive, Dirt/Contaminant Resistant, Anti-Microbial 0.10, 0.18, 0.20, 0.30
PET Standard, Hard Coat, Anti-Glare, Optically Clear Adhesive 0.10, 0.188
Silicone Adhesive Reusable Adhesion 0.03
Additional specifications and customized options are available to meet specific application requirements. Please contact one of our locations for design support.
Tailored film dimensions available; Standard full sheet size is 260mm*Louver Direction* x 300mm.
Crossing louver option available for applications with further narrow view angle requirements. (e.g.; 360degree privacy, or various sensitive sensor device applications)
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