The staff at NACL not only focuses on customer applications and designing coatings to meet demanding specifications, we also strive to continue improving and understanding our industry as a whole. Our continuous focus is to be not only a valuable vendor and key component to your supply-chain, but also to serve as a trusted advisor for you to reach out to with any coating or optics related questions.

Our goal for these blogs is to lend insight into some of the most frequently asked questions we receive here on an on-going basis. Some of the questions are very base level knowledge into coatings and optics, whereas some of the questions we answer in our blogs enter into some of the higher level topics in the Photonics industry.

If you have a question you’d like for us to answer, please reach out and let us know, because we are always here to help!

Adhesion Testing

One of the key mechanical tests coating service providers offer is an adhesion test. There are multiple ways to confirm…

ITO Coating Field Guide

THE ITO COATING FIELD GUIDE Indium tin oxide is a transparent conducting oxide composed of indium, tin, and oxygen that…

Exploring Beamsplitters

What is a beamsplitter coating? Beamsplitter coatings can be deposited in a variety of different ways and perform in an…

Exploring Infrared Optics

Infrared vision is the ability for optical systems to detect heat signatures or waves of light emitted via infrared radiation….

Critical Cleaning

Critically Cleaning Optical Elements Prior to Coating Dan Fiore, Vice President As we begin a new year, many people have…

Blue Light Glasses

Can they really help with CVS? During the pandemic we are all spending a lot more time staring at screens…

An IR Optic Designers Best Friend

Diamond-Like Carbon or DLC coating is an amorphous crystalline film that is conformably grown on a surface and has properties…

ITO for Optical Applications

One of the most unique evaporative coatings available today is Indium Tin Oxide or ITO as it is known. ITO…

Designing Custom Optical Coatings

Many coating vendors supply what is termed “off the shelf” coating formulas available for common substrate types and wavelength ranges….

IR Optics & Imaging Systems Assist in the Battle Against COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed daily life around the world, and with a vaccine optimistically forecasted for clinical release in early 2021,…

How Tough are Hardcoatings?

Optical plastics continue to gain favor with designers and manufacturers in multiple industries due to their relatively low cost and…

Cleaning Plastic Surfaces

How to Clean Plexiglass and other Plastic Surfaces Our “new normal” as much as that phrase has become cliché is…

Masks and Foggy Lenses

I’m doing my part and wearing a mask…Now how do I keep my glasses from fogging up? Now that many…

Mirror Coating: Fashion vs Function

Mirror coating services are a major part of our heritage here at North American Coating Laboratories. When we began our…

Using Polymer Optics in Harsh Environments

Polymer optics are being used in a much wider array of applications as the manufacturing processes becomes more refined and…

What is DLC Coating?

A quick overview of DLC coatings.