Masks and Foggy Lenses

May 6, 2020

I’m doing my part and wearing a mask…Now how do I keep my glasses from fogging up? By Dan Fiore, Director of Business Development Now that many states have instituted a “best practice” policy of wearing surgical masks in public spaces, a new problem has sprung up temporarily blinding many of us who wear eyeglasses or sunglasses on a regular basis. This issue has plagued eyeglass wearing medical workers, as well as goggle-wearing skiers, and outdoor athletes of all kinds. The obvious question is why does it happen? According to Tom Margrain, a leading researcher at Cardiff University’s School of…

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Augmented Reality in Mentor

July 11, 2017

The Road to Augmented & Virtual Reality Development Runs Through Mentor, Ohio   Mentor, Ohio, July 6, 2017:  North American Coating Laboratories is carving a nice name for themselves with many of the large players in the exploding augmented and virtual reality space. NACL’s unique ability to coat polymer based optics with high performance optical coatings quickly and precisely has set them apart from other industry sources. Due to the rapid prototyping nature of the augmented and virtual reality industry, being able to perform on short notice and consistently deliver quality is a huge advantage that NACL offers its clients…

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Blue Light Glasses

December 7, 2020

Can they really help with CVS? By Dan Fiore, Vice President During the pandemic we are all spending a lot more time staring at screens throughout the course of our workdays and even when we stop work. This has left many people with dry and irritated eyes which increases eye strain and overall levels of fatigue. The source of many of these eye strain issues may be digital screens which emit blue light. Various studies have concluded that blue light from displays can have negative consequences on your eyes and  can also negatively impact your sleep schedule as it  can…

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An IR Optic Designers Best Friend

November 23, 2020

Diamond Like Carbon is an Infrared Optical Designer’s Best Friend By Dan Fiore, Vice President Diamond-Like Carbon or DLC coating is an amorphous crystalline film that is conformably grown on a surface and has properties like that of a naturally occurring diamond. The film offers a low friction coefficient, is chemically inert which lends to high abrasion and corrosion resistance. One of the most unique properties of DLC is its optical performance in the infrared spectrum where it is commonly used as an anti-reflective coating. Because DLC can be applied to relatively fragile crystalline materials such as Germanium, Zinc Selenide,…

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NACL Wins Award for Third Consecutive Year

November 6, 2020

“North American Coating Laboratories Wins Third Consecutive Fast Track 50 Award for Sustained Business Growth” North American Coating Laboratories was recently honored with a Fast Track 50 Award for 2019. Fast Track 50 is a program that honors northeast Ohio’s fastest growing companies. The program celebrates the contributions of local companies to the Northeast Ohio economy. Companies that are considered for The Fast Track 50 award are ranked by sales and employment growth over the previous five-year period and are recognized as being among the 50 fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio. Winners of the 2019 award were based on…

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ITO for Optical Applications

October 22, 2020

By Dan Fiore, Vice President of North American Coating Laboratories One of the most unique evaporative coatings available today is Indium Tin Oxide or ITO as it is known. ITO belongs to a family of evaporative materials known as transparent conductive oxides. The family of transparent conductive oxides includes Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) as mentioned before, ITO is the industry standard for transparent conductive films as it is robust, has good sheet resistance range and respectable UV-Visible and Near IR transmission which allows for good flexibility with multiple applications. Other members of the transparent conductive oxide family are IZO (Indium…

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