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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Dan Fiore Named Vice President

August 3, 2020

North American Coating Laboratories Names Dan Fiore Vice President Date Announced: August 3, 2020 Mentor-OH – August 3, 2020 – North American Coating Laboratories has promoted Dan Fiore to Vice President elevating his responsibilities from his previous role as Director of Business Development. Fiore has more than 14 years of experience in business development, marketing, customer care, and technical account support. He joined NACL in 2006 as a Sales Engineer and was promoted to Director of Business Development in 2013. “As Director of Business Development, Dan achieved strong revenue growth for our core business of visible thin-film coating services, creating…

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How Tough are Hardcoatings?

July 17, 2020

By Dan Fiore, Director of Buisness Development Optical plastics continue to gain favor with designers and manufacturers in multiple industries due to their relatively low cost and flexibility in manufacturing processes. They also allow for numerous value-added enhancements that can improve their performance optically for a multitude of applications. The only real drawback to machined, diamond-turned, or molded plastics is the material’s predisposition to abrasion and chemical attack. Luckily, there are coating solutions that help fight both issues and do not interfere with the optical integrity of the plastics. There are a few application methods for plastic hardcoatings. The most…

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Cleaning Plastic Surfaces

May 22, 2020

How to Clean Plexiglass and other Plastic Surfaces Our “new normal” as much as that phrase has become cliché is going to involve many Plexiglass and other polymer-based windows to prevent virus spread in public spaces. Whether used for windows, sneeze guards, or barriers at retail checkout areas, acrylic (also known as PMMA or Plexiglass) offers many advantages over traditional glass windows. Acrylic is clearer and has higher visible light transmission that standard architectural glass. Along with superior clarity, acrylic is half the weight of glass while being 17 times more impact-resistant than standard plate glass. Here at NACL we…

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