Optical Coating Applications for Automotive Displays

February 15, 2017

With the push towards replacing glass with polymer based lenses, displays, and viewing devices increased, so to did the need for polymersto be treated with thin-film coating to closely match or outperform their glass counterparts. Inthis presentation we will discuss the myriad of options available for coating polymers, and someof the value a thin-film coating treatment can add to a base polymer substrate.

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Optical Coating Applications for Polymers and Displays

February 15, 2017

North American Coating Laboratories provides vacuum- and dip-applied thin film coatings topolymer manufacturers and suppliers across numerous market segments. These coatings arepredominantly deposited on polycarbonate and acrylic substrates used in a wide variety ofapplications. In many cases, such vacuum-applied coatings as broadband anti-reflectivetreatments and polysiloxane dip-applied treatments improve the optical quality of polymers aswell as extend the lifecycle of polymers in the field. This presentation will focus on the fullspectrum of thin-film coatings that are currently being applied to polymers, resins and displays.

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An NACL Original Bids Farewell

May 10, 2016

After 39 years of service to North American Coating Laboratories our very own Lori Grabowy who oversaw our Rx Customer Care Department has decided to retire. Lori was one of the original members of team NACL when 100% of our coating work was on ophthalmic lenses that were mostly glass. Lori takes with her an astounding amount of ophthalmic lens coating know-how, but she has left us with a great example for customer care and individualized service. With that in mind, we also wish to introduce all of our ophthalmic customers to Kelsey Weske who will now be our main…

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Femtosecond Laser Nanogratings Create “Five Dimensional” Storage

March 25, 2016

Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have created a new data format that encodes information in tiny nanostructures that are etched into glass discs. A standard-sized disc can store approximately 360 terabytes of data, with an estimated lifespan of up to 13.8 billion years. This breakthrough is not only monumental for records keeping, but also for the optical industry as a whole. The “5D” storage technique has numerous benefits over film, CD’s and other storage medium which have multiple drawbacks. The infographic below shows backup storage media’s expected lifecycle. As you can see the “5D” storage method could be…

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