Designing Custom Optical Coatings

September 25, 2020

Many coating vendors supply what is termed “off the shelf” coating formulas available for common substrate types and wavelength ranges. These coatings are tested and approved for a variety of applications and allow for flexibility when assisting a customer with a quick turn or an on-going coating project. Things get slightly more sophisticated when a customer has a challenging application requiring a custom designed coating formula. These scenarios may require a coating design person to engineer a single or multilayer coating in which the transmittance , reflectance , and or absorptance values are specified at a specific number or range…

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

August 17, 2020

COVID-19 has changed daily life around the world, and with a vaccine optimistically forecasted for clinical release in early 2021, one of the biggest aids in early detection of asymptomatic virus carriers has been the use of thermal imaging for rapid temperature detection. According to the Center for Disease Control, employers should perform a measurement of their employee’s temperatures and assess symptoms prior to them starting work each day. As this process can be time-consuming, thermal imaging is an ideal technology. Because thermal imaging utilizes a non-contact camera to detect hot zones or infrared energy (heat) emitted from a person this…

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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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