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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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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Mirror Coating: Fashion vs Function

February 14, 2020

By Dan Fiore, Director of Business Development Mirror coating services are a major part of our heritage here at North American Coating Laboratories. When we began our business, we deposited mirror coatings, but they were all for cosmetic purposes on ophthalmic lenses. As times changed and we began to move into more non ophthalmic related applications our mirrors were used more for functional applications than fashion applications. The interesting element of these applications is that the deposition technology is the same and creates a mirror that aesthetically looks the same. This is the case with our Full Mirror Gold coating…

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