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Front Surface Mirrors Provide Increased Reflectivity

 

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Santa Paula, CA – August 2, 2013Abrisa Technologies provides front surface mirrors or first surface mirrors for a broad scope of optics applications. These mirrors have a long product life, superior durability, and can be cleaned easily.

 

Front surface mirrors have over-coated dielectric layers that are vacuum deposited on the surface of a clear glass substrate to increase reflectivity and protect against humidity and abrasion. The sharper image created by a front surface mirror lacks the ghosting effect of a conventional mirror.

 

The substrate of choice for a front service mirror is float glass with a typical flatness and irregularity of 4 to 6 waves per inch. Typical thicknesses that are available from stock are 1mm, 1.6mm, 2.3mm, 3mm, 5mm, 6mm, and 10mm. Front surface mirror sizes are available in dimensions up to 74” x 130” or 1880 mm x 3320 mm in 3mm and 6mm thicknesses.

 

  • Enhanced aluminum mirror coatings reflect from 85% to 97% over the visible spectrum (400-700 nm)
  • Protected gold mirror coatings reflect an average of 97% over a broader spectrum (700-2000 nm)

Front surface mirrors can be used in such applications as:

 

  • Industrial/Office Automation
    • Photocopiers & document scanners
    • Facsimile machines & laser beam printers
    • Audio visual equipment & point-of-purchase scanners
    • Cameras & analytical instruments
  • Military training simulators
  • Telescopes
  • Projection & broadcasting equipment

Front surface mirror coatings conform to MIL-C-48497, MIL-M-1350BC, and MIL-STD-810C. Front surface mirrors have a long product life, superior durability, and are easily cleanable. The sharper image created by the front surface mirror lacks the ghosting effect of a conventional mirror.

 

ZC&R Can Deliver High Yield Narrow & Broadband
Transparent Conductive Coatings for Ultra Thin Glass

 

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Torrance, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics, an Abrisa Technologies Company provides narrow and broadband transparent conductive and anti-reflective (AR) coatings with extremely high yields on ultra thin glass in thicknesses as low as 0.07mm. The transparent conductive coatings Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched Indium Tin Oxide (IMITO) as well as narrow and broadband AR improve optical throughput and reduce stray light noise while providing low reflectance and good sheet resistance control without sacrificing optical performance.

 

Typical applications include:

  • Spatial Light Modulators, Micro-displays, and Optical Shutters
  • Mobile and Vehicle Mounted Displays
  • Slim Format Sensor Cover Glass
  • Telecommunications Equipment – Liquid Crystal Based Fiber Optic Switches

These coatings can be applied to the following ultra-thin glass microsheet substrates:

  • SCHOTT D 263® T eco – colorless borosilicate thin glass (as thin as 0.03mm to 1.1mm)
  • SCHOTT AF 32® eco – aluminoborosilicate thin glass (between 0.1 and 1.1mm)
  • Corning® EAGLE XG – Slim glass (as thin as 0.3mm)
  • SCHOTT MEMpax® – ultra-thin borosilicate glass (0.1mm to 1.1mm)
  • Other specialty thin glass

Presently, ZC&R can apply these coatings to 150mm and 200mm wafers as well as 6” square substrates with other custom sizes available upon request.

 

Abrisa Technologies Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched (ITO) Optical Coatings are Electrically Conductive and Optically Transparent

 

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Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies can provide both Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched Indium Tin Oxide (IMITO) thin film optical coatings for a wide variety of optics applications. The durable coatings provide for an electrically conductive glass surface that offers high optical transparency with transmittance levels that can be in excess of 99%. Common wavelengths for the coatings are 400 to 700 nm (visible) and 1500 to 1650 nm (near IR). A variety of sheet resistances such as 5 ohms per square for shielding applications and higher values for heater applications can be provided depending upon the particular application requirement. Glare reducing broadband anti-reflective coatings can also be applied to the glass substrate along with the ITO/IMITO coating.

 

ITO/IMITO coatings are commonly used to shield electromagnetic interference (EMI) while transmitting a high level of visible light, as heater windows for outdoor use, and in electronic devices such as LCDs and switches. The coatings can be applied to a wide variety of commercial glass such as soda lime float glass, borosilicate and aluminosilicate glass as well as other technical substrates such as ceramic, and fused silica.

 

Typical applications for ITO/IMITO coated glass include:

  • Liquid crystal, flat panel, plasma, and touch panel displays
  • Heated and anti-static windows
  • Transparent EMF, EMI EMC, RFI, and HF shielded glass
  • Instrumentation
  • Electronic displays
  • GPS systems
  • Outdoor displays
  • Heater panels

ITO and IMITO coatings from Abrisa Technologies are resistant to flaking, peeling, cracking, delaminating, and crazing. The coatings can be applied to substrate sizes as small as 0.25″ and up to a substrate size as large as 27″ in diameter. The minimum substrate thickness that Abrisa Technologies can provide ITO coatings for is 7 µm while the maximum substrate thickness that can be coated is up to 4″.

 

Custom fabrication of ITO/IMITO coated glass can include the addition of Bus Bars, custom edge treatments, opposed drilling of holes, custom cutting, chemical strengthening, screen printing, wire bonding, and more, for a fully integrated optics solution.

 

All ITO/IMITO coatings are applied via an ion assisted physical deposition process which provides an extremely uniform film while virtually eliminating macro particle content.

 

Abrisa Technologies Provides Custom Screen Printing for Ultra-thin Glass on Touch Panels and Displays

 

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Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies can provide custom screen printing on ultra-thin High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) glass for touch panel and display applications, meeting a variety of unique requirements required by optical bonding manufacturers. In fact, Abrisa Technologies can supply the rugged, chemically strengthened HIE™ glass in thicknesses of 0.5 mm up to 2.0 mm for the following applications:

  • Liquid crystal, flat panel, plasma, and touch panel displays
  • Heated and anti-static windows
  • Transparent EMF, EMI EMC, RFI, and HF shielded glass
  • Instrumentation
  • Electronic displays
  • GPS systems
  • Outdoor displays
  • Heater panels

According to John Schmeling, National Sales Manager for Abrisa Technologies, “Our screen print capabilities are a considerable strength and unique selling point for value-added thin glass solutions that optical bonding integrators require for the display industry. He further states, “We can meet a broad range of specifications required to insure a high quality product is delivered for the required end use.”

  • Part-to-part consistency (registration, print thickness and resolution)
  • Edge printing to within ±0.010″ tolerance
  • Step printing to create offset layered print
  • Extremely good line definition, tight tolerance up to ±0.005″
  • Depending upon artwork, feature-to-feature registration is exact to print; or within a tolerance up to ±0.004″
  • Opacity of print is dictated by color and print thickness in addition to ink type (epoxy or frit). Typically, black would have an optical density between 2.5 to 3.5 or greater

All screen printing is performed at Abrisa Technologies on either a semi-automatic or automated printer in a class 1,000 or 10,000 cleanroom. The platform selected is dependent upon the particular specification requirement. Inks are available in multiple colors, including metallics and range from low temperature epoxies to high temperature frits.

 

Large format screen printing is available on substrate sizes as large as 72″ x 54″ (1828 mm x 1371 mm) while the minimum size for screen printing is 0.3″ x 0.3″ (7.6mm 7.6 mm).

 

Low Temperature Epoxy Polyester Ink:

  • Resolution – can print as fine as 0.127 mm (0.005″)
  • Thickness – single pass (10 µm to 12 µm) & double pass (25 µm to 60 µm)

High Temperature Frit Ink – more durable and scratch resistant:

  • Resolution – can print as fine as 0.3 mm (0.012″)
  • Thickness – <0.051 mm (0.002") – single pass (35 µm to 60 µm)

In addition to providing HIE™ thin glass and screen printing, Abrisa Technologies can also provide other value-added custom glass fabrication services and coatings in order to provide a “plug and play” solution for optical bonders such as:

  • Custom Edge Work
  • Cutting & Opposed Drilling of the HIE™ Substrate
  • Application of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched (IMITO) Coatings
  • Anti-Reflective (AR), Conductive AR, IR Blockers & UV Coatings
  • Bus Bars

According to Susan Hirst, General Manager at Abrisa Technologies, “Our goal is to provide optical bonders with a total solution. We want to provide the chemically strengthened HIE™ thin glass, we want to fabricate it by cutting, screen printing, edging, and/or drilling it, and… we want to provide the optical coating(s) such as ITO, IMITO AR, UV or IR.” She further states, “We want to be a high quality, one-stop precision manufacturer that optical bonding manufacturers can rely upon for a custom product that meets all of their requirements.”

 

Abrisa Technologies to Exhibit at SID
Display Week 2012

 

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Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies a global leader in thin film optical coatings, custom glass fabrication and specialty flat glass optics will be participating in the 2012 SID International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition being held at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts, from June 3rd through June 8th – booth # 769.

 

According to John Schmeling, National Sales Manager for Abrisa Technologies, “We are quite excited about the 2012 exhibition. We have a host of new capabilities as well as our existing precision optical solutions to share at the exhibition.”

 

John further states, “Of prime importance is our ultra-thin, ultra-strong High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) glass for use in touchscreens and displays. In fact, our HIE™ glass is the ideal solution for optical bonding manufacturers as it can be fully fabricated with custom edge treatments, screen printing and other fabrication to provide a plug and play optics solution.”

 

Featured Abrisa Technologies products at the 2012 SID Exhibition will include:

  • High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) chemically strengthened glass (Live demonstration)
  • Strengthened thin glass for display applications
  • Precision thin film coatings (ITO, IMITO, AR, UV, IR, etc)
  • ClearView™ Port Glass
  • Machined glass capabilities (edging, hole drilling, cutting)
  • Screen Printed Optical Components including Bus Bars
  • Glass substrates (soda lime, borosilicate, glass/ceramic, fused silica, specialty glasses)


ZC&R coatings for Optics, Abrisa Industrial Glass, and Sycamore Glass Components are the three divisional brands that comprise Abrisa Technologies. All three of the division’s products and services will be represented at the exhibition.

 

Unique to Abrisa Technologies, is their ability to provide an entire optics solution which includes not only the initial glass substrate, but a fully fabricated product inclusive of coatings for an integrated optics solution. From small run to large OEM requirements, Abrisa technologies has over 80 years of experience providing precision optical solutions for a wide array of industries and applications.

 

High Ion-Exchange (HIE™)
Chemically Strengthened Thin Glass
from Abrisa Technologies is Scratch,
Impact and Shock Resistant

 

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Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies’ High Ion-Exchange or HIE™ thin glass is chemically strengthened in a post-production chemical process, greatly increasing the strength of the glass significantly over that of float glass. The ion-exchange process creates a deep compression layer on the surface of the glass structure, resulting in a highly scratch, shock and impact resistant end product.

 

This thin, strong, and flexible glass is extremely durable and damage resistant making it ideal for use in electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, displays, touch screens, TVs, and a host of other electronic device applications.

 

The HIE™ ultra-tough, high performance thin glass allows for very sleek touch screen and display devices with improved brightness and touch sensitivity.

 

The easy-to-clean, wear resistant HIE™ glass is available in thicknesses from 0.5mm to 2.0mm which can be custom fabricated to meet application specific requirements. Precision cutting and machining, edge treatments, opposed drilling of holes, and custom screen prints can all be applied to the HIE™ glass.

 

In addition to custom fabrication, durable anti-reflective coatings can be applied for improved screen readability in bright light conditions whether indoor or outside in sizes up to a 27″ diagonal; larger sizes may be available. Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched ITO coatings can be applied to the HIE™ glass for EMI shielding and heater panels for displays in medical and defense environments.

 

According to Jim Veler, President and CEO of Abrisa Technologies, “One of our unique capabilities as an optics manufacturer, is our ability to provide integrated solutions.” He further states, “By integrated, I mean that Abrisa Technologies can not only provide the HIE™ glass substrate, we can fabricate it to the size and shape desired as well as provide durable thin film coatings for a complete optics solution.”

 

Abrisa Technologies to Exhibit
at Photonics West 2012

 

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Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies a global leader in thin film optical coatings, custom glass fabrication and specialty flat glass optics will be participating in the 2012 Photonics West Show being held at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from January 24th through January 26th at booth # 1738.

 

According to John Schmeling, National Sales Manager for Abrisa Technologies, “We are quite excited about the 2012 exhibition. We have a host of new capabilities as well as our existing precision optical solutions to share at the exhibition.”

 

Featured Products at the 2012 show will include:

  • High Ion-Exchange (HIE™) chemically strengthened glass (Live demonstration)
  • Strengthened thin glass for display applications
  • Precision thin film coatings (ITO, IMITO, AR, UV, IR, etc)
  • Dichroics & color correction filters
  • Machined glass capabilities (edging, hole drilling, cutting)
  • Screen Printed Optical Components including Bus Bars
  • Glass substrates (soda lime, borosilicate, glass/ceramic, fused silica, specialty glasses)
  • Beam Splitters
  • Hot & cold mirrors

ZC&R coatings for Optics, Abrisa Industrial Glass, and Sycamore Glass Components are the three divisional brands that comprise Abrisa Technologies. All three of the division’s products and services will be represented at the exhibition.

 

Unique to Abrisa Technologies, is their ability to provide an entire optics solution which includes not only the initial glass substrate, but a fully fabricated product inclusive of coatings for an integrated optics solution. From small run to large OEM requirements, Abrisa Technologies has over 80 years of experience providing precision optical solutions for a wide array of industries and applications.

 

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Abrisa Technologies Stocks a Broad Selection of
SCHOTT Borofloat® and SUPREMAX®
for Diverse Optics Applications


Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies, a premier optics solutions provider, stocks and distributes a broad selection of SCHOTT Borofloat® from 0.7mm thick up 25.4 mm thick. This highly chemically resistant borosilicate glass has a low thermal expansion due to the float method of manufacturing by SCHOTT. This flat glass is highly resistant to water, neutral acidic and saline solutions as well as to chlorine, bromine, iodine, and organic substances.

 

Sheet sizes available from Abrisa Technologies include:

 

  • 1150mm x 850mm – for 0.7mmm to 25.4mm thickness
  • 1700mm x 1300mm – for 16.0mm to 21.0mm thickness
  • 2300mm x 1700mm – for 3.3mm to 15.0mm thickness

In addition to SCHOTT Borofloat®, Abrisa Technologies stocks SCHOTT SUPREMAX®, an ultra thick, rolled borosilicate glass, the benefits of which include low thermal expansion, high thermal resistance, excellent light transmission, and impressive chemical durability. It is a low density glass that is 12% lighter than soda-lime glass, and is available from stock in thicknesses up to 57.2mm and up to 66.7mm on order. It is an environmentally friendly glass made of non-hazardous inorganic and natural raw materials. Highly versatile, this material is well-suited for a broad array of optics applications.

 

Standard sheet sizes available from stock from Abrisa Technologies include:

 

  • 1000mm x 1500mm – for 34.9mm and 57.2mm thickness (alternative thicknesses from 28.6 up to 66.7 can be ordered)

Borofloat® and SUPREMAX® glass can undergo the following glass fabrication processes at Abrisa Technologies:

 

  • Cutting
  • Edge work – ground or polished, faceted, or arrissed
  • Dubbed and radiused corners
  • Drilling
  • Surface polishing
  • Screen printing and sand blasting
  • Can be thermally and chemically strengthened
  • Coating applications – anti-reflective, ITO, Cold Mirror, Hot Mirror/ IR Blocker, Dichroics

Borofloat® has a low specific weight in comparison to soda-lime glass, and is consequently well-suited for applications where weight limitations are a consideration. The glasses low thermal expansion and its high thermal shock resistance as well as its ability to withstand temperatures up to 450°C for long periods of time make Borofloat® ideal for applications where temperature stability is a must.

 

As far as optical properties, Borofloat® is a clear, transparent, colorless glass, with excellent transparency both in the ultraviolet and also in the visible and near infrared range of light. Its extra low inherent fluorescence or light emission, combined with very good surface quality, flatness, and homogeneity allow it to be utilized for a wide-range of applications for optics, opto-electronics, photonics, and analytical equipment.

 

Due to its low alkali content, Borofloat® acts as a high-power insulator, and is therefore a suitable material for applications where good non-conductive properties at temperatures up to 450°C are called for.

 

Typical applications include:

 

  • Photovoltaics – glass for solar collectors
  • Optical filters
  • Lighting – protective panels for spotlights & high power floodlights
  • Medical Technology – microscope slides, DNA sequencers, micro-fluidic systems and more)
  • Display glass & wafers
  • Sight glasses

Borofloat® can be easily cleaned with nearly any commercially available glass cleaner. Abrasive sponges, scouring powders, or other abrasive cleaners should not be used on Borofloat® as they can cause damage to the surface of the glass.

 

Abrisa Technologies can supply SCHOTT Borofloat® and SUPREMAX® in low and high volume quantities to service both small and large users with their exact Borofloat® and SUPREMAX® requirements.

 

ZC&R Coatings for Optics Now Offers a Family
of Solutions for Abrasion Resistant Optical Windows


Santa Paula, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics, a division of Abrisa Technologies, now offers a of family of abrasion resistant windows that are custom designed to meet unique customer requirements. All abrasion resistant windows feature ZC&R’s high performance anti-reflective (AR) coatings that maximize optical transmittance while eliminating image ghosting, thereby protecting optical systems in hostile as well as common operating environments.

 

Abrasion from common airborne particles such as sand or poor cleaning procedures applied to external optical surfaces can significantly degrade the optical system performance. Airborne chemicals such as hydrogen sulfide, nitric acid, sulphuric acid, carbonic acid, and other corrosive constituents of urban smog can, over time, produce staining and etching of exposed optical surfaces.

 

To counteract these harmful environmental effects, ZC&R Coatings for Optics provides three levels of protection:

  • Level 1 – Hardened anti-reflective (AR) coatings applied to conventional glass substrates for less hostile operating environments.
  • Level 2 – Hardened anti-reflective (AR) coatings on hard optical substrates for more challenging environments.
  • Level 3 – Hardened anti-reflective (AR) coatings on sapphire laminated substrates for the most hostile operating conditions.

Level 1 coatings are the most economical, provide superior optical performance over most spectral ranges, offer superior abrasion resistance in comparison to conventional windows, and are available in a variety of sizes including large apertures up to 10” in diameter.

 

Level 2 coatings are moderate in cost, provide increased abrasion resistance, while also offering significant improvement in resistance to corrosive chemical exposure, have superior optical performance over most spectral ranges, and are available in a variety of sizes including large apertures up to 10” in diameter.

 

Level 3 coatings provide maximum resistance to abrasion, significant resistance to corrosive chemicals, while also providing enhanced protection from ballistic damage with superior optical performance over most spectral ranges. Level 3 coatings are available in apertures up to 6” in diameter.

 

Typical applications include:

  • Camera lens systems
  • Telescopes
  • Point-of-purchase (POP) displays
  • Menu boards
  • Display monitors
  • Digital signage
  • LCD screens
  • Handheld displays

Anti-reflective (AR) coatings provided by ZC&R meet the following MIL specifications:

  • MIL-PRF-13830B
  • MIL-C-675C
  • MIL-F-48616
  • MIL-C-48497A
  • MIL-C14806A

AR coatings from ZC&R Coatings for optics will extend the service life of optical window systems while enhancing optical clarity and viewability. In addition, the coatings provide protection from weather and deterioration from chemical attack.

 

Extensive Line of Coatings from
Abrisa Technologies
Optimize Glass & Optics Performance


Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies, an ISO 2001: 2008 and ITAR registered company applies high precision optical coatings to the surface of glass substrates to alter the interaction with wavelengths of light in terms of reflectance, transmittance, and absorption as well as abrasion resistance and electrical conductivity. The extensive line of coatings offered by the company includes numerous standard and off-the-shelf treatments for prototype and high-volume production quantities. Custom coatings and filters are also available to suit unique customer application specific requirements.

 

Typical coatings include:

  • Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched Indium Tin Oxide (IMITO)
  • Metal Coatings – Protected and Enhanced Silver, Aluminum, and Gold Mirrors
  • Multi-band Films
  • Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic and Oleophobic Coatings and Films
  • Hot and Cold Mirrors
  • Thin Film Polarizers
  • Neutral Density Filters
  • Covert and Semi Covert Filters (IR Surveillance)
  • High Power Lasers
  • Beam Splitters
  • Dichroic Color Filters


Abrisa Technologies’ thin film coatings are applied via electron beam guns with ion-assisted deposition. Coatings and components can be provided from 200 nm to 20 microns, from the ultraviolet (UV) out to the far infrared (IR).

 

As coatings experts, Abrisa Technologies can not only apply coatings to a wide variety of technical and commercial glass substrates, multiple coatings may be applied to the same substrate as well as other glass fabrication processes such as strengthening, screen printing, cutting, drilling, polishing, cleaning, edge work , and more for an integrated optics solution.

 

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Large Format Screen Printed Optics
Now Available from Abrisa Technologies


Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies has recently upgraded their Santa Paula facility with new equipment which enables screen printing of glass substrates in sizes up to 56” x 86” or 1,422.4 mm x 2,184.4 mm. with a tolerance of up to ±0.030” or ±0.76 mm depending on part size and image. Minimum substrate thickness is approx. 0.039” or 1 mm with maximum substrate thickness of 0.75” or 19 mm.

 

Screen printing is available in multiple standard and custom colors, including metallics, opaques, and semitransparent inks, and range from low temperature epoxies to high temperature frits. Minimum print resolution can be as fine as 0.005” or 0.127 mm for printing logos, icons, lettering, borders, and more.

 

The large format screen printing is ideal for large touch panels and display screens, outdoor displays, and digital signage applications. In addition to large format screen printing, Abrisa Technologies can also screen print glass substrates in sizes as small as 3” x 2” or 76.2 mm x 50.8 mm, with a tolerance of ±0.006” or ±0.15 mm. Minimum thickness for the smaller screen printing of 16” x 16” or 460 mm x 460 mm is 0.030” or 0.76 mm and maximum substrate thickness is 0.5” or 12.7 mm.

 

Abrisa Technologies’ screen printed optics can be combined with additional processes such as chemical strengthening, custom glass fabrication (cutting, edging, drilling, etc.) and the application of optical thin film coatings (AR, UV, ITO, IMITO, hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and oleophobic) to provide a integrated package solution for display enhancement or other high quality, high precision optics application.

 

High Performance Glass & Coatings
from Abrisa Technologies are Ideal for
Medical Instrumentation Displays


Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies delivers a broad range of custom glass optical filters for medical imaging, testing, monitoring, and analytic instrumentation displays screens and panels. From fabricated and strengthened thin glass to complex optical thin films and coatings, Abrisa Technologies can provide the specific solution required to improve display clarity and readability, design aesthetics, durability, and functionality.

 

Displays used in the medical industry such as real-time imaging, vital sign monitoring, and various analytical instrumentation devices have increased in complexity. Technology adaptation and advancements in image-guided surgery and visualization, digital imaging, and remote diagnosis all rely upon high performance displays. These displays must be easy-to-read so that vital information can be evaluated and acted upon. Accurate color rendering or grey scale, high contrast, and concise viewability without loss of resolution are of paramount importance. Optical filters and protective cover glass from Abrisa Technologies meet the critical and demanding specifications required for these display screen applications.

 

Chemical or heat strengthened glass from Abrisa Technologies provides a durable, protective shield that is cleanable, scratch/abrasion resistant, and non-yellowing. Display glass options such as non-glare surfaces and anti-reflective coatings, as well as tinted glass improve viewability and contrast. UV and IR (heat rejection) coatings deposited directly onto the glass surface can provide for thermal control and temperature stability. Also available from Abrisa Technologies are ITO and IMITO coatings for EMI shielding. Hydrophilic and hydrophobic coatings can be applied as well to protect display glass against dirt, dust, oils and a host of aqueous solutions for optimum performance.

 

Abrisa Technologies’ in-house design and engineering teams work with the display OEM to evaluate and select the most advantageous glass substrate material and coating or coatings requirements. For a fully turnkey approach, Abrisa Technologies can also fabricate the display glass panel; customizing the size, shape, thickness, edge treatment, and screen print requirements for a rugged, reliable, and cost-effective display glass solution.

 

Abrisa Technologies Anti-Glare Glass Minimizes Reflection
for Improved Optical Quality


February 25, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies anti-glare, soda-lime glass breaks up incidental light reflected images, so that focus can be placed upon the display image instead of the reflected image. Unlike anti-reflective (AR) coated or untreated surfaces, anti-glare glass does not become highly reflective as a result of oily finger prints.

 

Features include:

  • Low reflection
  • High resolution
  • Superior durability
  • Anti-Newton ring

Abrisa Technologies’ anti-glare glass is manufactured by a controlled acid-etch process yielding uniform diffused surfaces. Various levels of diffusion can be specified depending upon the application requirement. A lower gloss reading requires a more diffused panel. The more diffusion, the more anti-reflective properties it will provide. Anti-glare glass can be laminated as well as heat tempered or chemically strengthened. Standard sizes, thicknesses, and gloss levels are carried in stock. Standards include a 70° gloss one side only, in sizes up to 32 x 40 x 3/32” and two sides at a gloss of 70° a sizes up to 24 x 24 x 1/8”. Custom requirements can be specified with gloss ranges from 50° to 120°.

 

Typical applications include: display monitor face plates, electronic displays, medical instruments, video game screens, touch panels, and LED displays.

 

Abrisa Technologies to Exhibit
Products & Services at SID 2011


March 1, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies an ISO 9001 company and a global leader in thin film optical coatings, custom glass fabrication, and specialty glass products will be participating in the Society for Information Display Exhibition – SID 2011 to be held in Los Angeles, California, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on May 17th through 19th, booth # 1206.

 

At the exhibition, attendees will be able to view the latest products and services Abrisa Technologies has to offer the touch panel and display markets. Abrisa Technologies provides precision fabricated glass and coatings for cover and back plate applications for multi-touch, resistive, projected capacitive (PCAP), surface acoustic wave (SAW), optical touch, micro-display, and acoustic pulse recognition (APR) touch screens and displays. Additionally, Abrisa Technologies can provide EMI/RFI suppression, heater panels with bus bars, IR/UV blocking windows, and glass fabrication and coatings for outdoor displays.

 

Abrisa Technologies has the capability of chemically strengthening thin glass in thicknesses of less than 3mm and can process glass in sizes up to 28” x 36”. Another fabrication capability from Abrisa Technologies is their large format screen print capability, new equipment allows for screen printed optics up to 56” x 86”.

 

Custom coatings capabilities to be featured at the exhibition include: Anti-Reflective (AR) Coatings, Hot Mirror & IR Blockers, Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched (IMITO) Coatings, Hydrophilic, Hydrophobic & Oleophobic Coatings, and Front Surface Mirror & Beam Splitter. A variety of glass substrate material can also be viewed at the booth including: anti-glare, soda lime, Borofloat®, and low iron glass.

 

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Abrisa Technologies
Publishes Inaugural
Precision Glass Optics E-Newsletter


February 8, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies has distributed the February 2011 inaugural issue of their Precision Glass Optics E-Newsletter via Constant Contact. The bi-monthly E-Newsletter will provide readers with information about each Abrisa Technologies divisions; Abrisa Industrial Glass, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics and their product and services for the optics community.

 

Individuals may sign-up for the E-Newsletter on the divisional websites, or on the Abrisa Technologies website at:
E-Newsletter Sign-up.

 

The inaugural issue featured stories and links about the following topics:

The Opt-in E-Newsletter will be used to drive breaking news and the latest product and service information to subscribers. Abrisa Technologies would enjoy getting feedback about the E-Newsletter content and would appreciate subscribers sending in content suggestions to: marcom@abrisatechnologies.com.

 

Abrisa Technologies
Publishes Corporate Capabilities Brochure


January 21, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies has just published a new corporate capabilities brochure detailing their product and service offerings for precision glass optics via their three industry leading divisions; Abrisa Industrial Glass, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics.

 

The new, 6-panel Abrisa Technologies brochure provides a capabilities overview of each of the three divisions as well as an introduction to Abrisa Technologies.

 

Highlighted within the brochure are the prototype and high-volume OEM products and service capabilities offered to Abrisa Technologies’ primary industry targets; defense, display, lighting & entertainment, medical, imaging systems, and the photovoltaic sectors.

 

Abrisa Technologies focuses upon providing high reliability, high quality precision glass optics solutions for the following product and service categories:

  • Precision Thin Film Optical Coatings – Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched (ITO), Anti-Reflective (AR), Heat Control (Hot & Cold Mirrors), UV Blocking Filters, Color Filters, Color/Temperature Correction, Beam Splitter, Metal Coatings, Front Surface Mirror, Covert/Semi Covert Filters, IR Coatings, Neutral Density Filters, Anti-Fog, and more.
  • Custom Glass Fabrication – Cutting, Edging, Screen Printing, Machining, Bus Bar, Strengthening, Metrology, Cleaning, and Specialty Packaging.
  • Specialty Glass Products – Soda-Lime, Borosilicate, Glass/Ceramic, and Specialty Glass.

With over 80 years of combined design and manufacturing experience, Abrisa Technologies, and its divisions deliver cost-effective solutions that are on-time, in-spec and within budget. A quick review of the brochure provides the reader with a broad-based introduction to the company as a whole. For more information the brochure directs inquires to the website; www.abrisatechnologies.com.

 

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Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) Coatings
Provide High Transmittance
Solutions for Optics Applications


Photonics West 2011 – Torrance, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics, a division of Abrisa Technologies, provides Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Index-Matched Indium Tin Oxide (IMITO) transparent, high transmittance conductive coatings which are extremely useful in EMI shielded windows for sensors and displays, heated outdoor camera windows, liquid crystal based polarization devices, and photovoltaic cells. The high transmittance IMITO solutions can be designed with sheet resistances below 5 ohms per square.

 

These IMITO solutions inhibit the effects of EMI (Electro-Magnetic Interface), RFI (Radio Frequency Interface), and ESD (Electro-Static Discharge). By using an ITO coating solution from ZC&R Coatings for Optics, EMI, RFI, and ESD are minimized and may be virtually eliminated; improving reception and overall performance of electronic devices. Instrument operators and communications devices will have clearer signals and improved communication channels due to the coating’s effectiveness.

 

The ITO and IMITO coatings can be applied to a wide variety of technical and commercial glass substrates and may be applied in conjunction with other ZC&R coatings for a highly custom, application-specific solution.

 

The optically transparent and durable ITO and IMITO coatings are most often used where low resistance and high transmission are required. ZC&R’s high transmittance coatings are resistant to flaking, peeling, cracking, delaminating, and crazing. Humidity, abrasion, adhesion, and salt-fog should be considered when selecting a coating prior to application for best results.

 

Integrated durable Bus Bars can be provided with tri-metal or precision printed high temperature silver epoxy for electrical contact.

 

Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic
Optical Coatings Available from
ZC&R Coatings for Optics


Photonics West 2011 – Torrance, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics, a division of Abrisa Technologies, provides both hydrophilic and hydrophobic optical coatings for applications such as outdoor surveillance, camera windows, outdoor displays, marine displays, medical devices, and more.

 

ZC&R’s hydrophilic coatings reduce distortion by interacting positively with water, causing condensates to spread uniformly over the surface of the coated glass; sheeting water rather than forming droplets that scatter light. Perfect for outdoor use or in environments where moisture is present, hydrophilic coatings can be combined with all ZC&R specialty coatings for a highly customized solution. Durable and cost-effective, this ion-assisted inorganic hard coating functions well in high humidity situations.

 

ZC&R hydrophilic coatings can be applied on glass substrates for optics applications with wavelengths between 350 nm and 2700 nm. In addition, the durable coatings comply with MIL-C-675C for severe abrasion.

 

ZC&R’s hydrophobic coatings can be provided in both coated and laminated solutions for repelling moisture. Ideal for touch screens, the water repellant hydrophobic coating creates a barrier against dirt, dust and a host of liquids.

 

Abrisa Technologies
Launches Corporate Website


January 4, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Technologies is pleased to announce the launch of their new corporate website located at www.abrisatechnologies.com. The site introduces the optics community to the company (Abrisa Technologies), along with its industry leading brands; Abrisa Industrial Glass, and ZC&R Coatings for Optics.

 

Once visitors enter the site, they can navigate through the various pages to get detailed information about each of the three brands/divisions, quality, product news, events such as trade show participation, sales contact information, and more.

 

Of particular interest will be the markets & application pages which detail product offerings and solutions in the following industry sectors:

An in depth discussion with hyperlinks to the divisional websites is provided for Abrisa Technologies’ products & services which include:

In additional to these features, the site will run a weekly executive message which will be available via You Tube, as well as featuring a series of virtual tutorials to educate those interested in optical glass and coating solutions about various aspects such as glass strengthening, hot & cold mirrors, and more.

 

The site also includes a sign-up for the Abrisa Technologies RSS feed, a newsletter sign-up and social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and You Tube).

 

Abrisa Industrial Glass Provides
Full-Service Custom Glass Fabrication


January 4, 2011 – Santa Paula, CA – Abrisa Industrial Glass, a division of Abrisa Technologies and a global leader in thin film optical coatings and glass fabrication, provides precision custom machined glass optical components from prototype to high volume and OEM production. Abrisa Industrial Glass can apply a variety of precision processes, individually or in combination, to any glass substrate. 90% of glass fabrication requirements are unique; specific transmission, size, edge, polish, or cleanliness standards are evaluated and the exact process put into production in order to deliver optical components that fit each customer’s requirement.

 

Typical fabrication capabilities include:

  • CuttingGlass cutting services include precision cutting of shapes and circles, waterjet cutting, glass tube cutting, and precision sawing of squares and rectangles.
  • EdgingFinishing the sharp edges of cut glass is applied for safe handling, chip reduction, or aesthetics, angled and multilevel bevels, seams, corner dubbing, circle or flat ground, pencil, and polished edging.
  • Screen printing & Etching – New technology and state-of-the-art equipment allow for high precision printing accuracy. Can combine conductive or display inks and custom colors using epoxy, enamel or ceramic-based inks for busbar, display, logo, and lettering applications. Opaque and semitransparent inks are available.
  • MachiningPrecision step and route surface, CNC processing, holes and tapers, countersink or inside dimension seaming, sandblasting, lapping, notching, slotting, grooving, buffing, and laser marking.
  • Bus BarBus bar application per project specifications such as silver epoxy printed on an ITO or IMITO.
  • StrengtheningTwo methods of strengthening are available:
    Heat (tempering or strengthening), and chemical strengthening. The method used is determined by the type of glass, size, thickness, optical accuracy needs, and industry quality standards.
  • MetrologyPrior to packaging, parts are inspected for surface and internal flaws via a series of rigorous tests to ensure that cosmetic requirements are met.
  • CleaningHighly controlled cleaning processes include an array of specialized flat glass washers, ultrasonic tanks, automated dryers, and our Class 100 clean room to meet the most rigorous standards in the industry.
  • Specialty PackagingPrivate label and specialty packaging. Electronic parts can be packaged in gel caps, electrostatic bags, bar coded and stocked to customer specifications.

ZC&R Optics & Abrisa Industrial Glass
Partner to Produce Display Glass Solutions


December 14, 2010 – Santa Paula, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics and Abrisa Industrial Glass, divisions of Abrisa Technologies and global leaders in thin film optical coatings and glass fabrication, have joined forces to produce display glass, LCD glass plates, and overlay and bus bar printing production solutions for a wide variety of glass substrates. Precision coated indium tin oxide (ITO) and index-matched ITO (IMITO) transparent thin films from ZC&R offer high transmittance and low resistance. Installed in a class 100 clean room, Abrisa Industrial Glass’s enhanced Ekra X4 fully-automated printing system delivers sophisticated production printing on glass materials for a variety of industrial and military-grade applications.

 

High efficiency, anti-reflection coatings (both standard and custom products) are ideal for accurate display glass printing. ZC&R Coatings and Abrisa Industrial Glass’s new display glass coating capabilities include precision patterning of durable epoxy-based bus bars and thermoset or ceramic-based inks with 15 micron print-to-print accuracy in sizes up to 460mm x 460 mm.

 

For rugged environments such as cockpit displays, bonding of connecting wires and flex cable bonding can be provided. Other glass coating solutions include chemical and thermal glass strengthening and the capability to both deposit and/or print bus bars. Precision coatings, intricate and patterned ink frames, and OEM artwork can be custom printed on glass per each customer’s exacting specifications.

 

ZC&R Coatings for Optics, a Division of Abrisa Technologies will be Participating in Photonics West 2011


December 7, 2010 – Santa Paula, CA – ZC&R Coatings for Optics, a division of Abrisa Technologies and a global leader in thin film optical coatings will be participating in the 2011 Photonics West Show being held at Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from January 25th through January 27th. To check out ZC&R’s line of optical coatings show attendees should make their way over to booth 541.

 

According to Jim Walker, ZC&R’s Engineer Sales Manager, “The expanded family of precision hot mirrors offered by ZC&R are ideal for separating unwanted infrared from visible light for applications in medical, defense, aerospace, life sciences, imaging, astronomy, and entertainment industries.”

 

ZC&R will be on display with a new trade show booth which will feature their new corporate identity as a division of Abrisa Technologies. The booth display will emphasize precision optical coating solutions for the photonics industry which include:

  • Hydrophilic & Hydrophobic Films
  • High Transmittance Index-Matched Indium Tin Oxide (ITO)
  • Large Area Vacuum deposition up to 40”
  • Printing, Bus Bar and Lead-wire Attachment


In addition to the featured products, ZC&R will be presenting their full line of heat control, dichroic optical coatings that filter unnecessary energy (heat) from a light source.

 

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