Ocean Thin Films Expands PixelTec Patterned Optical Coating Capability

Facility and equipment upgrades

Largo, Florida (June 22, 2011) – To grow its exclusive PixelTec™ patterned optical coating technology, Ocean Thin Films has expanded its Golden, Colorado facility. The pioneer in lithographic patterning of optical coatings, with more than 2 million precision patterned optics delivered, Ocean Thin Films continues to advance its patented process by adding a new clean room and specialty equipment. 

Ocean Thin Film’s Golden Colo. facility has been upgraded to deliver a wider range of custom patterned coatings.

Ocean Thin Film’s Golden Colo. facility has been upgraded to deliver a wider range of custom patterned coatings.

PixelTec optical coatings are increasingly used for purpose-specific performance in a multitude of medical, defense, and industrial applications, enabling more compact, robust, and cost-effective devices. The Golden, Colo. expansion includes another dedicated, class 1000 semiconductor-grade clean room outfitted with advanced patterning and alignment equipment, and class 100 work areas.  The ITAR Registered and ISO 9001:2008 certified facility is now delivering a wider range of complex custom patterned coatings.

PixelTec technology enables micron-scale patterning of multiple thin film optical coatings on a single substrate including:

  • Precision patterning of intricate features, shapes, and sizes with sub-pixel alignment accuracy.
  • Dielectric, metallic, and transparent conductive (ITO/IMITO) coatings  engineered for custom spectral properties.
  • Multi-filter arrays on monolithic substrates, scalable to high volume production.

“Multispectral imaging and sensing is an exciting example where clients are leveraging the benefits of PixelTec patterned dichroic coatings – configuring real-time custom imagers and sensors for everything from enhanced surveillance to non-invasive detection of cancer and disease,” explains Randel Mercer, Ocean Thin Film’s Vice President of Business Development. 

“Our innovative PixelTec patterning expertise also supports precision reticles, variable filters, EMI/RFI shielding, and other custom optics. This expansion is the latest in our continued investment to ensure customers receive the best-in-class patterning capability coupled with high quality optical coatings.”

To find out more about PixelTec patterned optical coatings, please visit www.oceanthinfilms.com/PixelTec.html

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