Technology

At Performance Coatings International Laboratories, LLC we are making innovation and technology work better for you. As a leading manufacturer of high-performance coatings, we are committed to the most stringent requirements for product protection and enhanced optical and environmental performance of polymeric substrates and optoelectronic components for a wide range of industries. For over 55 years, PCI Labs has been leading in the use of thermal and UV-curable high abrasion resistance coatings. PCI Labs is an industry leader in developing very high abrasion resistant coatings for plastics. Trailblazers in the use of UV-curable coatings, PCI Labs possesses 14 US and International patents. PCI Labs’ UV-curable Vueguard 901 ®, Vueguard ® 801, MaxGuard 701, TopPro and LensGuard coatings when applied to plastic substrates make it possible to design products which could not be otherwise considered. At PCI Labs, our Research and Development teams are continually working to support our products and meet the emerging needs of our present and future customers.

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PCI Labs – Nanoresins, AG of Germany Complete R&D Nanoparticle Study

PCI Labs collaborated with Nanoresins, AG of Germany (formerly of Hanse Chemie, GmbH) to evaluate the abrasion and chemical resistance properties of Nanoresins’ Nanocryl products with various metal oxide nanoparticle suspensions in PCI Labs’ R&D facilities.

Nanoresins’ Nanocryl nanoparticle products were benchmarked against competitive aluminum and silicone oxide nanoparticle suspensions in standard UV-curable formulations in PCI Labs’ R&D facilities to identify relative performance and the effects of a special silicone slip additive (the BYK 3570).

 Nano Study TAN US-002      Nano Study TAN US-002A

High Performance Keyboard Coatings

The ever growing and constantly changing electronic industry has established very stringent requirements for the durability and aesthetic appearance of computers and mobile input devices. Computer keyboards, the most commonly used input devices, tend to wear under everyday use. Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) keyboard keys become glossy and often legends are erased with constant use. This wear can be prevented by the use of high performance UV curable anti-glare protective coatings applied by the spray process.  

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Multifunctional UVEB Curable Oligomers for Optical Coatings

Hard, optical clear, protective UV curable top coats are necessary for a variety of demanding applications in the automotive, aviation, electronics and scientific instrumentation markets. Coatings with special properties, such as antifog, conductivity, anti-Newton ring, antiglare performance, are highly sought-after products. However, due to limited choices of oligomers, current coatings cannot easily meet customers’ varied demands. Oligomers with low functionality may hardly meet scratch (mar) resistance or hardness specifications. Some coatings can only be applied as very thin films due to brittleness. Furthermore, chemical resistance, antifog, antistatic and antiglare properties all require artful formulation choices between monomers, oligomers, additives, photo-initiators and diluents. Lack of functionalized oligomers often restrict the creative venues for multipurpose applications. New oligomers have been developed that can solve problems like these. This presentation will discuss new polyurethane acrylate oligomers being developed using grafting and block copolymerization that, under adequate formulation, provide excellent optical properties while presenting great toughness after UV curing. Raw materials with different characteristics of hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity, conductivity, elasticity, mechanical properties, and/or formulation compatibility are selected in obtaining oligomers of desired properties. Oligomers targeting for antifog applications, glass adhesion, and soft touch application, will be discussed. Specifically, antifog coatings for Polycarbonate (PC) substrate has been evaluated extensively for performance against many real life use conditions. Some formulations were compared against other commercial products in the market place.

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PCI Labs UV-Cured Coatings Protect Optical-Grade Resins

Abrasion and chemical attack, enemies of optical surfaces, can be tamed by coatings. The coatings can reduce glare but in some cases at the expense of image resolution. Designers can choose a reasonable compromise

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Performance Coatings International Laboratories, LLC a global supplier of high performance UV-curable coatings and toll coater, announced today the completion of qualification studies of the Vueguard® 901 / 801 Hard coats and Vueguard® 932  Anti-Fog UV-curable coatings with Eastman’s Tritan™ TX-1001 and TX-2001 amorphous Co-polyester materials.
Both the Vueguard® 901 and Vueguard® 801 high performance UV-curable, thin film coatings were effective in improving the scratch resistance of TX-1001 and TX-2001 materials without imparting embritlement.  The Vueguard® 801 was more effective in improving the steel wool scratch resistance and pencil hardness of both Tritan™ materials, while the Vueguard® 901 was more effective in improving the Taber™ abrasion resistance.
The Vueguard® 932 AF coating was effective in imparting excellent anti-fog properties to both Tritan™ Tx-1001 and Tx-2001 molded parts.
Eastman’s Tritan™ copolyesters offer excellent appearance and clarity, outstanding chemical resistance and hydrolytic stability. End-use applications for these materials are in the consumer and durable goods, appliances, housewares and small appliance markets.

 Vueguard® 901 & 801 Anti-Fog Coatings on Tritan™  Vueguard® 932 Anti-Fog Coating for Tritan™
 Surface Differences between Tritan™ and PC  Surface Energy of Tritan™ vs PC and PET

Click here to read more about Eastman Tritan™ on Eastman’s web site.