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  • Light Coatings Ltd | PVD Coatings

    WELCOME TO LIGHT COATINGS LTD Delivering Coating Solutions by Your Side Our Vision Our company's vision is to be a leading provider of PVD coatings and consultancy, offering innovative solutions that help our clients achieve their goals and create value for their customers. We strive to be known for our expertise, reliability, and customer-centric approach, building long-lasting partnerships with our clients based on trust, collaboration, and mutual respect. Our vision is to create a positive impact on the world by providing sustainable solutions that improve the performance, durability, and aesthetics of our clients' products, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and environmental responsibility. We aspire to be a company that is respected by our industry peers, admired by our clients, and valued by our employees and stakeholders and to make a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. Services Component Manufacturing Light Coatings Ltd can provide a range of manufacturing services around the coatings industry. This can include component manufacturing, substrate sourcing, dicing, coating and mechanical component manufacturing. ​ We have internal 3D printing capability for rapid prototyping and functional component manufacture and in house design capability for mechanical components. Coatings (Optical, mechanical and elecrical) Using our state of the art reactive sputtering technology we specialise in precision optical coatings for UV - Vis- NIR - MIR -FIR optics for mirrors, antireflective coatings and complex filters. In addition our low temperature process is particularly suited for coatings on polymers and also fo rthe reactive deposition of hard durable coatings. We also produce conductive coatings such as Copper and Silver as well as transparent conductors such as ITO. Consultancy We provide consultancy to a range of customers from optical coating design using our range of simulation, modelling and optimisation software to complete process development and troubleshooting. We also support customer new to the industry or with new product requirements with equipment specification, project management and technology assessment. Whatever your need for support with PVD Coatings we can support you or direct you to a partner that can. RESEARCH PROJECTS Our Current Focus Coatings for 3D Printed Plastics Feb, 2023 Low Temperature Diamond Like Coatings (DLC) July, 2023 Specialist IR Coatings June, 2022 Contact Us ITAC 5, Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, WA4 4AD +44 (0)845 1549796 sales@lightcoatings.co.uk First Name Last Name Email Message Send

  • Optical Coatings | Light Coatings Ltd

    Precision Optical Coatings Antireflection Coatings Antireflection Coatings reduce the reflections present the interface between an optic and the air or other background medium. These can be single wavelength coatings for lasers or complex broad or multband coatings. Light Coatings can produce coatings from UV - FIR wavelengths. Metallic Mirrors A metallic mirror can be a 1st or 2nd surface coating of metal, typically Aluminium, SIlver or Gold to a produce a wide angle, high reflectivity surface. These coatings can be complemented with optical layers to improve reflectivity in select wavelengths or with layers to protect the metal from oxidation, abrasion and chemical degredation. Beam Splitters A beam splitter coating is used to split the incident light into 2 different paths, either for rejection purposes or the split a signal. These coating types typically work by; - Splitting the wavelengths of incident light - Splitting the light based on polarisation - Splitting the intensity with a partial mirror Dielectric Mirrors A dielectric mirror is a stack of high and low index optical materials which provide a very high reflection level. These coatings are generally give the highest reflectivity (>99.9% possible) but can be very thick and time consuming to produce compared to a metal mirror. Edge Filters Edge filters are typically versions of a high/low index stack and combined antireflection optimisations to provide a sharp transition from high reflection to high transmission. These can be in the form of long or short pass filters or other iterations to selectively filter incident light. Custom Optical Coatings Light Coatings regularly undertake custom coatings including transparent conductive oxides such as ITO, speciliased functional coatings such a thermochromics as well as a range of other optoelectronic coatings. Ready to take the next step to a coating solution? Contact Us

  • Research | Light Coatings Ltd

    RESEARCH PROJECTS Our Current Focus Coatings for 3D Printed Plastics Feb, 2023 Low Temperature Diamond Like Coatings (DLC) July, 2023 Specialist IR Coatings June, 2022 Want to discuss our R&D projects? Contact Us

  • Coatings for 3D Printed Polymers | Light Coatings Ltd

    Coatings for 3D Printed Polymers Light Coatings started an Innovate UK funded project to develop a range of optical, durable and electrical functional coatings tackling the range of 3D printed polymer types and printing processes. 2023 Press Release - PVD Palm PVD Palm: Helping to put the North West at the forefront of technology Established tech business Light Coatings Ltd, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, is delighted to announce it has received a cool £100,000 grant from Innovate UK as part of the Liverpool City Region Launchpad programme to develop its functional technology for 3D printed polymers. Light Coatings Ltd offers a range of manufacturing, consultancy and support services to the thin film and vacuum deposition industry and is hugely excited about being given the opportunity to further develop this innovative product. Over the next 12 months, the tech team from Light Coatings Ltd will develop the technology and collate the relevant technical data in order to prove the viability of PVD (physical vapour deposition) coatings on a range of commercially viable polymers. The key target is to identify the polymer materials that are compatible with the unique, low temperature PVD process, so that at the end of the project, Light Coatings hopes to be in a position to take this unique product to market. And what makes it all even more exciting is the fact that currently there is no one else in the industry offering such a service, helping to put Light Coatings in particular, and the North West tech industry in general, at the cutting edge of new technology. Directors Dr Steven Stanley and George Titley are both looking forward to moving forward with their ground-breaking product, Dr Stanley saying: “The funding from Innovate UK will greatly increase the pace at which Light Coatings can develop this exciting technology for a new market. The project builds upon new work and developments already undertaken by the innovation team at Light Coatings to bring this technology to a market first offering.” Want to discuss our R&D projects? Contact Us

  • News | Light Coatings Ltd

    NEWS Stay Informed About Light Coatings Ltd TOP DISCOVERIES OF THE DECADE April 12, 2025 EXCITING FINDINGS AT LIGHT COATINGS LTD April 12, 2025 A REVOLUTIONARY MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH LAB April 12, 2025 Looking for further information? Contact Us

  • Coatings for Polymers | Light Coatings Ltd

    Coatings for Polymers Optical Coatings for Polymers Our technology is specifically designed for the coating of polymers with optical coatings such as Antireflection coatings, filters and mirrors. Polymerised Silica Light Coatings have the capability to apply Polymerised Silica sealing/buffer layers to polymers through an insitu PACVD process. Barrier Coatings Light Coatings can undertake a range of coatings to act as barriers for moisture, air or chemicals, through the application of dense Al2O3 or custom designed layers and materials to suit your specific application. Coatings for 3D Printed Polymers Through our current research projects we are developing the capability to apply hard wearing, chemically resistant and in some cases decorative coatings to a range of 3D printed polymers. Vacuum Plasma Treatment Of critical importance for coatings for polymers is the use of vacuum plasma pretreatment. This is a routine aspect of the coating process depending on the polymer type but can also be performed as a stand alone treatment for specific applications for surface energy and activation. Ready to take the next step to a coating solution? Contact Us

  • Low Temperature DLC | Light Coatings Ltd

    Low Temperature DLC As part of our ongoing research and development with coatings for polymers we are continuing our development of low temperature DLC coatings for polymers and temperature sensitive substrates. ​ This is a new developing project so please see here and LinkedIn for updates on our progress. Want to discuss our R&D projects? Contact Us

  • IR Coatings | Light Coatings Ltd

    IR Coatings We have undertaken a range of IR coating developments using our reactive sputtering process to further develop our capability in this area. We have worked with specific coating options to optimise existing products in the IR region, developed new materials and processes for specific needs in IR wavelengths and to develop the materials which can be used in these areas such electrochromic and thermochromic coatings. Want to discuss our R&D projects? Contact Us

  • Facilities | Light Coatings Ltd

    Facilities Light Coatings have specialist facilities for the design, manufacture and analysis of a range of thin film coatings along with prototyping facilities to support rapid development at the systems level where required. Thin Film Coatings Our primary coating method is through Reactive Magnetron Sputtering of which we specialise in small batch production for prototyping and small volumes/components but with techniques which we can take to larger scale production within our own or other facilities. Our automated system can produce multilayer coatings with nm level precision and to date we have performed coatings exceeding 160 discrete layers in a single cycle. ​ We have a range of coating materials available including; - Oxides (SiO2, ZrO2, TiO2, VO2, Al2O3) - Nitrides (Si3N4, ZrN, TiN, Al3N4, CrN) - Metals (Al, Ag, Cu, Stainless Steel, Ni, Cr) - Others (DLC, Me:DLC, HMDSO, Carbides, ITO) ​ We also undertake materials development for new materials which we can conduct within our equipment very quickly but within a system which can be directly taken to industrialisation compared to a research system. ​ ISO 5 Clean Room As part of our ongoing quality assurance we have the Clean Environments, fully portable, inflatable class 5 clean room with HEPA filtration. This provides a dust free environment for the most demanding of customer applications. With the portable approach we gain in flexibility without the requirement and cost of a permanent clean room. Formlabs 3 3D Printer Light Coatings have recently brought in house SLA 3D printing capabilities to support not only our internal tooling and prototyping capability but to develop our ability to print and coat final products for customers with specialist requirements. We have stock formlabs resins available and can design and print components at a lead time much faster than an equivalent aluminium or metal component. Analysis Techniques To support our coating activities and consultancy offering we have a range of test and analsyis methods available including; - Spectrophotometers (UV - NIR and MIR - FIR) - Adhesion and Durability Testing to various standards - SEM Analysis - XRF - XRD Beyond this testing we have direct access to a significant range of test facilities through our various partners. Cleaning Facilities Utilising an ultrasonic cleaning process we ensure the cleanliness of customer substrates, essential prior to coating. Two separate cleaning stages ensure no cross contamination occurs. A dedicated drying system removes any remaining moisture. Ready to take the next step to a coating solution? Contact Us

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  • Team | Light Coatings Ltd

    Staff Members DR STEVEN STANLEY GEORGE TITLEY

  • Consultancy | Light Coatings Ltd

    Consultancy We strive to be known for our expertise, reliability, and customer-centric approach, building long-lasting partnerships with our clients based on trust, collaboration, and mutual respect. Our vision is to create a positive impact on the world by providing sustainable solutions that improve the performance, durability, and aesthetics of our clients' products, while maintaining the highest standards of safety and environmental responsibility. We aspire to be a company that is respected by our industry peers, admired by our clients, and valued by our employees and stakeholders and to make a meaningful contribution to the communities in which we operate. Optical Coatings Design We provide optical coating design services to a global range of customers from defence and aerospace to cutting edge ophthalmics and industrial displays. Utilising industry recognised software for the design, optimisation and reverse engineering, combined with the experience to ensure coatings perform in the environments required and within the manufacturability available at the client. Technology Assessment We provide a range of services dedicated to ensuring that clients specify, select and obtain the most applicable technologies suitable for their application and requirements. Our experts can provide insight to manufacturers, technologies and processes to provide the client with all the information required to make a fully informed decision whilst ensuring that we eliminate any of the acronyms and 'black box' views which can be associated with such technologies. Subcontract R&D We know that on occasion resource, capability or the requirements for discretion means that outsourcing R&D can be an effective tool. In these situations we can support activities from running large collaborative R&D projects to supporting small activities with academics, handling the supply chain, partners and outputs with clear reporting to the clients and key stakeholders. Project Management Where key technical knowledge is required to deliver a project Light Coatings provide key project management to our clients. This has been in the form of running government funded projects for clients to ensure delivery and reporting to the oversight body to delivering project management for the delivery and establishment of complete industrial coating facilities. Get in touch for a free consultation ITAC 5, Daresbury Laboratory, Keckwick Lane, WA4 4AD +44 (0)845 1549796 sales@lightcoatings.co.uk First Name Last Name Email Project Summary Send

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