The fact that ArtCraft has always had designers, toolmakers, and engineers in its midst has made it relatively easy for the company to develop special-purpose spectacle products for a wide variety of customers.
In addition to creating eye shapes and temple designs for rather obvious functions, such as sunglasses or prescription eyewear, the staff’s comprehensive knowledge of frame materials — with metals for example: monel vs. stainless steel vs. nickel silver vs. titanium…corresponding tensile strengths, densities, groove depths and eyewire profiles, coating receptivity and its bearing on durability and colorization, etc. — is incorporated with a host of other details to craft the perfect response to the specific needs of each and every client.
Over the years, we have had the privilege of working with medical firms, lens manufacturers, sunglass manufacturers, optical retail chains, and our nation’s military. We have developed everything from spectacle components to finished frames.
Sample #1: Design and produce a specialized spectacle for a leading medical company. It would would accommodate prescription lenses and feature an integrated mounting plaque to accept a binocular lens and lighting device, utilized by doctors in surgical procedures.
Sample #2: Design and produce a spectacle to meet the new standards for high-performance jet fighter aircrew: stronger than existing products, greatest possible prescription lens accommodation, comfortable fit, and sized to work with the current helmet visor and oxygen mask.
Sample #3: Develop a sunglass spectacle of acetate plastic and metal components from a leading international sunglass firm’s design concepts.
Sample #4: Design and develop a specialized spectacle for a leading laser research firm that can accommodate laser protection lenses and mounted laser side shields for prescription and plano lenses.
E-Coating at ArtCraft
WHAT IS E-COATING?
In addition to being a manufacturer of ophthalmic dress and safety eyeglass frames, ArtCraft provides high-quality acrylic/urethane Electrophoretic Coating (E-Coating) services.
To put it simply: E-Coating is a coloring process.
More specifically, E-Coating is a system that uses chemical solutions and electricity to administer a protective coating on to electrically conductive objects.
“Unfinished” metal pieces are charged with an electric current while they are immersed in tanks containing an emulsion which holds the opposite electrical charge. Because of the charge, color particles in the tank are drawn to the exposed surfaces of the metal pieces, continually accumulating/depositing until no metallic surface area remains. The process results in a perfectly even coat.
E-Coating is used on a wide variety of items/products: eyewear, jewelry, car parts, boat parts, stampings, castings, door knobs, plumbing fixtures, and many others.
The process is fast: products that require preparatory cleaning can be immersed in the E-Coating tanks while they are still wet, eliminating the need for lengthy drying time.
The thickness of the coat is easy to control; specifications are easy to meet.
The coat is extraordinarily even; there are no runs, sags, or blobs.
Coatings are thorough; there are no “hard-to-reach” or “hard-to-see” places.
Coated pieces are very durable and resistant to chemicals/solvents, fluctuations in temperature, ultraviolet light, corrosives, general use, etc.
Coated pieces can receive additional processing: silk-screening, hot stamping, painting, transfer printing, etc.
Coated pieces are well-insulated and, after the process has been completed, they are only conductive at the contact points used during the process.
THE NEXT STEP
ArtCraft has decades of experience in plating, electro-plating, and electro-coating.
To learn more about the specifics of E-Coating at ArtCraft and to find out how we can help you, please contact one of ArtCraft’s Customer Service Representatives.