Our in-house wet process capabilities reduce risk and cycle times compared to out-sourced services. We offer the following services as part of our vertically-integrated manufacturing operation:

Electroless Nickel Plating

  • Process compliant with AMS-C-26074
  • Defect-free surfaces ideal for diamond turning and polishing.
  • A cost-effective alternative to bare aluminum optics, particularly when coupled with an electrolytic gold optical overcoat.
  • Selective surface and differential thickness to optimzie component stability and support a wide range of thermal operating environments.
  • Tight control of inherent tensile and compressive forces for ultra-critical stability requirements.
  • Substrate flexibility, accommodating beryllium, AlBeMet, SiC, aluminum, stainless steel and titanium alloys.
  • Control of phosphor concentration to optimize CTE match

Thermal Processes

We offer tightly controlled and calibrated thermal treatments to maximize each component’s optical stability across wide temperature ranges. These processes include:

  • Cryogenic treatments to 1450F.
  • Thermal excursions within inert atmospheres.
  • Controlled ramp rates and dwell times.
  • Repetitive cycle programming.

Electrolytic Gold Plating

  • Process compliant with MIL-DTL-45204D
  • Excellent environmental durability.
  • Type 1 & 2, Grade C, Class 00.
  • Ultra-pure optical gold for high reflectivity across a broad spectrum.
  • Substrate flexibility, accommodating any nickel plated or bare copper surface.
  • Easy masking for selective surface application.
  • A cost-effective alternative to evaporative gold coatings.

Specialty Chemical Processes

  • MIL-DTL-5541F compliant chromic conversion, Type 1, Class 1A and 3.
  • Substrate flexibility, including passivation of non-optical surfaces on beryllium, AlBeMet and aluminum.
  • Chemical electro etching of alphanumeric text and symbols.
  • Support for MIL-SPEC polymer-based primers and topcoats.
  • MIL-SPEC legend inks, dyes and paints.