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Optical Bonding Technology

Broad range of wet and dry optical adhesive systems for laminating substrates together and for the bonding of optical filters to displays and touchscreens.

Optical bonding improves sunlight readability and enhances mechanical and thermal performance of electronic displays and touchscreens. Dontech is a leading designer and vertically integrated manufacturer of optical filters and touchscreen enhancements. We bond and integrate these enhancing components to displays and touchscreens as a service to our customers.

Dontech IMO-bond™ Brand Optical Bonding Process

Optical bonding is the process of adhering two or more substrates, typically using clear liquid or gel adhesives. These adhesives may include silicones, epoxies, acrylics, and acrylated urethanes, with a refractive index properly selected to minimize the reflection losses between the two media. See bonding materials for more information on IMO-bond systems and mechanical configurations for bonding locations and formats.

Relative to electronic display applications, optical bonding is the process of affixing an optical filter (typically a glass or plastic substrate) to the surface of the display or touchscreen. As shown in the first figure below, every untreated surface in the optical path of a display system has a reflection loss of about 4.25% (index-dependent) per surface when it transitions from an optical substrate to air or from air to an optical substrate. This equates to a transmission loss for the displayed information, and under high ambient light conditions, it also creates a significant reflection issue. In a high ambient light environment (> 30,000 nits), a 4.25% reflection often exceeds the display’s luminance. The net effect is detrimental to display viewing under high ambient light conditions.

Most commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) displays are not designed for direct viewing in bright, outdoor conditions. Optically coupling a cover glass to the front polarizer of the display virtually eliminates reflections from the rear surface of the optical filter and the front surface of the display system. Front surface reflection can be further reduced with the application of a thin film dielectric layer such as Dontech VAR™ brand broadband antireflective (AR) coating. Dontech VAR™ coatings can have average photopic reflection of less than 0.25% (VAR™-0.25).  The second figure below demonstrates the significant performance improvement possible from utilizing Dontech’s IMO-bond™ process combined with our VAR™ coatings at multiple interfaces.

Dontech’s IMO-bond™ process has evolved over 50 years of optical filter and optical coating and lamination design and chemical formulation experience to include many options including custom formulations of optical adhesives. Benefits of the IMO-bond process include:

  • Enhanced sunlight readability of > 90% 
  • Improved display performance in high and low temperature environments
  • Greater versatility allowing for over-frame, under-frame, in-frame, and rear-surface bonding applications
  • Better impact resistance as well as increased shock and vibration performance
  • Elimination of high reflections at untreated surface interface causing “display wash-out”
  • Protection from front surface fluid ingress
  • Improved display optics for any optical filters including EMI/RFI filters, touchscreens and vandal shields
  • Reduced overall surface reflections


Optical Example


DONTECH & Optical Bonding Technology

Dontech has extensive engineering and technical support resources that can assist you with your optical bonding design needs. Our technical staff have diverse backgrounds relevant to high-performance display and precision optics markets. For many of our top customers, we function as an extension of their engineering departments, supporting projects from concept to final system delivery. We will integrate our optical filters and other enhancing components into touchscreens, displays, and systems to the level that is needed by our customers.

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