Ocean Optics spins off division to form Ocean Thin Films as a separate Halma company

March 30, 2009
Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) says that its Thin Films division has become a separate company, with the name Ocean Thin Films. The new spinout will focus on designing and manufacturing patented dichroic filters and precision optics for scientific and biomedical, defense and military, and entertainment applications.

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) announced today that its Thin Films division has become a separate company, with the name Ocean Thin Films. The new spinout will focus on designing and manufacturing patented dichroic filters and precision optics for scientific, biomedical, defense/military, and entertainment applications. Ocean Thin Films' high-volume dichroic optical filters are used to selectively transmit light according to its wavelength. These precision filters and other optical components can be integrated into applications such as color-changing light for architectural and entertainment installations, CCD camera and spectral imaging for scientific instrumentation, and targeting for defense applications.

Established in 1999 as a division within Ocean Optics, Ocean Thin Films acquired Oerlikon Optics USA (Golden, CO) just four months ago; the acquisition bolstered the company's offering in optical components and subassemblies for instrumentation used in the life sciences, medical applications and additional scientific applications.

"We are excited by the challenges and opportunities of operating as our own company," said Phil Buchsbaum, President of Ocean Thin Films. "With the additional expertise and capacity the Oerlikon acquisition affords us, plus recent expansion of our Florida facility, we are ready to hit the ground running with a new generation of quality, innovative optical and thin film products for a diverse range of industries."

Ocean Thin Films has 110 employees, with locations in Golden, CO, and a recently expanded 30,000-square-foot facility in Largo, FL. The group uses advanced lithography equipment and vacuum deposition systems to provide patterned solutions for both production and prototype optical systems.

Ocean Thin Films is part of Halma p.l.c.'s group of photonics companies, joining Ocean Optics, Labsphere, Inc., Fiberguide Industries and Palintest Ltd.

For more information see Ocean Thin Films' new website. See also the website for Ocean Optics.

About the Author

Barbara Gefvert | Editor-in-Chief, BioOptics World (2008-2020)

Barbara G. Gefvert has been a science and technology editor and writer since 1987, and served as editor in chief on multiple publications, including Sensors magazine for nearly a decade.

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