Like Soup & Sandwich, Soft Lap Polishers & Digital Surfacing

By Julie Bos
Sure, your lab is bound to witness benefits with a digital surfacing generator, but without the right polisher, your improvements may be irrelevant. Digital surfacing generators and soft lap polishers go together like soup and sandwich. Finding the right polisher to complement your digital generator is key. For the best fit, consider a polisher from the same manufacturer as your generator. Here are a few options:

NSLP Dual-Head Soft Lap Polisher

DAC International

The DAC International NSLP dual-head soft lap polisher is capable of polishing even complex designs—including slab-off, hyper-lenticular and blended segments—with ease. This polisher does not need to be interfaced to the lab management system, but employs a simple, effective motion algorithm to remove a uniform amount of material from the entire surface of the lens. The unique soft lap design eliminates the need for hard laps and multiple tools. That means no huge lap inventory to constantly maintain, catalogue, re-true and replace—and no waste of costly labor exchanging polishing tools for the lab’s endless variety of curve combinations.

Multi-Axis Adaptive Technology

Gerber Coburn

The Multi-Axis Adaptive Technology (MAAT) is a soft-tool polisher required for digital lenses. The MAAT is the only polisher that offers a unique six-axes-controlled polish, which keeps the lens perpendicular to the polishing surface. Additionally, the MAAT polisher follows the exact tool path used for the generated as it selects the ‘best fit” lens processing that achieves superior lens quality. Lastly, the intelligent VLT consumable is designed for ultimate ease-of-use. Duo-FLEX and Toro-FLEX


Satisloh recently introduced a new lineup of dual-spindle polishers, based on the company’s proven “tangential” polishing process and advanced conformable polishing cap. Each offers high productivity and reliability in a compact footprint. These unique, long-wearing tools consist of a soft, sophisticated foam layer sandwiched between a hard base cap and a process optimized polishing pad.

Duo-FLEX (automated polishing system) – Designed for heavy-duty automated production lines, the Duo-FLEX throughput matches that of Satisloh’s VFT generators. It’s a fully automated, CNC-controlled polishing system. Tool Management software selects the appropriate tool from a tool drum holding 72 polishing tools. The macro-controlled polishing process utilizes lens data and curvature information; and polished lenses are automatically washed and dried before loaded back to job tray.

Toro-FLEX (designed for manual polishing), Toro-FLEX, a cost effective manually loaded system, utilizes an integrated pick-to-light tool management system that simplifies the polishing process and eliminates operator decision-making. Simple and robust are the hallmarks of the entire Toro series polishing system family, and Toro-FLEX is no exception.

CCP 103 and CCP Swift Polishers


Schneider offers the automated CCP 103 polisher and the very popular CCP Swift polisher. Both produce the same great quality for any lens type—even using the same polish tools. The CCP 103 allows for full automation, while the CCP Swift is manually loaded. Both use only three tools to cover the entire curve range. Over the years, Schneider has fine-tuned the polishing process, refining it for a wide variety of materials and different user needs.


Labtalk June 2020