The all in one Digital Surfacing Center, DSC Prolab is revolutionary, because you no longer need to be a big wholesale Rx lab in order to offer digital lenses to your customers. The DSC Prolab allows small labs, retailers and optometric/ophthalmology dispensaries the opportunity to bring digital surfacing in-house. With a 3ft. by 6ft. footprint it can fit virtually anywhere, making even the smallest of spaces seem like a future lab space.

Consider some of the advantages of the DSC Prolab: CB Connect non-alloy blocking eliminates alloy in the practice or retail setting and the Connex blocking material requires no special handling and can be disposed of as ordinary trash. Laser engraving: markings that can be customized to suit your business while accommodating private label and branded lens quality engraving needs. Easy touch screen operation: no need to be a long time lab tech in order to run the machine as we can train virtually anyone in a week. The system offers surface quality equal to the big production machines and the ability to deliver high quality lenses in a very short time period. With minimal maintenance required, remote diagnostic capability and outstanding quality, isn’t it time you considered going digital? Having a powerhouse all-in-one digital surfacing center as part of your team is what can really separate your business from the competition. You’ll read a lot of articles proclaiming digital as a must have. With the DSC Prolab, digital is within reach. It’s the same digital technology that is changing the industry, just a smaller package. Kevin Cross, Schneider Optical


The A&R AutoRange is a series of three fully automated systems designed to improve throughput for a specific production process in the Rx Ophthalmic lens lab. The A&R AutoRange design is task specific. Each system has a small footprint that can be easily integrated into the lab workflow.

These high-production four-station systems include:

The AutoMapper featuring the Dual LensMapper-the lenses are automatically taken from the job tray, checked for thickness with light sensors and then mapped by transmission and reflection. The data of the free form lens design file is compared with the measured values from the mapper resulting in a Go-no-Go determination of the lens.

The AutoInker uses the newly developed Digital Lens Inker for printing progressive free-form lenses. The high resolution, UV cure, digital inking station delivers optimal flexibility in a very short cycle, completely automatically.

The AutoBlocker aligns the lens and applies the leap pad and finish block automatically with the highest degree of accuracy and consistency.

With a lower cost and high throughput (up to 150 jobs per hour), any and all of the AutoRange systems are an excellent investment delivering a very rapid payback. John Fried, A&R Optical Machinery, Inc.


The VFT-macro is the latest in a series of Satisloh generators based on a revolutionary machine design concept: a symmetrical working chamber. . The VFT-macro and its predecessor, VFT-micro, both feature this unique, barrel shaped construction that provides several significant benefits to users. First, and perhaps most important, is the inherent thermal stability achieved with a working chamber and machine bed constructed from a single piece of cast aluminum. Because all working axes are fixed to a homogeneous structure, any expansion or contraction that may occur during production affects all components equally. As a result, calibration remains consistent with little or no operator intervention needed during the production day. This barrel shape also creates an exceptionally rigid structure that eliminates the need for a traditional, heavy, cast iron or mineral concrete base. Because of this it weighs a fraction of even the most recent generation of digital generators.

VFT-macro is also a blend of tried-and-true design elements, as well as some new innovations, making it the most user-friendly machine to date. The critical components associated with lens cutting, such as the spindle motor, the B-axis motor, and the Fast Tool turning motor, are common to all current VFT series generators. Like its well-known sibling, the VFT-orbit, the VFT-macro takes advantage of an offset angle between the lens and turning tool. This patented technique permits true auto-calibration including the final, and most critical, tool height adjustment. With the introduction of VFT-macro, Satisloh unveils a new, cleaner HMI (Human Machine Interface) with full touchscreen capability. The new look keeps the operator interface simple, only basic production information is presented to the operator, while all of the more detailed information required by supervisory and maintenance staff is still readily accessible. New design elements including an automatic door, metallic splashguard, and an automatic cover to protect the fine turning tips during milling, combine to make the VFT-macro the industry benchmark for design and functionality. Ian Gregg, Satisloh


Free-form lens production has fast become the industry standard and with many solutions now available on the market, it can be difficult to determine what products and services can take your business to the next level.

There is much to consider with free-form enablement, with many stand-alone suppliers offering various components necessary for production. However, components do not always work harmoniously together. All elements of production are interlinked and require thoughtful integration to your laboratory and its processes.

When considering free-form enablement, having the correct equipment for your needs is vital – but so is having the correct processes in place. This may require modifications to standard equipment, and layout reconfiguration to get the results you require. Then there is the vast choice of lens designs and suppliers to choose from. It is important to determine what you wish to accomplish with your portfolio of free-form lens designs: are you looking to address existing demand, or do you want to drive more demand with a range of new products that will help take your customers (and you) to a new level? Once you have your equipment, processes and lens designs in order, consider what else you may need to make free-form a success for your laboratory - such as brand options, marketing support, training, technical support and maintenance, coating solutions, consumables, and product testing.

Backed by a wealth of knowledge, experience and resources, ZEISS supports you through every step of your enablement and takes a comprehensive approach to evolving your business. We work to understand your goals, your needs and the values that set you apart. We partner with you to develop a personalized enablement solution encompassing equipment, process, lens products and designs, dispensing solutions, services, training and ongoing support. Bernadette Hiskey, Director Customer Enablement, Carl Zeiss Vision Inc.


As labs of all volume sizes seek ways to continue to streamline cost and efficiency at all levels, the consideration of automated lens finishing continues to grow. While only a few select companies are offering robotic lens finishing, many systems don’t easily adapt either to limited floor space needs and/or varied methods of tray accommodation (e.g. conveyor feed or stacker). Santinelli’s AES (All Edging System) series systems offer both, while maintaining significant jobs per hour (JPH) performance.

The AES-1000 models continue to be “single edger” systems (i.e. includes SE-9090-Supra “24/7” edger). They will also be adaptable to the soon-to-be-released new 5 axis SE-1 X-trimer dry cut milling platform. The AES-1000 series has proven its durability as major corporate optical labs have been running them in “24/7” (i.e. “4 shift”) environments for over 10 years! Sustainability is not only a common corporate SOP, but a real world tangible outcome with robust robotic systems like the AES-1000 stacker or conveyor fed systems.

Adding both power and performance to the Santinelli AES series is the new AES-2200 dual edging system. With a footprint of just 7 ft. length X 48 in. depth, this system will accommodate either two SE-9090-Supra tabletop industrial edgers or two SE-1 X-trimer dry cut edging units. Unparalleled JPH in either modality is the result. With the unique ability to add one, two or up to three more AES-2200 systems in one tandem line, JPH performance can reach 1,600 jobs in just 14 hours! Steve Swalgen, Santinelli International


Labtalk June 2020