By Judith Lee

Think of your lab as a baseball team that made it to the playoffs. Your expensive equipment is the star pitcher, crucial to success, but unable to win without the team and the coaches. The other players are consumable products that make it all run smoothly, and the coaching comes from your manufacturer tech reps.

“Selecting the best combination of consumables for  your equipment/process is critical. In every manufacturing environment the goal is to maximize throughput while minimizing rework. This makes the lab more profitable and helps the business to grow,” said Dan Clarke,  value stream manager for Coburn Technologies Lab Works Group.

Choosing consumables is a lot like building a winning team. Rather than just minimizing cost, it’s best to evaluate how a prospect will contribute and how well all the players will perform together. 

“Most of our products are designed to work as a system in order to optimize results, and tested worldwide using different equipment.  Product improvements are made and systems are recommended based on the lab’s needs. This translates into better performance, increased production and lower spoilage,” said Al Bednar, DAC Vision area manager.

Some consumables are developed to work with specific equipment brands, so check with your manufacturer. 

“When choosing consumables, it’s critical that the materials are suitable for the machine and process to achieve consistent quality. Satisloh not only provides a complete range of quality consumables for the entire Rx process, but the consumables are specifically engineered to work with Satisloh equipment,” said Steve Schneider, Satisloh director of aftermarket sales

Nicolas Kane, consumables product manager for Schneider offers similar advice: “Pairing Schneider consumables with Schneider machines not only helps preserve the overall quality of your machine but  it also allows you to operate under the confidence of a system that has been proven and tested for the highest quality results.”

Consumables “play” so integrally with equipment; it’s hard to separate the performance of one from the other. For example, say the lab is using an older polish that is fairly caustic to aging cylinder machines. You begin to notice an increase in your scrap rate coming off of that line. You find that you have an air leak causing your pressure to be off at the point of contact due to a corroded ring  and membrane.

“The root cause of your breakage was actually your polish. The failing parts were the symptom.

“Modern polishes are using new materials technologies to produce less caustic slurries that do not corrode expensive equipment as aggressively as some of the former mainstay polishes that have been used for years,” noted Clarke.

So how can a busy lab manager stay up-to-date on products, and sort out when it’s time to try something new? Call in the coaches.

“The best way to find out the right consumables for your lab is to contact a company who has technical managers that will come into your lab and help you select the products that work best for your equipment, process and materials,” said Patrick Hernandez, president of Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI).

Steve Brown, advertising director and owner of Salem Vision, noted that pairing the correct consumables and equipment allows both to operate within their designed parameters: “That will achieve maximum results instead of taxing one to compensate for the other.”

The following is a roundup of new or newly-enhanced consumables that will enable your lab team to play at its peak, and “hit it out of the park.”



Coburn polishes contain additives that help to reduce foaming, improve stock removal rates and maintain particle suspension. These polishes perform in both digital and conventional surfacing, and work especially well on polycarbonate.

Digi-Sheen Max and Digi-Sheen Pro offer lower baume (thinner polish) and higher baume (thicker polish);  Pro has a baume of around 21 and Max is typically around 23.5.

Satinal has a baume of 18 and was developed to work with Coburn digital surfacing equipment and other equipment brands.

DAC DigitALL Advanced Chemistry lens polish is engineered for stock removal and surface finish on all lens materials. DV-7700G is a gallon size container while the DV-7700-5 is a five gallon pail.

DAC Quattro Pro lens polish is a new and improved formulation that provides consistent performance throughout the life cycle. DV-7600G is a gallon size container and the DV-7600-5 is for the five gallon pail.

PSI Free-Form AR works well on both digital/free-form and conventional lines. Longer lasting and patented chemistry offers quick stock removal on all lens materials.

Salem Vision’s TAK is anti-slip film for hydrophobic lenses.

Satisloh Poly-Pro All-Format. Exclusive market-leading polish slurry chemistry provides consistent stock removal and high quality lens surfaces.

Schneider Advanced Polishing System (APS) is a total polishing system that includes Perma X pad for longer life and reduced polishing times. Alumox II polish utilizes a smaller particle to remove stock, and is the only polish that supports the APS process.


DAC Pro Tape is available in three lengths, works on manual and automatic tape applicators, and offers conformability, secure bond and easy removal without residue. DV-4020 (36 yard roll), DV-4021 (55 yard roll) and DV-4022 (108 yard roll).

PSI LenSaver Performance Tape is now offered in three sizes. The standard 36-yard roll is for manual taping, and two new sizes are a 60-yard roll that fits in PSI’s Automatic Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) with carbide blades to minimize tape roll change outs and a 108-yard roll  that fits in PSI’s ASTA with hot knife and other automatic tapers.

Salem Vision REVEAL lens tape comes in green, blue and clear.


DAC Pro Foam Tools for traditional hard lap surfacing are injection molded with a high-density foam that maintains exact curve accuracy throughout the fining and polishing cycles with no need for pressure adjustments.  Available in individual 85mm and 70 mm round dimensions, in case quantities of 192 (80 mm laps) DVFL-1-192 and 300 laps (70 mm laps) DVFL-2-300.

DAC FormaFlex Digital Polishing Tools are engineered with a unique support foam for consistent and reliable performance. First step surface material provides superior lens finish with long life; second step black material has long life and reduces torn or worn surfaces due to knife edge lenses.  All bases come in sleeves of 10 tools.

PSI Digi-O-Max and  Digi-BMax tools for Swift, CCP102 and CCP103 machines. Designed with maximum output per tool and production-proven to last 9,000-12000 seconds with optimum results. Greater stock removal with more accurate and improved mapping quality as well as smoother peak to valley surface quality. 

Satisloh Premium FLEX-XL and Speed-FLEX are new tools that reduce by half the consumables cost per surface for digital polishing. 

Machine Wear Parts

DAC Diamond Tooling work with existing equipment in the marketplace and are manufactured to stringent tolerances and offer excellent cutting capabilities and long life.

Satisloh Twin Action MCD Diamond Turning Tip is designed for superior quality and longevity. It uses both sides of the diamond, providing twice the number of cuts at the lowest cost per surface.


DAC AdvantEdge Premium Finishing Pad is constructed with a unique adhesive and foam chemistry that meet the edging demands of all lens material types and AR coating applications. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes for virtually all block styles.

PSI Sure Mount Blocking Pads are made especially for flexible blocks to reduce slippage, but ensures  easy removal.

PSI Red Blocking Pads are for hydrophobic, AR and hard coated lenses, removes easily, leaving progressive markings behind and no residue.  Layered, reinforced foam keeps pad from twisting on lens and is double tabbed for easy removal.

Satisloh Patented Conform Finish Block eliminates crazing, and comes in four shapes and colors. Because of its center support block, it can be used in all finishing equipment.

PSI Sure-Lock Hydrophobic Gripping Disks are economical for hydrophobic coatings. The clear oval disc is placed directly on the lens with the blocking pad on top, providing a strong bond with the lens and a stable base for the blocking pad to a here to without torqueing. 

PSI Perforated LenSaver Dots are on a roll that is perforated for easy separation of two dots per sheet, ideal for dispensing to job trays in-house or including in uncut shipments to customers.

DAC Vision AR coating products include a complete line of NGL ecological cleaning solutions for use in ultra-sonics and a comprehensive product portfolio for the AR chamber. These products include crystals, chemicals, filaments, insulators, boats and crucible liners. Contact DAC Vision or your Area Technical Manager for a  complete listing.

Where to Order Consumables

Coburn Technologies:



Salem Vision:




Labtalk June 2020