TechTalk March/april 2016

By Staff

Steve Swalgen
national director – lab business, Santinelli International
Santinelli Dry Cut or Wet Industrial Edging & Automation Options

Labs need encompassing choices based on specific production and specialty edging needs. Historically, this has limited full-production labs’ ability to be all one way or another (i.e.: dry or wet, automated or manual, tabletop or industrial). By honing “industrial” stand-alone designed platforms to higher levels of specialized capabilities and being able to flip to more standard high volume production Rx jobs, Santinelli successfully offers automated and stand-alone industrial choices to wholesale labs. Now a lab can “a la carte” their specific edging direction while keeping it highly industrialized.

The new and now nationally placed 5-axis dry cut Xtrimer SE-1 is a high caliber throughput wonder whether doing simple back bevel jobs or highly complex wrap, customized shelf, and drilling jobs. The dry-edging, small footprint SE-1 has been designed around ease-of-use in manual running mode. Additionally, it is completely scalable to the proven workhorse dual SE-1 edging “RDU-2200” robotic complements, removing any manual operation and more than doubling throughput. Likewise, the stalwart fourth generation SE-9090 Supra stand-alone edger also does custom shelves, bevels and grooves, while providing the renowned and often sought after Santinelli diamond-luster “wet polish”. Also scalable to automation via dual-unit edging robotics, our RHU-2200 converts the manual SE-9090 Supra to a 30-40 JPH phenomenon.

By allowing for scalability into multi-connectable single line robotic configurations, any lab can start small and be industrial at the same time. Conversely larger labs can assuredly design complete floor shifts to automation and cover 90 percent or more of their edging portfolio needs.

Kurt Atchison
president, Schneider Optical Machines
Time to Think Auto Blocking…

Automated lens blocking has long been considered a secondary or last step in the laboratory automation process. But now with advances in technology and automation, auto blocking has become a must-have. The CCU Modulo auto blocker by Schneider allows for labs of all sizes to automate this function with a real and immediate impact. The elimination of labor allows the lab to grow without adding more staff. Human error and breakage costs are diminished. But today’s fast growth of auto blocking with Schneider’s CCU is largely because of the new capabilities and product range it has. The CCU Modulo blocks all lens types from semi-finished progressives, polarized, flat tops, single vision and of course free form lenses. This eliminates the need for separating work to go to either manual or auto blockers.  And utilizing advanced measuring devices, the CCU Modulo allows for even damaged block pieces to be used without errors and extends the useful life of your blocks without added spoilage. The CCU Modulo innovates by using three blocking stations to ensure high speed and accuracy—three is always better than two! The three blocking stations and advanced robotics ensure that there are no wasted movements. This means higher throughput, which equals lower cost per lens. The CCU Modulo works seamlessly with the Modulo Control Center and provides a real-time data stream to operators and managers. Want to know exactly when a job was blocked? What station it was blocked on? What ring type? This is
all logged and stored in the control center so that operators and managers can see the process details every step of the way. This also gives the CCU a higher production/footprint ratio when compared to other auto blockers. If you can’t eliminate a step, automate it! The new and complete capabilities of CCU Modulo make auto blocking something to think about, seriously.

Ian Gregg
vice president sales operations and product management, Satisloh North America
New  Way to Apply Technical Markings on Lenses

Satisloh is introducing a new technology that represents the next level of applying technical markings on spectacle lenses. A UV laser-based system that matches the quality and speed of the most sophisticated engraving systems yet is as simple to use and maintain as CO2 lasers. It produces excellent quality markings of any logo or design on all organic materials—in extraordinarily short times. The Lens-Engraver-UV uses a wavelength of 266nm during ablation, providing quality engravings rivaled only by much more expensive excimer systems. Unlike the excimer, however, the UV system requires no expensive rare gasses. In fact, since the source is solid state, it is virtually maintenance free and requires no consumables of any kind. It can operate for up to 20,000 hours with little or no degradation of output and since the source is solid state it can be easily refurbished and put back into service. Using a dot matrix engraving pattern consisting of 30µm dots spaced at 50µm intervals, virtually any design can be recreated across a field of 100mm x 100mm. Since a single logo can be created in less than a second, the whole process is extremely fast and causes no heat affected zones across the lens. Suitable for all organic lens types, the UV-laser leaves a surface suitable for tinting and/or hard coating with none of the adverse effects often seen with CO2 systems. With its high throughput and low operating cost, coupled with an engraving quality previously only available with systems costing twice as much or more, the Lens-Engraver-UV is sure to become the new industry standard.

Dan Lundberg
software consultant, Digital Vision, Inc.
Centralizing Customer Service

In a business environment where labs partner together to share capital resources, follow hub-and-spoke production models, and outsource or compartmentalize customer service, new tools are necessary to effectively track and report on orders. DVI's Enterprise software follows Rx orders as they make their way through production, while presenting the overall picture to customer service. With DVI’s Enterprise system, multi-lab organizations can centralize and even expand their customer service capabilities. For instance, a nationwide network of labs can set up a service center in the Midwest to provide primary customer support for the entire country. Meanwhile, a second service location on the West Coast can handle call overflow and extend service hours for ECPs in Eastern Time zones.

DVI Enterprise provides the whole picture of a job's production to anyone performing a status lookup. Each lab has full visibility of each order in the network, including internal as well as outsourced tracking information. From anywhere in the lab network, customer service can see where the job originated, where and when it was outsourced, and its current status at the processing lab. The customer service reps can also effectively initiate redo requests for the ECP.

Lab networks using DVI Enterprise are able to manage changes to orders already in process. Change requests, cancellations, and holds can be logged by customer service and the job will be placed on hold—with notifications automatically sent to the appropriate people—at the processing lab. Such Rx changes or cancellations often happen before a job gets started, but if the job is under way, the software stops the job before any additional processing takes place.  Enterprise is just one of the powerful new tools DVI software offers to accommodate the demands of a fast moving industry.

Ed DeRosa
executive vice president, North America sales and business operations, Signet Armorlite
KODAK Lens Professional Series–Kodak DSII Lens

In an optical industry driven by technology and innovation, differentiating your lab from the competition has become even more challenging. As we’ve all experienced, producing flat tops and standard progressives just isn’t enough to drive growth and provide real solutions for eye care providers to increase their top line.

Through our Signetek Lab, Signet Armorlite remains focused on continuously advancing our proprietary technologies and helping independent ECPs gain a competitive advantage. For example, designs launched within the KODAK Lens Professional Series are available exclusively to independent ECPs, making them a destination for a highly-recognized consumer brand name.

We’ve succeeded in providing a full portfolio of product with everything from basic single vision options to premium products, optimized with proprietary technology, that also carries the Kodak brand name.

 Our latest addition to join the KODAK Lens Professional Series—Kodak DSII Lens—services those savvy progressive wearers who demand personalized lenses with the highest level of customization. This premium dual-side progressive design uses both surfaces to create incredible clarity in all viewing distances, including a large reading area. Point-of-wear measurements are incorporated for increased personalization to the individual patient. Kodak DSII Lens was designed to use a specially-crafted unhanded lens blank— interchangeable for right and left—so we are able to reduce necessary inventory. With optical technology evolving ever more quickly, Signet Armorlite continues the commitment to delivering innovation through products like our Kodak DSII Lens.







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