TechTalk May/June 2016

By Staff


Steve Schneider
vice president aftermarket products & sales, Satisloh

Consumables and how they impact processing. Why labs should purchase your consumables over generic brands and how by buying the consumable made specifically for your equipment helps process.

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) consumables are developed on and for machine specifications and all affiliated consumables. OEM provider can only “guarantee” productivity parameters and process consistency when using their complete recommended process. OEM consumables provide consistent: process, quality throughput, and minimize breakage and increase consistent production.

Labs measure their productivity in cost per surface. Which is more cost-effective: processing a lens right the first time or running a lens several times until you get the surface quality you want? Producing quality products the first time maximizes efficiency and minimizes consumables and labor. Satisloh’s Best Practices team review a lab’s current process, equipment, and consumables. They analyze the results and make recommendations based on the customer’s specific system, needs, and goals. They can determine if a lab’s process is running effectively and efficiently with standard premium products. Most generic products are attractive because of price, but do not offer the performance levels today’s labs need.

Low quality consumables produce low quality finished lenses. Many consumables businesses come and go—labs should look for a company’s longevity in the optical industry. Companies may offer OEM-like consumables at 50% less than actual OEM consumables—but does it really perform the same as OEM products? These generics could harm your equipment; cause the need for calibrating more often; reducing quality; or increasing processing parameters. If imposter consumables damage your machines, you’ll have to pay for a service call from the machine vendor. This not only costs money, but there’s lost productivity, too. All equipment manufacturers stand behind their consumables.

Steve Schneider, vice president aftermarket products & sales, Satisloh


Kevin Cross
vice president sales, North America Schneider Optical Machines Inc.

Don’t Mess with the Process

If you own a high performance vehicle that requires certain fuel and tire requirements, you probably follow those recommendations to ensure maximum results. The same goes for Digital Surfacing, AR Coating and complex edging. Nowadays, there are lots of 3rd parties introducing cheaper and lower cost process consumables but often without a complete understanding of downstream quality results. Today’s sophisticated equipment and processes are far more susceptible to deviations caused by non-OEM supplied process consumables. In order to deliver maximum quality and throughput, manufacturers put a lot of engineering time and resources into things like polish pads, polish and cutting blades.  For example, Schneider’s APS polish pad system was developed to provide the longest life while maintaining the conformity of the tool to the desired curves being processed.  After market pads may promise long life through a rigid design but without the right balance they compromise the lens design accuracy—especially with sophisticated free form optics. By following manufacturer’s recommendations, you put yourself in the best possible position to achieve the results that you’re looking for—THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB!  Implementing non-OEM supplied process consumables and then asking the manufacturer to support your sophisticated process makes the troubleshooting process longer and more difficult, as the machines are no longer tuned according to the factory specifications. Introducing non-OEM supplied process consumables can sound like a good, money saving idea until you realize how many lenses end up on the breakage shelf. If you truly want to save money on the process it is always a good bet that using what the manufacturer recommends will work best over the long haul. And it’s a good bet the manufacturer is working constantly to continue to provide better and lower cost consumables all with the goal of not sacrificing quality. Your process will be fully supported and easier to troubleshoot and maintain.

Kevin Cross, vice president sales, North America Schneider Optical Machines Inc.


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