New Enhancements to Tracing Points

By By Brian P. Dunleavy
LENSES MAY BE THE PRIMARY PRODUCT FOR MOST OPTICAL LAB FACILITIES, BUT YOU CAN’T MAKE EYEWEAR WITHOUT FRAMES.

Now, frames will pose less of a challenge in the fabrication of finished eyeglasses—at least for users of Tracing Points, the database of frame shapes developed by LABTALK’s sister publication, Frames Data, and the lab management software system (LMS) built by Digital Vision Inc. (DVI). The platform now includes Z-tilt and curve data for all of the frames in its database, which is updated automatically, on a weekly basis.

According to DVI software consultant Dan Lundberg, the latest enhancement to the platform allows DVI’s LMS to assist customer labs in the selection of a lens curve that will fit best into a wearer’s frame and provides all modern, three-dimensional edgers with all of the necessary information to finish lenses in a manner ideally suited for individual frame designs. Eventually, he added, the enhanced Tracing Points will be able to offer frame fitting values, which are required to optimize the patient’s prescription on many of the digital lens designs.

“These values are often not readily available and are replaced by most LMSs with ‘default values,’ which are certainly a compromise to the integrity of that lens design,” he noted.

In addition, by including frame material and product group information in the database, Tracing Points enables positive identification of frame materials, sunglasses and safety frames. This is important information to have when trying to make lenses that fit these frames, Lundberg said.

The enhancement effectively builds on another announced in 2018—the automatic weekly updating of the Tracing Points Database. Tom Lamond, President, Frames Data and COO, Jobson Interactive explained that the platform now has shape information for more than 80,000 SKUs of currently available and recently discontinued frame styles, from nearly every major frame company in the industry. As many as 10,000 new frame styles are added annually to the database.

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Labtalk September 2019