Schneider Optical’s Nano Line enables ECPs to produce their own digitally surfaced lenses.
As more eyecare professionals (ECPs) offer free-form lenses, there is a growing need for in-house labs to produce them. Having this capability allows smaller practices to lower expensive lab bills, dramatically decrease turnaround time and produce lenses with the highest quality control, their own. Many offices that have been accustomed to generating in-house and those that may be considering it for the first time now find themselves in a unique position where they can install quality digital surfacing equipment at the lowest investment commitment than ever before. Schneider Optical recently unveiled its new Nano Line, providing ECPs with big lab technology on a modest in-house budget all in one tiny footprint of space.
Schneider created the Nano to provide a wide range of Rx curve capability. The tandem includes a digital generator and the CCP Nano 2 polishing unit. One choice to make is which version of generator to include. The entry-level HSC Nano X has an optional cribbing spindle with an onboard laser unit. It is designed to manufacture virtually any free-form lens in-house. The other available generator is the HSC Nano XP, which includes complete milling capabilities that provide for quicker lens production, automatic calibration and a faster laser engraving system that rivals bigger and higher priced competitors.
Both generators operate with Schneider’s intelligent motor and drive technology at their core, use touch panels and function with 32-bit high-performance CNC controllers. Processing can be performed in CR-39, high-index, polycarbonate and Trivex materials. Lens diameters can be cut up to 85 mm.
Because the Nano includes a pre-configured bundle of lens design software and consumables, operators can begin producing lenses as soon as the units are installed.
The core of the Nano generator relies on a hearty LS-tec motor to produce the highest curve range of up to 18 diopters. The total generator footprint is a tiny 35 in. W x 41 in. H x 44 in. D.
After generating, lenses go to the CCP Nano 2 polisher, a dual-spindle unit designed for speed and accuracy. The polisher features Schneider’s Perma X polishing tool system, smart axis arrangement and macro-based polishing technologies to make this unit an ideal choice for any sized lab, including start-ups. The total space requirements for the polisher are 28 in. W x 41 in. H x 44 in. D. The unit is fully CNC controlled. Additional features include “click easy” disposable tools, an easy-to-clean stainless steel ergonomic chamber and a simple-to-use instructional touch panel.
The Nano Line from Schneider prides itself on opening new doors for small surfacing operations on a dime-sized budget. If you are in the market or may soon be considering creating digital lenses in-house, the Nano Line may be just what you need to get into the game.
Frank Gimbel, ABOC-AC, is an advanced certified optician and owner of Gimbel Eye Associates in Wayne, PA.