Evolving generator technologies now fit smaller machines, allowing ECPs to take control and surface lenses themselves.
What’s new and available for eyecare professionals (ECPs) who want to start in-house generating? Here are the latest technologies offered by the equipment suppliers with compact surfacing units specifically designed for in-office use in retail environments.
OPTEK’S OASIS MAX
The Oasis (Optek Advanced System for Integrated Surfacing) MAX is a complete, fully computerized surfacing lab system. Every major station (or “cell”) features microprocessor control and is networked to an Rx server. This technology allows critical decisions to be made once, as the job is input. From that point on, intelligent software systems automatically establish optimal configuration settings and manage the processing cycles at each cell. Operator interaction is essentially limited to loading the lens and pressing the start button.
Available with either wax or alloy blocking and readily expandable to accommodate any volume, Oasis MAX can be configured to process plastic, polycarbonate, high-index and Trivex lenses. The included LensMate Lab software interfaces with most VCA-compliant finishing equipment. Complete equipment, software, lap tools, initial supplies, lab layout consultation, and factory warranty and support are included. Oasis MAX is also available as the Oasis MAX Complete lab system, which includes the complete surfacing system of the Oasis MAX plus an edging system, hardcoater and AR-coated semi-finished lens package. The Optek Oasis MAX Complete lab system also meets EyeMed on-site lab criteria, which requires provider application and approval at the sole discretion of this managed vision care company.
Based on Satisloh’s proven VFT technology, the VFT-macro-E is the new entry-level generating machine for digital surfacing. This flexible generating machine is targeted for small size labs looking to do a mid- to long-time investment on a flexible machine that can be upgraded to a full generating machine as their needs grow without having to spend time and money on operator training.
Features and benefits include a small footprint and low weight ideal for smaller operations, a throughput of up to 25 lenses per hour, autocalibration, flexibility that allows for upgrading to even a full VFT-macro onsite, semi-automated calibration for tool height and energy-saving functionality.
COBURN’S LENS PROCESSING LABS
Coburn offers both conventional and free-form lens processing lab configurations for small to medium sized footprints. Everything is modular, including the lab management software, which allows you to tailor the lab to suit your business, whether you have one location or several offices.
Coburn’s Premier Lab is a complete, conventional and versatile system that combines an open architecture design with advanced lens processing equipment. Included is the new SGX Pro table-top generator for small-format lens-surfacing labs.
Coburn’s Free-Form Mini-Lab (pictured) makes it possible to enter the world of digital lens production without the prohibitive start-up costs, space requirements and technical complexity. The process can be scaled to meet the volume of your business and in some cases can be adapted to work
with lens lab equipment you already have.
Using CNC controllers, the smartLAB store production line has been designed to fit in a small footprint for retail stores, startups and small Rx Labs. It is fully compatible with any lab management system and lens design software, according to the company. The “FLASH Store” generator uses the tried and true milling and turning technology used in OptoTech’s “FLASH” series machines. The EasyTwin polisher uses multi-tool technology, and the OME 80 store engraver offers semi-visible engravings for all plastic lens materials. While each machine can be operated individually, the modular system allows for future lab expansion as volume grows. OptoTech’s block-free Grünpfeil Technology eliminates the need for blockers, tapers and associated consumables. Once the lens is calculated, it goes straight to the generator with a specific holder to start processing.
SCHNEIDER’S NANO LINE
For the eyecare professional (ECP) who wants to produce digital lenses in-house without an expensive buildout or facility modification, the Nano line from Schneider Optical Machines requires minimal space and a low investment. Despite its small size, it offers the same flexibility and high quality synonymous with Schneider‘s Sprint and Modulo systems. Its onboard laser engraver ensures that the ECP can produce both private label and branded products to high standards, according to the company. With Nano, retailers can immediately start their own lens production without the need of an industrial surrounding. Besides generating and polishing solutions, Schneider’s machine portfolio covers antireflective and hardcoating options, making it possible for the ECP to have a full service optical lab.
SUPER OPTICAL’S FASTGRIND
FastGrind offers independent practices the ability to make digital progressives and other lens designs in a small space using only tap water and standard electric. Last year, Super Optical released a new digital progressive lens design, a photochromic lens material, a blue light lens line and 1.56 VisionAir material. The complete line of lenses is offered with an optional Clarity AR coating. FastGrind systems are used in over 50 countries, approved as an in-house EyeMed lab and utilized by the U.S. military. in-house.
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