AIT pairs the Weco Cad 5 camera-assisted blocker with the Weco Edge 580 to complete its intelligent finishing system.

Briot’s Emotion edger includes an updated and patented onboard Briot tracer.
If you are having trouble finding a skilled employee for your finishing lab, maybe it’s time to consider investing in smarter finishing equipment.
It can be tough to find a person who is adept in lensometry, layout, and finish blocking, let alone the more complex tasks of drilling, groov­ing, and edge polishing. The latest top-of-the-line finish­ing equipment is capable of per­forming those tasks and more, all at the touch of a button.

AIT Industries pairs the Weco Cad 5 camera-assisted blocker with the Weco Edge 580 to complete its intelligent finishing system.

The Cad 5 blocker features a built-in lensometer and high-tech optical recognition and image sys­tem that recognizes lens shapes, patterns, lens holes, and notches. AIT claims the Cad 5 requires no human intervention during the centering and blocking process, thereby eliminating errors while saving time and money. The block­er’s easy-to-use LCD touch screen makes it easy to modify drill holes, slots or, to create blind holes.

The Weco Edge 580 can edge high base lenses so the bevel is sharper by 2°. This cre­ates a tighter fit into the frame’s rim while the extended bevel back accommodates easy mounting, even with thicker temple parts. The mini bevel feature creates a smaller bevel profile for thin line frames. The Edge 580 also comes pre-programmed to process lenses for Chemistrie® magnetic sun clips-ons.

Briot USA’s latest addition is the Emotion edger, an all-in-one package that now includes drilling. The built-in tracer precisely records the frame’s characteristics of shape and curvature. It also measures the thickness of the frame at the eyewire for a flawless fit even if the frame is not present during the edging process. The Emo­tion also has the ability to trace patterns and demo lenses and can store 300 mountings and 200 patterns in its memory for easy recall and reduced processing time.

The data input system of the Emotion incorporates a high reso­lution touch screen, easy-to-understand icons and features a handy 1:1 scale display of both eyes for a real perspective. The edging system is capable of handling all materials and puts both a front and rear safety bevel on the lenses for a well-finished job. The drill is capable of placing up to 20 holes per lens, in diameters ranging from 1mm to 6mm each, and their position is easily controlled from the drilling screen where it is possible to verify, add, and delete holes and notches. This sys­tem also includes the built-in Digiform software which Briot claims simplifies the modification of several dimen­sions of any lens.

OPTEK’S SHAPE MAKES EDGING EASY The Optek® Shape™ Lens Finishing Center combines the latest in multi-axis machining and software technology to provide an ophthalmic lens edging solution to meet the needs of today’s optical laboratory. The Optek Shape delivers accuracy, speed, dependability, and operational simplicity.
It can edge and hole/slot types using freeEDGE Technology. Unlike systems that use complex interfaces, freeEDGE software technology simplifies the process and allows an eyecare professional (ECP) to easily create high-end design features. This gives ECPs the ability to finish lenses for the highest value modern frame designs in their offices. Patients can get lens designs customized just for them.
The Optek Shape can do free-form edges, engraving, and digitizing the trace system for importing existing artwork. Designs can be mirrored, scaled, rotated, and repeated to best fit the lens shape. An on-board database saves designs for future use. The edger uses a touch-screen control system.


Santinelli redesigned the Me 1200 Edger with an electronic estimate system (EES).

The latest addition to ­Essilor’s finishing equipment is Mr. Orange which has a long list of impressive features.

Coburn Technologies, Inc. has a wide variety of interchangeable systems to suit the needs of any practice. Its CAB-4000 Automatic Lens Tracer/Blocker combines the functions of a lensometer, tracer, and blocker, all in one easy-to-use platform. The CAB-4000 also has an optical scanner to digitize lens or pattern shapes. The unit is equipped with a large, high resolution touch screen for ease of use and Coburn claims the software is highly intuitive.

Combine the CAB-4000 with Coburn’s Excelon 7000 series edger and you have an all-in-one platform that can handle almost any job. Coburn claims the Excelon 7000 will handle all materials, including glass, with unmatched speed and accuracy. The Excelon also has an optional 3D drill that uses simple drag-and-drop options through the integrated touch screen to create virtually any lens hole needed.

The latest addition to the Essilor Instruments USA finishing equip­­ment line is Mr. Orange, which joins Mr. Blue with not just a colorful name but a long list of impressive features. Mr. Orange makes use of two onboard tracers. One is a 3D mechanical tracer capable of tracing up to a 9.00D base curve frame, and the other is an optical tracer that recognizes cut lenses, demo lenses, patterns, and drill holes. According to Essilor Instruments, the optical tracer does not require additional handling of the lens or accessories and provides easy access to shape and drilling libraries.

When it comes to the business of edging, Mr. Orange incorporates Essilor’s patented fit-4-frame technology that determines the best bevel profile depending on lens thickness and frame selection. Essilor maintains that this gives a perfect fit with superior aesthetics. Mr. Orange has many other features such as Star Control for super hydrophobic coatings, built-in software to optimize cutting times, and what may be one of the most impressive features: the ability to link to Essibox, a wireless device for sharing information between equipment throughout the practice.

Santinelli International, Inc. weighs in with its ME II System, consisting of the Me 1200 Lens Edger and the Ice 1000

DRILLING CAPABILITIES The milling function included with the lens drilling capability of some edgers could open some new avenues for increased revenue. These systems allow the operator to mill square holes, rectangles, jewel mount recesses and other decorative designs directly to the surface of the lens. These one-of-a-kind designs could open new doors for your practice by creating unique lenses for your patients and extra dollars for your dispensary.

Super Intelligent Blocker. The Ice 1000 features a color camera with auto brightness control for easy viewing of even the most difficult tinted and polarized lenses. According to Santinelli, it also has a highly accu­rate auto lens meter (ALM) function. Lenses with weak power can be measured properly and progressive lenses can be detected automatically. The blocker also automatically centers and blocks lenses, digitizes demo lens infor­mation, and has an incredible array of editing functions includ­ing faceting, jewel inserts, and partial grooving and custom shape milling to get the decorative juices flowing.

The Me 1200 Edger has been newly designed with an electronic estimate system (EES). This inno­vation assesses the information it gathers about lens size, material and coating and automatically adjusts the machine’s selection of lens processing method to maximize speed and efficiency. The Me 1200 is also very user-friendly, featuring an interactive color touch-screen moni­­tor and includes an estimated “time to com­ple­­­tion” func­tion with an audio prompt to let you know when it’s finished.

Reducing labor costs and eliminating off-site specialty processing jobs could make a “smart” finishing lab an affordable option.

Robert Flippin is an owner of Thorp & Flippin Optical in Lynchburg, VA.


AIT Industries
800-729-1959 •

Briot USA
800-292-7468 •

Coburn Technologies
800-262-8761 •

Essilor Instruments USA

Santinelli International, Inc.
800-644-3343 •


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