LOOKING BACK – JUNE 2010

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DIAMONDS ARE AN EDGER’S BEST FRIEND

Arthur Lemay not only invented the first automatic lens edger in the 1930s, he and his nephew, Joseph Santinelli
also developed the first diamond bevel wheel edger. Lemay, founder of A. Lemay & Co., and Santinelli, who worked for his uncle’s company at that time and later founded Santinelli International, Inc., collaborated in designing the ground-breaking Lemay Diamaline Automatic Bevel Edger in 1956. The diamond bevel wheel rapidly replaced the ceramic bevel wheel with its revolutionary ability to edge lenses in less than two minutes and its considerably greater longevity. As a result, this diamond edger facilitated the conversion from glass to plastic lenses—ushering in a
new era in lens finishing.
The Diamaline Edger was initially introduced to the industry at a New York City trade show (as seen in photo
at right with Lemay). Over 50 years later during this year’s Vision Expo East, Santinelli International exhibited the
diamond edger once again (pictured at left with Joe Santinelli) to pay homage to its history-making technology.

Courtesy of Santinelli International, Inc.

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