|Super Systems’ Auto Lensmeter with a built-in printer measures PDs, segment heights, lens diameters, and UV transmission.|
and use my cell phone. These and several other features make my driving experience safer and more enjoyable.
What I’m leading up to with all this is a question for you: Is your finishing lab in the same boat as my 10-year-old car—adequate but not up to your current needs and wants? If so, it’s probably time to consider replacing it.
Let’s begin at the same place you start at when processing the lenses, the lensometer. Today’s lens measuring instruments are a far cry from the trusty old AO 650B you bought used when you first set up your shop. With the recent advances in ophthalmic lenses, it’s more important than ever to accurately determine all the optical characteristics of these lenses.
When we move on past the lensometer, we’ve already come to a fork in the road: Should your remodeled finishing lab feature one of the newer “multifunction” machines or the more traditional systems that have a separate frame tracer, layout blocker, and edger? This question can be answered using two considerations: how much room you have in your finishing lab and how many pairs you process a day. If you’re short on space and only do perhaps three to five pairs a day, then a machine that includes all those functions in one unit is probably your best choice; it’s usually a bit slower than using separate components but is more than adequate for a lab that does just a few pairs a day.
|Santinelli offers a variety of innovative lens edging systems.|
|THE CARE AND CLEANING OF… As a teenager, I had an entry-level position at a surface lab “runnin’ cylinders.” The machines I worked with had a tendency to break down. When that occurred, you got out the toolbox, tore the machine down, repaired whatever was ailing it, and reassembled same. This illustrates the downside to the newer high-tech side of optical equipment. It’s just about impossible for the practitioner or a technician to do any sort of work on modern machines other than cleaning and perhaps some other servicing recommended in the owner’s manual. Thus, if a piece of equipment does go down, you’ll no doubt have to call in a service technician to make things right. This could take time and possibly cost some money to boot. But I’ll still take the modern technology any day over those old cylinder machines!|
High-tech edger systems and lensometers might get all the spotlight because of their advanced technology, but lens tinting units also have some pretty nifty updated features.
Today’s lens tinting units are comprised of state-of-the art tinting machines and dyes tailored for just about any tinting needs. Brain Power Inc. (BPI) developed some of the first dyes designed specifically for plastic lenses and they’ve remained on the cutting edge of this technology with increasingly versatile and effective dyes and machines. BPI’s Turbo Tinter machines use microprocessor temperature monitoring and a unique infrared heating system to ensure fast, even tinting on any plastic lens material.
Larry Guess is a consultant to the optical industry and designer of new optical tools.
|Each tint tank in Phantom’s Optisafe Digital Super Tinter has independent heat controls with a temperature probe located in the dye itself.|
WHERE TO FIND IT
800-729-1959 • aitindustries.com
800-866-5640 • nationaloptronics.com
Phantom Research Laboratories, Inc.
800-225-5559 • phantomresearch.com
Santinelli International, Inc.
800-644-3343 • santinelli.com