Today’s lens finishing systems allow ECPs to produce premium eyewear, thus increasing their profit margin.
Modern automatic bevel edgers have features that ECPs from the 70’s era would have flipped over. To even call them bevel edgers is a disservice because many are so sophisticated they are more accurately referred to as finishing systems. That’s because they can do everything from lens power assessment to layout and blocking; frame tracing; and a host of lens edge modifications like beveling, faceting, grooving, notching, slotting, drilling, and more.
Arguably the latest and most significant innovation for these units is milling. This feature enables the user to create just about any shape imaginable since the lens is cut with a milling tool, not with round edger wheels.
While you’d expect to find these features only on top-of-the-line models, you’ll be surprised to discover that manufacturers are now including many of them in lower-end systems. Offices will find lens finishing systems can increase the profit per pair of eyeglasses sold because these machines have so many features to enable ECPs to produce eyewear for which their lab is charging them premium fees. This includes drilled rimless, faceting, grooving, shape modification, special beveling, high wrap lens edging, and more. The possibilities are only limited by the operator’s imagination. See the chart below for what each finishing system can accomplish.
Robert Lerose is a freelance writer based in New York.
Ed De Gennaro is Director, Professional Content of First Vision Media Group.
WHERE TO FIND IT:
AIT Industries, Inc.
800-729-1959 • aitindustries.com
800-292-7468 • briot.com/usa
Coburn Technologies, Inc.
800-262-8761 • coburntechnologies.com
Essilor Instruments, USA
855-EZ-FINISH • essilorinstrumentsusa.com
727-522-2301 • optekinternational.com
Santinelli International, Inc.
800-644-3343 • santinelli.com