Automated operations, multiple functions and small tabletop footprints are some of today’s edging features that get eyecare professionals across the finish line.
What’s new and available for ECPs who want to start or upgrade their in-office edging operations? Here are the latest technologies offered in compact edging systems designed for today’s lenses and frames.
With eight or more edging options and six types of edging positions, Coburn Technologies offers multiple job handling and concurrent processing, allowing the user to manage jobs that have been paused, completed, and saved or jobs currently being processed. The operator is also able to prepare the next edging task while the edger is in process. For polishing, Coburn edgers’ high performance wheel design enhances speed and simplifies maintenance while producing a higher quality polish, the company reports. All edgers are equipped with a hydrophobic mode function and adaptive swivel chuck to clamp the lens more evenly while eliminating lens slippage due to lens coatings. Coburn’s user-friendly machines make training short and easy, eliminating the need to hire another staff member.
Coburn’s HPE-810’s high power motor and drill, which simplifies hole-editing management, makes it appropriate for rimless lenses. The HPE-410 Lens Edger’s small footprint is designed for practices with space limitations. Equipped with an optional integrated tracer, the 410 allows the user to decrease processing times while providing faster service. Coburn’s advanced HPE-8000X features step beveling to assure that the lens will fit precisely into high-wrap sunglasses with special shape cuttings, such as ventilation holes.
The EzFit No Block edger from MEI allows optical retailers with their own in-office small labs to edge ophthalmic lenses without the use of blocks. The NoBlock module enables the EzFit to automatically center block-free lenses. It includes a lensmeter, blockless centering system for single vision, bifocal and progressive lenses, and automatic machine loading/unloading with a dual loading arm. This module allows the next lens to be loaded while the machine is edging the previous lens and, in combination with EzFit, enables the machine operator to correctly position the lens without any specific optical skills while automatically compensating for any errors. The operator simply positions the lens under a centering system that centers and removes the lens to then bring it into the cutting chamber. In addition, the EzFit edger’s integrated Shape Finder makes it possible to create jobs right in the machine. “Industrial companies have stopped using centering blocks for some time now, and we thought it was important to offer this benefit to smaller companies as well,” said Stefano Sonzogni, CEO and technical director.
The Dia E1000 multifunctional patternless lens edger features vertical wheel technology, a 3D lens sensor and an HD color touch panel to process any lens material, style and power. For ECPs who have ever forgotten to polish, chamfer, or groove a lens, the E1000’s unique re-edge function eliminates this problem, even if the lens was deblocked and the data cleared. Simply put a block anywhere on the lens and press the “check” button. The 3D lens sensor measures all aspects of the lens, and you’re ready to apply the missing features. The E1000’s lens self-trace feature allows you to automatically copy a sample lens, other eye or pattern without using an external tracer.
With an optional high-curve wheel, the E1000 can process high minus lenses and lenses for Rxable wrap-style frames. While some edgers take much longer to process polycarbonate and Trivex groove jobs, the E1000 saves time by concurrently grooving and finishing the edge. Other key features include a compact design, built-in 60-job memory (trace and process data), automatic and manual calibration and diagnostics, serial interface capability with VCA-compliant host Rx software and a three-year parts warranty. Optek International is the exclusive distributor for Dia Optical products in the U.S.
The Me-1200 multifunctional edger, Santinelli’s flagship, provides a wide range of lens finishing needs in a compact footprint. Automatic (or manual) 3D drilling enables the operator to create various hole shapes such as slots, notches, counter-bored holes and holes for jewels at angles from 0° to 30°. The hole data can be input with a stylus pen on the touch screen, indicating the actual hole size and position. Hole shape selection is made by choosing one of the illustrated icons.
The Me-1200 features a patented highly customizable high curve function that offers multiple asymmetrical bevel designs for lens-to-frame fit. For difficult-to-fit sunwear, such as “cyclist” suspension lens sunglasses, step bevel and partial step edging allow for easy mounting of Rx lenses. Multiple grinding conditions can be applied to a lens, such as partial grooving, allowing for changing groove width and depth, depending on location. Partial bevel is also available.
Me-1200 RMU (radius measuring unit) measures the lens diameter size before grinding. The dual LMU (lens measuring unit) measures the lens thickness. This data is used by the EES (electronic estimate system), which provides information on lens measurement, estimation of lens processing time, and automatically controls the selection of lens processing method. Processing time is reduced by 30%, according to the company. The EES mode facilitates grinding of super hydrophobic coated lenses without axis shift.
The WECO E.1/2 entry-level, all-in-one edging system offers integrated drilling in a space-saving design and a lower price category. With the addition of the E.1/2, the entirety of WECO’s edging systems now have integrated drilling. Its patented Gravitech optical tracing system allows the user to scan a demo lens with drill coordinates fast and accurately.
The Emotion 2 all-in-one edging system from Briot includes edging, blocking, drilling, grooving and tracing. With its Gravitech patented optical tracing technology, users can accurately scan a demo lens with precise 1:1 shape reproduction in approximately four seconds. A mechanical tracer is also included for instances when the demo lens is missing and the frame must be traced. Gravitech will also automatically scan all drill hole coordinates, requiring minimal adjustment. A vast database of shapes and jobs allows for the storage and retrieval of 10,000 shapes.
The QM-X3 from National Optronics brings the engineering and cutting-edge technology typically found in industrial edgers to a tabletop version. With its ability to process complex shapes, such as partially shelved lenses, as well as its optional variable angle drilling, the QM-X3 bridges the gap between large 5-axis edgers and compact 3-axis tabletops. This edger includes direct drive motors, advanced electronics for faster processing speeds and a high speed, high torque spindle drive capable of over 30,000 RPM, resulting in speeds 20% to 30% faster than other tabletop edgers, according to the company. High speed linear axis drives and its mechanical design eliminate unnecessary movements. The QM-X3‘s tool features a unique dual diamond blade design, increasing tool life while substantially lowering the cost per edge. Continuing National Optronics‘ tradition of green, dry edging, the QM-X3 makes waste disposal easy and environmentally safe. Its remote diagnostics function connects the QM-X3 to the internet for the most current software updates and gives National Optronics technicians access to quickly resolve any issues for streamlined support.
Mr. Blue 2.0 from Essilor Instruments offers custom shaping and milling while preventing errors due to slippage when working with blocked, anti-reflective coated lenses. Its design reduces sound and odor during high-index lens edging. Frame traces can be reshaped for aesthetics, and Mr. Blue 2.0 also integrates with the M’Eye Sign process for customizing shapes and engraving lenses. More than 200 designs and letters are available through M’Eye Sign to allow for personalized lenses.
The Pro-E 600, also from Essilor Instruments, is a compact, high-volume, tabletop edger that requires no vacuum or compressed air. Suited for jobs requiring specialty edging and mountings, the Pro-E 600 allows in-office labs to produce high volumes of work when needed and the ability to do specialized high wrap and difficult Rx’s.
AIT Industries, Inc. (WECO) 800.729.1959 AITIndustries.com Info@AITIndustries.com Briot USA 800.292.7468 BriotUSA.com Contact@BriotUSA.com Coburn Technologies, Inc. 800.262.8761 CoburnTechnologies.com CustomerCareCenter@CoburnTechnologies.com Essilor Instruments USA 855.393.4647 EssilorInstrumentsUSA.com Info@EssilorInstrumentsUSA.com MEI S.r.l. 847.357.0323 MEISystem.com Info@MEISystem.com National Optronics 800.866.5640 NationalOptronics.com NOPSales@NationalOptronics.com Optek International 727.522.2301 OptekInternational.com Sales@OptekInternational.com Santinelli International, Inc. 800.644.3343 Santinelli.com Sales@Santinelli.com