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CONTENTS t can be a struggle to keep up with the accelerating pace of change of modern life. Though the much‐heralded paperless office is still a recedingly remote reality, there is no doubt that increasing numbers of people spend increasing proportions of their working day staring at computer screens.


In our leisure time, we are similarly transfixed at video displays. When we are not watching television, we are checking emails and social media feeds on our home computers or tablets, or we are engrossed in playing videogames. Few would have predicted ten years ago the ubiquity of the mobile phone; this year, the number of mobile phone SIM cards in use worldwide overtook the total world population! Yet phones are being used less and less for audio communication and increasingly for texting or mobile internet; still more screens for us to glue our eyes to. Health gurus issue warnings of the need to take a break from the screen every half hour. Others proclaim that people should limit their screen time to a total of just two hour a day. Such advice has as much hope of being heeded as King Canute had in commanding the tide. For the answers to problems caused by modern technology, we have to look to technological solutions from our own industry. For sure, lenses have been designed with screen use in mind, and geared to reducing glare and eye strain. There are, however, rather fewer wearers of appropriate eyewear than there are people who spend a high proportion of their waking life in front of a succession of screens. Perhaps we are letting customers down by not focusing more on the need for them to equip themselves with eyewear that more closely matches their actual usage. Almost certainly we are missing a key and expanding potential market. With so many i‐products in circulation, we need to put the ‘eye’ back in ‘i’.

December 2014 Volume 43 · Number 368

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Setting the scene at Silmo

OUTLOOK 4 · Satisloh management change 5 · 100% optical extravaganza 6 · FMO appoint technology leaders to board 7 · Malcolm Polley retires from FMO 8 · Beijing Fair proves an unqualified success 9 · SMC’s second Lady Master

FEATURES 10 · International Vision Expo West 12 · Slugfest 2014 Satisloh at home to world customers 16 · Survey: Hard coating machinery

OPTIPRODUCTS 25 · Scanner sets new standards in made-to-measure lenses 26 · Lab products from DAC 28 · Nidek’s new PD meter 29 · Blue light measuring device

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Setting the scene at Silmo


he Air France strike that delayed or deterred some visitors over the weekend of Silmo 2014 is reported to have cost the airline €500 million. What was the cost to Silmo? Almost every year a transport-related strike of some sort impacts on France’s No. 1 national and international optical fair: a symptom, commentators suggest, of longstanding and deep-rooted problems in Europe’s third largest economy and the world’s No. 5, which even the current growth-focused government team is finding hard to fix. For a somewhat negative form of consolation, the powerhouse German economy was in even worse shape over the months leading up to Silmo, with manufacturing down a swingeing four per cent, part of a continuing decline in the Eurozone as a whole. Silmo organisers characterised this year’s visitor numbers as ‘stable’ at around 33,500 (35,000 plus claimed in 2013), 44 per cent of them from the domestic market, 56 per cent from abroad. They also claimed 900 exhibitors; the show catalogue in fact lists over 1,000, plus optical publications which (in addition to OPTICAL WORLD) included titles published as far afield as Korea, India, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates.

Overseas exhibitors Non-French exhibitors at Silmo 2014 hailed from at least 26 countries, including a growing number from Eastern Europe and the now expected substantial group from the People’s Republic of China (47 firms from the city of


Wenzhou alone; how would European shows today look without them?) Silmo also claimed 150 first-timer exhibitors; one particular welcome name among them, for optical show circuit regulars, that of Rudi Suter, president, now CEO of PFO Global, specialising in lens design and software. It is axiomatic that optical trade shows today should be accompanied by a continuing education programme for optician visitors. Silmo 2014 was no exception; the main focus was on eyestrain, notably eyestrain in children, regarded in France as a valuable market target group. Offerings also ranged from marketing in retail optics, this year handled in partnership with ‘customer experience’ experts Equipmag, to low vision, which affects three million people in France, 80,000 of them children, and Google Glass, with an introduction for opticians presented by an American optometrist from Harvard Medical School, no less. Ophthalmic products designed for use with the headline-making wearable computer that is Google Glass also featured on stands at Silmo itself, notably that of the UK’s Waterside Laboratories.

Gold Trophies Silmo’s organisers seem long ago to have understood the show revenue-enhancing potential of a competition for products on offer by exhibitors. The Silmo Gold Trophy Award system, ground-breaking in its time, has now been in operation for over 20 years, and has surely realised

InternationalSCENE that revenue-assisting potential while also enhancing this fair’s reputation as an opportunity for participating companies to showcase innovation. The Gold Trophy regime, with winners chosen from a short list early in the fair weekend, has the added benefit of augmenting international optical press interest and goodwill, since journalists not only get to attend the prestigious awards party, but sit on the judges’ panel. Every year there is a guest chairman – in 2014, sculptural artist and designer Pablo Reinoso – which in turn raises Silmo’s profile beyond the confines of ophthalmics. It is symptomatic of the overwhelmingly frame-orientated nature of Silmo that only one award category is spectacle lens related; this year’s winner was France’s No. 2 supplier BBGR, with new progressive lens design Sirus Plus. Beyond this, another single category covers the whole spectrum of ‘materials and equipment’ (2014 winner Interactif Visual Systeme with a new product from the Activisu dispensing room demonstrator range.)

Special award An addition to this year’s list: special award winner Italian frame maker Piero Massaro. Other winners hailed from Denmark, Germany and Japan, underlining the fact that this is a truly international optical exhibition, for all its French frame industry origins. Laboratory and ophthalmic lens sector innovators in Paris this year included a number focusing on high end niche products, such as Carl Zeiss (computer-range progressives; extra hard coatings), Younger Europe (Nu-Polar Gradient), Tokai (blue light filtering lenses) and new exhibitor Waterside Laboratories of UK, with its Smart Glass prescription app for the still headline-making Google Glass, as well as IOT’s Infinity progressive designs. Echoing the Silmo Academy preoccupation with eyestrain and the lens industry focus on niche market products, UK-based Adlens featured Interface, a computer user’s lens combining their Adjustables focusing technology with specially formulated green or brown tints.

The Tech Zone For laboratory firms supporting Silmo, 2014 offered an innovation which, in time, may be perceived as Gold Trophy-style value: a Tech Zone, hosted by the show in partnership with OPTICAL WORLD, which offered firms a highly affordable information-centre alternative to bringing heavy machinery on-site. Schneider, Satisloh and new exhibitor Pads4Labs availed themselves of this facility, the latter offering a range of pads, tapes and other laboratory

consumables. Elsewhere, AGP featured blocking pads designed for today’s oleophobic topcoats; OptoTech demonstrated their SmartLab fast lens processing unit designed for the large retail store; Phantom Research Laboratories showed a new-model Optisafe super-tinter. Nidek, a Silmo stalwart, introduced its OCT Retina Scan Duo instrument, reflecting the continuing developed-market trend to put optical coherence tomography at the heart of the optometric consulting room, and branched out into a fresh aspect of spectacle dispensing instrumentation with the PM-700 PD meter. The recently launched XTrimer SE-1 dry edging system and the LE-700 entry level edging station also featured with Nidek emphasising this firm’s strategy of catering for all aspects of the ophthalmic lens market. For France, SCL’s display of lens cleaning, coating and tinting units featured a new high-volume lens cleaning unit. Proverbial ‘elephant in the room’ at this and indeed every Silmo is global lens giant Essilor, formed from the union of two earlier French giants, Essel (Société des Lunetiers) and Silor (Société Industrielle de Lunetterie) with growth fertilised by the success of that 20th century innovation the varifocal, or progressive lens. It is not that the Essilor elephant trumpets loudly at Silmo; given its world dominance and that of other Essilor Group companies on the French market scene, BBGR and Novacel, it hardly need do so. Now also the full proprietor of Transitions, Essilor International acknowledge ‘difficult’ trading conditions in France earlier this year, but nonetheless reported sales worth over €2,780 million for the first half of 2014, with Europe accounting for over €825 million of the total. North America achieved nearly €985 million, thanks to strong and continuing growth from the second quarter of the year onward. The only sector to show decline, equipment, includes surfacing and lens finishing machinery, where Satisloh is flagship company. Rumours persist that a merger between Essilor and Luxottica may be in the wind, though – as top management spats also persist at Luxottica – these have recently been firmly contradicted. Could a six per cent fall in Silmo 2014 visitor totals herald a wider decline in shows’ perceived marketing value? Despite another year of access problems for would-be visitors and buyers, the ambience of this show indicated otherwise, seasoned observers agree. There was a feelgood factor at Villepinte, a relaxed atmosphere among exhibitors. Indicative of the long-awaited international ophthalmic business upturn? We can hope so; it has been long enough awaited, and the industry richly deserves it.


December 2014




Nick Astbury has stepped down as chair of Vision 2020 UK, following the organ-

European Academy of Optometry and Optics

isation’s Annual General Meeting in September, to focus on his international

The European Academy of Optometry


and Optics' seventh annual confer-

Nick Astbury steps down from Vision 2020 chair

‘It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as chair of the Vision 2020 UK board for the last six years. After two thoroughly enjoyable, productive terms,

ence, Budapest 2015, is now open for bookings.

I have decided to step down to dedicate more time to my international work,

A joint meeting with the European

including the Vision 2020 Links programme and the clinical fellowship programme

Council of Optometry and Optics, it

for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust’.

will take place in Hungary from May


14-17 2015, in association with the Hungarian Craft Union of Private



MEI lands in Brazil

The conference will offer lectures,

MEI, globally known for introducing

here a must in order to offer customer

discussions, topical research poster

milling to the edging process of oph-

assistance and provide technical support

presentations and twelve clinical

thalmic lenses and currently one of the

for the installation and maintenance of


leading suppliers of industrial machines

our machines’.

to lens manufacturers and optical chains

Like the other international branches

around the world, is opening a branch

(Chicago and Hong Kong), the new

in Brazil.

branch will have specialised technicians



The new offices, located in Sao Paulo,

who can provide installation and main-

Greg Nugent joins Adlens board

are key to bringing technical support to

tenance services as well as telephone

Adlens, leaders in adjustable focus eye-

the company's customers in South Amer-

assistance in the local languages. A sales

wear, have appointed Greg Nugent as

ica and will serve as a logistic hub for

professional able to demonstrate the

non-executive board director.

replacement parts and tools for the

machines will also be part of the team.

With global acclaim for spearheading

MEI do Brasil Ltda is located at Rua

innovative campaigns and initiatives at

Stefano Sonzognim MEI's president

Cubatão 436 Cj 31b — Vila Mariana,

the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic

and technical director, explains the

04013-001 Sao Paulo/SP, Brasil (Ph:

Games, Greg has gained significant

move: ‘The growing number of customers

+55.11.2861-3111; website: www.

praise for leading the marketing effort

and machines in the South American; email: infobrasil

for the two biggest projects in UK

market made the opening of a branch


same area.


From naming the ‘Games Makers’ to penning the line ‘Inspire a generation’,


Greg piloted the marketing program

Satisloh management change

for the 2012 Games, directing the spec-

Larry Clarke has been appointed president and chief operating officer of

tator experience, management of data,

Satisloh AG. He will be responsible for distribution of Satisloh equipment

campaigns, advertising and research.

worldwide, as well as R&D and production, reporting to Norbert

Since the Games Greg co-founded Inc.

Gorny, president and CEO of the Satisloh Group, and will

London Limited which advises clients

relocate to Baar,Switzerland.

on major projects around the world.


Clarke, who will continue as Satisloh North America’s president

Adlens CEO and executive chairman

until further notice, started in the equipment business in late

Michael C. Ferrara comments, ‘Greg is

1999 by establishing the first wholly owned US subsidiary for

a globally renowned expert and we

Satis Vacuum. When Loh Optical Machinery and Satis

are delighted he will be helping us

Vacuum merged in 2005, he became president of the

shape and deliver our vision to a global

newly formed Satisloh North America





100% optical eyewear extravaganza 100% Optical, which will take place at London’s Excel on

around the world. This area will especially appeal to in-

February 7-9 2015, is promising an exceptional showcase

dependent opticians looking to offer their customers

in its Eyewear Halls with over 3,000 frames on display

something new and unique.

anticipated. This represents the biggest collection of

According to Nathan Garnett, event director for 100%

eyewear ever seen in the UK and will eclipse the 2,000

Optical, ‘Eyewear is a major emphasis for the 2015 event.

frames on display at the inaugural 2014 100% Optical

We have taken on board all the positive feedback from


buyers and exhibitors in 2014 and come up with a strength-

The event will be 30 per cent bigger than 2014 and a

ened eyewear proposition. 100% Optical will quite simply

number of new and improved features are being introduced

provide the ultimate stage for all the very best in eyewear

to make it even more attractive to members of the

design and technical innovation from around the world.

optical industry within the UK, across Europe and world-

It's an unmissable proposition for the eyewear trade’.

wide. Specifically for eyewear there will be an innovation Arcade and Fashion Hub.

The event will be backed by a comprehensive marketing and PR campaign targeting over 1.5 million eye industry

The Innovation Arcade is an area of the event specifically

professionals worldwide, including buyers, designers, dis-

dedicated to supporting independent and emerging de-

pensers, optometrists, opticians, orthoptists, practitioners,

signers. It provides visitors with the perfect opportunity

laboratory managers, technicians, consultant ophthal-

and environment to discover new niche brands from

mologists, surgeons and students.



December 2014



FMO appoint technology leaders to board The Federation of Manufacturing Opticians board has been enhanced with the leaders of two diagnostic technology providers, Heidelberg Engineering and Topcon, joining the management team of the all-embracing optical suppliers’ group. Krysten Williams, UK director of Heidelberg Engineering, and Andrew Yorke, UK director of Topcon, have been elected for a two year term of office. Their appointments boost the representation of technology companies on the FMO board, alongside

Andrew Yorke and Krysten Williams

colleagues from the lens and frame sectors of optics.



Zeiss association with Nobel Prize winners The Nobel Prize was recently awarded

Eric Betzig, from the Janelia Farm

Nobel Prize winners in physics, received

for recipients in the fields of medicine,

research institute in Virginia, is not

the Carl Zeiss Research Award in 2000,

physics and chemistry. Customers and

only a Zeiss customer, but also a key

in recognition of his work on the de-

partners of Zeiss are among the win-

research and collaboration partner.

velopment of high-brightness, blue

ners, including former Carl Zeiss Re-

He holds multiple patents for super-

light-emitting and laser diodes. The

search Award winners Shuji Nakamura

resolution photo-activated localisation

Nobel Prize was presented for the in-

and Stefan Hell. This is the fourth

microscopy (PAL-M).

vention of efficient blue light-emitting

time that a Carl Zeiss Research Award

Stefan Hell, director of the Max

diodes which has enabled bright and

winner has gone on to win the Nobel

Planck Institute for Biophysical Chem-

energy-saving white light sources. The


istry in Göttingen, received the Carl

other winners in this category are Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano.

Three researchers shared the award

Zeiss Research Award in 2002. He was

in chemistry for their work on super-

honoured for his pioneering achieve-

Nakamura’s work means that white

resolution fluorescence microscopy:

ments in basic research and applica-

LEDs with red, blue and green LED

Stefan Hell from Germany, Eric Betzig

tions for high-resolution optical mi-

structures in one unit will be able to

and William E. Moemer, both from


replace conventional light sources


Shuji Nakamura, one of the three

such as light bulbs.



European Coalition for Vision On the occasion of World Sight Day,

tion for Vision agreed to develop and

Peter Ackland, chair of the ECV

the European Coalition for Vision (ECV)

promote a European vision and eye

stated: ‘ECV’s role is to alert Euro-

set an ambitious objective to leverage

health indicator. Today, more than 80

pean public authorities on the issue

vision and eye health at European

European Core Health Indicators exist,

of vision and eye health. ECV is

level. World Sight Day is a global event

but none of the current health indi-

therefore asking for the creation

that focuses on bringing attention on

cators fully addresses the eye health

and implementation of an EU-wide

blindness and vision impairment. It is

issue. Health indicators are sets of

recognised eye health indicator — in

observed worldwide on the second

data (tables, graphs, maps) on health

order to collect detailed and har-

Thursday of October each year.

status, determinants and care in EU

monised data and consequently better

Meeting on October 8, 2014 in Brus-

member states and play an important

shape European public policy in that

sels, members of the European Coali-

role in supporting policy development.





Malcolm Polley retires from FMO Federation of Manufacturing Opticians chief executive Malcolm Polley is handing over the reins of the world's longest established optical trade body leaving the organisation in robust shape. He will, however, retain his role as director of Optrafair. A career in dispensing, at prestigious London practices, led Malcolm to join the Norville Group in the 1980s where he rose to become director of sales and marketing. After his chairmanship of the FMO in 2006, Malcolm became chief executive and took on the role of steering the optical suppliers' group to a higher profile and more active role in the UK

Kevin Gutsell and Malcolm Polley

optical scene. ‘It will be difficult to fill Malcolm’s shoes and match his

providing the very best optical event we can and Malcolm's

unique insight into so many aspects of the optical industry

broad experience is highly valuable. As we approach our

and profession’, commented Barry Dibble, FMO chairman.

centenary year of 2017 and commit ourselves to increasing

‘He has been the face of the FMO and Optrafair and

the benefits for our members it is right to split the roles of

provided unrivalled continuity for so many valuable years

leading the FMO and Optrafair and we are pleased to an-

of growth for the sector.

nounce the appointment of Kevin Gutsell as our new chief

‘However, the FMO board is delighted that he will continue

executive’. Kevin has resigned from his position as vice

in the important role as director of Optrafair, the show

president of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians

which is now an annual event. We are committed to

in order to take up this new appointment.



Ocuco acquire CC Systems Ocuco, provider of the Innovations lab management system, have acquired Florida and Toronto based CC Systems which provides the Labzilla LMS. This brings total staff in Ocuco to 175 across its retail and lab divisions, with the lab division forming the largest lab software company in the world, with 45 staff and an estimated 2,750 labs supported in 50 countries. CC System's Labzilla and Ocuco’s Innovations businesses will be merged into Ocuco’s Lab Division under the business leadership of Stephen Cohen and the technical leadership of 2013 OLA Hall of Famer Robert Shanbaum.


Leo MacCanna, Ocuco CEO, pictured with CC Systems president Stephen Cohen


December 2014



Beijing fair proves an unqualified success September’s CIOF 2014, the 27th China International Optics

Also present were Ocuco of Ireland. Among the largest

Fair, continued the tradition of presenting the latest worldwide

global software companies dedicated exclusively to optics,

and Chinese cutting-edge products and technology to buyers

their office in Shanghai is the most recent addition to a

from all over the world. Held at the China international Ex-

network of development centres spanning the UK, USA,

hibition Centre, Beijing, in conjunction with the

Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and Australia.

Ministry of Commerce of Chi-

Also showing were Cerium,

na, the China National

Nidek, Norville, Satisloh,

Light Industry Council and

Seiko and Weco. Visitors from 63 coun-

Beijing Municipal Commission of Commerce, the show

tries and regions present

attracted 804 exhibitors, 237

included those from Albania,

from abroad, covering an ex-

Argentina, Australia, Austria,

hibition area of 55,000 square metres. Exhibits ranged from spectacle

busy on the Visitors

Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,

stand Satisloh

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Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,

frames, sunglasses and lenses to contact lenses, and from

Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong

visual test equipment, machinery and raw materials for

Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan,

making spectacle frames and lenses to instruments for op-

Jordon, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia,

tometry and ophthalmology, also embracing low vision test

Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand,

equipment and optical software.

Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Republic of

Prominent among overseas exhibitors was Borer Chemie,

Belarus, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovensko,

renowned European leaders of optical cleaning technology,

South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia,

whose aqueous cleansing and antiseptic products are the

Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom,

outcome of many years of intensive research.

United States of America, Venezuela and Vietnam.



International optical group CECOP expand Since the opening of its UK office, international optical

with operations in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Brazil

services group CECOP has gone from strength to strength.

and Colombia. The group’s success lies in offering exclusive

The group now works with over 570 independent opticians

marketing tools and services which help the independent

across UK and Ireland, and over 3,000 worldwide.

practice to differentiate itself in today's fiercely competitive

Over the last few months CECOP has seen its team of

market, as well as providing buying conditions with leading

area managers expand extensively, with eight area managers

industry suppliers of ophthalmic lenses, frames, contact

now covering the length and breadth of the country,

lenses and more.

under the guidance of new sales director Lee Woodward. CECOP is Europe’s largest international optical group,

Optimising practice profitability is at the core of CECOP’s philosophy.



Opti 2015, Germany Four halls filled with news, information, and great progress. All that is new in optics will be a feature of Opti Munich being held from January 9-11, 2015. Approximately 500 companies, including the ‘Big Four’ of the ophthalmic industry promise a trade show with completeness, intelligent presentation, professional organisation, and product depth.





Optical suppliers to the Gulf

Silhouette celebrate 50th anniversary

Aamal Optical Supplies is a newly es-

to more competition from the private

tablished company set up by Aamal

sector. Aamal is as determined as

Silhouette held 50th anniversary cel-

Company OSC and Qatar Optics to

ever to play its part in Qatar's devel-

ebration in London on September 28,

import, manufacture and distribute

opment and make quality investments

hosted at the residence of the Austrian

prescription lenses, contact lenses

that meet market demands'.

Ambassador by UK managing director

and other eye care products and services in the Gulf area.

Tarek M. El Sayed, managing director of Aamal, added: ‘Aamal has

Sheikh Mohamed Bin Faisal Al Thani,

achieved sustained growth over the

vice chairman of Aamal, said: 'We

past few years either through estab-

are glad to announce this new agree-

lishing new ventures or developing

ment and our partnership with an in-

its existing operations. We pride our-

dustry leader such as Qatar Optics.

selves on being able to capture busi-

‘Qatar’s healthcare system is de-

ness opportunities that add value to

veloping dramatically and the Qatar

David Chalmers and the Austrian Ambassador Dr. Emil Brix.

our company and its stakeholders.

National Health Strategy 2011-2016

‘Our diverse operations give us ex-

is designed to ensure that the popu-

posure to multiple high growth sectors

lation will enjoy world-class treatment

in Qatar and we are positive that

as the number of facilities increases,

this venture will be another success,

new or improved services are offered

providing high quality products and

to patients and healthcare opens up




European launch by Waterside Labs

UK MD David Chalmers

Following its successful launch at Vision Expo West Las Vegas in September, ex-

The drinks reception began with an

clusive distributors Waterside Labs gave European customers a sneak preview

introductory speech by the Austrian

of their Chimmm for Google Glass collection at Silmo 2014 in Paris.

Ambassador, and a welcome from

Bob Forgan, Waterside Labs and Vision Technologies Europe managing director

David Chalmers to review the 50 years

said: ‘The launch of our new Chimmm for Google Glass 2015 frame and

of Silhouette, and the brand growth

sunglass collections by the innovative Hong Kong fashion designer Simon Chim

in years to come.

attracted a great deal of attention in Paris as it showed the importance of combining technology with fashion’.

cian guests were hosted to an evening

At this show Waterside Labs, under its Vision Technologies Europe brand, showcased an exclusive range of products including its Smart frames for Google Glass and Smart Gold lens design.

Silhouette team members and optiof Austrian heritage to celebrate this golden milestone.




SMC’s second Lady Master The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has installed its second lady Master in its 385 year history. At a ceremony held at St.Bride's, Fleet Street on October 1, 2014, Dr Christine Tompkins (centre) was installed as Master, Edward Middleton (left), became Upper Warden and Don Grocott, Renter Warden.



December 2014


International Vision Expo West, 2014 Consultant Editor Richard Chaffin reports from the Vision Council of America’s Las Vegas Conference and Exhibition rom time immemorial people have gathered together to meet for discussion, to display their wares, announce innovation, attract customers and sell their goods. All industries, from automotive to zoological, come together for the common purposes noted above. The optical industry is no exception and the world of lenses, frames, machinery and accessories has been meeting in this way for many years. Until the end of World War II those gatherings were primarily limited to national or even regional meetings within a particular country or region. Optical business was done on a local basis and the industry met locally. That all changed as the world recovered from an international war and the optical industry started to become an international business. This was illustrated when an optical fair was held in a small town in France close to the Swiss border. Oyonnax was a centre for plastics and optical frame manufacture. Germany, strong in lenses and machinery, for many years hosted optical trade fairs in Darm-



stadt and Cologne that attracted European and international visitors. Paris, as a venue that is internationally popular, eventually came to host the growing Silmo event, highlighting frame and lens companies, while, in Italy, Mido had already taken on a global dimension in Milan. The United States had regional meetings for its 3 O’s (opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists) but soon found that larger more comprehensive trade shows were needed and turned out to be very successful. These shows evolved into spring and fall, East and West Coast gatherings – the International Vision Expos of New York and Las Vegas. The US that at one time dominated the optical business is still one of the largest single unified optical markets in the world. In buying power it may still be approximately one third of the world optical market; therefore the attraction of the Vision Expos. International Vision Expo West and Conference West is held in Las Vegas, a city set in the desert a few hundred miles east of Los Angeles,

a renowned gambling and entertainment mecca. Noted for its deluxe hotels, casinos and top shows, it is an attraction unto itself. This year’s VEW, held from September 18-20, drew an estimated 18,000 visitors. Continuing education and conferences attracted 4,000 or more, while some 14,000 made their way along the exhibit floor that is as long as three football fields. The exhibit hall was organised into the various segments of the optical industry, contact lenses, medical devices and equipment, lenses, machinery, frames, cases, accessories, sunglasses. A Galleria area was set aside for specialty and unique frame companies. The three days event hardly left time for visitors to see everything on show.

Hall of Fame banquet

Vision Council of America and Reed Exhibitions are co-hosts of VEW. The OLA – the Optical Laboratories Association – which has merged with the Vision Council and is its largest single division, started off the proceedings with the 15th year of its Directors’ Choice Hall of Fame Awards Banquet, which honours outstanding members of the US optical laboratory community (OW’s Gerald Ward was singled out for recognition several years ago). This year’s chief recipient Ed Greene, who is retiring as CEO of the Vision Council, was honoured along with nine others. This year’s banquet provided a formal and festive start to the gathering, which opened on Thursday to 90-degree outside temperature and what appeared to be only lukewarm attendance inside. Most of the major lens manufacturers booths were busy but not crowded. The consensus was business was moderately good, if not quite up to standard. Carl Zeiss had a large attractive display, as did Hoya. As expected Essilor had several booths for all its different products.

Manufacturers’ exhibits

Transitions, now wholly owned by Essilor, had its usual display. However the machinery companies seemed to be an exception, busy and crowded with laboratory customers. SatisLoh showed their complete line of surfacing and finishing equipment. They have an automated line for high volume laboratories. Also shown were their Maxi and Mini lines using different methods. Of special interest was the use of glue instead of blocking compound or pitch to fix the block to the lens to be surfaced, thus eliminating environmental problems.

Schneider Optical Machinery featured their Modulo Line of machines, a series of machines encompassing blocking, generating, polishing, inspection, and laser marking, ‘intelligently combined’. As always there was strong interest in the firm’s machines and automated line for a complete surfacing laboratory. Known innovators, they continue to pursue new technologies for prescription lens making. OptoTech Optikmaschinen GmbH a leading maker of digital surfacing equipment and antireflection coating equipment, had a large display of its equipment. A German machinery maker, OptoTech is a high quality designer and manufacturer of machinery for super stores, small or large laboratories. They also design and manufacture optical machines for precision optics and the surfacing of glass lenses. A ‘green’ concept company, they have complete automated systems for lens production. AR – Automation & Robotics had their automated quality control machinery on display. They are a world leader in the inspection and packaging of optical lenses. Their machines are used widely throughout the world in laboratories and by mass manufacturers of lenses. AR map progressive lens surfaces, detecting all defects on both surfaces of the lens. They were featuring their digital lens marker. Coburn Technologies, who were showing on their home ground, had a complete booth of surfacing and finishing machinery, as well as their extensive laboratory supply items. They also introduced their recently acquired refracting and diagnostic equipment. Coburn were celebrating their 60th anniversary in the optical machinery and supply business. MEI, the first company to bring milling technology to optical edging, showed their latest machinery that works without blocking the lens. The TBA system uses suction for clamping the lens. An Italian company with offices in Chicago, MEI continue to innovate for their customers, saving time in the edging process by eliminating steps in the production cycle. Their milling system with multiple cutters is capable of performing all of the edging procedures rapidly. Vision Expo West and Vision Expo in New York in the spring are both among the best in optical trade shows. As well as showing off lenses, frames, and machinery, they show off the US optical marketplace. They provide an opportunity for participants to feel the pulse of the optical business worldwide.


December 2014


Slugfest 2014 Satisloh at-home for world-wide customers


Satisloh Group president and CEO Dr Nobert Gorny, welcomes guests

f you were to Google the word Slugfest, the official definition is ‘a fight marked by an exchange of heavy blows’. However, in this instance it is the name given to a gathering of the SatishLoh User Group. Slugfest was first held in USA back in 2006 and there have since been a further three in America. In 2012 the first Slugfest was held in Asia and this was the third such event to be held in Europe. One hundred and fifty guests from 39 different countries representing 61 companies attended the event. Proceedings began with an informal re-


ception at a Frankfurt Hotel, giving visitors an ideal opportunity to mingle and network over a few drinks and a buffet dinner. Next morning, following breakfast, three coaches shuttled the guests to a venue in Wetzlar, just a short distance from the Satisloh facility. Rather than stage the event at the busy factory, as on previous years, this year it was held in an adapted warehouse. Quite an undertaking in view of the fact that the company had the full range of equipment installed specially for the occasion. The hall was set out in four distinct stations: Micro-Lab; Macro-Lab/Coating; Fully automated ART-Line and finally Innovations (a brief glimpse at forthcoming launches planned for 2015). The hall featured ample non-stop catering and refreshments. Guests were welcomed by Dr Norbert Gorny, president and CEO of the Satisloh Group, who took the opportunity to announce that Larry Clarke had been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of Satisloh AG, with global responsibility for distribution of Satisloh equip-

ment, R&D and production. Larry joined Satis Vacuum 15 years ago and was named president of the newly formed Satisloh, North America, after the merger with Loh Optical Machinery in 2005. He will be based in Switzerland at the Satisloh HQ. For practical reasons the group were divided into eight sub groups, organised by allocating each person a specific colour code on their badge and this worked very smoothly. Each group was led by a designated Satisloh employee who stayed with their group throughout the day.

Larry Clarke, newly appointed president and chief operating officer of Satisloh AG

surface milling and bevelling, high speed turning and backside engraving. It features an auto-calibrator to ensure accuracy. Also featured within this section was the Toro-FLEX polishing machine and the high end coater 1200-DLX. The final demonstration within the section was provided by SCL International. SCL president Denis Gehrig was on hand to present their latest dip coater which, in co-operation with Satisloh, uses the full range of Satisloh consumables and processes. Dr Frank Breme, chief technology officer, introducing the latest innovations

Micro-Lab The Micro-Lab is described as ‘fits everywhere’ and the complete system takes up just 25 sq metres. The entire processing time is just 30 minutes. The whole lab comprises of a VFT-micro generator, less than one metre wide and weighing just 500 kg, which is a third of that of the VFT-orbit and does not need a chiller as everything is self contained; a MicroFLEX soft tool polisher using just three different polishing tools. The polisher is just 19 inches wide. Next the polished lens is then cleaned by hand in a small bath before being placed in the automatic washing machine and subsequently dried using the Micro-dryer machine.

The next process in the line is the Magna-Spin coater, which puts a highquality hard coating on the back side of the lens using a solvent based UV lacquer. The next step uses the SP-200 machine which applies back side AR and top coating on the lens. The final process is a deblocker which can be either manual or automatic version.

ART-Line There has been much discussion on the use of alloys and the environment within the optical industry and ART stands for Alloy Replacement

Macro-Lab/Coating The Macro-Lab is a mid-size manual lab. In this station of the hall, visitors saw demonstrations of the MC-280X box coater and the VFT-macro, which uses the same technology as the VFT-orbit. This generator allows for both digital surfacing and conventional Rx production. It provides full

Fully automated ART-Line

Product manager Frank Heepen explaining the benefits of ART – alloy replacement technology

Technology. Here visitors were treated to a full laboratory set-up on an industrial scale. The line is linked using Tray-Express which is provided by a Satisloh partner NCC Automated Systems. The conveyor system offers silent tray transport, easy installation and is essentially a ‘plug and play’ system. Features include intelligent routing which can be extended easily as production grows. The production line consisted of the ART-Blocker; VFTorbit; Duo-FLEX; Lens-Engraver-LC;


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Demonstration of 1200-DLX box coater

ART-Deblocker; CHP 150 cleaning line and Tray-Express, a modular automation system. The ART-Blocker automatically loads blank and block-pieces from the job tray. Following curve measurement, the blank is applied to the block-piece and fixed with a UV-light cured adhesive. The blocked lens moves along the conveyor, without the need for cooling, into the VFT-orbit generator. The VFT-orbit provides cutting edge technology and provides exceptional accuracy and error-free surface quality. It features fast tool technology, high speed control systems and an airbearing spindle. It is capable of moving the lens and tools through a series of different axes which Satisloh have called Circumvolution Technology. All the tools are arranged in an orbital shape around a central rotating lens axis. All current lens formats and organic lens materials can be generated using the VFT-orbit. The job tray moves from the VFT-orbit along to the Duo-FLEX, an automated soft tool polisher. This is designed for heavy duty use and is capable of handling the full range of free-form toric and spherical lenses. Next step on the line, the lenses are fed to the lens engraver. Here the LensEngaver-LC is provided by partner Laserop. Dr Pinchas Agmon, LaserOp


managing director, was on hand to demonstrate the system which is a CO₂ laser engraver for semi-visible and visible markings on free-form/progressive lenses. It is capable of engraving micro circles, logos, shapes and characters on either concave or convex organic lens materials. Job trays move to the ART-Deblocker which separates the lens from the block-piece by the use of a water jet. The machine sorts out the used blocks by curvature and diameter for reuse. The final step on the line was through a cleaning process system, here provided by partner, SCL International with their CHP-150 system.

Innovations Having had a hands on experience of existing technology available,

visitors were then treated to a brief glimpse of what is currently being developed for proposed launch in the next 12 months. Understandably, it is too sensitive to detail here, but projects include a new manual blocker, a new concept polisher a management system and a new block-less module. Following the completion of all the presentations at each of the four stations, the group were shuttled to the Satisloh factory just a few minutes away. Visitors were then offered a choice of options from: A factory tour; Service & Academy; Consumables and Tools or a Workshop devoted to the analysis of surface quality. The day ended with a dinner cruise along the River Main back in Frankfurt. Day Two was held at the hotel and began with keynote speeches by Sabine Hübner and Carsten Rath on the importance of standing out from your competitors by offering excellent service. This was followed by a presentation from Prof. Charlotte Remé of the University Eye Clinic in Zürich on the dangers of UV light to the eye. The final session of the morning was given by Prof. Dr Peter Baumbach from Aalen University on the future of progressive lens designs.

Business seminars generated much interest among attendees

Satisloh team members in discussion with guest

Following lunch, guests were given the opportunity of attending a series of ‘breakout’ sessions. On offer were the following presentations

‘Operational excellence through excellent people – What it means to develop a high performance lens production with your people’ – presented

by Ralph Winkler, CEO and founder of Lean Partners Projekt GmbH; ‘Overall Equipment Effectiveness – what it means, how it works and how it can increase your lab’s productivity’ – presented by Kevin Mauger, president of NCC Automated Systems Inc; and ‘Inbetween A to Z, somewhere is Hard Coating’ – by Denis Gehrig, president of SCL International. Slugfest officially concluded mid-afternoon. For those guests staying an additional night, a dinner had been organised at a restaurant within the city. The event was extremely well organised and very worthwhile. It is an excellent way of presenting available equipment and technology and spending time with customers, something that cannot be achieved at a busy trade show.


December 2014


Hard coating machinery Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor


rganic lens materials have many

mid-index resin, polycarbonate through

enough to withstand abrasion, but at

advantages over the older sili-

to the latest 1.66(7) and 1.74(6) mate-

the same time are flexible enough not

cate (glass) materials - basically

rials – all have a ‘soft’ surface and there-

to craze or de-laminate. Two basic levels

light weight and strength - and have be-

fore have to be supplied with a protective

of hardness are now being used, one

come, over the past two or three

layer as standard. It is easy to see that

which may be called the ‘standard’ hard

decades, the most widely used types of

organic lenses now provide an excellent

coating is tintable and the other, pro-

ophthalmic lens. However. in spite of

product for the supply of ophthalmic

duced for maximum scratch resistance,

their more popular characteristics, they

lenses, the only real minus point being

is often not tintable. In this case, the

do have the disadvantages of thickness

the softness of the surface.

lens has to be tinted before the hard

and surface softness. The problems of

coating layer is applied.

overcome by the use of one of the

Hardness, adhesion and mechanical stability

ness and flexibility of the coating layer

higher index materials now available

To overcome this softness, we use hard-

is very important, but there is also an-

and the greater safety aspect of these

coatings, which provide a protective film

other factor that affects the durability

organic materials is a definite plus. The

over the substrate surface and, as such,

of the coating – cleanliness. If the lens

fact that they are substantially lighter

provide a good deal of resistance to

substrate is not properly cleaned before

than glass materials has ensured that

abrasion. From this, it would seem ob-

coating, the Iayer(s) will not adhere cor-

they are now used for the vast majority

vious that the harder the coating, the

rectly and will quickly come away from

of lenses produced today.

better the protection. To a certain extent

the surface during wear, particularly

this is correct, but the ‘hardness’ can

when being cleaned. This mechanical

be taken too far.

stability of the coating is important,

thickness and curvature can usually be

The greatest drawback with the organic substrates is their inherent softness.

We can see, therefore, that the hard-

The first organic material used, commonly

A perfectly ‘hard’ layer which could

as the coating on the finished lenses

known as acrylic or ‘Perspex’, had a very

provide complete protection, making

must remain useable during the expected

soft surface and the lenses produced

the lens completely scratchproof, rather

period of wear – normally two to three

from it quickly became scratched when

than scratch resistant, would be far too

years, on average.

in use. Even if the lenses were carefully

hard for practical use. One of the reasons

Any breakdown of the surface will

looked after, they soon became covered

for this lies in the difference in the coef-

lead to a dissatisfied user – one most

in very small surface scratches due to

ficients of expansion of the applied coat-

likely to avoid coatings of any sort in

cleaning with even the softest cloth.

ing and the organic substrate.

the future.

A hardening process was introduced

In use, the hard layers must expand

in the manufacture of the lenses, which

at the same rate as the underlying sub-

AR coating

did help to a certain extent, but it took

strate. If they do not, the coating will

Whilst not every organic lens is AR

the introduction of Orma lenses (CR39

tend to craze and even to become de-

coated, a large number are and this

material) for the use of plastic lenses to

tached from the lens surface, particularly

means that the hard coating should also

become more popular. Of course this

when subjected to heat Some of the

be suitable for the application of such

material, although substantially 'harder'

early hard coatings suffered from this

coatings. The processes for AR coating

than acrylic, is still relatively soft and it

problem and it took the manufacturers

organic lenses use a lower temperature

is always recommended that it is hard-

a little while to determine the optimum

than that used on glass, but this is still

coated for better surface protection.

degree of hardness.

relatively high and the hard coating has

The higher index organic materials –


The latest coatings are now hard

to withstand this type of process.

The hard coating must also provide a

tints may not be possible. To overcome

Spin, where a small amount of coating

suitable base for the retention of the AR

this problem, many Rx lenses will be

fluid is placed on the lens surface, which

coat. It must allow perfect adhesion of

tinted before being hard coated.

is then rotated at high speed. Centrifugal

the inner AR layer, otherwise this will

force throws the fluid toward the pe-


riphery, forming a thin even film. Any

One newer problem, which has con-

surplus is automatically spun off the


fronted manufacturers in the past few


Many organic lenses are supplied with

years, has been the introduction of the

Dip, in which a number of lenses held

some degree of tint, applied by the

high index resin materials. These require

in a rack are lowered into a bath of

use of a dye bath. Immersing lenses in

a different coating material.

coating monomer and then slowly with-

not be stable enough for general use.

these dye baths allows the lens surface

The material used for hard coating

to take up the correct degree of coloura-

has to have an index in a similar scale to

tion, which means that the dye has to

that of the lens substrate, otherwise in-

For the spin and dip methods, poly-

penetrate the surface of the lens ma-

terference patterns (Newton’s rings)

merisation of the monomer is carried


which can be caused at the interface

out either by thermal means or UV ra-

between the substrate and coating, will

diation. Although not covered in this

become too noticeable.

survey there are three other possible

If the lens is already hard-coated before being tinted (e.g., in the case of

drawn. The surplus is allowed to ‘drain off’ the lenses.

stock lenses), the dye penetration will

Higher index materials normally require

methods, which are included as a matter

be affected. It will either take longer

a high index coating polymer to match,

of completeness: In-mould, a hard layer

to tint the lens, having to penetrate

as a ‘normal’ polymer intended for ma-

is formed at the surface of the lens

the coating layer first, or with some

terial in the 1.5 index range will not be

during moulding and curing; High vac-

coatings it will be impossible to tint

fully suitable. Manufacturers now supply

uum deposition, where a thin layer is

the lens at all, as the coating is imper-

a range of ‘index-matched’ lacquers, to

deposited on the lens surfaces under


cover all popular indices.

vacuum conditions, in a similar fashion

For some products, the dye will tint

to AR deposition (which can form the

the coating layer itself rather than the


outer layers in the same process cycle);

lens. Most hard coatings are designated

Hard coatings – which are basically poly-

and Plasma-polymerisation, a similar

by the supplier as being either suitable

merised monomers, can be applied by

process to the above, but with the ad-

or unsuitable for tinting. Even when

more than one method, depending on

dition of gaseous plasma, which aids

they are suitable, tinting times will

the quantity and type of coating to be

deposition, making a very strong bond

have to be increased and very dark

produced. These are:

to the lens substrate.


The following suppliers have kindly submied material for review. Further details of their products can be found through their respecve websites. Coburn Technologies Coburn Technologies (formerly Gerber Coburn) is a leading provider of computer integrated ophthalmic lens processing systems. They produce the Simplicity UV hard coa)ng system. This is a compact 3-in-1 spin coa)ng unit that combines wash, coa)ng and UV sta-

• User friendly touch screen with simple controls and adjustments. • Programmable controller with

easier cleaning and maintenance. • Small footprint, making it ideal for those with limited space.

mul)ple recipes for faster, easier coa)ng changes. • Repeatable coa)ng film thickness for every lens, every )me. • Parameters and spindle speeds are

Coburn list two coa)ngs – Fast Curing Tintable




Superior Abrasion Resistance (UVAR). UVMAX allows quick consistent )n)ng

easily checked on screen for

(Grey 3) in 15 minutes. It has the high-

)ons, featuring a fully enclosed coater

maximum control of the coa)ng

est level of adhesion for spin coa)ng

to prevent debris in the air from geng


and customers report an average yield

onto the lens. Other features are:

• Removable coa)ng module for

rate of 98 per cent.


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cludes up to four tanks, in order to com-

• Total process supervision ensured

ply with different processes and sub-

by Fisa logger so ware system –

strates ( ntable, non- ntable, high in-

con nuously monitors the current

dex , polycarbonate, etc).

status of the line and allows the

The CC20 is specially designed for opmum maintainability. The whole coat-

Simplicity coater from Coburn

maintenance intervals can also be

ets and can be completely pulled out

managed (detergent dura on,

from the machine for easy tank clean-

replacement of filter cartridges

ing and fast filter cartridge installa on, without introducing pollu on into the machine’s environment. Features in-

reflec on coa ng stacks and the high-


est level of abrasion resistance for • In line construc on with ultrasonic cleaning, coa ng

per cent.

and pre-curing

Both coa ngs feature excellent adhebility, plus a special bonding chemical formula on and unique UV/thermal hybrid chemistry. Op misa on with HCLT

etc) • Permanent control of every process parameter • Automa c conveyors at loading and unloading sta ons, either

report an average yield rate of 98

sion, low viscosity, excellent coa ng sta-

the processed racks. Automa c

ing system is mounted on sliding brack-

UVAR offers the best adhesion for an-

back-side coa ng. Again customers

user to collect data about each of

longitudinal or transverse (op on) Also listed by FISA is a new range for

• Self-contained ISO 5 environment

mass produc on -the CCB/CCFB ma-

with temperature and humidity

chines, capable of applying several

control • Mul ple frequency Fisa ultrasonics in each tank of the cleaning

types of coa ng using different types of technology in the same machine, in a totally automated process.

(Hybrid cross linking technology) during

sec on to ensure effec ve and

lab produc on, ensures the best coat-

homogeneous ac on on the en re

and multi-coating system that guaran-

ing adhesion to substrates including

lens surface

tees optimal quality, minimal produc-

The CCB/CCFB series is a multi-layer

CR39, polycarbonate, trivex, Spectralite, 1.56 and high index. Be er filtra on during produc on results in less impuri es, which improves coa ng performance; and because they contain no solvents they are safe for standard shipping and handling.

FISA S.A.S. The CC20 from Fisa

The CC20 is specifically designed for surface prepara on, dip-coa ng and

• Slide out coa ng modules with

tion costs and total control of risks

pre-curing phases for organic sub-

individual temperature control and

and pollutants. The cleaning module

strates. The basic version can treat 50

automa c lid

ensures optimal surface preparation

lenses per hour and the full opera on version can reach a capacity of 400

• Infrared drying sta ons for varnish pre-curing

depending on the condition of the parts going into the machine. Each liq-

lenses per hour. This flexibility allows

• Fully programmable high quality

uid tank is equipped with Fisa Multi-

the user to adjust his investment to

li -out system, with 64 different

sonic technology for improved me-

match required produc on require-

speed profiles to adapt to different

chanical cleaning action.


shapes and substrates. 256

Star ng from the basic unit, it is pos-

A range of specific detergent prod-

different speeds from 0.20 mm/sec

ucts developed for the Fisa chemical

to 50mm/sec, with linear tracking.

department allow the user to elimi-

units, pre-curing sec ons, automa c

Total control of varnish thickness

nate any type of contaminant on the

handling robots, roller belts and in-line

• 64 different programs to meet any

surface to be coated. DI and RO water

sible to add new coa ng tanks, primer

final curing. Each coa ng sec on in-


process automa on required

production developed by company

engineers guarantee optimal surface

robo c arm equipped with several noz-

ment of the main func ons and their

quality before coating.

zles. A machine with two flow-coa ng

associated alarms. The DPU perma-

Dip coa ng can be installed and used

modules enables the user to treat each

nently shows the status of the machine.

according to the type of coa ng and

side differently, e.g, an -fog coa ng on

The CCB line includes modules for

substrate to apply a single coat of

the inside and an -scratch on the front

primer and top coa ng, dipping only

primer and an -scratch coa ng. In ad-

side.A final in-line baking oven is used

and a polymerisa on oven, whilst the

di on each module can be made with

to polymerise the coa ng.

CCFB line has a dipping and flow-coat-

one or two coa ng tanks to cover every possible combina on of treatment.

Wireless communica on with the controller and independent posi on

ing process as an alterna ve to the dip only func on.

The li -out func on, equipped with

checking enables the installa on of up

250 programmable speeds from 0.2 to

to eight robots on the same transfer rail

IL Sung

50mm/sec, enables the user to create

for op mal management of the total cy-

speed profiles for each type of part to

cle me, as well as the process mes re-

ILSung dip coa ng equipment is sup-

consistently apply the same thickness

quired, according to the type of tank

plied to large numbers of mass produc-

of coa ng me a er me.

and treatment.

on lines, Rx or research laboratories

Fisa’s Autocoat device can be in-

As with all Fisa machines, the CCB/

and various op cal manufacturing facil-

stalled on each coa ng tank to perma-

CCFB series is equipped with a Diagnos-

i es when a coa ng process is needed.

nently control the density or viscosity

c Process Unit (DPU). This consists of

The firm specialise in customisng de-

by adding a calculated amount of coat-

a graphic interface and a main control

signs and with 30 years experience will

ing or solvent to the tank. The system

unit, plus a set of modules connected

produce a machine op mised to the

replaces manual adjsutments and al-

together by a local network. Each mod-

customer’s requirements.

lows the user to keep coa ng consump-

ule can be equipped with one or more

Any product material, coa ng var-

intelligent circuit boards. These boards

nish, special condi on and capacity can

A flow-coa ng module coats one sin-

are capable of managing inputs as well

be built and adapted from the equip-

gle side of the parts to be coated using a

as outputs to de-centralise manage-

ment. The selectable ‘recipe’ system

on to a minimum.


December 2014


produc on cycle, the MR3 can produce

Once the coating is applied the lens

a complete coated/cured lens approxi-

moves into the UV curing station. In-

mately every 30seconds.

ternal counters monitor the UV lamp

With this process, labs

total hours to ensure proper curing

gain increased throughput

and warn operators when bulbs no



longer function at acceptable levels.

yields. Mul ple hard coat

The MR3 innovative method of curing

resins are available to suit

successfully cures thin centered lenses

customer’s needs.

without warping. And, since curing is


The machine offers an

integrated into the entire process, op-

integrated cleaning, coat-

erator exposure to UV light or chemi-

ing and curing. To begin

cals is eliminated.

the lens coa ng cycle, the operator

Totally self contained and fully auto-

pushes a single bu on on the user-

mated, the unit can be located in a nor-

will cover all kinds of lens material.

friendly touch pad and places a lens on-

mal laboratory environment, eliminat-

Even if the customer has no experience

to the vacuum chuck over the wash sta-

ing the need for a clean room. The built

in manufacturing, the easy mainte-

on. The MR3 senses the lens and the

in Hepa filter facilitates its own clean

nance system, simple user interface

machine automa cally starts. The lens

room environment for op mum results.

and strong support from the company

is cleaned of contaminants by spraying

Cured lenses are produced every 30

will assist the new manufacturing lines.

it while spinning with high-pressure de-

seconds, making the MR3 one of the

Features include customised design,

ionised or dis lled water.

fastest coa ng units on the market. By

The Rx-Standard from IL Sung

coa ng speed control, movable coa ng

containing cleaning and coa ng in one

tank unit, and ergonomic pipe control

unit, the system eliminates inspec on


prior to coa ng and the integral cleaning cycle minimises lens prepara on and handling.

Omega LED

The second unit, the Ultra RX is an au- UK based company Omega LED pro-

toma c coa ng system for the applica-

vides a number of surfacing, glazing

on of high performance, scratch resist-

equipment and hard coa ng machines.

ant coa ng to all types of plas cs and

In par cular the Ultra Op cs MR3 hard

polycarbonate lenses. The Ultra RX is Ul-

coa ng system is a self contained, fully

tra Op cs’ first tabletop fully integrated

automated system for the applica on

coa ng system, capable of producing 25

of a high performance, scratch resistant

jobs of quality coated lenses per hour.

MR3 by Omega

coa ng to all types of plas c and polycarbonate lenses. The MR3 uses ad-

A er cleaning the lens is automa cal-

vanced coa ng technology called 100

ly dried. The cleaned lens is automa -

per cent solids, which allows complete

cally transferred to the coa ng sta on

Op mal Technologies offer several dif-

u lisa on of the coa ng, elimina ng

where coa ng resin is applied to the

ferent size systems, from the well-es-

Optimal Technologies

vola le solvents and waste. This unit

lens while it is spinning. Once em-

tablished CHC60 and CHC150 they now

uses a computerised touch screen sys-

ployed, any coa ng excess is reclaimed

introduce the new genera on: CHC20,

tem to allow the operator easy naviga-

and used in subsequent coa ng cycles.

CHC40, CHC200 and CHC1000 cleaning

on through the produc on and diagnos c modes.

This 100 per cent solids coa ng tech-

and coa ng systems, providing produc-

nology is operator friendly, containing

on capaci es from 20 to over 1,000 lenses per hour.

An integrated system automa cally

no hazardous or flammable solvents,

cleans, coats and cures lenses in one

and having no offensive odours com-

Control of the machine is via the

quick uninterrupted cycle, elimina ng

monly found in solvent based coa ngs.

colour touch screen HMI. Choosing a

exposure to dust and dirt, minimising

Ultra Op cs coa ngs do not require

recipe from the HMI will process the

lens handling and bypassing lens in-

isopropyl alcohol in the cleaning of the

lens batches loaded on the in-line

spec on prior to the curing phase. In

coa ng cycle.

conveyor as required. The recipes are


configurable to suit different validated

Pure water is circulated through the fi-

feet and are separated from the main

processes and the intelligent handling

nal two rinsing tanks via two water puri-

console of the machine. This innova ve

systems will run different recipes

fying cylinders: one ac vated carbon

design removes the risk of vibra on be-

sequen ally, skipping stages if neces-

and one mixed resin. A 1-micron par cu-

ing transmi ed to the coa ng tanks


late filter follows these. The water over-

during processing from the rest of the

Cleaning and coa ng environments

flows from the rinsing tanks to buffer


are separate, but linked by a pass-

tanks, which are to the sides of the

Coa ng lacquer is constantly circulat-

through conveyor. Each sec on has in-

process tanks. This is a closed loop water

ed through an in-line disposable filter

dependent HEPA filtered air inlet and

polishing system, which will produce the

rated at 1mm (absolute). Lacquer man-

extrac on to afford be er control of

highest quality water achievable.

agement sampling points on the filters

the coa ng micro environment.

Water flows at approximately 40

enable period checking of the lacquer

New self-tuning 40 kHz ultrasonic

litres per minute (2400 litres/hour) and

without disturbing the coa ng environ-

generators have variable power to

is temperature controlled at a nominal

ment. The four coa ng tanks have the

55°C, which aids rinsing and keeps the

ability to be directly topped-up via the

water sani sed. The water is main-

HMI screen with solu on maintained

tained at a purity

by an integral chilling system housed

of approximately

within the back of the CHC200.

op mise cleaning efficiency.

The Optimal CHC200

0.07μsec and an

An integral chilling system contains a

alarm alerts the

glycol based coolant, which is supplied

operator if it is

to the lacquer temperature control

out of range. The

heat exchanger on demand. The cool-



ing temperature has two modes of op-



eration for each coating tank: normal

rinse tank is fi ed

running and stand-by, and can be set

with ultrasonics and the ul mate

to suit the type of hard coat material

stage has a programmable slow li out

or primer in the tank.

capillary drying feature.

Filtra on flow dynamics on cleaning

New to the industry for this size ma-

and rinsing vessels have been devel-

chine are fan assisted ovens to replace

oped to produce efficient filtra on and

traditional IR units. Polished stainless

The Magna-Spin from Sa sloh uses a

uniform flow over the lenses. Externally

steel ovens are fitted with longitudinal

magne c driven rota on system and a

mounted heaters provide solu on heat-

hinged lids to contain the heat. Each

self-centering loading sta on based on

ing and temperatures can be set, cali-

oven is fan assisted, giving very uni-

lens mass versus geometry for even

brated and displayed through the touch

form heat and efficient drying and cur-

screen. Temperature se ngs, as with

ing. Fast reacting temperature sensors

all process se ngs, are password pro-

and PID type controls, with settings

tected. In all wet processing stages the

and display on the HMI screen set the

lenses are oscillated through 20mm at a

temperature and produce a constant

frequency of 25 cycles per minute to

set point temperature. The dryers are

enhance the process. Liquid levels are controlled automa cally by op cal sensors, which also pro-

constantly purged with class 100 clean air from the coating environment. The exhausted air is ducted away.

tect heaters, pumps and ultrasonic

The coa ng tanks are manufactured

transducers from dry running. To min-

from electro-polished stainless steel

imise water consump on, incoming

(316 grade) and have weir overflows to

rinse water is fully controlled by ad-

all four sides. Close fi ng automa c

justable mes and flow rates. The sepa-

lids seal the tanks and contain the lac-

rate filtra on circuits in the rinse stages

quer solvents. The coa ng tanks are

provide high flow efficient rinsing with

mounted on solidly constructed base-

very li le displacement water required.

frames, which stands on an -vibra on



Magna-Spin from Satisloh




coa ng. Separate load and unload sta-

support which can be fully integrated

coa ng, including a primer stage. Two

ons are provided for faster opera on.

with Satisloh’s lens coating suite

different lacquer types can be specified

(including AR and top coating).

for index matching in addi on to the

The machine uses solvent based coating chemistry and up to three lacquers

primer stage.

are possible with manual selection

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

(automatic selection with a bar code

an added dipping sta on which can be

reader is available as an option).

The range of Schneider hard coa ng

used as a second primer stage or alter-

The DHC 40 can be configured with

An optional dosimeter is available

equipment comes in three different

na vely for a third type of hard coa ng,

for monitoring actual bulb energy and

sizes to match individual throughputs,

giving the DHC 40 full hard coa ng flex-

e-ballast inputs are controlled by a

from 20 to 200 lenses per hour. The

ibility in a very compact design. Fan as-

software system for consistent UV

DHC 20 is the most compact hard coat-

sisted pre-cure ovens allow for be er

light intensity. The system is fast, coat-

ing system of Schneider's dip-coa ng

temperature distribu on and more

ing 1.5 lenses per minute. The mag-

series and the perfect solu on for small

netic driven rotation system provides

produc on labs featuring ultrasonic-

a low friction point with less wear on

cleaning, lacquer and curing stages

motors and spin mechanisms. Robust

in one housing.

design results in greater up-time and

A servo drive based two axis han-

higher yields and there is a small foot-

dling system guides the lenses


through the mul -stage process include

which is fully automated. The clean-

three lacquers for back side coating

ing sec on consists of three double-

(non tintable for CR39, Trivex, high


index and polycarbonate and tintable

which are equipped with a two-step

for polycarbonate). The company also

DI-water regenera on system using

lists the Sl-201/501 ultrasonic and

resin and ac ve carbon filters to

hard coating system. The main fea-

achieve maximum stability of cleaning

tures of the system are:

results over a long period of me.






A er cleaning, the lenses are coated

The Schneider DHC20

• Automatic operation. Unique

in a thermal cure dip-coa ng process.

even curing condi ons. The overall en-

construction with no moving

This includes a primer stage for polycar-

vironmental temperature of the hard-

parts over the process stages

bonate lenses and two different lacquer

coa ng system can be controlled with

types for index matching. The ideal

an op onal air condi oning unit for

system including surface etching.

recipes are selected via a touch screen

higher process stability.

Ultrasonic DI water rinsing and

depending on lens-material and type to

In the industrial segment, Schneider

achieve best quality and cosme c re-

offer the DHC 200 for high-volume ul-


trasonic cleaning and hardcoa ng.

• 8 station ultrasonic cleaning

slow lift out and drying station • All cleaning and rinsing baths

The DHC 20 is perfectly suited to meet

Unlike the smaller solu ons, the DHC

• Coating tank motion by servo-

any cleaning and hard coa ng process

200 u lises a seven-stage cleaning

motor to allow speed profiling

requirements of today’s Rx-labs – no

process. The work areas are separated

have automatic level control

(optional) • Primer stage enables coating of polycarbonate lenses and recoating of factory coated

ma er what lens material. With a

to allow be er environmental control

throughput of approximately 20 lenses

of the hardcoa ng sec on. Two individ-

per hour the DHC 20 is the perfect addi-

ual robo c systems take care of the

on to the small lab.

handling processes inside the work ar-

Designed for a throughput of up to 40

eas. Op onally, the system can be fi ed

lenses per hour the DHC 40 is Schnei-

with loading and unloading conveyors.

der's mid-sized ultrasonic cleaning and

Just like the DHC 40, the DHC 200 can

Benefits of the system are ‘plug

hard coa ng system. Just like the small-

be configured for a fourth lacquer tank

and go’ (easy installation and set-up),

er DHC 20, the system comprises a com-

for either a second primer or a third

a full system solution including acces-

prehensive mul -stage cleaning pro-

topcoat. To facilitate the very best

sories, consumables and process

cess followed by thermal cure dip

curing condi ons, the DHC 200 is

lenses • Pre curing stage with IR radiation


equipped with fans and double-stage

price, technology and safety. Two se-

curing ovens a er primer and hardcoat

mi-automatic machines are listed, The

for shorter cycle

CD 80 (24 lenses/ hour) and the CD

mes and higher


• Ultrasonic tanks, lens holders, cross and Bayer tests

200 (48 lenses/hour). Upgrades are available to

SCL International

produce automatic versions –

and three versions are listed

SCL list two ranges of hard coating ma-

covering outputs of 48, 70 and

chines – the Star and the Competition.

100 lenses/ hour.

The Star range covers outputs from 70 lenses/hour (the CD 500 AS) through

Peripherals available for the various machines are:

to 660 lenses /hour (the 3000 AS) and for mass production the company has

• control tables with contrast lamp

the CD Mass Production, capable of

• ergonomic control with ovens

coating 50,000 lenses per day. They al-

• ovens (varnish polymerisa on)

so offer a customised design for specific requirements. Each machine offers

The Competition range, offering a

• Machine for tes ng – using

4,5,6 in line

boiling water, thermal shock and

• chillers - cooling system for

self operating maintenance and is fully automatic.

The CDS1000 by SCL

coloura on

varnishes • units for the produc on of DI water

Consumables include varnishes for

• automa c machines for cleaning

1.50, 1.52, 1.58 and 1.60 indices, deter-

choice of fully automatic or semi-auto-

lens holders and removal of varnish

gents for ac va on and cleaning, plus DI

matic operation, provides the best

from lenses

water produc on.

Addendium – Photochromic Lens Survey We regret that there were two omissions in our October photochromic lens material survey. First, the table on page 15 showing the nt classes as defined by CEN regulaons does not make it clear that according to BS EN ISO 8980-3 2013, for road use and driving in twilight or at night, a luminous transmiance less than 75 per cent should not be used. In addion, the following statement should have appeared aer the table: Materials reviewed in this arcle cover the classes 0 to 3, but of course being photochromic, the class into which they fall varies according to the temperature and whether they are being used indoors or outside.

Scanner sets new standards in made-to-measure lenses

A unique device which allows op cians to carry out eye meas-

aberra ons of the eye for both near and far vision, as well as the

urements with an unprecedented degree of precision is now

brightness-dependent changes of the pupils, to allow 100 per

being rolled out across the UK by lens specialist Rodenstock.

cent exploita on of a customer’s vision poten al.

The DNEye scanner, which has already proved

The advantages of the scanner include high

itself in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and,

resolu on wavefront analysis with brightness-

more recently, in Scandinavia, will provide

dependent pupillometrics, including corneal

more opportuni es for independents to differ-

topography and autorefractometer func on.

en ate themselves in the market says Roden-

It takes near and far vision into account and

stock’s UK lens product manager, Debbie

is completely automated, allowing visualisa-

Bathgate. Compared to conven onal aberrometers, the scanner registers lower and higher order

on of the wavefronts and simula on of ametropia. For further details visit:


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Lab products from DAC DAV Vision's latest introduc ons include Pro Surface tape, DigitALL advanced chemistry lens polish, diamond tooling, Pro Foam tools, and RemovALL lens ink remover. Pro Tape is available in three convenient lengths for small to large volume laboratories and works well on all manual and automa c tape applicators. It offers good conformability, secure bond and easy removal without residue. DV-4020 comes in a 36 yard roll, DV-4021, in a 55 yard roll, and DV-4022, in a 108 yard roll. DigitALL advanced chemistry lens polish is precision engineered for excep onal stock removal and surface finish on all lens materials. It is designed for superior performance on all digital and tradi onal surfacing pla orms. It is easy to mix and remains in suspension. DV-7700G is available in a gallon size container and DV-7700-5, in a 5-gallon pail. Diamond tooling and tradi onal surfacing cu ers have recently been added to the vision product por olio. It meets virtually all the needs for exis ng equipment in the market place. These dia-

justments. These are available in individual 85mm and 70mm

monds, tools and cu ers are manufactured to stringent tolerances

round dimensions with bevelled adapter plate slots for easy in-

and offer outstanding cu ng capabili es and long life.

ser on and removable a er processing.

For tradi onal hard lap surfacing, DAC Vision recently intro-

RemovALL is a chemically-advanced cleaning formula specifi-

duced the Pro Foam tools. These are injec on moulded with a

cally designed for the op cal industry. It removes all kinds of ink,

high-density foam which maintains exact curve accuracy through-

felt or grease pencil markings and other surface contaminants.

out the fining and polishing cycles with no need for pressure ad-

For further details visit:

Adlens adjustables focus for Autumn Responding to increasing global demand for its adjustable focus

Brown- nted lenses blend perfectly with the season, comple-

eyewear, Adlens have introduced a new Autumn Collec on for

men ng each new frame colour in a dis nc ve way, whilst the

their Adjustables and Sundials lines.

refreshing green nt, a true American classic, stays on-trend

Matching the tone of the season, the

with its vintage roots.

new range comes in chestnut brown,

The Alvarez lens technology in both Ad-

teal and plum.

justables and Sundials is comprised of two

Since the launch, the demand for adjustable

wave-shaped plates that glide across each

focus eyewear has escalated, with over 500,000 sold worldwide.

other to incrementally adjust the focus of

The Autumn Collec on offers the growing number of Adlens

each lens. This enables correc on of over 90 per cent of spherical

wearers a wider selec on of colours.

errors (–6 to +3 diopters) in those without as gma sm, signifi-

Adlens Sundials have also expanded the Autumn Collec on

cantly improving visual acuity in all kinds of situa ons.

with two stylish new nts for its UVA/UVB-resistant lenses.

Light protected lenses The new Seiko SuperReducedBlue range of thinner and lighter lenses has been developed to provide long-term comfort for wearers that are frequently exposed to modern devices such as computer screens. It achieves this by filtering the blue light emi ed by the screen. SuperReducedBlue will be available on all Seiko Rx lenses. For further details telephone: + 44 (0) 1452 610033


For further details visit:

Nidek’s new PD meter New from Nidek Co Ltd, is the PM-700 pupillary distance meter. Taking ergonomics into considera on, it is designed to fit comfortably in the operator’s hands. The ver cal marker with 0.25 mm increments has been included, allowing easier alignment with the corneal reflec on point. The scale can be corresponded to 0.5mm increments as in the previous model, the PM-600. Measurement value of pupil distance is presented in 0.5 or 0.1mm increments. Many of the measurement se ngs can be modified depending upon the situa on. As a result of the review of the inner structure, ba ery life is approximately three mes longer than the previous model. Rechargeable ba eries can be used repeatedly. For further details email:

Light protective lens material from Mitsui Mitsui Chemicals, Inc of Japan have commenced sales of a new breakthrough ophthalmic lens material that helps protect eyes from not only ultraviolet light rays but also 400nm-420nm wavelength light. Sales have begun for lens materials with refrac ve indices of 1.67 and 1.74. The newly debuted lens material, UV+420 cut, helps protect eyes from damaging short wavelength light. The technology is used in the new Lu na lenses of Tokai Op cal Co., Ltd. Mitsui Chemicals provides performance-driven lens materials ranging from high to low refrac ve indices as well as op mum coa ng materials for lenses to meet diversifing global market needs. For further details visit:

UV+420 cut blocks the shorter wavelength light of 400nm-420nm in addition to UV rays.

Rodenstock launch ‘best ever’ lens Rodenstock recently unveiled their best progressive lens of all me – the Impression FreeSign 3. The result of five years of research and development, it provides unrestricted clear vision, maximum image stability, and minimum distor on. ‘This innova ve new lens takes progressive spectacle wearers into a new dimension’, says Rodenstock’s UK lens product manager, Debbie Bathgate. ‘And thanks to Rodenstock’s patented Flexible Design Technology, we've made it really easy for op cians to perfectly adapt the lens to the personal requirements of even their most demanding customer. Swimming effects that are typical of a progressive lens are finally a thing of the past and the peripheral aberra ons can be posi oned in such a way that the wearer will hardly know they are wearing spectacles’. For further details visit:


Blue light measuring device BlueSpec is a new innova ve device designed to assist

damage that blue light can cause is s ll new and explaining this

in demonstra ng ‘bad’ blue light emi ed from

to a pa ent can be difficult. Using this device a simple

every day devices like smart phones, iPads and

and quick demonstra on can educate pa ents

halogen lights.

to the benefits of blue coa ngs; the results

With the introduc on of blue coa ngs from

can be shown as actual reading or a simple

all the major lens manufacturers, Anyview

percentage value to explain to the pa ent.

Europe have launched the BlueSpec to assist

So ware is available from the App Store and

in measuring actual blue light from all kinds of

works with iPads and iPhones.


For further details visit:

Pa ents are all aware of the effects of UV but the poten al

Photochromic lenses from Hoya Sensity is Hoya's latest innova on in photochromic lenses. Hoya have been ac ve in the field of

climates, seasons, and circumstances. Not

Okia’s Shiny Mineral collection

only do they darken to an a rac ve cate-

En rely realised by means of the patented

gory 3 sun lens faster than ever before

HDA technology, Shiny Mineral eyewear

photochromics since 1969 and have

(up to 45 per cent darker a er 90

from Okia Op cal of Hong Kong

always been striving to develop the best

seconds): they also quickly fade back

takes its inspira on

photochromic solu on possible for every

to full clarity as soon as the ambient

from the idea

light condi on. Sensity light reac ve lenses

light intensity diminishes (up to

incorporate all Hoya technology to ensure

23 per cent lighter a er 1 minute).

quality and durability. Stabilight technology ensures Sensity lenses perform consistently in different

and feeling of gold sand.

During these rapid transi ons, total UV protec on remains in place. For further details visit: The new frames’ temples exhibit refined wavy pa erns. Delicate shades of gold and pink, in solid version or with a transparent effect, provide a touch of elegance. For further details visit:

3D prescription lenses Norville are offering a full suite of passive circular polarised 3D lens types to Rx. Whilst this prescrip on op on, developed in conjunc on with Bri sh engineering team P3D, has entertainment market appeal, Norvilles are par cularly interested in specialist 3D lens supply to the emerging 3D design industries. Prescrip on 3D lenses eliminate the need for fussy clip-ons or over-specs, and for those in the business of 3D design a must have permanent prescrip on solu on. For further details visit:


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Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

Optical Appliances Testing Service (OATS) OptoTech


AIM Specialty Materials

Fil-Tech Inc

Automation & Robotics

Cerium Optical Products

Fujimi Europe GmbH

Groupe Couget Optical

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Hong Kong Optical Fair

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l.

Phantom Research Labs Inc

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A.

Comexpo – Silmo

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association


Power Vision Ltd Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Leybold Optics

SEIKO Optical UK


DAC International Inc –

Nicesmart Optical (Int’l) Co Ltd Norville Autoflow

Fair & Cheer Inc


OLA (Optical Laboratories Association)

Reed Exhibition Companies

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China

Fast, Flexible and Affordable Anti-Reflective Coating Equipment Power Vision Ltd. Unit R2, Herald Park Crewe, Cheshire CW1 6EA, UK

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2015 EXHIBITION DIARY 2015 9-11 January

OPTI 2015 Munich, Germany

7-9 February

100% Optical ExCel, London, UK

20-22 February

28 Feb – 2 March 1-3 March

20-22 March

Opta 21st International Fair of Eye Optics Optometry and Ophthalmology Brno, Czech Republic MIDO Fiera Milano, Rho, Milan, Italy 15th China (Shanghai) International Optics Fair Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, P.R. China International Vision Expo East Jacobs Javits Convention Centre New York, USA

18-20 April

Optrafair Birmingham 2015 NEC, Birmingham, UK

22-24 April

DIOPS 2015 The 14th Daegu International Optical Show Exco, Daegu, Korea

29 May - 1 June

3-5 July

9-11 September

British Contact Lens Association Clinical conference and Exhibition Liverpool, UK ODMA 2015 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Australia 28th China International Optics Fair China International Exhibition Centre Beijing, PR China

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