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October 2019 · Volume 48 · Number 412




OUTLOOK 3 · Opti offers the perfect start 4 · 100% Optical is back – bigger and better 5 · Dispensers’environmental campaign


6 · AOP welcome counterfeit lens report 7 · Silmo in Bangkok

BUSINESS MATTERS 8 · Improving workplace productivity during a period of decline Nick Lowes, managing director, Leadership Management International UK

FEATURES 16 · Survey: Edging machinery OW technical consultant Peter Wilkinson


OPTIPRODUCTS 20 · Prismatic lens blocker


21 · Lens processing platform

MARKETPLACE 23 · A to Z of optical websites 24 · International Suppliers Guide


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e are pretty much used to howls of protest about members of the public buying eyewear online. We’ve come to expect remonstrations from professional associations on behalf of those with a vested interest in preserving the status quo. When, in the early days of internet commerce, initial complaints about unfair competition fell on deaf ears, it was inevitable that claims would be made that the High Street opticians’ oligopoly needed to be protected in the interests of patient safety. Legislators and public alike have grown inured, however, to escalating grumbles from vested interest groups. They’ve heard them all before and, as in the story of the proverbial Boy Who Cried Wolf, they’ve stopped listening. It’s worth remembering, though, that at the end of Aesop’s fable, there really was a wolf. The public may dismiss the safety concerns voiced by vested interest groups but they may be rather more inclined to heed such warnings when they come from an independent organisation that has no axe to grind and no skin in the game as a competing vendor. Last month, the UK consumer watchdog Which? published the results grandly described as its ‘undercover investigation’ into the quality of glasses bought online. Three mystery shoppers ordered various low-price single-vision and varifocal lens glasses from nine different online retailers. The glasses that they bought were sent to independent experts for assessment. Of the 26 pairs of glasses they bought, seven were classified as a complete ‘fail’ either because the measurements were too far off or the lenses were loose and could fall out or be easily rotated. Eight pairs were criticised for using poor-quality lenses; two had issues with nose-pad positioning and two had loose arms. Among the Which? findings, they appeared to conclude that, at least to some extent, you get what you pay for. Who knew? UK optical retailers with a High Street presence will celebrate and be quick to publicise the findings to deter spectacle wearers from buying online. But, even a report with seemingly damning headlines is a glass half full for some. Three of the nine online sellers (Glasses Direct, Mister Spex and Smart Buy Glasses) passed all of the Which? tests for the three pairs of glasses each supplied. While High Street opticians in the UK highlight the negative findings in the report, these three firms will probably be citing the report to further promote their online businesses.

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Opti has the perfect start

Opti marks the start of a new year for the optical industry.

from around the world, as guests from every continent

take place from January 10-12, 2020 at Fairground Munich,

The opti Showcase, is an interactive discovery area in

The International Trade Show for Optics & Design will once again spanning six halls.

The show offers trade professionals the complete optical

spectrum from spec-

will be attending.

Hall C4,and will once again focus on a key topic for the industry.

Visitors will enter

tacle frames to lenses,

the halls via the north-

tion, diagnostics and

entrances. The north

shop fittings and tech-

served exclusively for

contact lenses, refrac-

west and north-east

low vision as well as

entrance will be re-

nical equipment.

use by exhibitors and

Alongside innova-

service partners.

tions in the fields of

Shuttle buses from

technology and design,

metro stops Messestadt

it also offers the op-

West and Messestadt

portunity to build

Ost and the airport

meaningful new con-

shuttle will stop at the

nections and gather in-

formation. Visitors can

north-east entrance.

This will be significant-

Opti 2019 photo: GHM

expand their knowledge through specialist lectures at

the opti Forum and by exchanging their views with experts

ly upgraded as a result of a new entrance which will extend into Hall C6.



IOT website in Chinese and Portuguese

Indizen Optical Technologies S.L. continues to update its website to make the information available to all customers in

lens manufacture. Information is now available in Portuguese and Chinese, in addition to English and Spanish.

The IOT website is evolving and growing to meet the needs of their customers. IOT are always looking for ways to

connect with social network to share their extensive knowledge on optics and educate customers about the state-of-

the-art product and services offered. Find out more about IOT at



Satisloh expand role

Pete Lothes, who became Satisloh’s worldwide President at the beginning of 2019, has been named the

company’s president and CEO.

‘Satisloh globally over the last eight months has been fast-paced and rewarding. I am

excited to take on the CEO role as well. I will keep on driving Satisloh’s strategy of providing

complete manufacturing solutions for the optical industry. We are focused on continuing our role as leaders of innovation and — most importantly —delivering customer satisfaction,’ said Lothes.


Pete Lothes


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100% Optical is back — bigger and better

100% Optical will kick off 2020 in style when it returns in

consumer buying habits, new technologies and products,

year, 100% Optical attracts over 9,000 UK and international

100% Optical will offer advice in all aspects of running a

January, bigger and better than ever. Now in its seventh

visitors and more than 200 exhibitors. It takes place

across three days at ExCeL

or the integration of NHS services into the high street —

practice and prepare businesses to take advantage of these changes.

London, from January 25-

New and improved for

27, 2020. Visitor registration

2020, the Future Practice

is now live.

Hub will bring to life the

A key objective of 100%

future practice on the show

Optical has always been for

floor, via a consulting room,

visitors to walk out of the

diagnostic suite and dispens-

knowledgeable than when

lored CET content will be

show more positive and

ing area. In each area, tai-

they walked in. With key

delivered through discussion

seminar topics in 2020 cov-

and hands-on skills work-

ering myopia, glaucoma, dry


eye and making the most of

social media, the show’s

The hub will also benefit

from a seminar space, of-

100% Optical 2019

partnership with the optical profession continues to deliver a world class education programme for all.

In an industry that is constantly evolving — be it

fering thought-provoking education across all three days

on contemporary areas of practice, offering participants valuable insight and a 'vision for the future'.


AOP response to shopping broadcast

The Association of Optometrists believes the episode of Channel 4’s Supershoppers, broadcast on August 28, 2019, is unhelpful to patients buying prescription eyewear. The programme does not make consumers aware that buying online

can cause problems for them later. It is important that a patient is fitted with glasses that suit their needs, are

comfortable and are properly tailored to their prescription. This is much easier to achieve through a sight test and

consultation in an optical practice setting. It also does not need to be expensive, as indicated on the show, as optical practices offer a range of eyewear to suit different budgets.

In a 2017 survey of more than 1,000 UK optometrists, almost 90 per cent concluded that patients are more likely to

experience problems if they buy their lenses somewhere other than where their sight test was conducted. More than

eight in 10 stated they had seen patients with such problems in the last year.

Over half of optometrists surveyed also reported seeing patients who had issues when they had bought glasses or

contact lenses online — such as poor aftercare guidance or ill-fitting products.



Satisloh’s Latin America chief

Following the move of Christian Jakober to VP of Satisloh’s global strategic accounts, Luis Cerqueira takes over as head of Latin America region.

‘Luis’ expertise in directing sales teams, running manufacturing facilities, and managing large

organisations in all facets of business management makes him uniquely qualified to lead our Latin

American group,’ said Pete Lothes, president and CTO of Satisloh worldwide.

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Environmental campaign

The Association of British Dispensing Opticians College is celebrating the success of a major boost to its ongoing campaign to be more environmentally friendly. By moving as much of its work online as possible, the College is saving over 475,000 sheets of paper each year.

The College’s head of operations, Steve Hertz, emphasised that the two largest areas of progress in the

campaign are in the coursework and application processes.

‘This is the first year that all ABDO College courses will be online, meaning not only that all students will

have access to the extra resources and support that the virtual learning platform brings, but with the old

coursework folders being over 500 pages long, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that the paper

savings are enormous,’ he emphasised.

‘The online application system, which went live in May, has reduced the amount of paper

used, not only

at the College but also with the applicants themselves,’ he added. ‘In previous years, many applications were 10 to 15 pages long by the time exam certificates, supervisor declarations, personal details and practice information were provided. Multiply this up by almost 1,000 students and once again, the impact cannot be overstated.’


Menicon bolsters its speciality team

Menicon, the Northampton-based contact lens manufacturer and supplier, has appointed

Hans Sunassee to the new role of hospital business development manager for the UK.

Hans has over a decade of experience in the contact lens industry, including eight years with

No7 Contact Lens Laboratory, and two years with Positive Impact Sales Ltd.

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AOP welcomes counterfeit contact lens report

The Association of Optometrists welcomes the report from Fake Britain, broadcast on BBC in August 2019, which raised

awareness of the risks to consumers who have been unknowingly sold counterfeit contact lenses.

In the UK, contact lenses can be supplied only under the supervision of a registered eye care or medical practitioner

but we are aware that some online outlets are selling contact lenses that are not fit for purpose and are illegal’, the

AOP point out.

The General Optical Council is the regulator for the optical profession in the UK and can take action including private

prosecution or liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service, Trading Standards or other public prosecuting bodies. Online suppliers suspected of selling counterfeit lenses should be reported to the GOC.

Clinical and regulatory adviser at the AOP, Roshni Kanabar, said: ‘This draws attention to an important issue. Patients

should be aware that there are suppliers out there who are selling products that put their eye health at very serious

risk. Eye infections, like the one featured in the Fake Britain report, have been known to cause permanent damage to the eyes including blindness. It is crucial that contact lenses are suitably fitted for the wearer and stored and washed

in sterile solution. This is why patients should always go to a reputable supplier for their contact lenses and follow advice from their eye care practitioner.’



CooperVision launch soft lens recycling program

Further extending its global sustainability efforts, Coop-

The program will also help consumers understand the

consumers free soft contact lens recycling for all brands

will be recycled for everyday use as plastic lumber, park

erVision have launched an initiative in Sweden that offers and manufacturers. The CooperVision program aims to re-

duce plastic waste by providing a practical and easy way

impact of their efforts, highlighting how the materials benches and fence posts.

‘Minimising environmental impact by reducing, reusing

for wearers to recycle lenses as well as blister and foil

and recycling is a key sustainability area of focus at Coop-

Wearers have the option of sending contact lens materials

with TerraCycle underpin broader efforts across The Cooper

using pre-paid mailing labels or dropping them off at a

Development Goals,’ said Jonas Eisenhardt, commercial


directly to CooperVision’s recycling partner, TerraCycle,

network of participating optical stores across Sweden.

erVision. Waste reduction programs such as this partnership

Companies to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable director and general manager, CooperVision Nordic.


Safilo and Hugo Boss renew license agreement ITALY

Safilo Group, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, and Hugo Boss, one of the

leading fashion houses in the upper premium segment of the global apparel market, have announced the renewal of the license agreement for Boss and Hugo optical and sunglass collections until December 31, 2025.

Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group, commented: ‘This renewal builds on the strength of a trustful and long-lasting

business partnership. The Boss and Hugo collections further reinforce our premium fashion proposition, giving us the

opportunity to accelerate this segment’s expansion by offering to our customers two powerful brands with extremely clear and relevant positionings aimed at differing consumer targets and geographies.’



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Optometry is leading the country’s eye health future

August 20, 2019 marked an historic day for Hanoi Medical

of producing high quality medical doctors, it is also in the

class of optometrists completed their degree. The HMU

ucation in Vietnam.

University and its School of Optometry, as the first graduating cohort of 43 optometry graduates join their 12 newly qualified

forefront of modernisation and development of medical edBrien Holden Vision Institute with support through the Aus-

colleagues from the Uni-

tralian NGO Co-operation

versity of Medicine Pham

Program, was integral to

Ngoc Thach, in a growing

launching its first optome-

trained optometrists.

inception was piloted in

workforce of locally-

try degree. This exciting

A few years ago in 2013,

2014 at the University of

there were only three qual-

Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach

ified optometrists practis-

(UPNT) in Ho Chi Minh City

ing in Vietnam to serve a

— a joint venture between

population of 90 million.

the Institute, UPNT and Ho

Today the population is

Chi Minh City Eye Hospital.

close to 94 million and there are an estimated 21

One year later in 2015, a

First guaduation class at the graduation ceremony, Hanoi Medical University

million Vietnamese people requiring eye care services who do not have access an optometrist, eye examinations or glasses.

parallel program followed

suit in the north at Hanoi Medical University (HMU).

By 2020 there will be more than 150 qualified optometrists

Together the 55 new graduates define Vietnam’s pioneering

to serve the growing population — an outcome which has

care professionals for their population. This stream of local-

dedicated partners, supported through the Australian NGO

generation of optometrists who are ready to serve as eye ly-trained optometrists is being fuelled by more than 300 op-

been implemented by Brien Holden Vision Institute and

Co-operation Program. This is a crucial step towards achieving

tometry students enrolled in the four-year program between

the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of at least

Hanoi Medical University is the oldest University in Vietnam

bridging the sizable gap in eye care service provision in

the two inaugural schools of optometry HMU and UPNT.

and was established in 1902. Although it has a long tradition

one optometrist for every 50,000 people by 2020 and Vietnam.



Silmo Bangkok 2020

The third edition of Silmo Bangkok, with the theme, ‘Business Meets Fashion’, will take place on June 10-12, 2020, at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand.

Hong Kong Optical Manufacturers Association, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Productivity Council, will bring the

first ever Hong Kong pavilion comprising over 30 exhibitors to showcase the very best of Hong Kong eyewear industry at

Silmo Bangkok 2020. Other participating international

pavilions include China, France, Italy, Korea and Taiwan.

Silmo Bangkok has established itself as a key regional

optical industry and business platform to reach out to the

ever growing affluent ASEAN market. The event is getting more endorsements from trade associations and media

across the Asia Pacific region, joining existing industry as-

sociations and media from China, France, Hong Kong,

Italy, Korea and Taiwan. For more information visit

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Improving workplace productivity during a period of decline T

Nick Howes, Managing Director, Leadership Management International UK*

he issue of workplace productivity has long been debated, as businesses across the world search for ways to match and exceed the performance levels seen from their competitors. Some countries are feeling the strain more than others, for example the UK, a nation that is currently facing a ‘productivity puzzle’, with growth rates falling to a level lower than at any time during the 20th century. Seen as an important factor in determining the productive potential of the economy, countries with strong labour productivity tend to benefit from significant growth and low inflation. Norway, Switzerland and Denmark are amongst the most productive nations in the world, but interestingly they have much shorter average working weeks than other less productive countries. It poses the question whether business productivity can be enhanced through other means, such as personal development and staff training. Importance of productivity Measured by the amount of work produced per working hour, productivity is the main driver of long-term economic growth and higher living standards. For this reason, a lot of time and resources are invested into researching workplace productivity levels, assessing the performance of businesses across a range of sectors.


In theory, recruiting more workers or increasing working hours could help enhance output, however in practice it is having the opposite effect, as more people seem to be entering unproductive jobs. Counter-productive workplace cultures can be one of the biggest obstacles faced by businesses, as unproductive behaviours are encouraged, such as stopping what you are doing to respond to emails immediately or working through lunch breaks and into the evening. With ‘teamwork and collaboration’ held as core values in some organisations, workers can feel like it’s expected of them to engage with requests straight away, becoming distracted from high payoff activities that will deliver value to the business. Simple solution With the issue of workplace productivity intensifying, businesses are beginning to take drastic measures to improve the situation. Although investing in state-of-the-art technology can be a positive and necessary move, many organisations are spending a lot of money in a bid to make *Leadership Management International is a global organisation, committed to delivering bespoke personal development programmes to businesses of all sizes. LMI programmes are available in more than 70 countries (26 languages) and marketed by over 500 independently appointed Franchisees around the world.

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internal processes more efficient. However, new research suggests that the answer could be much simpler and cheaper by comparison, as businesses fail to capitalise on their existing workforce, underestimating the importance of personal development. Rather than replacing workers with technology or expanding the existing workforce, noticeable improvements can be made by providing focused training for individuals, giving them the skills needed to successfully complete high payoff activities. Designed to nurture the talent within, personal development courses teach individuals how to correctly prioritise their workloads, utilising their time to yield better results.

Nurturing the talent within Not only will personal development enhance workplace productivity, but it will also reduce the need for businesses to recruit talent from elsewhere, saving significant time and money. While some organisations attempt to solve the productivity puzzle by bringing in experienced leaders to oversee daily operations and create strategies for future success, others recognise the potential in their existing workforce and offer the training needed to progress. For many years, there has been a false perception that productivity can be improved by simply working longer hours, however research suggests otherwise. Instead, it is important to discover the strengths of your existing team, using your workforce effectively to accomplish tasks, while offering training to improve key areas. Personal development will not only teach new skills and expand your team’s expertise, it will also inspire new leaders to step forward, drive the business and improve productivity.

Adopting positive behaviours While offering personal development and training will give workers the skills needed to become more effective within their roles, it is important that businesses acknowledge the research in front of them and adopt new workplace behaviours. Although it may seem that being helpful, responsive and visible are positive workplace traits, in some instances they can negatively impact productivity and hold workers back. Of course, there will be times where meetings are necessary or quick responses are needed to meet deadlines, but if there is an opportunity to postpone routine discussions in order to prioritise important pieces of work then this should be the case. Instead of focusing on the hours worked there should be a desire to increase the number of productive hours, giving staff the chance to complete high payoff activities with minimal distractions. Inspiring new leaders When it comes to offering personal development, businesses and individuals can benefit from a range of bespoke programmes, each of which has its own unique focus. For


those organisations looking to boost their workplace productivity, there are programmes designed to teach people how to become more productive, making the most of their time and talent to achieve the best results. Refined and improved over time, these courses help individuals understand the true power of goal setting, teaching important communication, time management and delegation skills, all of which are vital to operating within a highly productive team. Other programmes focus on the strategic side of personal development, recognising the need for clear-thinking leaders, who can create effective business strategies and oversee the future success of the organisation. Helping workers become strategic leaders is crucial to long-term business growth, as they begin to optimise internal structures and enhance productivity using newly learnt skills.

Proactivity is key While training your team and inspiring a new wave of leaders is a major part of the journey, businesses must recognise the importance of being proactive, looking for new ways to improve standards over time. In recent years, psychometric assessments have become increasingly popular, allowing organisations to uncover the personalities and motivations of new and existing workers. Typically used during the recruitment process, these assessments allow businesses to clearly judge potential candidates, gaining a better understanding of whether an individual will fit the culture of the organisation or has the experience needed for the role. Psychometric assessments can also be used within existing teams to identify strengths and weaknesses, showing businesses how to enhance productivity by utilising the talent at their disposal. Meanwhile, business leaders can highlight areas in need of improvement, providing the necessary training to ensure the team has the right balance of skills.

Culture of development The ongoing productivity puzzle has left organisations scratching their heads, as they continue to search for ways to improve their own situation. While expanding the existing workforce or investing in the latest technology may help soften the blow, these solutions tend to cost a significant amount of money and are not sustainable long-term. Instead, businesses must look closer to home, recognising the potential of their workers and giving them the support and training needed to become effective leaders. Investing in your wider team can unlock a wealth of opportunities for your business, as talented individuals begin to emerge within the group, using their new skills to enhance productivity. For those businesses looking to capitalise on their existing workforce, consult an experienced team of coaches and research the development opportunities available.

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Edging machinery Peter Wilkinson, OW Technical Consultant

Until relatively recently the glazing of a pair of spectacles meant that each task – tracing, blocking, edging, edge polishing, grooving and drilling – was carried out as an independent operation using a separate piece of equipment, each one being specific to the task it was designed for. Now, many of these individual tasks are carried out by one machine or system module. For example, some edging systems now ‘check’ the powers and axes of a lens and then automatically block and edge it, without the need for a lens meter. This means that it is impossible to glaze a lens ‘90 off’ – previously one of the most common mistakes. Furthermore, the machine will not accept a ‘right’ lens as the second lens of a job, when one has already been cut, thus eliminating the other common problem, that of edging both lenses for the same eye, usually two right eyes.


he gradual introduction of servo stepping motors, hydraulic and air controls and microprocessors, has revolutionised the type of machinery now available to the laboratory. Now, very little ‘hand work’ is required. The majority of processes have been mechanised to varying degrees. There is still some skill required in the completion of a wellglazed pair of spectacles, but throughput has been greatly increased and semi-skilled staff can carry out many processes. Virtually all of today’s machines can, apart from the standard process of edging, apply a safety chamfer (pin bevelling), edge polish, drill and / or groove the lenses for rimless or supra work.

Edgers The edgers themselves are now more than just ‘cutting machines’. Apart from taking into account the required decentration, they can also measure the back and front curves of the lens when it has been edged to shape, but before the bevel is placed on the lens. If required, the machine will then calculate the best position for the bevel and even display this on an LCD screen, for operator confirmation. The operator then has the choice of accepting this or of amending the position, if an unusual combination of frame / lens type is being edged. Most machines now allow the operator to choose between a machine calculated bevel, a front or back surface following bevel, or a percentage position, where the bevel is placed at a determined ratio from front or back. These variations are particularly useful in the case of high cylindrical powers and exaggerated shapes. Electronic control and very accurate DC stepper motors will then edge the lens accurately and evenly. During the cycle, before the lens is removed, the system will use the measured shape circumference (from the tracer), to check the actual finished circumference of the lens around the peak of the bevel. If the two coincide, the lens is the correct size and re-edging will not be necessary. If the measure-

ment is not correct, the edger will automatically continue the cycle until the correct size is obtained. This sophistication means that a ‘first time fit’ is usually a certainty for most frame types. Users deciding on which system to purchase now have the option of machines that use just wheels or those that use milling cutters and wheels. Some, with cutters use dry-cutting techniques. For those with wheels, combinations will include a roughing wheel for cutting to shape (possibly two if several materials are to be cut) and then two or three finishing wheels. These can be a ‘v’ or ‘easy v’, plus a ‘mini-bevel’ wheel, chosen from various widths, according to the type of work envisaged. In addition, most machines now have the capability of edge polishing – an important requirement in the case of lenses edged for rimless mounts.

Remote edging The enhanced accuracy now available has also led to remote lens edging. This can be separated into two distinct uses – inhouse or tracing the data and transferring the resultant shapes to one or more edger. In-house tracing is carried out on one unit and the resulting shapes and lens data are transferred to one or more edgers, via the laboratory computer system. This enables several machines to be fed by one tracer operator and a large number of lens shapes can be stored for later use, the only restriction being the size of the computers’ storage capacity. The data can be traced in the optician’s practice or workshop and then transferred, via a PC, to a remote site for edging or surfaced lens production. One of the reasons behind this second use is the need for increased speed. Speed is now of the essence in retail ophthalmic practice; patients are no longer prepared to wait weeks or even days for their spectacles. They often require them the same day or at worst within a few days. Remote edging allows the optician to pass more difficult work to the manufacturer, who probably better un-


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derstands the complexities behind the handling required for some of today’s lens materials. One of the latest additions to the automatic edger is the ability to drill rimless lenses and, where required, to groove lenses for Nylor (Supra) frames, or cosmetic purposes. Historically, lens drilling was an extremely skilled operation, particularly in the days when only glass lenses were available. To drill a glass lens successfully requires great experience, a steady hand and a great deal of patience. Many expensive lenses were broken, several times, whilst completing a pair of rimless spectacles. Now the latest edgers are capable of drilling several holes, notches and slots in an organic lens, within the edging cycle and without the lens having to be removed from the edger. The hole can, in some machines, be angled to a set degree and/or drilled at right angles to the front or back surface of the lens. Finally, the lens edge can be polished, again within the same finishing cycle. Many machines are even capable of taking the hole/notch position from a dummy lens, without the operator having to enter any details.

Non-contact lens measurement One of the latest changes, which can greatly increase accuracy, has been the introduction, by some manufacturers, of non contact measurement of lens size – using optical devices and laser beams. This is a change from the normal method of using ‘feelers’ to determine the size and thickness of the lens uncut and then the finished lens, before removal from the machine. Using optical measuring measurement means that we can now start talking about accuracy in microns rather than millimetres. Another innovation has been the addition of a ‘soft-grinding’ mode – where the clamping pressure and/or the spindle speed can be adjusted when handling lenses with superhydrophobic coatings, to avoid axis slippage. The adjustments can also be useful when cutting very thin mineral lenses. A third addition is the ability to alter the shape and size of a stored image, using shape editing software, built in to some systems. This can be particularly useful when dealing with rimless mounts or other ‘specials’.

Suppliers of edging equipment

The following companies have kindly submitted details of their products for this survey. Further details can be found on their websites.

Coburn Technologies Coburn have provided details of their Perfecto Finishing System which includes a lens edger, tracer and blocker. The Perfecto PE-4 is a 3-dimensional lens edger for small to medium sized labs and offers advanced 3-dimensional digital technology, automatic polishing of bevelled, grooved and flat edged lenses and four grinding wheels for multiple lens materials. Perfecto FR-4 is an automatic frame tracer which provides fully auPerfecto PE-4 3-dimensional lens tomatic 3-dimensional edger from Coburn tracing, automatic initialisation, fast and adaptable tracing for all frame materials and is capable of reading and digitally filtering 16,000 points of shape data to ensure maximum accuracy. The Perfecto FR-4 can save up to 300 frames with available barcode recognition. 12

The Perfecto BK-4 is a smart lens blocker which offers easy touch performance, intuitive graphic icons, high resolution wide view touch screen and an auto-balancing lens support.

Essilor Essilor provide a range of edging machines. The Delta2 is a compact entry level edger, ideal for low volumes and no tracer is required. It comes with a built-in optical trace mode. There are three versions available to meet customer requirements (grooving, chamfering, drilling). The Neksia is a mid-level edger, ideal for mid to high volume use. It has a separate tracer blocker, high speed, high precision, touch screen interface, connectivity with Essibox and remote maintenance. The Neksia Drill Auto is as per Neksia but with the additional function of

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Eco 4 Euro Kleenchill Polish System SPECIFICATIONS

The ECO 4 Polish Management System is designed to be used with a facility centralised chilled water system or a stand alone chiller. The system utilises a multistage pump fitted with a single phase variable speed IE5 motor & so can be adjusted to suit any Polishers required polish flow rate (see specifications for an example). A filter bag can be connected to the polish return if required by the operator. The system is floor mounted with wheels & fits easily underneath a conveyor.

POLISH TANK CAPACITY: Min 48 Litres (12.5 US gal) Max 54 Litres (14.5 US gal) DIMENSIONS: 100 x 57 x 69cm L x D x H 39.4 x 22.5 x 11in WEIGHT: 66 Kgs (145.2 lbs)

The Euro Kleenchill lens polish systems enable the user to achieve optimum lens quality control, which embraces both optical polish cleanliness and lens chilling. Additional impressive bonuses are the substantial cost savings and environmental friendliness through avoiding unnecessary lens manufacturing waste. All in all

* Other Voltages & Capacities available on request

they make for a profitable investment for any optical lens producer. Optional Chillers


Capacity watts



200-230V 50/60Hz


200-230V 50/60Hz


200-230V 50/60Hz

POWER: 200 - 240V 50/60Hz 0.37 KW Efficiency IE5, IES2 2900 - 4000 rpm PUMP PERFORMANCE EXAMPLE Polisher: Satisloh Duoflex Required Polish Flow Rate: 28 l/min Motor Speed: 45% Estimated Head Pressure: 4.45m Power Consumption: 64 watts

Size: 377 x 500 x 615mm (WxDxH) 200-230V 50/60Hz


Size: 377 x 500 x 660mm (WxDxH) Temperature Range

EUROPTICA INTERNATIONAL LTD 4 Rook Tree Farm, Hulcote, Milton Keynes MK17 8BW UK

5 to 40 +/- 0.1oC

Tel: +44 (0)1908 281578 Email: Web:



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drilling and can be paired with Mr Blue blocker for automated centreing. Mr Orange is a high end, new generation edging system with grooving, chamfer and drilling and ‘Fit 4 frame’ technology for best lens fit in frame, plus binocular tracing up to base 9. The Mr Blue 2.0 is a high end total edging solution with all the features of Mr Orange plus dry cut milling process and Meye sign engraving. Pro E 600 is a semi industrial edging solution combining top end precision and versatility with robustness and speed. It offers an easy and costeffective integration into any lab configuration. Pro E 600 can process all jobs efficiently, even the most complex, including high curve, sport, safety, children’s shapes and small B size.

and finished. A table with four positions for each section guides the lens during the whole process. This design allows this machine to process eight lenses at the same time, providing fast production speeds. Bisphera-XDD processes one pair of lenses while the next pair is inspected and loaded into the machine. This design eliminates the time needed to load between one job and the next. The machine’s conveyor and stacker allows for full automation of the loading process. This machine maintains a high level of precision and accuracy in lens cutting and bevel edging, and it is no longer necessary to involve different machines to execute diverse processes. For small and mid-sized laboratories, the 641AUTO, is claimed to make the most compliMEI cated jobs easily completed, especially with the add-on conveyor for automatic lens loading. This MEI produce a range of edging machines as well feature will allow the machine to be integrated as associated equipment, including lens handling into an efficient production line. and feeding systems. The fastest of the MEI The EZFIT ‘all-in-one’ edger is a compact maedgers is the 4RACER TBA which features an in- chine designed for use in a small laboratory or tegrated TBA (Throw-the-Block-Away) system for retail shop. Three versions are available, the EZFit lens inspection. It offers 50 per cent higher pro- Standard (technology and blocks), the EZFit ductivity compared to MEI’s Bisphera-XDD. The NoBlock (no blocks needed), and the EZFit TBA inclusion of six mandrels allows the user to cut (featuring fully automated loading and unloading edges of any profile and inclination of lenses). Further details on the EZFit system in just one single process, can be founded on the dedicated website: including bevel edging, Nylor, rimless edging, Sphera3 is the numerically-condrilling, polishing, and trolled machine designed to the ability to work any support high volume outputs type of product mix of sunglass lenses and rapidly and without the demonstration lenses. use of blocks, makes The loading process for cost reduction. occurs simultaneously The 4Racer TBA’s prewith the cutting procision after just one run cess so as to optimise cyguarantees a first time cle speeds. Two cutting fit. The 4RACER TBA’s dry stations with two spindles percutting process does not mit the machine to cut the left and produce industrial wastes, making MEI’S 4RACER TBA finishing unit right lenses at the same time without any need to change the relevant this machine environmentally friendly and it is compatible with the majority of tools. Sphera2 Plus XL can cut plano lenses and frame tracers and blockers on the market, as well masks of any plastic material and is capable of as with interfaces that send jobs via OMA proto- multiple processes: bevelling, rimless edging, col. The machine is composed of two sections: holes, and complex shapes. EZMarker UV TBA is a unit specifically created inspection, where lenses are loaded and inspected, and machining, where lenses are cut for the application of visible logos on any type of 14

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plastic lens. Using electronically-controlled axes EZMarker UV TBA ensures the perfect positioning and the correct focal distance for the lens, while a sophisticated solid-state laser system incises at a resolution exceeding 600 dpi.

side lens measurement, polish safety beveling, auto grooving and a colour touch panel. The AHM-1000 Supra provides automatic 3D drilling and grooving and can offer automatic and continuous lens processing for labs with conveyor belt or stacker configurations. Nidek Also on offer is the iRx Server which creates a package of internet remote tracing using only Nidek edging machines intraditional internet access. The iRx Satelite proclude the multifunction vides communication connecting retail shops to edgers Me 1200 and Me labs. 900, the the LEx drill auto Peripheral equipment includes the LT-1200, drilling unit, the LEx-1200 which provides automatic 3-D tracing, composite patternless edger and the tracing, a colour touch screen, an advanced shape LE-700 edging station. editor and a multifunction Also offered are a number lab tracer and web tracer, of Industrial machines, inand the LT-980 providing 3cluding system edgers SED tracing as well as a multi9090 Supra and SE-9090 L function lab tracer. The ICESupra, auto drilling unit AHM1200 Intelligent blocker Auto edging system AES-1000S and 1000 Supra, server software iRx multifunction edger Me 1200 from Nidek provides automatic lens measureServer, Software for data comm. the iRx Satelite ment and blocking as well as lens clamping and and auto edging systems AES 2200, AES-1500 and a shape imager. AES 1000. Also available are the ICE mini manual blocker Peripheral equipment includes satellite tracers with a user-friendly LCD touch screen, the ICE LT-1200 and LT-980, intelligent blockers ICE-1200, 900 motorised lens blocker, the CE-9 manual cenICE mini and ICE 900, centering device CE-9, as tering device, and the Lfu 220, a dust filtration well as lens dust filtration unit Lfu 220, lens edger unit which separates water and processing waste. deodoriser LED-200. The LED-200 is a deodoriser which vacuums The Me 1200 multifunction edger provides au- out the lens edger chamber to create a better tomatic 3-D drilling, enabling the operator to cre- processing environment. ate various hole shapes such as slots, notches and jewel holes as well as a design mode for ad- Norville Group vanced shape editing etc. Nidek’s Me 900 is an entry level multifunction edger that can auto- The Norville Group are the UK official distributors matically drill and groove. for Briot and Weco edging equipment produced The LEx-1200 provides a multiple frame tracer by Luneau Technologies. Norville markets the enand can process high base curves and tire range of Briot edgers, blockers, tracers and provide bevel functions. The LEx Drill Weco glazing equipment. can be placed beside the LEx-1200 to New to the range is the provide automatic drilling. The LE-1200 Briot Scan 8 remote tracer is equipped with a new tracer with a which uses patented Trusshorter time cycle that can accommocan Technology and is able to capture the frame date a wide range of frames. data of most frames up to Model LE-700 edging station feabase 10 like a conventional tures an integrated blocker and a frame trace. The Scan 8 has demo-lens /pattern tracer. Briot Scan 8 from Norville built in Wifi, RS232 and LAN The SE-9090 Supra and SE-9090 Supra L are advanced industrial edgers for high produc- connections, allowing easy connection to any tion laboratories. They include simultaneous dual- PMS. W

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The Weco E.3.2 all in one edger is suitable for smaller independent laboratories. It features a built-in tracer and an optical system which features the patented Gravitech Technology. The edger has a large internal memory of 5000 shapes, built in shape change. Groove, drill and safety bevel lenses and can edge all materials including Trivex and glass.

Omega L.E.D. Omega L.E.D. offer the Visslo lens edging system from the Korean company Visslo. Their Premier Edger F8 is a bench top, low cost, unit, perfect for smaller labs. It is a 3 axis 3d patternless edger which can cut all normal plastic materials and also glass lenses. It offers all the standard features including safety and mini bevels, chamfering and grooving etc and has a colour LCD touch screen. It is supplied with a pump and tank. Also available is a satellite tracer, and either an auto blocker or a semiautomatic blocker. Omega are National National Optronics QMX3 Optronics’s sole distribbench top four-dimensional edger distributed by Omega utor in UK and Ireland and have provided information on the National Optronics QMX3 and 7EX machines. The QMX3 Bench Top four-dimensional edger specialises in speed, reliability and simplicity, producing complex lens shapes. It is a 4axis machine and does not use mains water due to its dry cut technology which eliminates the need for external water filtration systems. QMX3 is best suited for shops to medium sized labs and is suitable for CR39, high index, polycarbonate and Trivex. The 7EX edger is a three-dimensional edging and finishing unit and is claimed to provide the flexibility to process all bevel types.

Satisloh The Satisloh website gives details of their full range of finishing machines including the follow16

ing from their ES range, the ES-5, ES-Shape, ESTrace, ES-Trace-HD, ES-Block and the ES-Versa. The ES-Versa is the smallest of the four machines and Satisloh claim that it provides the widest range of functionalities and features of any tabletop edger in the industry. It has high wrap and complex bevelling capability. High base lenses and complex shapes can be handled proficiently with the unique cutter design. The standard cutting system covers rough, finish, polish, groove, and safety bevels. The multi-fluted cutter, provides four different bevel geometries and can be configured with a wide variety of specialty blades. As a standard, ES-versa allows processing B measurements as low as 18mm; the optional small B package expands B capabilities down to 16mm while maintaining the ability to edge a full range of lenses. The electric clamping system minimises slippage and crazing with controlled clamping forces. Environmentally friendly, the dry-cut technology eliminates water consumption and environmentally harsh coolants. On-screen Assist provides real-time process control. Integrated, intelligent software provides directional assistance for the operator with access to onscreen operations, maintenance and parts manuals at the touch of a button. The ES-Block tabletop finishing blocker for high production and precise lens blocking, comes with an integrated keyboard and a large split screen which enables the user to see both lens layout and job data. The unique design utilises imagery projection to display the lens image over the LCD layout screen, guiding the operator to an exact lens layout position. Custom blocking options include geometric centre, optical centre or manual placement. Accidental refraction is reduced by projecting the image of the front sur- ES-Shape tabletop edger from Satisloh face of the lens. Lens is blocked with front surface down, avoiding lens damage and blocking errors due to lens imbalance. Designed for all tracing applications, the ESTrace tabletop automatic 3D frame tracer traces


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both eyes using 3D tracing to ensure accurate left and right lenses on-the-block or block-less. reproduction and repeatability and has an in- The two separate multi-axis systems enable internal memory that can store 100 frame shapes. dependent simultaneous processing of the lenses It comes complete with accessory kit, including – no matter how diverse the job requirements. calibration device and pattern/lens holder. OpFeaturing high speed for fast throughput, this tions include a barcode scanner. edger processes two lenses simultaneously and The ES-Trace-HD can handle difficult tracings, incorporates a time saving parallel handling proincluding all frame curvatures and styles. With cess with unloading of the finished job occurring high-wrap technology a rotating frame table at the same time as the next job is transferred automatically adjusts to accommodate any to the working chamber. 2x4-axis design allows frame curvature. With an easy-to-use touch for simultaneous processing of the left and right screen, integrated, smart software provides di- lenses. rectional assistance The intelligent software calWith a set of 24 tools this edger can carry out culates necessary rotation for precise trace angled rimless drilling, V-bevelling, T-grooving data. and polishing. The chucking pressure is autoES-Shape is a fast and robust tabletop edger. matically adjusted for delicate lenses such as suThe robust industrial design gives maximum per-hydrophobics. uptime in all environments, including high volThe advanced shape editor offers simple proume in-store and central gramming of virtually any fashion labs. Features include dishape. rect drive motors for preHSE Modulo is able to cision and robustness, work with blocked lenses advanced digital signal or it may be fitted with processing for less electhe Schneider block-less trical noise, faster prooption. The machine cessing speeds and high speed, comes with an on-board high torque spindle capable of global interface that al> 30,000 r.p.m. It is claimed to lows connection to the provide easy processing of Modulo system. complex shapes. The Latest edger from A fixed dual diamond blade Schneider is the HSE design eliminates the need to Modulo QS which is frequently change blades and claimed to be the first and improves produc¬tivity and lens only edger on the market with edge quality. The low torque cutting four processing stations which process minimises risk of lens slip- Schneider’s HSE Modulo QS edger sets a new benchmark in induspage. A small footprint saves valuable trial edging. Its quatro design feacounter space. tures two rough cut and two finishing stations The ES-5 is a fully automated block-less edger so that four lenses can be processed simultanethat can edge ophthalmic lenses without block- ously at high speeds for exceptional throughput. Non-productive times are reduced to a minipieces and adhesive pads. It is based on the earlier ES-4 technology and offers wet cutting mum through parallel processing and high-speed technology and an integrated lens inspection handling. Schneider’s two LMU optical measurement system. units provide fully automated quality control based on the full lens map. Schneider HSE Modulo QS extends the S-Line machines – The HSE modulo claims to be the first double generator HSC Modulo XTS and polisher CCP spindle edger for fully independent edging of the Modulo S. 18

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Sustainable eyewear material

BD8 – Bio Plastics is a 100 per cent bio-degradable plastics which

With a high tensile and impact strength, this crystal clear product

world where approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution

bags, as it can completely biodegrade into carbon, water and bio

can be naturally broken into carbon, water and bio mass. In a find their way into the oceans every day, BD8 – Bio Plastics is claimed to offer an eco-friendly solution: millions or even billions

comes as the best alternative to oxo-degradable plastic eyewear mass without leaving any plastic fragments behind.

Another product deriving from BD8 is Bio Lens, a revolutionary

of eyewear and other products can be made of a bio-degradable

100 per cent bio-degradable lens that can be naturally decomposed

soil on decomposition. BD8 – Bio Plastics is lightweight, durable,

Lens will start to bio-degrade in 10+ days, and takes five years to

plastics which can be absorbed by the organisms and enrich the

crystal clear, hypoallergenic and good for any colours, designs or patterns.

One of the BD8 products is Bio Polybag, a bio-degradable plastic

eyewear bag which can be naturally broken down in five years.

into landfill, leaving behind carbon, water and organic matter. Bio biodegrade in soil. Besides offering supreme comfort and perfor-

mance, this sustainable lens meets optical standard, features high impact resistance and can be used for both clear and sun lenses.

For further details visit:

Prismatic lens blocker from Coburn Technologies

Coburn Technologies have announced the newest innovation in

lens blocking systems, the Spectrum prismatic lens blocker. Designed for compatibility with all common surfacing

It also provides all this functionality at a price point not previ-

ously seen in the marketplace, measuring the front curve of the

machines, the Spectrum Prismatic lens blocker

lens and warns the operator if the blank

is incorrect, virtually eliminating blank

provides extremely precise alignment of the

selection errors. This measurement can

lens at the correct prism angle.

also be provided to the LMS for modifi-

The distinguishing feature of sagging the

cation of back curve calculations to pro-

front curve during the alignment process to

duce a more accurate lens.

ensure a more accurate lens also assures

The Spectrum blocker is available with

that a proper blank is blocked. ‘The

multiple blocking ring configurations

is user-friendly and has an autofill func-

able in a plano (non-prismatic) version.

blocker operates within a small footprint,

from 50mm to 63mm and is also avail-

tion,’ states Alex Incera, President of

For further details visit:

Coburn Technologies.

Dutz fall/winter collection

Dutz Eyewear BV has launched their 2019/2020 full/winter collection. Square frames and models with slightly rounded corners will remain a trend, building on the popularity of retro and vintage. Eyewear fashion of the ‘70s is making a comeback and Dutz has embraced this vintage flashback.

The trend also suits all face shapes and with minimal colours to combinations of vibrant rainbow colours.

This season, Dutz is also introducing the oval shape: an alternative to the well-known round

shapes that were on trend in recent seasons. Its smaller shape makes the frame a more subtle presence on the face which makes it perfect for those who love a simple but elegant style.

The pilot frame with the characteristic double bridge and big lenses, will be a fashion trend again

this season.

For further details visit:


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DAC water and waste recyclers

DAC Technologies introduce Aqua Distill, a new green solution that allows labs to save

water and recycle toxic metal waste while complying with current environmental regu-

lations. Aqua Distill effectively distills alloy reclaim tank water and separates toxic residues into a waste bag. This easy to use equipment is available in 5, 15 and 20 gallon sizes.

Its industrial design provides a consistent process using a computer-monitored technology

that includes a self diagnostic system. Aqua Distill is supported by the industry leading field service team of DAC Technologies and National Optronics.

For further details telephone: Europe: +33 (0) 5 46 27 27 24 North America: +1 972 677 2700

Coburn introduce lens processing platform

Coburn Technologies have introduced a new version of the Duality lens processing platform – the DualityAR.

‘The DualityAR expands the family of Duality, introduced a year ago,’ says Wayne Labrecque,

Coburn vice president sales, Americas. The highly successful Duality performs de-taping and lens cleaning in one machine and has been well adopted by some of the world’s largest and best-known Rx production facilities.

The machine is specifically designed to remove progressive ink marks and residue from uv

cured surface blocking materials.

For further details visit:

Multi-purpose contact lens solution

Johnson & Johnson Vision Acuvue RevitaLens multi-purpose dis-

latest lens, Acuvue Oasys with Transitions. So contact lens wearers

vue, Johnson & Johnson Vision’s brand leading portfolio of contact

vitaLens MPDS is also a tried and tested solution that can give

infecting solution for contact lenses is the latest addition to Aculens products in the UK.

‘We are excited to make RevitaLens multi-purpose disinfecting

solution an Acuvue brand, because it is an important part of the

now have access to a more streamlined experience. Acuvue Reeye care professionals the assurance of knowing their patients

will be getting quality disinfection and comfort.’

Acuvue RevitaLens MPDS was developed in co-operation with

eye care routine for contact lens wearers. Half of contact lens

world-class microbiologists and contact lens material experts,

fection, yet there is a tendency from some wearers to ignore the

contributed to the research. The unique formula uses dual-disin-

wearers in the UK use reusable lenses, which require daily disin-

along with input from more than 600 eye care professionals who

importance of this,’ said optometrist Dr. Kamlesh Chauhan, di-

fecting technology to deliver peroxide quality broad spectrum

Johnson Vision UK. ‘Acuvue RevitaLens MPDS is compatible with


rector, Professional Education and Development at Johnson &

the entire Acuvue range of reusable contact lenses including our

disinfection, while being clinically shown to help deliver all-day For further details visit:


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Fair & Cheer Inc



Fil-Tech Inc

AIM Specialty Materia Arch Crown

Automation & Robotics

Federation of Manufacturing Opticians

Groupe Couget Optical Hong Kong Optical Fair


Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics

Cerium Optical Products

Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l.

Comexpo – Silmo

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl

Phantom Research Labs Inc

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A.

Schneider GmbH & Co. KG

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association SEIKO Optical UK

Stratox Ltd –

COTEC Gmbh .

Reed Exhibition Companies

Norville Autoflow

OLA (Optical Laboratories Association)

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China


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