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e have commented in the past on the success of the long‐running ‘Should’ve Gone to Specsavers’ advertising campaign run by the large UK multiple. In the ads, unfortunate individuals find themselves in an awkward situation because of a blunder caused through their myopia. In a recent example, a naked man sits himself in what he takes to be a Turkish bath, only to find it is in fact the steamy kitchen of an ill‐tempered celebrity chef. It turns out, however, that reality trumps fiction. A recent report from the British College of Optometrists catalogues a host of allegedly true accounts of how patients have discovered, in either amusing or dangerous circumstances, that they need their eyes tested. These included an airline pilot who taxied his jumbo jet the wrong way down an airport runway. Several motorists discovered their sight needed testing after finding themselves driving the wrong way down one‐way streets. Another driver reported mistaking traffic bollards for children in the road. This seems especially puzzling as few British schools have bright orange school uniforms, and few British schoolchildren are less than 12 inches tall. In one unfortunate instance, a man mistook his hearing aids for cashew nuts, needing hospital treatment to retrieve them from his stomach. In another rather ironic case, a woman went into a high street opticians and began taking off her shoes and socks. She had evidently thought she had gone into the chiropodist next door. It is deeply worrying that so many people are so slow to notice their deteriorating sight. And to make matters worse, the College of Optometrists’ survey revealed that more than one in three of those questioned who had suffered a mishap through poor sight still put off having their eyes tested until some months after the incident that triggered their concern. However, it’s an ill wind though that blows no good. If nothing else, the College’s report has furnished the multiple’s advertising campaign with several more years of material.

March 2015 Volume 43 · Number 370

INTERNATIONAL SCENE 2 · Cautionary tales

OUTLOOK 4 · Contamac / Brien Holden Vision Institute myopia licensing control agreement 5 · Essilor again ranked among world’s most sustainable firms 6 · Zeiss / Stepper licensing agreement 7 · New BSI for sunglasses 8 · Fabris Lane to license Oliver Goldsmith eyewear

FEATURES 10 · Diamonds in optics 12 · Survey Water filtration and conservation

OPTIPRODUCTS 19 · Eyewear curving press 20 · Retina scan optical coherence tomography unit

MARKETPLACE 22 · A to Z of optical websites 23 · International Suppliers Guide Copy dates:

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Cautionary tales n January this year came the newsflash – and it seems indeed to have flashed up, totally unexpected by most – that the mighty Google had halted sales of its Google Glass. Now characterised as a headset, ‘Glass’ had dominated the so-called ‘smart glasses’ sector ever since its much-hyped introduction back in 2012. Drawing support from across the ophthalmics industry to develop the initial product concept, launched as a consumer item outside the USA in the autumn of 2014, Google was still steaming ahead recently enough for a top speaker in OptiMunich’s renowned opticians’ education programme to plan featuring it prominently in his 2015 presentation on smart glasses. Some hasty revision to be done there, then! Meanwhile Tesco, with a proposed Google Glass app to help wearers find product data online or scan barcodes, had joined a growing list of optical or optically affiliated companies to league themselves with Google in product development or marketing, a list extending from Safilo to Rochester Optical of USA and Waterside Laboratories in UK. How have these been affected by the decision? And what have been the reasons for it? They include, opined a commentator, the US ban on wearing Google while driving ‘in the 2

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name of safety’ and while visiting the cinema or other public entertainment spaces in the name of intellectual property rights – spying by another name. Dare one cite an overriding reason behind these – Google’s apparent failure to apply common-sense in answering the basic researcher’s question: What will the market think of this?

Rare defeat for Google

It is believed Google may already have sold up to 50,000 Glasses, at £1,000 each, to consumers mainly in the USA paying for the privilege of feeding their wearer experiences back to Google. How much did Safilo and others invest? No doubt Google’s giant reputation was a factor in this widespread consumer and corporate enthusiasm; yet this may in itself have been a cause in what one UK economist called ‘a rare defeat’ for Google. Viewing the clunky early versions of Glass, it is easy to believe that someone, somewhere in the rarefied echelons of Google’s management believed the power of the name would override all other considerations. Was Google, lacking intimate knowledge of what ophthalmics needs, always riding for a fall? The corporation insists the concept is not dead, but temporarily on the back burner un-


InternationalSCENE der new management, that of ‘smart thermostat’ development specialist US-based Nest Laboratories, which Google purchased in 2013. Glass’s future outlook may, however, be limited to specialist applications within the business sector, eschewing consumer sales. Could this ‘up like a rocket, down like the stick’ trajectory be seen as echoing another ‘smart glasses’ saga played out a little while ago? The tale of US-based Pixel Optics’ Empower, ‘the first spectacle lens to change focus electronically’, bears some likeness to the Google Glass story, but also profound differences. Like Glass, Empower may have been brought to the market before it was truly ready. And the retail cost – of £1,000 plus per pair – may, as with Glass, have been a holdback factor for sales, especially in the core US market. The background, however, was very different; Pixel Optics was no global giant, but a relatively small independent US company – albeit innovation-led like Google. Its researchers had close and considerable experience in ophthalmics, led as they were by an optometrist inventor who had already created the USA’s most favoured progressive lens design (along with notable design advances in the contact lens field). The capital for Empower’s development (reported to have reached £120 million) was not internally generated but came from a cadre of US-based private equity backers; failure of the project resulted from their waning investment enthusiasm when (your reporter understands) neither technical manufacturing problems nor Google Glass-like limitations on initial sales volume could be overcome fast enough. Again, as with Glass, the concept is not dead; there are hopes that more about Empower Mark 2 will soon be heard from Mitsui, whose new US division, as noted in this column recently, acquired the technology in 2014.

Hopes for the future

The global lens business remains in love with the ‘smart lens’ principle, with more than a double handful of products in this category arriving on the scene last year. In reality,

though, are individual projects always likely to be crushed by the opposing pressures of market need – obtaining sales return on investment fast enough, beating the competition to the post – and the setbacks in implementation that are almost inevitable with any truly ‘smart’ new lens category? The answer thankfully, is no. Ophthalmics in the past half century has seen at least two examples of successful innovation which would surely have been acknowledged as ‘smart’, had the term been in use in their time. Both added previously unimagined scope to the corrective lens function. Photochromics is one; the other progressive lenses.

The first progressive

The first progressive design – Varilux I – met with considerable and widespread scepticism (‘it’ll never work – and who needs it anyway?’) when optical engineer Bernard Maitenaz introduced the concept to Essilor’s management, following years of calculation utilising the primitive proto-computers of the mid20th century. Then, even bifocals were still newfangled in the eyes of many markets. But Maitenaz’s team, and, to their eternal credit, Essilor, having accepted the concept, supported it with patient, effective, big-spend marketing … and the rest is history. Even Varilux, it could be argued, was brought to the market before it was fully ready; subsequent generations of progressives, however, have underpinned Essilor’s rise to global gianthood in ophthalmics, become the profit mainstay of developed markets across the world, and facilitated the acceptance of ‘smart’ lens technology – free-form. Not a bad record, and one to give heart to today’s struggling ‘smart lens’ pioneers. In passing: Google Glass’s failure to make headlines at this year’s Consumer Electronics Fair in Las Vegas provided straws in an adverse wind for some observers. The headline makers of 2015 were mini-drones. Have optical suppliers yet begun assessing drones’ potential as delivery vehicles? With costs now well under four figures, it must be only a matter of time. W

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UNITED KINGDOM / AUSTRALIA

UNITED STATES

Contamac and Brien Holden Vision Institute myopia control licensing agreement

Joseph Tallier is new CEO of Ogi Eyewear

Contamac Ltd., a leader in the devel-

Under the agreement, Contamac

Ogi Eyewear have appointed Joseph

opment of specialist polymers and a

Ltd will begin to commercialise spe-

Tallier as their new chief executive

major global provider of biocompatible

cialised contact lenses designed to

officer.

materials for implantable and medical

reduce the rate of myopia progression

Joseph Tallier started his career at

applications to the ophthalmic industry,

in children by sub-licensing the Con-

Ogi Eyewear in September 2008 as

and Brien Holden Vision Institute,

tamac designs to key strategic partners

vice president of global

whose mission is to develop new solu-

within its existing customer base

sales.

tions for vision care and eliminate vi-

throughout the world, commencing

sion impairment and avoidable blind-

in May 2015.

During that time his visionary leadership

ness, have entered into a multi-year

The technology licensed by Brien

was instrumental in

licensing agreement which enables

Holden Vision Institute includes nu-

growing the sales at

Contamac Ltd to commercialise and

merous US and foreign patents.

Ogi Eyewear 300 per

distribute customised silicone hydrogel

Currently, a myopia control indica-

cent, communi-

and GP contact lens products based

tion for use submission to the US

cating the com-

on utilising background intellectual

FDA is to be completed in early 2017

pany’s

property on myopia control from the

as part of Contamac Ltd’s commer-

through market-

Brien Holden Vision Institute.

cialisation plan.

ing, leading the

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value Joseph Tallier

direction of the design vision, and promoting worldwide expansion. He became an equity partner in 2012 prior to being promoted to CEO.

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FRANCE

Essilor and Vision Institute launch chair on visual aging

GERMANY

Essilor and the Vision Institute of France have launched the SilverSight

New Zeiss director

Industrial chair on the Jussieu campus. Supported by the National Research

Effective July 1, 2015, Dr. Matthias

Agency (ANR) and Essilor, this chair is held by Dr Angelo Arleo, Vision Institute

Metz will become a new member of

neuroscience researcher and CNRS research director.

the executive board of the Zeiss Group.

With the aging of the population, the growing impact of age-related visual

He will be responsible for the con-

disturbances is becoming a serious public health problem. There are currently

sumer-orientated vision care and con-

470 million people over the age of 65 in the world. That figure will rise to

sumer optics business groups.

820 million in 2025 and 2 billion in 2050. In France, the number of people

Dr Metz (44) is moving to Zeiss from

over 60 will also grow significantly: from 13 million now to 22.3 million in

Fackelmann GmbH + Co. KG. Hers-

2050. Worldwide, poor vision is estimated to cost $275 billion a year in lost

bruck, where he most recently

productivity.

held the position of chief sales

The SilverSight chair, with an initial duration of four years, aims to improve

and marketing officer. Prior

understanding of the factors underlying the functional vision and spatial

to this, he had served on

navigation perceptual deficits involved in visual aging. Combining experimental

the board of directors at

psychophysics and computational neuroscience. SilverSight adopts a multi-

Zwilling J.A. Henckels AG

disciplinary approach to designing and evaluating innovative screening

in Solingen and worked a

methods, ophthalmic optical products, functional and cognitive re-education

number of years for

protocols and other solutions and services designed to mitigate the effects

management con-

associated with visual aging.

sultancy.

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GERMANY

It’s a full house for Optrafair 2015 Optrafair, the UK’s iconic optical industry event, has confirmed that more

Bettina Reiter is new Opti project manager

than 85 per cent of the show’s NEC floor space is now booked — with the

Bettina Reiter is the new lady at the

April show destined to be the best ever.

top of the Opti Munich team. She is

Frame suppliers and manufacturers will be leading the charge with Op-

an expert in the trade show business

trafair 2015 featuring both top-selling global brands and cutting edge

and is well aware of what exhibitors

boutique fashion labels.

and visitors want to see.

Optrafair director Malcolm Polley told OW, ‘Companies know that

Together with the Opti team, her

Optrafair is the premium show to be seen at in the UK where they will

goal is to take the trade show to the

meet a dedicated and informed audience of eye care professionals’.

next step and prepare for the future:

With 7,000 visitors expected over the three days (April 18-20, 2015) the

Bettina succeeds Melanie Binder who,

established 36-year old exhibition and educational conference is the

after overseeing two suc-

premier event in the optical calendar and brands are lining up to be

cessful Opti performances,

there.

has now moved on.

This year's show will include a popular window dressing feature and the

The next Opti will take

spotlight will be on frames for all occasions from evening wear to

place from January 15-17,

sportswear.

2016 at the Fairground Messe,

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Munich.

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FRANCE

Bettina Reiter

Essilor again ranked among world’s most sustainable companies Essilor has, for the third consecutive year, earned the dis-

sustainability performance, Jayanth Bhuvaraghan, Essilor’s

tinction of being ranked among the Global 100 Most Sus-

chief corporate mission officer, said ‘We are very proud

tainable Corporations in the World (Global 100) Index.

to be ranked once again amongst the world’s most sus-

The Global 100 index is based on a list of twelve quanti-

tainable companies. At Essilor our mission is to improve

tative key performance indicators, from energy, water

lives by improving sight. For over 165 years sustainable

and waste productivity, to innovation and employee safety.

development has been at the heart of our business model,

Companies named to the Global 100 index are selected

both in the way we manage our business, but more im-

from a starting universe of 4,609 listed companies with a

portantly in our contribution to the 4.3 billion individuals

market capitalization greater than $2 billion (US).

in the world who need vision correction and the commu-

Commenting on the renewed recognition of the Group’s

nities in which they live’.

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COLOMBIA

GERMANY

1st World Congress of Optometry The World Council of Optometry and La Federación Colombiana de Optómetras

Zeiss and Stepper in licensing agreement

(FEDOPTO) have launched the first Congress of Optometry website www.world-

Zeiss and Stepper Eyewear have signed

congressofoptometry.org. The 1st World Congress of Optometry takes place

a licensing agreement that allows Stepper

from 14 –16 August, 2015 in Medellin, Colombia and is the first global congress

the exclusive use of the Zeiss trademark

for optometrists and eye health professionals.

for manufacturing and worldwide distri-

There will be detailed information on the programme of presentations, seminars and lectures and supporting poster display, exhibition and social programme. Delegates can also book their places once registration becomes available.

bution of optical frames, sunglasses and accessories. ‘Zeiss enters into partnerships that strengthen our market position, and this

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is the case with Stepper’, says Sven Hermann, member of the management board

UNITED KINGDOM

of Carl Zeiss Vision International. ‘All

Contamac Ltd. and Ocular Dynamics licensing agreement

Zeiss frame models share a modern, international design, extremely high-quality

Contamac Ltd., a leader in the development of specialist polymers and a

materials, such as titanium, and feature

major global provider of biocompatible materials for implantable and medical

outstanding comfort and fit’, comments

applications to the ophthalmic industry, and Ocular Dynamics, whose mission

Hans Stepper, Stepper Eyewear.

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is to create technologies which improve comfort for contact lens patients who experience dryness during lens wear, have announced a multi-year licensing, sub-licensable, manufacturing and commercialisation agreement for incorporating the Hydra-PEG technology into Contamac’s Definitive 50 and Definitive 65 Silicone Hydrogel materials. The companies are also discussing an agreement for incorporating the Hydra-PEG technology into Contamac's line of Optimum GP materials.

HUNGARY

Budapest optometric conference The full programme for the European

Under the new agreement, Contamac will begin the world-wide commer-

Academy of Optometry and Optics sev-

cialisation of incorporating the Hydra-PEG technology into specialty contact

enth annual conference in Budapest

lenses that are manufactured in Definitive silicone hydrogel materials,

on May 14-17, 2015 has been announced.

through sub-licensing the technology to the entire Contamac Ltd. global laboratory network channel, commencing May 2015.

The three day programme features over 30 conference sessions, including:

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Managing Dry Eye Patients, Optical Humanitarianism, Age-related Macular

UNITED KINGDOM

Degeneration, Sticking to Contact Lens-

BCLA optical assistants course is back

es and Low vision Pathology, as well as

Recognising the important role that front line staff play in successful

keynote lectures, clinical workshops

contact lens practice, the British Contact Lens Association is again teaming

and poster presentations.

up with optometrist and staff development consultant, Sarah Morgan, to

Alongside a busy conference schedule

launch a new series of one-day courses for optical

delegates can opt to visit the Cooper-

assistants.

Sarah Morgan

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Vision/Sauflon state of the art contact

Kicking off on Thursday March 19 at the Ambas-

lens manufacturing facility where del-

sadors Bloomsbury Hotel in London, ‘Contact

egates will be able to see first-hand

lenses — the ins and outs’, is ideal for staff

contact lens production and also explore

wanting to increase their confidence with contact

the architecturally acclaimed Centre

lenses. Key approaches and tips for teaching the

of Innovation which hosts innovative

new wearer, and promoting patient retention

and inspirational international work-

will also be central to the day.

shops for eye care professionals.

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New BSI for sunglasses Plano sunglasses and clip-ons are subject to a new BSI standard from March 1, 2015 in a move to globalise regulations, warns the Federation of Manufacturing Opticians. BS EN ISO 12312-1 was introduced last year with the understanding that the previous standard EN 1836 could run concurrently for another twelve months, with this transition period expiring at the end of February. ‘This is really a review and amalgamation of current international standards, highlighting the requirements for sunglass construction, materials used, robustness and impact resistance, as well as plano lens transmittance characteristics, and refractive power’, explained Eric Boinard, the FMO Standards Panel expert on sunglasses. ‘From the manufacturing point of view it is great to have one standard. Prior to this release the USA, Europe, Australia and China had different sunglass standards. Although Europe has only adopted this new standard so far, we are looking towards it being accepted internationally — that is the aim, following ten years of working together. ‘One of the most significant changes is the degree of information to be supplied with the sunglasses. This includes not only the name of the manufacturer, but also its address as well as a series of warnings when deemed appropriate’, added Eric, who is also global R&D Group leader for Polaroid Eyewear. BSI standards are available at a reduced rate for FMO members via sfisher@fmo.co.uk, and the FMO is advising retailers to contact their local Trading Standards office if they have concerns about compliance.

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In Brief The 10FT 2015 Exhibition takes place in Tokyo at the rescheduled date of October 6-8, having been changed by popular request from the original September fixture. ★ Britain's General Optical Council has announced two new appointees to its advisory committees, Paula Baines joining the Standards Committee and Mitesh Patel becoming a member of Companies Committee. ★ The seventh annual Vision UK conference will be held on Thursday, June 18 2015 at Central Hall, Westminster, London, titled ‘Working together to deliver the UK Vision Strategy’.

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ETHOPIA

Essilor join VAO in aid partnership Optical international development

Picking up the award from Es-

charity Vision Aid Overseas and the

silor’s guest, Professor Kovin Naidoo,

Essilor Vision Foundation have been

Vision Aid Overseas’ development

awarded an Essilor Sustainability

director, Jeremy Jalie thanked Es-

Award for 2014 in recognition of

silor for their partnership and said

their UK Aid funded partnership in

that the charity was extremely

Ethiopia. The Awards which were held in Paris earlier this year, recognised

Aicha Mokdahi, president of the Essilor Vision Foundation in America, VAO development director Jeremy Jalie and Essilor\s guest Professor Kovin Naidoo, deputy CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute

proud to be working with the Essilor Vision Foundation and Essilor in the UK. He told guests that the

initiatives undertaken by Essilor and their partners around

project was very significant for Vision Aid Overseas because

the world to improve the company’s contribution to sus-

it was the first time that the Department for International

tainable development.

Development had chosen to work with the charity.

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UNITED KINGDOM

Fabris Lane Ltd to licence Oliver Goldsmith Optical Oliver Goldsmith Eyewear Ltd and Fabris Lane Ltd have

Oliver commented ‘I am delighted to be working with

joined forces to launch the next generation of Oliver

Fabris Lane Ltd. I have known Rod Lane for many years

Goldsmith optical frames.

and have admired the growth of

The Oliver Goldsmith family has

his business. After an initial meet-

a long heritage in eyewear dating

ing at Silmo in 2013 I am happy

back to 1926 with the late Philip

to say this collaboration moved

Oliver Goldsmith making frames

rapidly forward. Fabris Lane Ltd

by hand from a single piece of

is a fantastic fit for Oliver Gold-

tortoiseshell. This family of eye-

smith Optical as it is already dis-

wear greats has spanned three

tributing several well known li-

generations with the current Oliver

cence brands in the optical sector

Goldsmith operating as the man-

and to have Oliver Goldsmith as a

aging director, having worked in the family business since 1959.

Oliver Goldsmith and Rod Lane

luxury brand, makes perfect sense’.

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Newcomers to Contamac

Dr Jason Jedlicka has joined Contamac’s Professional Services Vision Care team, bringing nearly 20 years of contact lens fitting and design experience. Having completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency in 1997, he became Director of Contact Lens Services at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Chief of Contact Lens Services at the Indiana University School of Optometry. Martin Dalsing, Contamac’s director of global strategy and business development commented ‘We are delighted to have Dr Jedlicka as part of our team. The opportunity to expand the team in times where so many new technologies and opportunities are coming to fruition is vital, Dr Jedlicka’s extensive industry and clinical knowledge will be a valuable asset to our customers and industry’. Contamac have also appointed of Vanessa Ruiz as sales executive. Venessa Ruiz

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Diamonds in optics Richard Chaffin, Consultant Editor iamonds were discovered more than 3,000 years ago in riverbeds in India. The word diamond originates from a Greek word meaning unbreakable or extremely hard. Diamonds are a pure form of crystalline carbon. They are formed as a result of extreme high pressure and heat. Although primarily formed deep under the earth’s crust they have a variety of sources and may even come in some cases from outer space. Natural diamonds are formed from both inorganic and organic sources of carbon dating back billions of years. The movement of the earth’s tectonic plates is related to where diamonds are discovered and mined. Most often they appear in the central area of these plates. Originally, diamonds came from India and more recently from South Africa and Brazil where they are mined. Also, Russia claims to have an area in Siberia that holds enough diamonds to supply the world’s needs for the next 3,000 years.

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Gem diamond / industrial diamond

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weight, clarity or brightness, clearness, absence of defects, and colour, transparency. There are natural gem diamonds and gem quality diamonds that are synthetically man-made. Industrial diamonds are referred to as ‘Bort’ diamonds. They lack the 4Cs. They are not transparent, have faults, and inferior colour. Bort is a word meaning error. However, these diamonds work very well for cutting, grinding, drilling and abrasive industrial applications. All the optical machinery makers use them, in some manner, in their generators and edging machines. Industrial diamonds come in a variety of shapes and forms. Both natural and man-made diamonds are used in the optical laboratory. In the 1950s General Electric in the United States, using extreme pressure and heat, was successful in producing synthetic industrial diamonds. These diamonds were formed in a blocky monocrystalline shape similar to natural Bort diamond. GE diamonds were first used in many industrial as well as optical applications. In addition, in the 1970s synthetically manufactured polycrystalline diamonds were made by chemical vapour deposition (CVD). In this case


high pressure and temperature are not needed. Diamond is grown with a hydrocarbon gas mixture. Polycrystalline diamond breaks down into smaller particles when used as an industrial abrasive. There are also diamond powders that are formed by crushing and pulverizing diamonds. These may be used in certain polishing applications. Industrial diamonds have been used in many industries as well as optics for the processing of hard materials. They came into the optical business in a big way more than sixty years ago. The idea of a diamond generator for toric optical lenses was developed after WWII. Before that, glass lenses were generated with diamonds only in special spherical machines. The optical laboratory did not have diamonds to work with and used powdered abrasives to grind lenses. The edging or finishing of lenses was accomplished with ceramic wheels. All of this has changed. Diamonds are now an essential part of the manufacturing, surfacing and finishing of lenses in the laboratory.

Single point and grinding wheel diamonds

The generating of progressive lenses has necessitated the use of a single point diamond-cutting tool. The computer directs the diamond to cut at thousands of points as the lens rotates to create the progressive surface. It is critical that the diamond has a specific design. The shape and cutting angle of the single point diamond are a proprietary secret of each machinery manufacturer. Spherical surfaces can be generated without a single point diamond. Grinding wheels come in many different shapes and sizes. They may hold diamonds in a bond made up of different materials such as copper and steel or in a mechanical fixture. In the case of a generator they may be cup shaped with a rounded face. To work properly grinding wheels have to be described with the type, size and concentration of diamond. In a bonded wheel the type of bond or matrix to hold the diamond is necessary. The cutting ability of the grinding wheel is dependent on the diamond grit size for a rough or smooth finish and how the diamond (and the bond) wears. Also of vital importance are speeds, feeds and pressures. These three factors always affect the type of diamond used and the end result obtained.

Therefore choosing a diamond for optical surfacing or finishing is a complex project. Experimentation is often the only way to determine the best type of diamond to use. The machinery manufacturer of surfacing or edging machines has to go through this process. No two generators or edging machines will necessarily have the same diamond-cutting tool. Another important use of diamonds is the diamond-impregnated wheel for edging. Edging machines, in addition, use several different diamonds in the shaping, bevelling, and drilling of lenses. These diamonds can be single point. There are some edging and finishing machines that work using a milling technique. These machines do not use impregnated wheels. All of these machines use several different types of diamonds that perform multiple operations on the lens.

Generating to polish

Progressive lenses have facilitated the laboratory’s movement to go directly from generating to polishing of lenses. This is a very significant advance for the laboratory with the elimination of loose abrasives and tools for fining and polishing. Diamond generating produces a much more precise surface and finish on the lens than tools. It has always been understood that tools slightly change the surface from the generator and therefore the desired curvature of the polished lens. Diamonds are able to produce a surface that is fine enough to be polished directly. In the case of a progressive lens this is a necessity. There is an old saying ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’. Diamonds are certainly one of the best friends of the lens makers. They are one of the hardest materials known to man. Diamonds are also regarded as one of the most valuable objects in today’s world. These facts apply to the world of optics, but for different reasons. The diamonds used in the optical business are not gemstones but industrial quality diamonds. Their value is not for beauty or love but for the difficult work they accomplish. The real beauty of diamonds, whether created thousands of years ago or in the 1950s or the 1970s (CVD), is not just on a finger but also as an essential part of modern technology. The diamonds of the optical world don’t just look good. They are good.

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Water filtration and conservation The use of special equipment to handle and filter waste water in the op cal laboratory would probably have been thought uneconomic un l quite recently, but now the complete reverse is true. Any manufacturing unit which produces or edges lenses will use some form of filtra on equipment, not only from an economic point of view, but also to comply with current legisla on that covers the handling of waste and hazardous substances. Tony Jarratt, Technical Editor

T

he majority of us are now envi-

during use within the system (the action

into the drainage system. With these

ronmentally conscious and the

of polishing generates heat between

designs, the continuous flow was delib-

use of systems to help maintain

the pad and lens) and also by any unex-

erately introduced into the systems to

the various eco-systems we live in are

pected rise in the ambient temperature.

aid cooling, particularly important when

now virtually mandatory. This is particu-

This problem did not really arise when

dealing with glass. The silicate materials

larly true of the need to conserve water

the majority of surfacing was of mineral

produced a greater amount of heat

supplies in many parts of the world, and

materials, but now the use of resins has

when being generated or edged and co-

also necessary to ensure that any water

become almost universal, the control

pious amounts of water were required

that is discharged from a manufacturing

of temperature has become an important

to cool the material.

system is not capable of harming the

factor in the process.

environment into which it is released.

Nowadays, with the increase in envi-

An unwanted rise in temperature can

ronmental awareness, it is essential that

cause heat-induced waves and even, in

all water used as a coolant should be

Temperature control

extreme cases, deformation of the lens

utilised sensibly and with the least

Systems used within optical laboratories

itself. Normal re-circulation cannot guar-

amount of waste.

are basically designed to cover three

antee to maintain the temperature of

main areas: (1) The better use of coolant

the coolant at a uniform level, but the

Filtration equipment

water, particularly for smoothing and

latest filtration equipment can be sup-

This requirement has led to the intro-

fining, where the control of temperature

plied with a cooling circuit, which will

duction of equipment which can filter

and quality of the slurry can affect the

keep the liquid at the required level.

the water and then re-circulate it through

surface quality of the finished lens; (2)

This coolant effect also helps when using

the system. This not only allows a re-

the conservation of water used in the

resin-blocking systems, which in their

duction in the amount of water used

processes; and (3) the handling and dis-

turn also help to reduce the levels of

for production; but also allows the user

charge of waste coolant and its contents

hazardous metals used within the lab.

to filter out the harmful residues, before finally discharging any waste water.

(usually contaminants). This is particularly important when

Conservation of water

Earlier systems, which only used cen-

Early equipment was almost invariably

trifuges to remove heavy waste particles

prone to surface deformation if the tem-

designed with a continuous water flow,

and filter bags to remove some of the

perature becomes too high. The tem-

i.e., after it had been used for the process

solids, were used for both surfacing and

perature of the coolant liquid is raised

in hand, it was immediately discharged

edging. However, the filter systems pri-

surfacing resin materials, which are

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marily relied on small sized tanks, which

Waste from resin materials is much

are based on independent laboratory

quickly became full and were not always

lighter and will probably not clog the

tests and measurements are all parts

capable of removing the finer particles.

system, but its discharge into the sew-

per million.

The latest systems use better filters and

erage system should not be allowed, as

In addition to the cadmium, lead and

sometimes quite complex filter systems

the materials can be classed as hazardous,

nickel already listed, there are the fol-

to ensure that as much as possible of

particularly to wild life. Added to these

lowing possible contaminants:

the waste is removed. The resultant ef-

two ‘materials’, we have the problem of

fluent slurry can usually be reduced to

waste alloy, produced from both surfacing

a semi-dry state and can normally be

and edging activities. Although the ma-

discharged with the remainder of the

jority of this is re-used, by melting down

laboratory refuse.

the buttons after use, a certain amount

Handling of waste materials

Edger coolant • High in suspended solids - plastic and glass • Generally a non-hazardous waste,

will escape, either directly, or ‘dissolve’

but not suitable for disposal

in the waste water.

without treatment

Although some of the waste materials

Unfortunately for the industry these

can be discarded in the normal manner

alloys contain high levels of cadmium,

with the laboratory refuse, much of it

lead and nickel, all hazardous materials

• Contains approximately 5 per cent

cannot. First of all, because it is not

covered by environmental regulations.

solids – residual particles of plastic

correct to discharge the waste slurry

The discharge of these metals or their

from either surfacing or edging, partic-

salts into the general sewerage system

ularly if glass materials are being handled.

is strictly forbidden in most developed

Although the residue from handling

countries, as they are potentially lethal

glass may look like a harmless white

to both humans and animals.

Fining water (resin lenses)

and resin • Contaminated with metals and alloys • Not suitable for disposal without treatment

‘powder’, it does in fact consist of ex-

Due to changes in 'environmental

tremely small particles of ‘powdered

awareness' it is now almost universally

glass’ and this can be extremely dan-

obligatory for the user to remove all

gerous if ingested; in fact it can be

hazardous waste solids and contaminants

contaminated with metals and

classed as a 'poison'.

such as dissolved metals, before dis-

residues

Plastic lens polish • Approximately 40 per cent solids –

Second, this material can set like con-

charging waste water. In addition, the

crete when dry, as it compacts to a very

user must also dispose of the solid waste

dense layer. If it is just allowed to flow

in compliance with the regulations –

into the drainage system, its weight will

and this doesn't mean in the ‘dustbin’.

ensure that it settles at the bottom of

If anything other than a minute amount

• Residual abrasive and polish

the drain – either in the pipe itself, or

of contaminated waste is concerned,

• Normally a non-hazardous waste

at the bottom of the traps. A very fast

arrangements will have to be made with

waste flow would probably ensure that

a waste disposal company for safe

most of it was washed beyond the con-

removal.

• Not suitable for disposal without treatment Fining and polishing pads

Generator coolant • Around 20 per cent solids

fines of the laboratory premises, but as

The systems now available for con-

the waste gets further from the premises,

taminant removal use special multiple

suitable for direct disposal

the flow will slow down, thus allowing

absorbent filters and pumped systems,

without pre-treatment

the waste to settle in the sewer pipes.

which can drastically reduce the amount

Over a period of time, even small

of metals in the water and which can

amounts of glass waste will build up in

make it safe enough for re-use or dis-

taken into account when disposing of

the system and eventually a blockage

charge into the drainage system. The

waste into the drainage system (levels

will occur, with obvious results, effluent

following details (originally supplied by

are not stated here as they vary from

flowing back into the premises (or some-

Universal Photonics) show the types of

country to country):

times other premises, if the blockage

reduction that can be achieved when

occurs further into the system). Expensive

handling de-blocking water. They are

clearance will be required, including a

based on USA Federal Discharge stan-

possible fine following action by the local

dards, but are more or less applicable

water authority.

to most other countries. These results

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• Normally non-hazardous, but not

The following criteria also have to be

• Temperature of waste material to be below a set limit • Fats, oils and grease to be below a set limit


• No gasoline (petrol), benzene,

also ensures that the laboratory does

This consumption can be cut to about

naphtha, fuel oil or other

not fall foul of waste regulations and also

30 gallons per month, using a suitable

explosive liquid to be discharged

helps to protect the environment.

chiller/filtration unit. The difference in

• pH to be between set levels (i.e. not too alkaline or acidic) • Chemical concentrates of the following to be below set limits:

The ‘hidden’ cost saving is brought about by the reduced water consumption

consumption is obvious, as are the potential savings in water costs.

that can be achieved. The following figures are representative:

Apart from cost, this saving is also important for any laboratory that:

• Arsenic, barium, chromium, copper, cyanide, iron, manganese, phenols, selenium, silver and mercury.

• Every twin spindle smoothing

• Is in an area that could suffer

machine uses between 0.5 and

water restrictions

0.75 gallons of water per minute* Potential cost savings and

• This means that an average lab

environmental considerations

will use 240 to 260 gallons per 8

Despite the fact that the removal of

hour working day

waste products from laboratory coolants does cost money, there is an inbuilt cost saving that will eventually repay the initial outlay. Use of waste treatment equipment

• Has water supplied via a meter • Is smoothing/polishing CR39 etc on a waste/water system

• This equates to an average of

• May be breaking local by-laws

1,200 to 1,800 gallons per week

• Has dealings with water

• Or 57,600 to 86,400 gallons

authorities or environmental

per year

agencies

* Measured in litres, the figures are even more alarming and the equivalent figures are

Suppliers

The following suppliers and manufacturers have kindly provided details of their products for this review. Full details of their ranges can be obtained via their web sites or from their catalogues. Europtica International Ltd www.europtica.com

Europ ca Interna onal is a world leader when it comes to mee ng the filtra on and chilling requirements of the lens produc on industry worldwide. Not only do their products improve produc on quality, they offer major economic benefits and minimise pollu on and environmental problems. Their Geno system, for example, enjoys worldwide success in serving all

wet cut generators and industrial edger groups. Geno re-circulates, filters and chills generator coolant water. Capable of handling two generators, it has a unique integral chiller and offers constant produc on with no down me for filter emptying/ cleaning. Avoiding coolant jet clogging, it leaves no mess and provides efficient waste separa on for dry disposal as well increasing quality.

By providing clean coolant chilled to op mum cu ng temperature, as well as easy water change and clean out, its economic benefits are further enhanced by the use of mul stage re-useable filtra on

Geno from Europtica

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media, reduced recycling on ac vated car- COFLOC) or physical (ECOSTILL). water consumpbon) but also reduce water The company offer on-site ason, extended consump on. sessment of the water quality and cu er life and reThanks to this eco- equipment needs / proposal for a duced rejects. logical sys- total water management strategy / Europ ca will tem, the equipment supply / commissioning shortly be introc o m p a n y and operator training. ducing their latest can supply NANOCLEAN EW & RW improve addi on, the Geno Com‘zero waste’ the process water quality and rinspactor, designed to work machines. ing water recycling in aqueous alongside the Geno or These clean- processes, with up to 75 per cent The 913 from Practical Systems act as a complete soluing and coat- saving. on with addi onal filtra on and ing machines are all equipped with chilling. The range will include a this innova on. Practical Systems Inc new Aquasave model designed to www.looktopsi.com serve two robo c edgers. NGL Cleaning Technology SA PSI offer several filtra on and re-cyThese systems bring together the www.ngl-cleaningcling systems within their extensive latest filtra on and refrigera on technology.com range of laboratory equipment and technology to waste water man- The Swiss company NGL are a lead- make some specific recommendaagement systems for generators ing producer of chemical ultraons regarding temperature and edgers. control. sonic surface prepara on The economic and prac cal man- processes for both the They say that agement benefits make them an ophthalmic and precicontrolling temessen al tool for every facility con- sion op cal industries. perature variables cerned with high quality and cost They can supply prodin the surfacing effec ve produc on on any scale. ucts for surface area has become quite cri cal over prepara on of orFISA the last few years ganic and mineral due to the introducwww.fisa.com lenses a er surfacon of new and soFISA, are specialists in ultrasonic ing, or in the surphis cated lens macleaning, and are directly con- face prepara on of orcerned by water treatment issues. ganic lenses before terials. Studies have As a result, they have developed coa ng. They also carry concluded that temwaterfall rinsing systems (closed out analy cal work for perature varia ons circuit) that not only enable the clients, to deterof over 5 degrees beuser to neutralize rinsing water (by mine the most tween genera ng, appropriate prodfining and polishing will affect the uct for specific requirements. stability of the lens and NGL provide techni- The NANOCLEAN EW by NGL substrate cal exper se for the pre-treat- cause waves, aberra ons and an ment of city water (NAN- overall degraded surface quality. OCLEAN EW) used in surface Power problems are also very comprepara on manufacturing mon. To help overcome these probprocesses (polishing, clean- lems, they recommend: ing), decontamina on before disposal, rinsing water recy- Blocking – cling (NANOCLEAN RW) and • For best results tape all lenses the wastewater treatment by before blocking (alloy and physio-chemical method (DEnon-alloy) to prevent damage FISA water treatment equipment

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18-20 APRIL 2015 BIRMINGHAM NEC

T H E U K ’ S L E A D I N G E X H I B I T I O N A N D E D U C AT I O N A L C O N F E R E N C E D E D I C AT E D TO THE NEEDS OF THE OPTICAL PROFESSION SINCE 1978

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to the lens from debris or aluminas seeping in between the lens and block. This is especially true for lenses that are to be coated. • Make sure that lenses cool down at room temperature for a minimum of 30 minutes prior to genera)ng. Allow a lile longer for thin centred high index and polycarbonate. • Never rapid cool blocked lenses by immersing them in cold water or placing them in a freezer. This will cause thermal shock that leads to poor surface quality, suspect powers and waves. Temperature recommenda ons – • Op)mum temperature range for wet genera)ng, fining and polishing a taped lens is 55 to 60°F • Op)mum temperature for wet genera)ng, fining and polishing a non-taped, nonalloy blocked lens is 60 to 65°F. This temperature keeps the medium from ge ng too cold, which can cause the seal to break from the lens allowing polishing aluminas to seep in and cause microetching of the surface. • Make sure that the temperature is constant throughout all surfacing processes. Fining/smoothing – • Use a re-cycling system with filtra)on and chilling coils. It not only saves water and money, but also enables more consistent temperature control all year round. • Use a fining water addi)ve to increase the lubrica)ng proper)es of the water,

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resul)ng in more consistent stock removal and improved surface quality. Polishing – • Match the temperature range to your fining line. • Use a central slurry system to make it easier to monitor and maintain a constant temperature. It will also provide proper filtra)on and Baumé consistency, so the same polish chemistry is delivered to all machines. Surface quality is improved while extending the life of the polish. PSI’s equipment was designed to provide a practical solution to enable labs to take control of their processing and at the same time provide cost savings. To enhance this philosophy all the items are available as separate components. The re-cycling and filtration systems, central slurry units and chillers are all separate purchases, thus allowing the flexibility to meet today’s requirements, whilst planning for the future. The 952 coolant filtering and recycling system is designed to replace the generator coolant tank or edger buckets. A large filter bag removes large pieces of lens material from the coolant before it is pumped back to the machine and provides easy waste disposal. Removal of swarf and temperature control keeps diamond free cutting and extends coolant life. PSI’s 952a fining water filtering and re-cycling system serves up to eight spindles, continuously removing abrasive solids and plastic particles, allowing fining water to be re-cycled. Filter bags are reusable and last at least four to

six months. Aluminium and steel construction provide maximum durability. The 993-2T filtration and re-cycling system for coolant or fining water is a two-tank system that provides an area for settling to occur before the fluid is sent through the filters. The system can be upgraded to include 19inch filters to cut down on filter changes (993-2T19), or can be downgraded to a one-tank system to accommodate labs with limited floor space. PSI’s 911 II central slurry system serves up to four spindles, with 2.5-gallon (9.5 litres) capacity. It is ideal for smaller labs or labs with dedicated glass or polycarbonate lines. Housed in durable stainless steel to reduce corrosion, there are no seals or bearings coming into contact with the slurry. The 911 central slurry system is ideal for larger labs and capable of handling up to 10 spindles, 5-gallon capacity. Other details as the 911 II. 913 central slurry system serves up to 12 spindles. It is of low design, making it compatible with Loh cylinder machines. Large 13 gallon reservoir provides better chilling action which can handle more slurry. A drain valve allows for total drainage of the tank, making cleaning faster and easier. Finally, the Hurricane filter system offers outstanding filtration with easy maintenance. It is a separator and a cartridge filter all in one – separating dense solids prior to cartridge filtration for extended filter life. Deep angled pleats are directed toward rotational flow for increased dirt holding capacity. It is a single ‘Jumbo’ cartridge that makes maintenance extremely easy.


Eyewire curving press Available from Western Op/cal Supply Inc, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is a new eyewire curving press, the ideal way to perfectly mate the curve of the eyewire to the base curve of the lens bevel. The ECP presses the curve simultaneously in the same place on the top and the bo om of the eyewire; simply place the eyewire between the matching 6 or 9 base curved blocks and screw closed. Tighten less for other varia/ons in base curves. The 'ECP' is also used to narrow the bridge for a be er fit and to reduce the frame DBL. Measures 3in wide, 7.5in high, by 3.25in deep. For further details visit: www.westernoptical.com

Snapit frame screw awarded European patent The revolutionary Snapit frame screw has been awarded European (EPO) patent #EP08782656. The screw al-

quently formed Snapitscrew International Ltd to service the rest of the world. The company is already working

ready has multiple patents granted across USA, Aus-

with a number of optical chains (e.g. Vision Express)

tralia, South Africa, Philippines, Russia, Hong Kong

glazing labs and distributors and is starting to work

and China as well as patents pending in various other territories.

with frame manufacturers who want to include the Snapit in their spare parts kit when distributing their

Innovative, time-saving Snapit screws – used in

products (e.g. Menrad).

hinges and eyewires for repairs, assembly, and mount-

Since its launch, Snapit has won the top prize and

ing – takes the pain out of spectacle repair. Optical

the People’s Choice Award at the National Invention

professionals can now repair glasses (including those with a spring hinge) easily and quickly without the need for any tools.

Contest sponsored by the Inventor’s Club of Kansas City and received the Award of Excellence from the US Optical Laboratories Association.

Snapitscrew originally signed a licensing deal with

For further details email:

Essilor for USA, Canada and Puerto Rico and subse-

stephen@snapitscrew.com

Polarising Axis verifier gauge ISO BSI Standards allow ±5° as the glazing axis tolerance for polarising lenses, that is the axis of polarisa/on rather than the glazed cylinder axis which some/mes can have a much wider allowance depending on its lens power. However, a more serious error can occur when glazing polarising lenses is a complete 90° swing of the polarising axis. Technicians can neglect to recall there is an axis to a polarising spherical power. This li le gadget from Norville will catch such errors before they get onto a wearer’s face. For further details telephone Norville at: +44 (0) 1452 510308

Patternless edging system with optical tracer An all-in-one pa ernless edging system with op/cal tracer, PerCep/on is available from Briot via Norville Autoflow. Scanning a lens (including high curve) takes less than 4 seconds and is ultra-precise thanks to Briot’s patented GraviTech 3D emana/on soware. The first-/me-fit ra/o is perfectly comparable to that of shapes produced by any mechanical tracing method known today. For further details visit: www.norville.co.uk

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Retina scan optical coherence tomography unit New from Nidek Co., Ltd, is their retina scan Duo

can be captured in a single shot. Standard and professional

optical coherence tomography unit with a high

modes are selectable based on clinician preference, increasing

definition OCT and fundus camera in one compact

the versatility of this unit.

system.

For OCT imaging, up to 50 images can be averaged and

The Retina Scan Duo is a combined OCT

the OCT sensitivity is selectable. These features result in

and fundus camera system that is a user

high definition OCT images that present pathology in

friendly, versatile unit providing high defini-

detail. A 12 x 9 mm wide area image centered on the

tion images and value added features.

macula can be captured.

Nidek’s 3-D auto tracking, auto shot, and

A 9 x 9 mm normative database provides a colour-coded

user friendly interface allow rapid and

map indicating distribution range of the patient's macular

easy image capturing. Once alignment is

thickness in a population of normal eyes.

completed, both the OCT and colour fundus images

For further details visit: www.nidek-intl.com

Okia offers journey to outer space The new ‘Gli er Stars’ collec on launched by Okia meets the increasing interest towards outer planets and the universe through extraordinary HDA pa erns that evoke a sparkling galaxy. Combining different acetate layers and metallic colours with controlled geometry or random mo fs, ‘Gli er Stars’ frames create the sensa onal effect of a sky full of shining stars. Thanks to CSB (Crazy Sparkling Beauty) technique, precious gli er decora ons meet the acetate pa erns producing a brilliant 3D outcome. For further details visit: www.okia.com

Coburn Technologies’ new polish

Blitz Kidz catalogue

Coburn Technologies have introduced their latest consumable product for retail and

New from Norville is the latest Blitz Kidz

wholesale lens labs, the Pinnacle Lite polish.

catalogue for 2015. The collec on of 26

Developed with advanced chemistry and premium ingredients, its unique formula on

frames includes nine trendy new models

is unlike any op cal polishing slurry on the market today. It is qualified for use on all

such as BK026, a silver pin detail Wayfarer

conven onal equipment, all non-mineral materials and all surfaces, providing unmatched features and

and BK031 oval-shaped metal frame available in pink and green.

premium performance. Key features of the new polish include, sustained suspension, ‘slick’ feel, with lower impact on skin and equipment, polished surfaces exhibiting a no ceably brighter sheen, and superior coat-

The collec on, for children

ing adhesion for backside coated lenses. The polish

aged from 6 months to 12 years old, fea-

produces top quality surfaces consistently and is

tures different eye shapes in bright colours

long las ng.

perfect for today’s younger pa ents. Every

The polish is available in one gallon jugs and

shaped case.

five gallon buckets.

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frame is also supplied with a novelty shoe-

For further details visit:

For further details email:

www.coburntechnologies.com

sales@norville.co.uk


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www.agp-abrasifs.com

Fil-Tech Inc www.filtech.com Federation of Manufacturing Opticians www.fmo.co.uk

OptoTech www.optotech.de

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AIM Specialty Materials www.aimspecialty.com

Optical Appliances Testing Service (OATS) www.city.ac.uk/oats

www.optrafair.co.uk

Automation & Robotics www.ar.b

Bühler Alzenau GmbH Business Area Leybold Optics www.buhlergroup.com

Cerium Optical Products www.ceriumoptical.com

www.pads4labs.com

PBG Piezoelettrica Business General Srl www.pbg.it

Groupe Couget Optical www.groupecouget.com

Hong Kong Optical Fair www.hkopticalfair.com

Phantom Research Labs Inc www.phantomresearch.com

www.isucl.co.kr

POMDI-Herramientas De Diamante S.A. www.pomdi.com Power Vision Ltd www.pvoptical.com

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Comes Fratelli Colombo S.r.l. www.comes.it

Fujimi Europe GmbH www.fujimieurope.de

www.kepets.com

Comexpo – Silmo www.silmoparis.com

Contact Lens Manufacturers Association www.clma.net

www.laser2000ophthalmic.com

www.satisloh.com Schneider GmbH & Co. KG www.schneider-om.com

www.laserop.com

www.contamac.com

www.scl-intl.com

www.ml-oc.com

SEIKO Optical UK www.seiko-optical.co.uk

COTEC Gmbh www.cotec-gmbh.com

www.mido.it – www.mido.com

DAC International Inc www.dac-intl.com

Nicesmart Optical (Int’l) Co Ltd www.nsoptical.com www.hktdc.com/em/nicesmart Norville Autoflow www.norville.co.uk

OLA (Optical Laboratories Association) www.ola-labs.org

Fair & Cheer Inc www.fnc.com.tw

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Omega L.E.D. Ltd “driven with integrity & excellence”

www.omegaled.co.uk

www.tritekopticalservices.co.uk

Reed Exhibition Companies www.reedexpo.com

Wenzhou Int’l Optics Fair, China www.donnor.com


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2015 EXHIBITION DIARY 2015 28 Feb – 2 March 1-3 March

20-22 March

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

17-19 September

International Vision Expo West Sands Expo Centre, Las Vegas, USA

25-28 September

SILMO 2015 Parc des Expositions, Villepinte, Paris, France

6-8 October

IOFT 2015 28th International Optical Fair, Tokyo, Japan

4-6 November

Hong Kong Optical Fair Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

FORTHCOMING FEATURES APRIL ISSUE Survey: Blocking and de-blocking

MAY ISSUE Survey: Abrasive pads, powders and diamond wheels If you wish your company to be included in the above surveys please send relevant information to our technical editor Tony Jarratt

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