Equipment

EDGING OUT THE COMPETITION

Having the capability to work smarter, faster and better, comes with having the latest and greatest technology. Find out if it makes sense to upgrade your edger.


NEXT STEPS IN LAB AUTOMATION: TRACKING TOTAL EFFICIENCY

Learn how labs can optimize performance, minimize breakages, and better meet customer demand, all while maximizing their profitability and fueling business growth.

ON THE MOVE: SPOTLIGHT ON CONVEYORS

Moving job trays from point A to point B to point C is a critical function in today’s automated optical labs—and can literally make or break the process chain. Learn what’s available to keep your lab moving.

CUTTING-EDGE EDGERS: WHAT'S NEW AND HOW YOU CAN OPTIMIZE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE

Find out what’s new in edgers, whether you should consider buying a new edger, and how you can optimize the edgers you already have with proper maintenance.

GOOD NEWS FOR THE UNDERDOG, Small Equipment that Gives You Big Teeth

Have you ever felt like a little dog in a big dog’s fight? Equipment makers are offering turnkey equipment systems that enable smaller labs and retailers to chomp a chunk of the growing market for digital free-form lenses.

LABTALK UPDATE ON...OBM

On-Blocking Manufacturing (OBM) is proving process stream lining, faster production and gained efficiencies.

TICK TOCK, TICK TOCK…IS IT TIME FOR A NEW EDGER?

What are the signs or symptoms that may indicate you need a new edger? Industry experts lay it all out for you.

REVVING UP YOUR FREE-FORM: New Products and Tips to Make the Most of this new Vehicle

Learn about the latest innovations in free-form generators and polishers plus tips from the manufacturers.

MULTIPLE AXIS EDGERS: THE LATEST SALVO IN THE AUTOMATION WAR

5-Axis edgers are the next generation of edgers. What can they do for your lab?

‘VISION X’: A NEW STANDARD FOR OPTICAL LAB TRAY HANDLING

Still walking job trays around from station one to station two? Maybe it’s time to look at the next generation of conveyer systems that are more efficient and quieter than ever before.

Going Digital: One Small Step for Equipment Makers, One Large Step for Your Lab

Taking that leap from conventional surfacing to digital shouldn’t be as difficult as landing on the moon. Find out what it takes and what manufacturers have to offer for both large and small labs.

Industrial Strength Edgers: A Menu of Choices

Looking to upgrade your edger? Check out the menu of choices available to improve your process.

Like Soup & Sandwich, Soft Lap Polishers & Digital Surfacing

Digital surfacing generators and soft lap polishers go together like soup and sandwich. Finding the right polisher to complement your digital generator is key.

The Digital Surfacing Explosion- How This Big Bang Can Benefit Your Lab

Learn five trends in digital surfacing that could influence your decision to add freeform to your menu of services.

The New Breed of Blockers

Three of the major surface blocker manufacturers reveal their innovations in this category.

Piecing Together Lab Success

Get a sneak peek at the new lens and equipment coming out this fall at Vision Expo West.

Digital Freeform Lenses, Part II

In Part II, you’ll learn how to determine the faithful reproduction of the lens design, ensuring control of the digital surfacing process.

The Latest Headlines in Finishing

Stay up-to-date with the latest in edging breakthroughs and hear from optical labs that have been using these products for an unbiased report on how the equipment functions on the job.

You've Got to Move It, Move It - Introducing Automation to the Optical Manufacturing Environment

The experts take you on a journey down the road to automating your lab. Whether you automate just your generator or edger, an entire line or the entire production environment, you’ll learn what it takes to get things moving.

MEASURING FREEFORM LENSES – PART 1 OF 2

New measurement systems and procedures have been developed to give labs the tools they need to meet the challenge of measuring freeform and complex lens surfaces.

Labs Identify 'Unsung' Laboratory Equipment

If it’s not a generator or an edger can it still cause excitement in lab rats? You bet it can. Optical laboratory owners and managers were asked what their favorite piece of equipment was and why.

The Software and Hardware of Digital Surfacing

Like the computer industry, the technology of digital surfacing can be grouped into two areas: hardware (the equipment) and software (the data files).

Raising the Bar, What’s new in surfacing equipment

Equipment manufacturers are raising the bar, creating the new equipment today that will allow optical laboratories to produce the best lenses possible, tomorrow.

Keep the River Flowing - Plastic Polish Pointers

Find out how to get the most out of your plastic lens polish slurry and keep quality high and costs down.

Poor Data In Equals Poor Data Out - 3D Tracing

What exactly is 3D tracing and are you really doing it? Learn the technical details that make the difference.

Fashion & Finishing Bump Heads

Smaller frames, larger frames, and wrap styles, plus new coatings are all raising the frustration level in the finishing room. What's a lab rat to do?

The Daily Grind, What’s New in Generators

Learn about the latest offerings from the leaders in generator manufacturing.

Overheard at the OLA - The Buzz About Direct Surfacing

Find out the common concerns, questions and challenges for labs thinking of investing in direct surfacing technology

Robo Labs Are Not Created in a Day

The fully automated lab tends to evolve over time. Find out what manufacturers have to say about how to move to automated systems.

Automating Surfacing & Finishing, Going with the Flow

Find out how new surfacing and finishing equipment speed up job times and add new features to automate workflow and help lab personnel multitask like never before.

Brave New World? or a world only for the brave?

We are at the dawn of a technological revolution that will transform the way our industry produces lenses. Are you ready for digital surfacing?

Technology Takes the Lead - Multifunctional Edgers

Lab owners and managers find multiple benefits from multifunction edgers. Find out what works for them and how to make your edger work for you.

New Technologies That Save You Time/$$$

A few carefully placed pieces of automated equipment can save you time and money, making your lab run more efficiently.

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