Already recognized as the workhorse of the larger optical laboratory, the generator has been enhanced by manufacturers who have brought new technology to their stable of products.
Automation is by far the fastest-growing trend in the optical lab business, and virtually every lab falls into one of two camps—either you’re considering it or already implementing it. Find out what the experts in equipment, LMS, and conveyor technologies have to say about keeping up.
It’s a new year, filled with all-new growth opportunities. If your resolution is to take your business to the next level, knowing what’s new in the world of digital surfacing and lenses might be one key to unlocking new potential in 2016 and beyond.
A quick round up of edger technology.
Manufacturers on both sides of the conversation weigh in on the consumable debate. OEM vs. Non-OEM Brands – What’s Best for Your Lab? Will you be money ahead or will buying non-OEM consumables end up costing your lab more in the long run?
AR has been around for a long time and has gone through its ups and downs. Advances in technology have made it easier for all labs, of any size, to be able to offer in-house AR. Check out the trends in AR and learn what manufacturers are offering.
Think of your generator as the great beating heart of your surfacing operation. Like the human heart, its importance can be overlooked in the crush of daily production—but you do so at your own peril. Find out what vendors have to say about generator improvements.
Your lab is on a journey. The destination…success. Learn how the integration of equipment, conveyers and LMS can help you reach your destination.
Industry experts share what’s new, what’s coming with digital surfacing and finishing (and what it means to your lab).
Choosing consumables is a lot like building a winning team. Rather than just minimizing cost, it’s best to evaluate how a prospect will contribute and how well all the players will perform together.
Tick tock, tick tock. Is the clock ticking on your old polisher? Maybe it’s time to evaluate your equipment and do some research on what is the right polisher for you.
Find out the latest product offerings in generators from top manufacturers.
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.
Learn how labs can optimize performance, minimize breakages, and better meet customer demand, all while maximizing their profitability and fueling business growth.
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.
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.
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.
Learn about the latest innovations in free-form generators and polishers plus tips from the manufacturers.
5-Axis edgers are the next generation of edgers. What can they do for your lab?
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.
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.
Looking to upgrade your edger? Check out the menu of choices available to improve your process.
Digital surfacing generators and soft lap polishers go together like soup and sandwich. Finding the right polisher to complement your digital generator is key.
Learn five trends in digital surfacing that could influence your decision to add freeform to your menu of services.
Three of the major surface blocker manufacturers reveal their innovations in this category.
Get a sneak peek at the new lens and equipment coming out this fall at Vision Expo West.
In Part II, you’ll learn how to determine the faithful reproduction of the lens design, ensuring control of the digital surfacing process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like the computer industry, the technology of digital surfacing can be grouped into two areas: hardware (the equipment) and software (the data files).
Equipment manufacturers are raising the bar, creating the new equipment today that will allow optical laboratories to produce the best lenses possible, tomorrow.
Find out how to get the most out of your plastic lens polish slurry and keep quality high and costs down.
What exactly is 3D tracing and are you really doing it? Learn the technical details that make the difference.
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?
Learn about the latest offerings from the leaders in generator manufacturing.
Find out the common concerns, questions and challenges for labs thinking of investing in direct surfacing technology
The fully automated lab tends to evolve over time. Find out what manufacturers have to say about how to move to automated systems.
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.
We are at the dawn of a technological revolution that will transform the way our industry produces lenses. Are you ready for digital surfacing?
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.
A few carefully placed pieces of automated equipment can save you time and money, making your lab run more efficiently.