HOYA Launches Sensity
HOYA Vision Care has launched Sensity in the U.S., a new brand-differentiating photochromic lens technology. Photochromic lens wearers are often disappointed with the inconsistency of lens activation and fade back performance at different times of the year. This is an issue particularly for people who live in distinctive four-season climates. Sensity has Stablight Technology, which ensures the lenses perform consistently in varying climates and temperatures.
“The only way for independent practices to overcome commoditization and price erosion is for HOYA to provide them with new technology that is not available anyplace else,” said Barney Dougher, president of HOYA Vision Care, North America. He continued, “Sensity is not a ‘me too’ product. It has distinctive technological advances in its processing and performance that will provide points of differentiation for independents that will make their patients happy.” For more information visit www.sensitylenses.eu/en/Home
CORNING INTRODUCES CORNING CLEAR 15
Thin, scratch-resistant glass is now available in the newest free-form designs with the release of Corning Clear 15 glass. This new high-performance glass provides a thinner and more scratch-resistant solution compared with plastic materials commonly used for prescription lenses. This new glass is now available from select U.S. distributors that utilize state-of-the-art, free-form equipment to produce the newest-style lenses including dual-sided progressive addition lens (PAL) designs. Corning Clear 15 glass has a proprietary molecular structure that undergoes an ion-exchange process, resulting in higher resistance to superficial scratches, compared with plastic materials. Corning Clear 15 glass is a standard index glass available as thin as 1.5 mm, with a high Abbe value, giving it better vision and optical clarity. Corning Clear 15 glass also has high chemical durability, making it more immune than plastic to household solvents or common cleaning formulas often used to clean lenses.
“We are pleased to bring Corning Clear 15 and the benefits of thin, scratch-resistant glass to the ophthalmic market,” said Lyle Rubin, sales and marketing manager, Americas for Corning Specialty Glass. “It can be ground 25 percent thinner and lighter than common glass lenses and is ideal for individuals who need clear, sharp vision that only comes with precision optics. We’ve leveraged Corning’s 160-plus year history in glass innovation to create a highly scratch-resistant, outstanding-performing lens solution.” For more information visit: www.corning.com/specialtyglass
LABTECH: New Products September/October 2016
Satisloh North American Headquarters Expand — Again
Satisloh North America continues expanding their headquarters, based in Germantown, Wisconsin, with a recently completed 13,000 square foot addition to their warehouse as well as moving their training Academy into space vacated by another tenant. The company has been in Germantown, Wisconsin for 23 years and has expanded their headquarters’ footprint six times—or on average every 4.5 years.
“Only two years after moving to this new, bigger space, we continued growing and now occupy the entire building 56,000 square feet,” said Pete Lothes, Satisloh president/CEO. “Because of our much larger warehouse space, we now house all products at our headquarters. Previously, we rented space at other locations because we simply did not have enough room for our entire inventory.”
The company’s training program, Satisloh Academy, now has 12,000 square feet of private training space for attendees that travel to Germantown. The newly expanded Academy space also features a dedicated classroom as well as a private kitchen and entrance. The expanded space includes a tradeshow staging area, as well. For more information visit www.satisloh.com.
Laser Engraver for Optical Materials
Eye DNA announces release of EyeBeam, a laser engraver for optical materials compatible with Eyedentify eyewear and accessories. This new machine enables the operator to easily create their own branded private label product, via engraving names and logos on plastic and metal eyewear in seconds. EyeBeam features a laser for high-speed marking and engraving with a highly accurate resolution of .01mm, and a 3axis adjustment table. Eyedentify Ophthalmic is a collection of optical frames and materials that work in conjunction with the EyeBeam laser engraver. Intended for optical laboratories and retailers interested in private label production. How it works: Branding or personalization such as logos, text, and images are rapidly etched or marked by laser beam using easy-to- use computer software configures graphics and controls operation of the laser. The laser is rated for 100,000 hours of marking before service recommendation and comes with a one year warranty for any manufacturer defects. For more information please visit http://eyedna.com
New from Coburn Technologies the HPE-8000X Exxpert Edger
“HPE-8000X is the successor to our current model, HPE-8000, and now provides a multitude of new features and advancements to support the continuously changing needs in lens and frame technology,” states Wayne Labrecque, vice president of sales for Coburn Technologies.
New key features of the HPE-8000X include:
• Step Bevel Cutting: Newly introduced “step bevel cutting” assures that the lens will fit precisely into high-wrap sunglasses even with special shape cuttings, such as ventilation holes.
• 11 Different Lens Edge Finishes: More options are now available for different jobs.
• Reduce lens slippage: Adaptive swivel chuck is used to clamp the lens more evenly, while eliminating lens slippage.
• Import & Store DCS (OMA) Directly: Directly import DCS job files including frame shape, FPD, finishing style, lens material, drill coordinates and more.
• 6 Different Edging Positions: Various edging position options help provide more choices when matching lens and frame eye wire geometry.
• Retouch Support Back Up: Saves up to the last three retouch jobs allowing user to go back and edit recent jobs
“The step bevel function has been considered a very high end, but expensive, option. Now, with the HPE-8000X, we are changing this preconceived notion by offering this high-end feature at an affordable price point,” states Bruno Yun, senior sales application engineer for Coburn Technologies.
The Expert Edger, HPE-8000X, will be showcased at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas, Nevada, booth LP6075. For more information visit www.coburntechnologies.com, or call 1-800-COBURN-1 for pricing and additional details.
Lens Design, Coating and Materials from Rodenstock
Impression FreeSign 3
The Rodenstock development team is quite justified in calling Impression FreeSign 3 its best progressive lens of all times. Due to its patented flexible design technology, the lens provides unrestricted vision and can be perfectly matched to the personal lifestyle of the wearer. Thanks to patented Eye Lens Technology, progressive lenses are calculated on the basis of the latest physiological findings. With the combination of Impression FreeSign 3 and the DNEye ordering option, the aberrometric measurement data of the eye is incorporated into the lens optimization. That way the spectacles wearer receives a customized solution matched to his personal lifestyle, which he can exploit 100 percent of his individual vision potential. For more information visit www.Rodenstock.com.
The 20-year success story of the Solitaire technology continues with Solitaire 2. The refined premium finishes were perfected and provide excellent all-round protection for lenses. Thanks to the plasma-assisted high-tech coating technology, which is applied in special high-vacuum systems, the scratch-resistance is twice as high as conventional lenses with an anti-reflection coating. A super anti-reflection coating, dust-, dirt- and water-repelling properties, climate-resistance, antistatic properties as well as an anti-fogging effect with Rodenstock FogFree are among the functions that a Rodenstock customer can expect. Through optimum UV protection against light that is incident from the front as well as the side, strain on the eyes from this harmful light component is also reduced. Rodenstock offers a 3-year guarantee on the high-tech finishes. For more information visit www.Rodenstock.com.
ColorMatic IQ 2
ColorMatic IQ 2, self-tinting lenses are based on new dyes with a unique molecular structure. Appealing design colors, very true colors as well as even deeper tinting even on hot days and in the shade make these quality lenses into the ideal companion for everyday life. The new photochromic molecules are bigger and react more sensitively to UV light, through which the spectacles wearer experiences perfect tinting in the shade as well. The new molecular structure makes it possible to have deeper tinting than before at high temperatures and provides the perfect balance between the degree of tinting, becoming lighter quickly and clarity indoors. For more information visit www.Rodenstock.com.