Abrasive Resistant Coatings

HCoating introduces their latest abrasion-resistant coating for ophthalmic lenses,  HCoating-AB. HCoating-AB is a UV-curable super-hard coating and serves as a perfect base for AR coatings. HCoating-AB was formulated as a result of Arotek's continued Intra-Molecular Altering (IMA) technology development. IMA is an alteration of molecular design within a chemical to produce the desired and stabilized structure and viscosity. HCoating-AB further enhances the properties of non-tintable hard coating and offers the best adhesion, abrasion resistance, and AR compatibility. It adheres well to all kinds of lenses including CR-39, Polycarbonate, Trivex, 1.56, and High Index up to index 1.74. The Bayer ratio after AR is close to thermally cured hard coatings. For more information, please visit

Transitions XTRActive Lenses in Brown

Younger Optics has expanded its offering of Transitions XTRActive lenses to include a new color – brown – in addition to gray. Transitions XTRActive lenses are everyday adaptive lenses that offer extra darkness to patients that prefer extra protection from light outdoors, indoors, and even in the car.

Transitions XTRActive lenses in brown are available from Younger Optics in Hard Resin 1.50 SFSV & FT28, polycarbonate SFSV, Trilogy Trivex SFSV and High Index 1.67 SFSV. Contact Younger Optics customer service for additional details regarding product availability or to become a distributing lab. For more complete technical specifications, visit

LABTECH: New Products May and June


Alloy Replacement Technology (ART) enables blocking and deblocking using solely synthetic materials. With ART, Satisloh offers an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional ophthalmic blocking process that employs hazardous heavy metal alloy. ART utilizes a universal, reusable and recyclable plastic block piece and a UV-curable adhesive, also protecting the lens front. This new, ecological, cutting-edge technology protects the environment as well as staff. 


“ART can be seamlessly integrated into an existing production line. To implement it, labs only need a blocker and a deblocker because the ART block-piece fits all common generators and polishers,” said Gregg.

Satisloh offers both automated and manual blockers and deblockers. The manual line was recently expanded with the first alloy-free manual blocker – ART-Blocker-M. Thus, all kinds of labs, regardless of size and automation level, can now easily start alloy-free production.

Besides the ecological advantages of ART, this advanced technology improves efficiency in the lens production process. The blocking process is faster due to the elimination of time consuming taping and cooling. In addition, the outstanding precision of Satisloh’s ART blocking technology increases quality and yield for the entire lab. Also, deblocking with ART leads to increased productivity. The separation of lens and block-piece is done with a water jet, eliminating the shock of traditional manual deblocking, and therefore reducing spoilage and labor cost. The automated deblocker sorts block pieces by curvature and diameter allowing their re-use. For more information visit or call your Satisloh sales rep.


Mingyue Optical first introduced Super Flex lenses in 2006 after developing the unique monomer with KOC Korea and patenting the new design.

The Super Flex is currently available in 1.56 and 1.60 index lenses.  The 1.56 SUPER FLEX has an ABBE value of 44, GRAVITY of 1.16, UV400, and Tensile strength of 900NT. The 1.60 SUPER FLEX has an ABBE value of 41, GRAVITY of 1.28, UV400, and a Tensile strength of 950NT. Both the 1.56 and the 1.60 SUPER FLEX lenses are easy to edge and drill, tintable, and available in both finished and semi-finished single vision blanks. For more information contact Edward Ding at

Progressive Precision Family with Digital Inside Technology

Digital device viewing has become an integral part of daily life, with the result that 90 percent of the adult population is at risk for Digital Eye Strain. Recognizing an unmet need among progressive wearers, ZEISS has introduced the Precision family of progressive lenses, with Digital Inside technology that reduces the symptoms of Digital Eye Strain for frequent users of smart phones, tablets, and other digital devices. Digital Inside technology accounts for both the shorter reading distance and increased convergence, so wearers have a clear and comfortable view of a digital screen or a printed page.

The new family includes ZEISS Precision Pure, ZEISS Precision Plus, ZEISS Precision Superb, with the upgraded ZEISS Individual 2 remaining the flagship ZEISS progressive. For more information visit


Just in time for warmer weather, Transitions XTRActive gray lenses will be available in Varilux S designs in standard plastic 1.50, Airwear polycarbonate and Thin&Lite 1.67 lens materials.  New this year, Transitions XTRActive in brown will include Varilux S designs, Varilux DRx designs and Single Vision in Standard Plastic 1.50, Airwear polycarbonate and Thin&Lite 1.67.

“We are excited to introduce Essilor’s expanded line of Transitions XTRActive lenses as they not only meet consumer requests for more color choices, but meet the needs of patients who wear progressive lenses and require enhanced safety options with availability in Varilux and Airwear,” said Lauri Crawford, senior vice president of marketing, Essilor of America.

Transitions XTRActive lenses adapt throughout the day to provide extra protection from light regardless of location. While driving, the lenses achieve a shade of darkness behind the windshield to protect eyes. Indoors, a hint of tint helps protect eyes from fatigue and straining and of course, Transitions provide extra light protection even in the brightest sun. For more information on the new options available in the Transitions lens range, visit


New Silicone Adhesive Nose Pad Cushion Kit

 The new Silicone Adhesive Nose Pad Cushion Kit from Santinelli International includes thirty pairs of individually-wrapped cushions in three sizes: small, medium and large. These self-adhesive nose pad cushions are made of high-quality silicone pads, sourced from B&S GmbH. Neatly packaged and sold in a self-contained point-of-purchase countertop display keeps them highly visible for resale or readily available for complimentary customer “thank you” gifts. These cushions will enhance the stability and wear-ability of acetate or Zyl frames by adhering a thin silicone cushion layer on the nose pads. For more information visit


Compact Nano Line Brings Digital Surfacing to Smaller Labs


JSchneider's new Nano surfacing line gives small labs access to digital surfacing technology for a very low investment without compromising quality or full-range capability. The Nano line is comprised of the HSC Nano generators and CCP Nano polisher.  Economically priced, the HSC Nano generator comes in two versions: HSC Nano X and HSC Nano XP. The entry level HSC Nano X, with its optional cribbing spindle and built-in laser unit, enables small operations to manufacture virtually any free-form design from any location. The partner lab version, HSC Nano XP, includes full milling capabilities for faster processing and the fast, high-quality laser engraving system of the bigger machines. The CCP Nano polisher combines macro-driven polish results with best-in-practice technology. The unit handles up to 18 dpt curves, the highest range in the industry. Both the HSC and CCP Nano machines utilize a simple touch screen interface for easy operation of the intelligent processes. For more information contact your Schneider sales rep.




July/August LabTalk 2015