Finalists for Transitions’ 23rd Annual U.S. Lab of the Year Award
Transitions Optical, Inc. has named the three finalists for the 23rd annual U.S. Lab of the Year: Diversified Ophthalmics, Optical Prescription Lab and Three Rivers Optical. The U.S. Transitions Lab of the Year title has been awarded annually since 1991 to an independent lab demonstrating a strong commitment to supporting Transitions Optical and its products and programs. Winners of the award are inducted into the Heritage Lab Ambassador’s Club, which provides rewards including marketing support and strategic business consultation. The finalists will be honored during Transitions Academy, to be held January 26-29th at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando.
- Diversified Ophthalmics – the 2012 winner and a three-time finalist. Diversified Ophthalmics is an employee-owned lab headquartered in Cincinnati. Established in 1977, the lab serves as a single-source supplier for ophthalmic products/services in all 50 states.
- Optical Prescription Lab (OPL) – the 2011 winner and a four-time finalist. Since 1977, OPL has operated as a family-owned lab headquartered in Pelham, Alabama. Today, OPL provides premium optical products to eyecare professionals throughout the southeast.
- Three Rivers Optical – a previous winner of the Transitions Lab of the Year award. Since its beginnings in 1969, Three Rivers Optical has operated as a family business. The lab occupies a 30,000 square foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in suburban Pittsburgh.
AdvantEdge Premium Finishing Pads
The new AdvantEdge premium finishing pad from DAC Vision, is designed specifically for today’s lens materials and demanding AR applications. AdvantEdge advanced design foam was specifically engineered for optimal axis performance and conformability. Its innovative adhesive system and double tabs ensure a secure and uniform bond providing blocking and de-blocking characteristics that improve efficiency and throughput. AdvantEdge is offered in a large selection of shapes to match today’s block styles and sizes. For more information contact
LABTECH: New Products September/October
New Online Store for Lab Consumable Products
Coburn Technologies launched its new online storefront for selling lab consumable products and spare parts in the United States at www.shopcoburn.com. This new online store, built in conjunction with Coburn’s new Lab Works group, incorporates many functional improvements over the previous website, and uses a more streamlined catalog directory to find products and parts quicker and easier. In addition, fully registered Coburn customers will have more real-time access to their orders and account information via a secure online customer portal. For online prices, specials offers and additional discounts, Coburn encourages visitors to become registered customers by calling (800-COBURN-1) and asking for the Lab Works division.
New Website for Augen Easyform Free-Form Equipment
Augen Optics has launched a new Website design for its EasyForm Digital Free Form Processing System at www.EasyFormEquipment.com. Incorporating significant improvements in visual presentation, navigation, and content delivery, the revamped site enables quicker, easier access to product information and provides a greater variety of images and a video to demonstrate product functionality and quality. For more information about Augen Optics, its EasyForm free-form laboratory equipment and lens design software, and free-form and conventional eyeglass lenses, call 866-284-3611 or visit their Website at
New Milling Head for Schneider HSC and HSK Generators
EHWA Diamond Industrial, through its North American affiliate, General Tool, Inc. has introduced a 12 tooth PCD milling head for use on Schneider HSC and HSK Lens Generators. The unique design of the tool results in a superior finish on all types of lens materials. In addition, the tool life is two to three times longer than similar tools.
EHWA Diamond Industrial Company Ltd is the fourth largest diamond tool company in the world. They offer a broad line of diamond tools for a variety of optical applications across a broad spectrum of laboratory optical equipment. For more information contact General Tool at 949-261-2322 or visit their Website atwww.ehwadia.com or
Intelligent Dispensing Software
Compatible with the latest version of the iPad with Retina display, KODAK Lens IDS is an app composed of three separate sections: frame, lens and measurements. The frame section compares and shares photos of patient frame options. The lens section assists the eye care practitioner in educating the patient about the visual benefits of Kodak Progressive Lenses including KODAK lens designs as well as polarized, photochromic and AR coating options. The measurement section optimizes the use of an iPad by quickly turning it into a measuring device. With the help of a back plate with light and a frame measurement clip, patients’ prescriptions can be easily and accurately collected. When all sections are utilized, Kodak Lens IDS is an incredibly powerful tool for the independent eye care practitioner. For more information about KODAK Lens IDS, please visit
Quantum Innovations Provides Upgraded Bell Jar in B12 Coatera
Quantum Innovations has developed a stainless steel bell jar upgrade that solves many of the most common problems facing labs running a Zeiss B12 AR coater. The new bell jar solves issues of fragility, visibility, safety and difficulty repairing the unit. Features include: removable shields for easy cleaning, easy to clean or replace view ports, made from readily available materials for significant cost savings. For more information, contact Quantum Innovations at 888-214-7932 or visit their Website at
New Website for Coburn Technologies
Coburn Technologies launched its new company website including information on lens processing equipment and consumables, and the new line of ophthalmic equipment all integrated with its new online store at
www.coburntechnologies.com. Originally focused more towards wholesale lens processing, the site now gives equal presentation to ophthalmic care, lens processing, consumables shopping and service.
The new site is up and running at
www.coburntechnologies.com. Any visitor can browse the entire online catalog of products and solutions at any time and download product brochures and information. For special offers or additional information, Coburn encourages visitors to utilize the website’s convenient online forms or simply call (800-COBURN-1).
On-The-Block Backside Coating System
The On-The-Block (OTB) backside coating system from Ultra Optics retains the time proven durability and reliability of their MRIII backside coating unit, while moving the lacquer application process to a new level of performance. The OTB system provides a wide variety of features and benefits including: front-side lens surface protection for less scratch-related breakage; material support for thin HI lenses, which eliminates lens warping; post-surfacing (coating) de-blocking for improved workflow and yields; heated wash process for less “pit” related rejects; monitored water and air for consistent quality and yield; measured UV light intensity for consistent cure and film performance; and interactive software for proactive diagnostic and maintenance. Contact Ultra Optics for more information or visit their Website at