New Products November December 2013
Updated Multicultural Resources Catalogue
Transitions Optical recently updated its popular Multicultural Resources Catalogue with new information and tools to better connect eye care professionals with their culturally diverse patients. New resources for 2013 include ABO-accredited education courses, a series of best practice videocasts, and a Multicultural Initiative Report from Transitions Optical. Eye care professionals can request a copy of the catalogue and other printed materials free of charge through a new online ordering feature at MyMulticulturalToolkit.com, or by contacting Transitions Optical Customer Service directly at
or (800) 848-1506.
Two New Features for Automated Taping
PSI’s Automatic Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) Handling System now offers two new features: a hot knife to minimize blade replacements, saving time and money, while creating less debris and mess; and, new suction cup handling that gives labs the ability to use multiple job tray designs and provides smoother transportation of the lens between the tray and the taper. The ASTA Handling System combines PSI’s Automated Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) with conveyors and robotics to completely automate the process of taping lenses. It is a simple unit that is easy to install and operate and can be incorporated into a lab’s existing conveyor belt system. For more information contact PSI at 800-237-8154 or visit their Website at
Versatile and Flexible Storage for Labs
The new Lab Kits from Eye Designs creates a more efficient and convenient work space where each lab tool and frame order has its place and is easily accessible. Lab Kits feature wall mounted panels along with a variety of accessories such as aluminum shelves, open bins and multi tool holders. The wall panels are constructed of marine-grade plastic for extreme strength and durability while the specialized accessory components snap and lock into place for stability. With a neutral gray finish and anodized aluminum and black components, Lab Kits are modern and stylish to also enhance the overall design of the lab environment. Lab Kits are available in three different options to meet all storage and organization needs. Each individual Lab Kit includes two wall panels with a variety of accessories and measures 24” w x 48” h. For more information call Eye Designs at 1-800-346-8890 or visit their Website at
Kodak and Signet Armorlite Renew Licensing Agreement
Signet Armorlite recently renewed their 17-year licensing agreement with Eastman Kodak Company.
As Kodak moves forward, it has restated its commitment to delivering imaging innovation with superior color quality based on its history of imaging and color science technology. In alignment with Kodak, Signet Armorlite offers KODAK Lenses with digital lens technology that focuses on color enhancement and contrast sensitivity. The new “See the Colors of Life” campaign launched at Vision Expo West will bring awareness of how significant color vision is in daily life.
“For the last twenty years, Kodak and Signet Armorlite have shared a goal of providing quality products and technology innovation to their respective customers,” states Brad Staley, president of Signet Armorlite, Inc. “The renewal of our contract with Kodak signals nothing but great success for both companies going forward.” For more information about Signet Armorlite and KODAK Lenses, please visit their Website at
New Plastic Photochromic Lens from Vision-Ease Lens
ChangeRx, the new plastic photochromic lens from Vision-Ease Lens offers an affordable, lightweight option with homogeneous “in mass” manufacturing for fast, uniform reactivity when exposed to UV light. ChangeRx lenses provide 100 percent UVA and UVB protection, and are immediately available in semi-finished single vision, with gray and brown color options along with coated and uncoated availability. Future availability will include a general purpose (Novel) and a short corridor (Novella) progressive along with FSV with and without AR.
“ChangeRx plastic photochromics are a great addition to the marketplace,” said John Bator, senior product manager at VEL. “In addition to great performance, the product is an ideal solution for direct surfacing needs with availability in one diopter step base curves with a 75mm diameter.”
Eleven percent lighter and more comfortable than standard hard resin lenses, ChangeRx lenses provide the optical performance of a 1.50 refractive index in hard resin material with specific gravity of 1.18 g/cc. They also provide 89.1 percent indoor light transmission and activate rapidly to ISO Sunglass Category 3 range, making them the ideal lens choice for both indoor and outdoor use. For more information visit the Vision-Ease Website at
New Line of Tools and Supplies
Santinelli has expanded its selection of high-quality supplies, frame parts, tools and accessories, offering convenient, one-stop-shopping for both dispensary and finishing lab needs. The Santinelli International Optical Supplies product line includes hundreds of items showcased in a beautiful, full-color catalog available in an e-mag version on their Website, at trade shows, and upon request. The collection includes everyday staples, such as nose pads, temple tips and screws, but also features unique workshop aides. One of the featured lines is the exclusive “Visionary” Plier Collection developed by Breitfeld & Schliekert (B&S), a German company known internationally for highly functional and “refined craftsmanship” quality products. To request a catalog or place an order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Website at
New Edger from Briot USA
Briot USA launched their newest edger, eXpression, at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. eXxpression is a new all-in-one edging system featuring a series of upgrades while still offering an entry-level price point. This machine offers a new, comprehensive touch screen that can navigate all features with ease along with providing faster tracing, improved shape modification capabilities, and easy maintenance options. OMA connectivity, remote tracing, and the ability to receive updates through Briot TechSoft make eXpression a machine that is efficient, easy, and affordable. For more information Briot at call 1-800-292-7468.
Two New Office Lenses
Shamir launched two new lenses, at Vision Expo West, for keeping the office in perfect focus; Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace. The two new lenses are designed to provide patients with the perfect visual solution for their occupational environment and daily tasks. Shamir Computer has a wide field of near viewing with clear vision up to five feet—a far greater depth of field than offered by conventional reading lenses. This lens is perfect for tasks that are mainly sitting with low interaction with others. The Shamir WorkSpace is the best solution when the priority focus is both mid-distance and near viewing. It’s near distance field of viewing is not as wide as the Shamir Computer, but its mid-distance is 10 feet instead of five. This lens is perfect for occupations that involve more moving around and have a high level of interaction. Both lenses take advantage of Shamir’s Freeform technology including Natural Posture and IntelliCorridor. Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace will be available in 14mm fitting heights in the following materials: 1.5 Hard Resin, DCL Trivex, 1.56, 1.58 Polycarbonate, and SuperLite 1.60. Shamir’s original occupation lens, Shamir Office, is still available as a general work space lens, while Shamir Computer and Shamir WorkSpace offer more customized solutions for a wider variety of occupational uses. For more information contact Shamir at 877-514-8330 or visit their Website at
New Low Cost Polishing Machine
The new Easy Twin CNC polishing machine from OptoTech is a low cost, two-spindle polisher for fine-polishing of ophthalmic lenses with progressive, custom made, spherical, atoric, toric, convex and concave surface geometries. It can be used for polishing both organic and silicate lenses. Two lenses are processed simultaneously even with different surface prescriptions with specifically assigned kinematics. Automatic tool change via two tool revolvers, each equipped with four polishing tools (OptoTech flex tools or flatback tools) and a fully-fledged CNC controller for freeform lens production (six CNC axes) make the Easy Twin truly easy. The Easy Twin CNC polishing machine comes with a touchscreen for ease of operation and a mechanical clamping system for blocking pieces, and an integrated cleaning tank on the forefront of the machine plus barcode handscanner. Optional add-ons include polishing tank, chiller, and polishing tools. For more information visit the OptoTech Website at
or call (215) 679-2091.
NEW COMPACT AR COATER FROM SCHNEIDER
The newest innovation from Schneider Optical Machines is a compact coating system, which accommodates all AR requirements of a small Rx lab. The EBC400 features a high number of pockets and provides maximum process and flexibility with an expanded ion source. There is plenty of power for argon and oxygen use and a water-cooled process chamber guarantee high process stability. With the new visAR process, the system transfers high-end coating into small Rx-labs whether on organic or glass lenses. Modular design is upgradeable for higher productivity requirements. This compact economical vacuum-coating system sports in-chamber hydro-/oleo-phobic coatings; an easy-to-use interface; remote maintenance ability, and a small footprint. For more information contact Schneider Optical Machines at 972-247-4000 or visit their Website at
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