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Filtertech Expands Advanced Optical Lab Equipment Line


Filtertech announces the release of their latest system, the LGEN-PAL.

This revolutionary system is the sixth addition to their advanced line of clarifying systems for the optical industry. With three models; fully-automatic, semi-automatic, and manual, the LGEN-PAL is designed for all lens generating labs to easily treat spent polish and alloy waste water all in one system.

The LGEN-PAL reclaims clean water from both alloy water and spent polish at the same time. The treatment allows thick, dry waste to be thrown away as a solid waste and clean water to be safely put down the drain. With the possibility of fines being imposed as high as $50,000 for improper disposal, optical labs need to safely treat their alloy and spent polish water. With the creation of this new, easy-to-use system, Filtertech meets the demands of high-efficiency lens generation by safely removing waste.

“With today’s growing concerns of environmental impact, Filtertech is proud of our latest system that will help the optical industry stay green while significantly reducing the high costs of using outside sources for spent polish and alloy water removal,” said Jamal El-Hindi, System Developer.

Filtertech also recently partnered with PSI (Practical Systems, Inc.), an independently owned U.S. manufacturer and distributor of quality optical lab supplies and equipment, to market and sell the LGEN-PAL system. Other filtration equipment that Filtertech manufacturers specifically for the lens generation industry, include: the LGEN-P, a high efficiency coolant filter with single discharge point of heavy and fine solids; the LGEN-BR, a high efficiency swarf briquetter with 20:1 reduction; the LGEN-V, for high efficiency coolant filtration using vacuum; the LGEN-DS1, for pumping dirty coolant to a centralized filter system; and the LGEN-CFS, that automatically mixes your water and coolant to any percentage and doses with defoamer to keep the system running effectively and autonomously.

Clarke Moves to Nassau, Lothes Assumes New Role at Satisloh


After 19 successful years with Satisloh, first at the helm of North America and for the last four years as global President and Group CTO, Larry Clarke takes the opportunity to pursue a new leadership role within Essilor of America.

Clarke will become President, Nassau/OOGP and Optical Supplies effective January 1st. In his new role Clarke will be responsible for a portfolio of companies focusing on contact lenses, stock lenses and optical supplies.

“I am excited for this new challenge and growth opportunity and thrilled to turn over the reins at Satisloh to a successor that is more customer-focused than anyone that I have met in the optical industry,” said Clarke.

With Clarke’s move to his new role, Pete Lothes will become the new global President and CTO of Satisloh. Lothes is a veteran of the ophthalmic industry with over 27 years of experience. He joined the industry in 1991 after graduating from college by working in the family retail and wholesale lab businesses in Columbus, Ohio. Shortly after joining the family business, he became president of the wholesale lab. The lab was acquired by Essilor Laboratories of America (ELOA) in 2004 and he continued on as its president until 2009.

Later Lothes held various operational executive positions, including Vice President of Operations, Partner Labs for ELOA. He joined Satisloh in early 2015 as President of Satisloh North America. During his time there, the company achieved multiple years of record sales as well as increased operational efficiencies.

“In my new role, I am looking forward to focusing on the company’s continued passion for bringing the most innovative products and processing solutions, as well as the best customer service, to all of our customers worldwide,” said Lothes.


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Relief Fund Set Up for J&J Optical Camp Fire Employees

Andy Karp

PARADISE, Calif.—Wholesale lab J&J Optical has set up a relief fund to aid employees who were evacuated during the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif., where the lab is located.

In a post on the lab’s page, J&J Optical’s president Jerry Haigh wrote, “Everyone lost their homes and to escape safely, literally left with only the clothes they were wearing. All evacuated safely and have reunited with family and friends. Some of our employees were renters and renters insurance does not cover additional living expenses while displaced. Many are with small children who have lost everything. Anything that could help them put their lives in order would be gratefully appreciated.”

Click here to donate to the J&J Optical Employee Relief Fund. Another optical company located here, Fashion Optical Displays, has also set up a GoFundMe campaign to help its employees rebuild their lives after the fire. To donate to the Fashion Optical Employee Fund, click here. Fashion Optical Displays lost its corporate headquarters in the blaze, the worst wildfire in California’s history.



Brian Dunleavy, Editor, LabTalk/LabAdvisor

Brian is the Editor of LabTalk. He covers wholesale laboratories, lab systems, other ECP news and features/coverage. Contact Brian at [email protected].

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