Top Labs Earn High Marks in VM’s Annual ‘Checkup’

By Andrew Karp
Monday, September 11, 2017 1:00 AM NEW YORK—The history of the modern U.S. wholesale business can be summed up with two aphorisms: “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” and “Only the strong survive.” The first one applies to the dozens of labs that, over the past two decades, have been acquired by suppliers. The second applies to the wholesale labs that have remained independent. Both types of labs are represented in Vision Monday’s 2017 Top Labs Report, which ranks the industry’s largest labs.

IFB Solutions Will Be First to 3D-Print Lenses, Using Luxexcel’s Platform

By Staff
Friday, September 8, 2017 12:30 AM TURNHOUT, Belgium—Luxexcel and IFB Solutions are preparing to commercialize the 3D printing of ophthalmic lenses, a technological feat that is an industry first.

VSPOne Los Angeles Transfers Majority Ownership to Simplify Optics

By Staff
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—VSP Optics Group announced that the VSPOne Los Angeles optical laboratory has transferred majority ownership to Javan Diaz, Noel Diaz and Keith Grossman, who will operate under the name Simplify Optics.

Applied Thermal Control, a Lab Equipment Maker, Is Acquired

By Staff
Monday, September 4, 2017 12:27 AM WHITWICK, Leicestershire, U.K.—Applied Thermal Control (ATC), a U.K.-based manufacturer of scientific instruments and control technology, has been acquired by Scientific Digital Imaging (SDI) Group.

Coburn Names Jason Arnold as Director of Lab Works

By Staff
Friday, September 1, 2017 12:18 AM SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn.—Coburn Technologies has appointed Jason Arnold as director of lab works for the U.S. market.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley Visits Precision Optical Group

By Staff
Friday, September 1, 2017 12:15 AM CRESTON, Iowa—Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) visited Precision Optical Group (POG Labs) here on Aug. 24 on his annual 99-county tour of Iowa.

Lab Division Names Directors’ Choice Award Honoree, Hall of Fame Inductees

By Staff
Monday, August 14, 2017 12:00 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 18th annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and International Vision Expo West.

Vision Council’s Lab Division Names Directors’ Choice Award Recipient and 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

By Staff
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Lab Division of The Vision Council announced the industry veterans who will be recognized during the Directors’ Choice Award and 18th annual Lab Division Hall of Fame celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in conjunction with the Lab Division Meeting and International Vision Expo West.

Essilor Acquires Team Effort Optical Lab, Merges It With Duffens Lab

By Staff
Friday, July 7, 2017 12:24 AM OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.—Essilor has acquired Team Effort Optical, a full-service independent optical laboratory based here. The terms of the transaction were not announced.

John Young, COLTS Lab Founder, Dies at 76

By Staff
Friday, July 7, 2017 12:18 AM OLDSMAR, Fla.—John M. Young, founder of COLTS Laboratories (Ophthalmic Product Testing Services), passed away in Safety Harbor, Fla., on July 2 at age 76 after a long illness.

COLA Members Get Updates on Tech Standards and Regulations

By Brian Dunleavy
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM TEMECULA, Calif.—Lab executives and industry leaders gathered here April 27 and 28 for the 2017 meeting of the California Optical Laboratories Association (COLA). Now affiliated with the Lab Division of The Vision Council, COLA, which was founded in 1957, has provided its members with a venue for education and networking and, since 1981, recognized local lab leaders with its annual Goodfellow Award.

Schneider’s Digicon 2017 Features Tech Topics … and Baseball

By Andrew Karp
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00 AM FRISCO, Texas—Digicon 2017, the technical conference sponsored by Schneider Optical Machines, drew a select group of optical laboratory managers, lab owners, lens company executives and eyecare professionals who attended lectures and demonstrations of the company’s latest lens processing technologies. The meeting, held here on May 11 and 12, drew 165 customers, a 20 percent increase from the previous Digicon meeting in 2013, according to Schneider.

Pennsylvania Optometrist Files Complaint Against Davis Vision, HVHC and Highmark

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:30 AM PHILADELPHIA— Alan Frank, OD, a Pennsylvania independent optometrist has filed a class action complaint “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated” against Davis Vision Inc.,/ HVHC Inc. and their parent company Highmark Health in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

New Warning Language Requirements Added to California’s Prop 65

By Staff
Friday, June 16, 2017 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—California has recently made changes to its Proposition 65 warning language requirements, which will be mandatory as of Aug. 31, 2018, according to an announcement from the Vision Council.

VSP Optics Group Names Digital Eye Lab ‘Unity Independent Lab of the Year’

By Staff
Friday, June 2, 2017 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Optics Group has named Digital Eye Lab, a division of ABB Optical Group, the “Unity Independent Lab of the Year” for its performance in 2016.
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