SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Satisloh Fields New Micro Line
Product: Satisloh Micro Line
Top Line: Satisloh is introducing its new digital surfacing Micro Line, which features both a VFT-micro generator and a Micro-Flex polisher. Because of its small footprint and low weight—half the weight of competitive small lines, according to Satisloh—the Micro Line can be easily integrated into a variety of production environments.
Close Up: Although it is significantly smaller, the Micro Line uses the same technology and produces the same quality and digital accuracy as its bigger brothers the VFT Compact Pro and VFT-orbit. The VFT-micro generator, based on award-winning VFT engineering, features a patented working chamber design that is inherently stable and consistently produces high quality surfaces.
“Our patented barrel shape chamber design eliminates calibration changes due to thermal expansion – so operators have virtually no adjustments to make during daily operation. This assures uniform production quality and throughput,” said Ian Gregg, director, surfacing products, for Satisloh.
In addition, the VFT-micro utilizes a plug and play cutting tool exchange system. This means fast and simple tool changes done by a unique high precision tool holder interface with fixed tool heights eliminating the need for complex calibration procedures.
Vital Stats: The polishing unit of the system utilizes Satisloh’s proven Flex polishing technology. The Micro-Flex polishes all organic materials and lens formats, ensuring excellent surface quality, form accuracy, and process stability, Satisloh said. The polisher is also equipped with an intelligent tool management system using long-life soft tools for a fast return on investment.
www.satisloh.com; (800) 866-5640
EXAMS / DISPENSING
Ditto.com Launches Ecommerce Site For Designer Eyewear With 3D Virtual Fitting Technology
Top Line: Ditto.com has launched an ecommerce web site for designer eyewear.
The site used patent-pending technology to allow consumers to record a short video with their webcam to create a 3D virtual self, or “Ditto”.
Users can virtually try-on eyewear in 180-degree views to see how a particular style looks and fits their face before they make a purchase. Ditto.com also integrates social media features, allowing the user to post side-by-side snapshots of their Ditto in different glasses to Facebook to poll friends for opinions.
Close Up: Ditto.com offers a wide selection of designer frames from well-known luxury brands such as Persol, Chloe, Ray-Ban, Tag Heuer, Vera Wang, John Varvatos, and many more, to boutique brands like Alain Mikli, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Linda Farrow, and Selima Optique.
Vital Stats: Frames are sold at suggested retail prices ranging from $110 to $1,800 and high-quality anti-reflective coated prescription lenses are included at no cost on optical glasses. These exact lenses often cost more than $150 at retail locations.
Customers receive their new glasses within 10 days with free shipping and free 90-day returns.
EyeMed Vision Care Website Goes Mobile
Product: EyeMed has launched a mobile version of its member website
www.eyemedvisioncare.com to provide members with even greater convenience.
Top Line: Within EyeMed’s network of eye care professionals, both independent and retail, many offer evening and weekend hours. Independent studies have shown that many consumers prefer to utilize their vision benefits on evening and weekends, EyeMed said, pointing out that the enhanced mobile website, provides EyeMed’s patient members access to vision care benefit information self-service tools that are available anytime and anywhere using their mobile device. Members can access the site by visiting
www.eyemedvisioncare.com using their iPhone, Android, Blackberry or similar mobile device, whether at work, at home or on the road.
Close Up: The EyeMed mobile site gives members the ability to view benefits, including vision exam copays, eyewear allowances, eligibility, the last date of service, and the next date they can use their exam and glasses or contact lens benefits. It lets members locate providers near their current location, a street address or zip code with access to point-to-point directions via Google Maps mapping service. Members can view their identification card and can use the mobile site to access “Help” tools such as frequently asked questions and contact information for further assistance.
Vital Stats: Mason, Ohio-based EyeMed Vision Care is one of the nation’s leading vision benefits organizations with more than 32 million funded members through 8,600 employers and healthcare companies across the United States. In addition, EyeMed supports vision discount programs for some of the nation’s largest membership and managed care organizations, reaching more than 100 million additional members.
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
New Eschenbach Video Magnifier Features 4.3” AMO LED High-Def. Screen
Product: Crystal XL
Top Line: Eschenbach and Ash Technologies are introducing Crystal XL, a portable video magnifier optimized for clarity and brightness. Featuring new active matrix organic (AMO) LEDs, the Crystal XL is the world’s first 4.3” AMO LED hand-held video magnifier. It is optimized for high-speed reading and includes a simple, efficient button arrangement for single-handed use.
Close Up: The Crystal XL provides three levels of magnification—3x, 4.5x and 7x—all of which appear in a variety of color modes, including color, positive, negative, and semi-colors. There is also a freeze-frame button to temporarily store an image of a phone number or other important information so that you can bring the image closer to your eyes for better viewing. A convenient flip-out leg can be used for easy focusing while reading or for use when writing.
Vital Stats: The Crystal XL is lightweight and balanced, weighing only 200g (7oz), so the user can carry it in a pocket or purse, or comfortably around their neck.
www.eschenbach.com; (800) 487-5389