SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT
Salem Intros Free-form Lens Engraving System
Product: AEM-100 Free-form Lens Engraving System
Top Line: The AEM-100 from Salem Vision Group is an innovative laser-free engraving system for designed to accurately and cost-effectively engrave free-form lenses. Developed by opticians at Berkshire Laboratories in England, designers of the CNC Optidrill, the design simplifies the engraving process by eliminating complicated and expensive components used in conventional laser engraving units.
Close Up: The AEM-100 features a micro-tipped stylus controlled by Berkshire Laboratories (UK) patent pending advanced engraving system combined with PCT technology to ensure fast, accurate engraving of free-form lenses. The AEM-100 exhibits extreme flexibility with the capability to operate in a manual or automatic mode, making it flexible enough to engrave both standard and customized configurations. It also features automatic curvature control to ensure uniform markings on all bases.
Vital Stats: The AEM-100 can engrave any organic, high-index, polycarbonate and Trivex lens materials.
www.salemdist.com; (800) 234-1982, ext. 232
E-Lens Develops Robotic Tray Handling Solution
Top Line: E-Lens is launched the TrayTaxi, a dual-purpose robotic tray handling machine capable of loading or unloading the fastest industrial surfacing and edging equipment.
Close Up: Managing up to twenty six OMA-standard trays, it is lightweight and offers unequaled mobility and setup. A small footprint requires less valuable floor space, a much needed solution for small or cramped production areas. A touch screen monitor is the foundation for ease of operation and machine diagnostics. Toggling between the loading and unloading mode is accomplished by a simple lab performed module exchange taking less than 20 minutes.
Vital Stats: E-Lens is an Oklahoma-based optical software and hardware provider. The company’s offerings include the patented E-Lens Remote Tracing System, the E-Drill CNC four-axis lens drilling machine and LenStock.com. E-Lens also provides custom programming and software solutions for optical laboratories nationwide.
www.traytaxi.com; (800) 665-0091
Hoya Releases Spectangle, an App for Taking Free-form Measurements
Top Line: This new app from Hoya Vision Care provides ECPs with a tool that makes it easy to take personalized measurements (panto, vertex, seg height, PD, face form, A, B, and DBL) for free-form lenses using an iPad3.
Close Up: The Spectangle app allows the optician to take photos using an iPad camera, make adjustments on the screen, enter in Rx data and lifestyle preferences then push a button to send the order to the lab. The app addresses many of the drawbacks required to prescribe personalized progressives including time necessary to take frame and fitting measurements, equipment investment and ease of operating measuring devices.
Vital Stats: Although designed specifically for iD MyStyle, Spectangle can also be used to take accurate PD's and seg heights for any lens style.
www.thehoyafreeformcompany.com; Spectangle can be ordered from the
TOOLS / SUPPLIES
BPI's Photometer Offers Unique Features
Product: UV & Luminous Transmittance (Tv) Photometer (BPI Product # 119517)
Top Line: The UV & Luminous Transmittance (Tv) Photometer from BPI (Brain Power Inc.) is an aid for quality control of lenses that have received UV light absorption treatment. The instrument also measures visible luminous transmittance, the internationally accepted measure of visible light transmittance. This value may be used for fashion tint density control as well as critical adjustments on therapeutic tints such as BPI Filter Vision 540 and BPI Filter Vision 500.
Close Up: This Photometer is very green as it uses only Light Emitting Diodes as light sources, not incandescent bulbs or mercury filled UV bulbs. Since there is no bulb drift, time between re-calibrations is greatly increased. Also, since the light sources are only illuminated when a measurement is being made, the meter consumes very little energy.
Vital Stats: Improved internal light paths and computer software reduce the measurement errors introduced by lens power and lens reflected room light.
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