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September 12, 2013
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SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

OptoTech Intros Easy Twin CNC

EXAMS / DISPENSING

Enhanced Vision's New Pebble HD
Nikon's Imagine-i Lenswear App

TOOLS / SUPPLIES

PSI's Updated ASTA System
EyeDocApp

SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT

OptoTech Debuts Versatile, Low Cost Polishing Machine


Product:
Easy Twin CNC
Top Line: OptoTech’s new Easy twin CNC is a low cost two-spindle polishing machine 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.
Close Up: Two lenses are processed simultaneously (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). Fully fledged CNC controller for freeform lens production (six CNC axes). Easy handling via touchscreen. Mechanical clamping system for blocking pieces DIN 58766. Integrated cleaning tank on the forefront of the machine. Barcode Handscanner.
Vital Stats: Optional polishing tank, chiller, polishing tools.
www.optotech.de; (215) 679-2091; +49-641-98203-0



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EXAMS / DISPENSING

Enhanced Vision Intros Compact Magnifier With 4.3-inch LCD Screen


Product:
Pebble HD
Top Line: Enhanced Vision is introducing the Pebble HD, a new, compact magnifier with a 4.3-inch LCD that provides a crisp, clear, colorful high definition picture.
Close Up: Pebble HD Features:
  • All new HD camera with 4.3-inch LCD
  • Adjustable magnification from 1.25x to 13.5x
  • Multi-purpose handle allows usage in various positions
  • Easy to use large, tactile buttons in two color choices
  • Adjustable brightness with lights on/off feature
  • 28 available color select modes
  • Real time clock and calendar
  • Audible feedback
  • Weighs only 7.2 ounces
  • Carrying case included
  • Multi-purpose handle allows usage in various positions
  • Rechargeable battery with up to three hours of continuous use
  • Freeze frame with image save capability and PC download
Vital Stats: Two-year warranty
www.enhancedvision.com; (888) 881-3161



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Nikon Releases Lens Demo App for iPad


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Product:
Imagine-i
Top Line: Imagine-i goes beyond traditional media and brings interactive illustrations and videos, allowing patients to feel the difference first-hand during lens demonstrations.
Close Up: Imagine-i features:
  • Simple but elegant visuals provide support for dispenser’s explanation
  • 3-D movies make Nikon lens features easy to understand
  • Hands-on animations make complex concepts easy to understand
  • Real-life simulations allow the wearer to feel what seeing through the lens is like.
  • Helps educate patients about vision correction
  • Offers detailed features and benefits for each lens design and category of lenses
  • Visualizes whether a lens is thinner, sharper or cleaner.
  • Provides specific explanations for first-time wearers to ensure maximum adaptation and enhance the purchasing experience.
Vital Stats: Available in the App Store
www.nikonlenswear.us



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TOOLS / SUPPLIES

PSI Adds New Features to Automated Taping System


Product:
New features for PSI’s ASTA System
Top Line: Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) has added two new features to its Automatic Surface Tape Applicator (ASTA) Handling System: hot knife technology and new suction cup handling. The new suction cup handling gives the lab the ability to use multiple job tray designs and allows for smoother transportation of the lens between the tray and the taper. The hot knife minimizes blade replacements saving time and money while creating less debris and mess reducing maintenance. It also accommodates the polycarbonate lens gate without adjustments and tapes with no overhang.
Close Up: 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.  

The ASTA Handling System is easy to use.  Simply place the job trays and lenses on the conveyor where they are transported into the handling system. Robotic arms with suction cups place the lenses into the ASTA machine where the lenses are taped.  When the ASTA is finished taping, robotics remove the lenses and place them back into the job tray where the conveyor belt takes them down the line to the next station.

Lenses are taped two at a time for a speed of up to 400 lenses an hour.  Besides its speed, one of the best features of the ASTA Handling System is its modular design. The ASTA sits in the back of the unit on a swinging door giving it the flexibility to be operated manually off-line if necessary.  It also makes it extremely easy for maintenance and tape replacement.

ASTA Handling Systems are manufactured to customer specifications based on left or right loading of the tray and the placement of the lenses in the tray. ASTA Handling systems arrive completely assembled and require standard air and 110V electrical hookups.  

Vital Stats: Any type of tape, with or without liners, can be used in the system. PSI recommends the use of their new double roll Blue or Green LenSaver tapes to reduce the number of tape roll replacements during the day.
www.LookToPSI.com; (800) 237-8154



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