Santinelli International Unveils High-Curve ‘Concept Tracer’

By Andrew Karp: Group Editor, Lenses + Technology

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Santinelli International unveiled a new generation “concept tracer” at International Vision Expo West, the LT-980. The unit, which is intended for production in early 2012, features high-curve frame trace capability with fully automatic operation. Among its many unique features is the stylus which automatically adjusts to the rise and fall of the curve of any frame. The LT-980’s software then calculates the effect that the curve imparts with respect to size, reproducing the best digitized frame data available.

The LT-980’s ultra-low stylus-pressure feature eliminates distortion on even the thinnest, most flexible of frames, according to Santinelli. This is achieved by altering the angle approach of the stylus-to-frame whereby the pressure is dispersed over a larger area of the frame and at various angles, rather than merely the standard 90 degree angle. This low pressure feature provides precise tracing data and prolongs the lifetime of the tracer’s stylus, the company said.

The three-axis assemblies—horizontal, vertical and rotational—which control and guide the stylus operation, are completely sealed, thereby protecting the mechanical core of the tracer from frame debris and ensuring optimum performance for years.