Schneider Offers Anti-Fog Upgrade for its EBC Machines

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Top Line: Schneider Optical Machines announced that it can upgrade a Schneider EBC machine to produce anti-fog coated lenses. The company’s new anti-fog technology provides a clear view for all ophthalmic lenses, sun lenses, sports lenses and visors, Schneider said. It can even be used to produce anti-fog lenses with individual branding.
Close Up: Schneider uses a physical process for a long-term and reliable coating layer instead of relying on chemicals that only provide a short-term effect, can cause allergic reactions with the end user and smeared lenses. In a vacuum thin film coating process, a very thin layer of a special alloy is applied by ion-beam sputtering. Permanently attached to the lens coating, this layer provides a very high surface energy. As a result, water droplets are spread into a liquid film which remains transparent to the eye.
“All you need to get started is a small upgrade,” said the company’s marketing chief, Tobias Schneider. “The Anti Fog process can be run on a Schneider EBC coater. All it takes is a minimal upgrade comprising the installation of an ion beam source for ion beam sputtering and the implementation of the process. Schneider provides the technology and the consumables necessary such as the targets and the anti-fog wipes. To preserve the anti-fog protection and easy to clean properties, the glasses simply have to be treated with a specially developed wipe after cleaning and rinsing.” He added that the anti-fog process may also be installed and run on other coating systems. The Schneider team will check the technical feasibility to install and run Schneider anti-fog on those systems.
Vital Stats: To preserve the anti-fog protection and its easy to clean properties, the glasses simply have to be treated with a specially developed wipe after cleaning and rinsing. The result is clear vision in all circumstances, Schneider said.
Click here to watch a video about Schneider’s anti-fog technology.
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