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May 30, 2013
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Schneider Releases EBC 400


Shamir’s SPARK Measuring Device
Visionmetrics Launches HD Analyzer


Arch Crown’s Spring 2013 Catalog


Schneider Debuts AR Coater for Small Labs

Schneider EBC 400
Top Line: As the most compact coating system provided by Schneider, the EBC 400 accommodates all requirements of a small Rx-lab. Reliable and proven components combined with modern process technology characterize the
EBC 400. Schneider describes it as “a compact system, with no compromise in quality and components, to produce highest quality products.”
Close Up: A powerful EBG system with a high number of pockets. Provides maximum process flexibility. Expanded ionsource. Power for argon and oxygen use and a water-cooled process chamber guarantee high process stability. With the new visAR process, the system transfers high-end coating into small Rx-labs weather on organic- or glass lenses. Modular design is upgradeable for higher productivity requirements.
  • Compact economical vacuum-coating system
  • Proven technology
  • High-end quality coatings
  • In-chamber hydro-/oleo-phobic coatings
  • Easy to use interface
  • Remote maintenance
  • Small footprint
Vital Stats:
  • vacuum pre-vacuum
  • high-vacuum
  • 65 m3/h
  • 1300 l /s (N2)
  • Ionsource up to 210 V and 2 A, 2 gases (O2 and Ar)
  • EBG 8 kV/375 mA /8 pockets
  • Substrate heater up to 80°C
  • XTAL 6 MHz single head
  • Options: Meissner-trap with cryo-cooler, full dome, flip-over
  • Weight machine: 800 kg (1764 lb.)
  • Dimensions: (width x depth x height) 1300 x 950 x 2000 mm (52 x 38 x 79 inches)
  • Capacity:
    • Lens diameter 56/65 16/14 (single row) 22/20 (double)
    • Lens diameter 70/75 12/12 (single row) 18/16 (double)
    • Lens diameter 80/85 10/10 (single row) 12/12 (double); (972) 247-4000

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Shamir Releases New Digital Measurement Device: SPARK

Shamir SPARK
Top Line: Shamir Insight is releasing its newest digital measurement device, Shamir SPARK (Single-shot Panorameter Augmented Reality Kit). This new 3D measuring tool utilizes the iPad camera and automatically calculates all frame measurements based on one picture.
Close Up: SPARK is replacing Shamir’s previous Panorameter Kit, which was a manual measurement tool that took the following As-Worn measurements: Panoramic Angle, Pantoscopic Tilt, and Vertex Distance. This new device takes all these measurements as well as the fitting height, mono PD, HBOX, VBOX and DBL with one picture. These As-Worn measurements are necessary to customize several of Shamir’s Freeform products to offer patients a more precise fit. The following Shamir products require As-Worn measurements: Shamir’s newest product, Autograph III, Autograph II, Autograph II — Attitude, Autograph II — Office, Golf, Autograph II — Single Vision, Autograph II — Single Vision Attitude, and Golf — Single Vision.
Vital Stats: Shamir’s SPARK device fits over an iPad and requires that users download Shamir’s App onto their iPad.; (877) 514-8330

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Visiometrics Launches Next Generation Optical Quality Analysis System

HD Analyzer
Top Line: Visiometrics is launching the next generation of its Optical Quality Analysis System (OQAS), the HD Analyzer, following the issuance of the European CE mark for the system. The HD Analyzer is a unique diagnostic system that allows for an objective analysis of optical quality.
Close Up: The system provides a measure of light scatter, which is caused by a variation of the refractive index, corneal disease or imperfections on the ocular surface, which can lead to degradation in image quality. Light scatter is not measurable using traditional wavefront aberrometry and presents a diagnostic challenge that only the HD Analyzer is currently able to answer.

“We are pleased to have achieved this milestone and are excited to bring this technology to Europe. The HD Analyzer has been well received by US ophthalmologists and we anticipate a similar reaction from European ophthalmologists,” said Jan Bonel, Visiometrics CEO. “The HD Analyzer gives ophthalmologists the ability to go beyond traditional means of vision assessment, which is increasingly important in today’s ophthalmology practice.” he said.

Employing double-pass retinal imaging, the HD Analyzer uses a punctual light source that is imaged on the retina. The size and shape of the light are analyzed by the system in order to determine the higher order aberrations and scattered light. The system provides users with the Point Spread Function (PSF), Objective Scattering Index (OSI), as well as the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF).
Vital Stats:
The HD Analyzer is versatile and can be used for:
  • Diagnosing and monitoring the evolution over time of pathologies or refractive disorders.
  • Evaluation of the level of light scatter (OSI) for the early detection of cataract and the determination of its degree of maturity.
  • Comparing pre and post cataract and refractive surgery measurements.
  • Precise measurement of MTF (Modulation Transfer Function), which is overestimated by aberrometers when scattering exists, as in cataract patients.
  • Evaluation of tear film quality
  • Objective measurement of the amplitude of accommodation and pseudoaccommodation.; email:; (+33) 03 88 10 04 10.

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Arch Crown Releases Spring 2013 Op-Tag & Label Catalog Plus Bar Code Technology

Arch Crown’s Spring 2013 Op-Tag & Label Catalog
Top Line: Arch Crown’s new 40-page catalog features bar code technology products and a quality line of stock, pre-printed and custom printed Op-Tags and labels for frames and accessories.
Close Up: New TT368 thermal transfer tags for OfficeMate software users are available in seven colors: Yellow, Lavender, Pink, Orange, Green, Blue and White. TT368 tags are excellent for color-coding and inventory control. Paper tags have full adhesive tails and are compatible with most thermal transfer printers.

New color-coded static cling vinyl labels (SV151) and price dots (SV187) are available in eight colors: red, yellow, blue, green, orange, violet, black and white.

Arch Crown’s Thermal Transfer Packages featuring the Datamax-O’Neil E-Class Mark III-A Advanced Printer. Packages include everything needed to print tags using your own computer. The Mark III-A is economical to operate, requires minimum power, reduces material waste, easy-to-install, easy-to operate, and can lower material costs, according to Arch Crown. New thermal transfer printers include the GoDEX G500 high-tech power with a customer friendly price and Zebra’s GC420T, a fast, dependable and affordable desktop printer.

Vital Stats: New Honeywell bar code wireless scanner features Bluetooth technology and 2D scanners have the capability of scanning QR and driver license codes. Create and print personalized QR (Quick Response) bar codes with new BarTender software or have Arch Crown can print them.; (800) 526-8353

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