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The Latest in In-House Lab Equipment Tightens Turnaround Time and Keep Patients Happy

These edger and finishers mean you can forget those lab delays and become a one-stop-shop.

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ASIDE FROM THE cost involved, there are many benefits to having your own lab in-house with surfacing and/or finishing equipment. You can source the lenses you want, control the end product, and even provide patients with same day service. According to The Vision Council’s COVID-19 ECP Study (conducted last August and September) 45% of ECPs own finishing equipment and 8% have surfacing equipment in-house. If you decide to surface or finish lenses in-house, there are a host of products to choose from and manufacturers are upgrading constantly. Coburn’s HPE-910 EXXPERT Express Lens Edger is new to the market and is 50% faster than previous models. It can edge a lens in 80 seconds. At VEE, MEI debuted the 4RacerTBA Swift, enriched with new features, which can edge eight prescription lenses simultaneously.

Luneau Technology USA Briot Attitude II patternless edger is equipped with step bevel finishing.

Luneau Technology USA

Briot Attitude II patternless edger is equipped with step bevel finishing.

(800) 729-1959, luneautech.com

MEI System 4RacerTBA Swift

MEI System

4RacerTBA Swift can edge up to 200 lenses an hour, processing eight lenses at the same time.

(630) 521 8588, meisystem.com

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Schneider Optical Machines Nano Line

Schneider Optical Machines

Nano Line for digital surfacing operations for retailers and small labs that want to produce their own lenses.

(972) 247-4000, schneider-om.com

Coburn Technologies EXXPERT Finishing System

Coburn Technologies

EXXPERT Finishing System includes the HPE-910 EXXPERT Express Lens Edger, HAB-8000X Automatic Tracer/Blocker and HDM-8000 Drill.

(800) 262-8761, coburntechnologies.com

Optek International Oasis MAX Surfacing System

Optek International

Oasis MAX Surfacing System is a complete, fully computerized surfacing lab system.

(727) 522-2301, optekinternational.com

DAC Technologies National Optronics’ 7Ex edger

DAC Technologies

National Optronics’ 7Ex edger to drill, groove and process all bevel types.

(800) 800-1550, dactechnologies.com

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Santinelli International ME-1500 Lens Edger and ICE-1 Intelligent Blocker

Santinelli International

ME-1500 Lens Edger and ICE-1 Intelligent Blocker

(800) 644-3343, santinelli.com

Essilor Instruments USA Pro-E 700 edging system

Essilor Instruments USA

Pro-E 700 edging system

(855) 393-4647, essilorinstrumentsusa.com

Satisloh VFT-macro generator

Satisloh

VFT-macro generator is a manual, Rx free-form lens generator for low to mid volume production.

(800) 866-5640, satisloh.com

Smart Ways to Use Lab Equipment

Dipen PatelPearle Vision, Highland Village, TX

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When we first got a Briot Emotion edger in 2013 my son was 8. I was busy helping patients, so tech support trained him on how to use it. Afterwards they shot a video of him using it to demonstrate to potential customers how intuitive it was! Now we’re on our third Briot edger, the Attitude II. We order uncut lenses and in-house we edge single vision, progressive and bifocal lenses in poly, high index and Trivex, for faster turnaround. On stock lenses, we can fill the Rx same day, otherwise two to five days. We do 40-70 jobs a week at about a minute per lens. Briot’s Attitude II allows us to do step bevel for wrap frames, mixed bevel, Chemistrie clip-ons, drill mounts and custom shapes. Comparing edgers it was the best value. Luneau’s technical support team are very efficient.

Pierce VoorthuisGeorgetown Optician, Washington, DC

Pierce headshot

We’ve been doing onsite lab work since 1978. We do all our own edging, tinting and frame modifications. We source our own lenses and stock single vision lenses, so we can fill orders same day. For patients who select a new frame, we make up the order and call them when it’s ready; or we update the lens in their own frame, cutting it as they wait. In-house lab work means quality, speed and knowledge of specialty frames. We’re familiar with every collection we sell and can make it perfectly. We’ve upgraded to Santinelli’s line of edgers with their newest blocker, ICE-1 and the ME-1500 edger, and they’re working perfectly. We do about 70 jobs a day across two locations. The new machines allow onsite drilling, grooving and facets in rimless orders so we can mix and match.

 

Carol Gilhawley is a contributing writer for INVISION.

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