The Fusion M Inline Coater from Quantum Innovations gives labs hassle-free flexibility to process coating orders one at a time without having to fill an entire batch.
Prior to purchasing Quantum Innovations’ Fusion M Inline Coater, Kaiser Permanente’s lab in Clackamas, OR, was outsourcing its AR operations.
“Fusion M isn’t free, but it’s a fraction of what we were paying, and we can control the lenses, throughput and turn time,” said Jim Hilker, lab manager.
Fusion M technology processes one lens at a time, allowing labs to essentially customize coating jobs — for example, applying a mirrored coating to the front and AR on the back. Labs can also fulfill any coating request without having to wait until enough orders come in to fill a batch, therefore expediting processing times. According to Quantum, Fusion M can complete a full process (full coat to front and back of one pair of lenses) within 10 minutes.
“A single-piece flow allows for best optical performance,” said Norman Kester, owner of Central Point, OR-based Quantum Innovations. “You can do anything to that single piece that you want.”
Kester thought of the in-line coating concept a “long time ago” because he wanted “to come up with a process to allow for true linear manufacturing” he said, adding that for smaller labs, Fusion M is a great entry point into coating because they can make any coating for any product and it can be done the same day.
“AR coating takes three minutes; mirrors can be done in about a minute and a complicated one in about seven minutes,” he said. “This allows labs to appear much bigger than they are because they can supply these products and compete with bigger labs because they can get them done within a day.”
“This allows labs to appear much bigger than they are because
they can supply these products and compete with bigger labs
because they can get them done within a day.” – Norm Kester
Fusion M doesn’t need to be integrated with any other pieces of equipment but does tie into lab management software systems. Quantum Innovations is also developing EyeRobot technology for automated lens loading.
“All you have to do is load the lens and tell it what you want done, and once it is ready, a robot will put it in the tray. This can be done inline with the process right on the surfacing floor,” Kester explained.
At Kaiser Permanente, Hilker now has two Fusion M machines and gets a lens every four minutes out of both of them.
“There is a place for this machine in every lab,” Hilker said. “We can deliver digital progressive lenses with AR coating the same day. It can run mirrors, blue light filtering coating or jobs for customers who ‘need a pair now.’ For even faster delivery, Fusion M allows you to use spin hardcoats instead of a dip hardcoat, and even big labs that are swamped with regular AR can do specialty coating without having to outsource those jobs.”
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