With the theme of “Keep Your Eye on the Ball,” the baseball motif permeated Schneider’s DigiCON event, which shared the company’s latest lens-processing technologies.
It was serious fun at this year’s DigiCON event, hosted May 11-12 in Frisco, TX, Schneider Optical Machine’s U.S. hometown. The serious aspects were the many formal presentations and hands-on demonstrations that showed the company’s current offerings for producing quality finished lenses. The fun came in the form of social events and a night at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco Rough Riders minor league baseball team, where attendees wore personalized jerseys and played ball in an actual stadium.
The two-day event featured workshops and presentations describing the company’s newest advances, including the Modulo modular lens processing system, new automatic deblocking and cleaning technology, alloy-free blocking and four-axis edging.
Company employees performed a demonstration of how a technician would use the company’s new virtual reality, remote diagnostic system to communicate with a customer service person back at the Schneider headquarters in Germany to find out what’s wrong with a machine anywhere in the world.
At the conclusion of DigiCON, the sports theme continued with the keynote speaker, Peter Vaas, whose discussion of his career as a football coach encouraged attendees to work together as a team.
Gunter Schneider, company founder and president, closed DigiCON hinting at what’s soon to come, including automated feeding of blockpieces and blanks, changes in blank production resulting in tape-free production, new coating stacks with a reduced number of layers, anti-fog technology and integrating coating into the line.