|DYNAMIC LABS LENS PRO PREMIUM UV-HARDCOAT
This UV-curable backside coating is compatible with all standard spin coaters. Lens Pro is scratch resistant and provides superior AR adhesion and tintability in a safe solvent-free formula that comes in a 4-ounce bottle. Also available is a conversion kit that includes one 5 micron filter, gloves, safety goggles, two empty 4-ounce bottles, four feet of tubing and a one gallon size Ziploc bag. For more information, contact Dynamic Labs at 888.339.6264 or DynamicLabs.net.
|QM-X3 EDGER FROM NATIONAL OPTRONICS
Making its debut next month at
Vision Expo East, this tabletop edger from National Optronics has high speed linear axis drives and a new mechanical design for improved motion stability, cutting accuracy and tolerance. The QM-X3 is able to process shapes such as partially shelved lenses and is available with optional variable drilling. The edger features a dual diamond blade design and high torque spindle drive capable of more than 30,000 rpm. With an optional vacuum, the QM-X3 is available with a disposable bag to collect lens debris from the chamber for environmentally safe disposal. A remote diagnostics function allows for current software updates and gives technicians access to resolve technical issues. For more information, contact National Optronics at 800.866.5640 or NationalOptronics.com.
|BRAIN POWER, INC. SPECTROMETER
Brain Power, Inc.’s (BPI’s) spectrometer covers wavelengths from 350nm to 710nm with a resolution of better than 10nm and provides information on visible transmittance (Tv) and UVA transmittance as well as L* brightness and a* and b* color coordinates. Transmission spectrum results can be used to compare tinted lenses and to indicate what tints should be added to match another lens color. For more information, contact Brain Power, Inc. at 800.225.5274 or CallBPI.com.
|FIL-TECH’S SQM220 MONITORS AR
For those with in-house anti-reflective systems in their labs, Fil-Tech, Inc.’s SQM220 thickness monitor controller is designed to measure the film thickness of the material being deposited on lenses. Capable of monitoring up to six channels at one time, the SQM220 averages the information from the channels being monitored. Fil-Tech’s SQM220 thickness monitor controller also features a built-in library of materials to maintain a record of the different chemicals used for different coatings. For more information, contact Fil-Tech, Inc. at 800.743.1743 or FilTech.com.
|SUPEROPTICAL’S ‘ECO-FRIENDLY’ LENS BLOCKS
In an effort to reduce waste and the use of new materials, Super Optical International has partnered with Shark Glass Recycling North America, a leader in recycling post-consumer windshields. Super Optical is now mixing Shark Glass’s powder recyclable filler into its lens block technology at its Cincinnati manufacturing facility to produce lens blocks that are composed of up to 50% proprietary material and 50% Shark Glass. For more information, contact Super Optical, Inc. at 800.543.7376 or SuperOptical.com.
|ARCH CROWN TT364 POLY-LAM COMPUTER STRING TAGS
Made of Poly-Lam gloss material that is stronger than polyester or Kimdura, these computer string style tags have adhesive-free adjustable loops ideal for tagging frames. Text and bar code images will not rub off from cleaning. TT364 Poly-Lam tags come in a package of 4,000 tags per roll and are available in eight colors. For more information, contact Arch Crown, Inc. at 800.526.8353 or ArchCrown.com.
|NEW LENSES FOR DRIVING
US Optical has introduced Drive HD free-form progressive lenses to address the specific optical needs when driving, such as reading the dashboard and viewing the external and internal mirrors, while maintaining the need for strong distance vision. The design places the car mirrors in astigmatism-free zones, according to the company, to allow the wearer to drive without unnecessary head movements. The addition of Crizal AR (Prevencia), Digital AR or ZEISS DuraVision reduces night glare. For more information, contact US Optical at 800.445.2773 or USOptical.com.
|BINOCULAR VISION IMPROVED
Progressive lenses are optimized by following the natural convergence of the eyes when they look at a nearby object, but this affects the levels of unwanted astigmatism, making the nasal astigmatism higher than the temporal. This astigmatism imbalance causes the user to perceive different blurriness in each eye in lateral gazes so the optimum binocular vision is reduced. Focused on the user, Horizons Optical engineers have developed a new optimization design tool. By applying further improvements in the optimization of the lens, this development allows a much higher control over the location and value of the unwanted astigmatism of the progressive lenses. Binocular Balance technology balances the level of astigmatism and improves binocular vision. For more information, contact Horizons Optical at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|EXTENDED LIFE EDGER TOOLS FROM PSI
Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI), exclusive distributor for Diateq Labs, has introduced combination roughing and drilling tools for MEI edgers, now made with stronger materials that significantly extend the life of the tools, according to the company. The metal alloy also reduces vibration, extending the life of the tool up to three times as well as improving the lens edge finish. They can be re-sharpened three to five times. The newly redesigned roughing tools are made with a high performance, diamond-coated carbide that keeps the edges of the tool sharper. The sharper edges reduce the cutting force, preventing the tool from breaking. Drill bits have also been redesigned to handle increased side loads. This alleviates clogging from polycarbonate swarf, so the bit doesn’t break. For more information, contact Practical Systems, Inc. (PSI) at 800.237.8154 or LookToPSI.com.