Alta XS, Briot
The Alta XS tracer and blocker features a lens shape
library, shape modification capabilities, two shape recording methods, and a
“top 20” library for the practice’s best-selling lenses. Illumination adjusts
automatically according to both the shape of the lens and external lighting to
improve the user’s lens centration accuracy.
The Alta XS edging and drilling system increases throughput
speed while edging and drilling standard or high-curvature lenses. It features
drill hole recognition, lens shape modification and a lens shape library.
Abilities include a safety bevel, “high-definition” drilling up to 30º and
automatic angled groove positioning.
The machine itself includes an ergonomic hand rest and
self-adjusting lens illumination, and its processes may be adapted as needed to
fit the daily schedule or operator’s preferences. The user interface includes a
large touch screen.
For more information, call 1-800-292-7468, or go to
Continuum Edging System, AIT Industries
Continuum is designed specifically for those lab technicians
who are new to in-office edging. Its intuitive interface, with 8.7” color LCD
screen, is intended to simplify the steps required to process lenses, and, as a
result, it aims to increase overall efficiency and significantly reduce
Continuum is ideally suited for low to medium volume optical
dispensaries. The equipment features two grinding wheels that allow it to
process all lens materials, as well as an automatic internal and external
safety bevel. It also features continuous 3-D mapping; automatic, guided,
manual or flat bevel programs; and specialized roughing processes for lenses
with slick coatings. Its edging limits: 18.5mm drill mount, 19.5mm rimless
groove, 20.5mm bevel, 19.5mm backside safety bevel; and 20mm front safety
bevel. Continuum is 31.5” wide by 17.3” deep by 16.33” high.
Call 1-800-729-1959, or go to
Kappa CTD Edger and Drill, Gerber Coburn
The Kappa CTD edger and drill features automatic bevel
selection, three groove widths, soft-pin beveling and a special cycle to
accommodate fragile or anti-reflective lenses.
The instrument keeps a record of 200 drill holes and
diameters in a database for easy access. The Kappa CTD runs self-calibrations and
self-diagnostics, and retains a history of test results.
This piece of equipment coordinates with the Kappa CT tracer
For more information, call 1-800-843-1479, or go to
7E HLP Edging System, National Optronics
The HLP Edging System takes the company’s 7E edger and
expands it by including a drill configuration, a high-luster polish assembly
and the company’s NuGroove grooving assembly, which provides clean grooves on
any lens shape—especially sharp-cornered lenses or small-eye lenses.
This patternless edger with drilling capability can drill
six holes in each lens in widths from 1mm to 5mm. The dry-cutting accuracy and
three-axis control features of the machine allow the operator to process CR-39,
polycarbonate, high-index and Trivex lenses without coolants.
A new feature of the 7E is its multi-fluted cutter. Also,
the equipment features electric chucking, which will automatically adjust
clamping pressure based on the lens material.
The user interface features PC-based software on an
adjustable 15-inch flat panel LCD screen. Software includes a “Help” screen and
operating instructions for newer operators.
For more information, call 1-800-247-9796, or go to
Q-2100R and nanoCLEAR AR, Optical Dynamics
The nanoCLEAR AR system incorporates AR coatings,
hard coatings and UV protection right into the lens. The
system uses nanoparticle technology in which a chemical bond is formed between
each layer of the AR stack, hard coat and substrate. Also, the equipment now
features Rev 3.1 nanoAR chemistry, which incorporates an oleophobic/hydrophobic
topcoat during the final stages of the coating process.
The nanoCLEAR AR is designed for compatibility with Optical
Dynamics’ Q-2100R in-office lens casting system. It can produce AR lenses in
about one hour. The system requires a PC interface.
This environmentally friendly equipment can produce lenses
with sphere powers from +4.00D to -6.00D in 0.25D steps, cylinder from -0.25D
to -2.50D in 0.25D steps, and add powers from +1.00D to +3.00D in 0.25D steps.
For more information, call (502) 671-2020, or go to
LEX-1000 Edger, Santinelli
The LEX-1000 edger includes a specific finishing wheel and
patented process for edging lenses with high base curves, the Advanced Soft
Grind mode for super-hydrophobic coated lenses and specific processing
abilities for smaller lenses.
The user interface features “Navigation Operation”
technology and sensored status update and troubleshooting capabilities.
New this year is the “Click Mode” feature, which allows
users of the equipment to produce Chemistrie sunlens clips for any glasses made
on the equipment. Designed and distributed by Eyenovate, Chemistrie lenses
click directly onto the patient’s lenses, thanks to near-invisible magnets
embedded in the periphery of each lens.
“Click Mode is an upgrade to the system—it allows the lab to
make a clip for any eyewear,” says Barry Santini, of Long Island Opticians.
“You take any frame, and with this system, you can create a clip for it.”
The LEX-1000 edger may be paired with one of five components
to customize the machine to a practice’s needs: the LEX I includes the Ce9
manual blocker; the LEX II includes the Ice Mini Blocker; the LEX III features
the Super Intelligent Blocker; the LEX IV incorporates both the Ice Mini
Blocker and the Lex Drill; and the LEX V includes both the Ice 1000 Super
Intelligent Blocker and the Lex Drill.
For more information, cal 1-800-644-3343, or go to
Fast Grind 2200, Super Systems Optical Technologies
The upgraded Fast Grind 2200 uses a three-pad process to
generate, finish and polish lenses using only tap water. This latest version of
the equipment uses version 7.3 software that allows for faster lens processing.
The operator can use the Fast Grind 2200 to make computer
lenses from standard progressive lenses, the company says. The equipment can
also produce regular progressive lenses, short-corridor progressive lenses,
single-vision lenses and blended designs in photochromic, polarized or AR
This surfacer has a 28-by-27-inch footprint, and the user
interface is designed to be able to assist technicians who are still learning
For more information, go to
www.superoptical.com, or call
ALE-5100 Finishing System Series, Topcon
The ALE-5100C processes all lens materials and includes
individual settings for plastic, polycarbonate, high-index, Trivex, acrylic,
glass or photochromic lenses. And, the Windows-format operating system allows
for ROM upgrades for new lens types. Onboard software memorizes sizing and
bevel position for each material type, and the one-block solution accommodates
all eye sizes, base curves and hydrophobic lens coatings.
The ALE-5100SG features a multi-functional arm for grooving
and beveling, the width and position of which are customizable.
A 10.4” color screen allows for intuitive use and
actual-size lens position verification. Each piece of equipment in the series
can remember up to 2,000 jobs. The ALE 5100 Series is compatible with the FR-50
frame reader, the DS-5000 integrated blocker and the DS-7000 automatic lens
For more information, call
1-800-223-1130, or go to