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PFAS – what we know and what we do not know yet

Interview with the industry association Spectaris PFAS are a group of industrial chemicals comprising a very large number of substances., the number is estimated at approximately 10,000. Due to...

The last frontier for progressive design personalization

Gaze dynamics diagnosis. The desire to design the ideal progressive addition lens for each user has been a constant over the years. The tools that have emerged along the years to offer customization...

Demystifying the dip coating process

Hard coating of ophthalmic lenses For most of the ophthalmic laboratories, among the many steps for lens manufacturing, the most critical one is certainly the hard coating process. This is probably...

Tinting – from gut feeling to process control

A software-based approach to improve process control in a tinting lab Automation and digitalization are omnipresent. Their benefits on the shop floor in terms of costs, quality and throughput are...

Sustainable manufacturing for lens generating Filtration and waste management started as a means to save companies money by reusing resources through their process. As the world has turned to...

Pushing the frontier of automation

Robots and digitalization for stable processes Robotics is no rocket science anymore. Affordable and reliable modules reveal new views on automation. Experienced equipment-suppliers profit from the...

Prismatic corrections – a communication challenge between the industry and opticians

In my career of over 30 years as a lecturer in ophthalmic optics, I have been through all the stages from student to teacher to developer to expert authority – trusted with confidential knowledge...

And the winner is …

How market data in optics comes to life: When Mark and Ingeborg Mackenzie began to conduct studies on the global optical industry in 2003, Ferrari won the Formula 1 with Michael Schumacher. At that...

How eyewear goes green – within the realm of the possible

Today every company is talking about becoming sustainable. That is the future. But it is also a demand that many consumers – especially from Europe – and many governments are now making. However,...

Born out of necessity

How a company combated the Corona Virus - a personal report by Norm Kester For us in the United States, everyone of certain age remembers exactly where we were and what we were doing on September...

A driving simulator as a tool for benchmarking optical lenses

Conception of the Aalen Mobility Perception & Exploration Lab (AMPEL) The Aalen Mobility Perception & Exploration Lab (AMPEL) is part of the Competence Center "Vision Research" in the Innovation...
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Infrared protection for sun protection lenses

Any reduction of the light spectrum using filter lenses triggers a lot of discussion. Even with UV420 lenses, there are many arguments for and against in the market and some even ask the question...
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Historical grinding machine for spectacle lenses

Mineral glass is difficult to work, especially the rock crystal beryl initially used to make spectacle lenses, because of its hardness. So anyone who wanted to turn a piece of glass into a visually...

The Craftsmanship of Ophthalmic Coatings

Principal knowledge on procedures and best practise The objectives of this article are to provide general principal knowledge on ophthalmic coating manufacture procedures and best practises based on...
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Sustainability in ophthalmic optics

Sustainability in ophthalmology, what does that mean for our industry? Can we withdraw from the current debate about ecology and climate protection? Can we just ignore these topics? Undeniably, we...

Ready for innovation in the eyewear industry?

  Innovation is the heartbeat of society. Big ideas for existing problems combined with the right technology results in innovative products with the power to revolutionize industries. The first...

Artificial Intelligence and Society

  Self-driving cars, service robots and smart homes – all AI applications – will change how we live. This article discusses the following questions: Which existing technical innovations already use...

MAFO – The Conference 2019

MAFO – The Conference 2019 is the 20th conference dedicated to the professionals of the ophthalmic business which is organized by the publisher of MAFO – Ophthalmic Labs & Industry. We open the...

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Fifth LensWare Convention in Langen (Germany)

From 3rd to 8th of July the fifth LensWare Convention took place. For this purpose, the office crew and all international consultants met for one week in Langen, to integrally discuss about latest developments in projects, modules and requirements, and to furtherly...

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