New OptoTech furnace series

New OptoTech furnace series

OCF Premium Plus 3 by Optotech

OptoTech has announced the release of their new OCF furnace series for curing hardcoatings on ophthalmic lenses as well as curing blanks. The 2 available versions (OCF Premium 2 and OCF Premium Plus 3) have individually controlled modules and adjustable feedrate for running different temperature profiles. At 50mm/min conveyor speed they are able to cure 450 lenses/h at full capacity (up to 3 stacked lens trays).

The OCF Premium Plus 3 has built-in HEPA circulating air filters to meet the requirements according to class ISO 6. The temperature stays consistent at +/- 3K. No heat up or cool down cycles are needed due to the closed system and the cleanroom condition in the Plus 3 model lowers the reject rate and increases yield.





Vision Expo to host virtual career event

Vision Expo has announced plans to host the Virtual Career Zone, a virtual networking event designed to connect young professionals and students with optical companies. Set to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 from 11-11:55 a.m. EDT, the virtual event is inspired by Vision Expo’s on-site Career Zone and will include a panel discussion moderated by Matt Geller, OD, Co-Founder and CEO of CovalentCareers, followed by opportunities for virtual networking with individual company leaders from National Vision, Shopko Optical, MyEyeDr., and Luxottica.

The event will begin with a 30-minute panel discussion – “Getting hired! How to be desirable in this market, how to stay relevant, and how to virtually network effectively” – moderated by Dr. Matt Geller. The panel aims at providing insight into the new challenges associated with searching for a job during a pandemic, with panelists offering actionable tips and career resources designed to help young professionals adapt to the current demands of the job market.

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Bill Werner, National Vision
  • Tracey M. Glendenning, O.D., FCOVD, and Director of Residencies and Externships at MyEyeDr.
  • Dr. Thomas Bobka, Shopko Optical
  • Paul Case, Senior Manager, OD Recruiting at Luxottica
  • Dr. Scott Seaburg, Clinical Director, Luxottica Eye Care

Following the panel, attendees will have the opportunity to join five-minute conversations with the participating companies of interest to them. This will provide opportunities to ask questions and learn more about specific companies and career paths.

Additionally, the Virtual Career Zone’s Passport Incentive Program will provide attendees with the chance to win prizes. To be eligible to win, participants must attend the entire 55-minute program.

The Virtual Career Zone is part of a series of virtual programming that Vision Expo is offering to bring the optical community together in between in-person events.

To register for the free event, click here.





Update on legal proceedings of EssilorLuxottica against HAL and GrandVision

EssilorLuxottica acknowledges that yesterday a Dutch district court issued a judgment in the summary proceedings that were initiated by them. The company had announced in July that it had taken legal steps intended to assess the way GrandVision conducted its business during the Covid-19 crisis, as well as the extent to which GrandVision had breached its obligations under the support agreement.

The court now dismissed demands for disclosure of information from both HAL and GrandVision on how the latter company conducted business during Covid-19. EssilorLuxottica reports that the information and data seized at the premises of GrandVision, with the express permission of the court, will remain protected from any change and available for further legal proceedings. EssilorLuxottica is studying the judgment and assessing its options, including the possibility of filing an appeal. The company says that it remains concerned about GrandVision’s behavior in continuing to deny access to important information related to their handling of the Covid-19 outbreak.





Satisloh announces on-demand support with assisted reality technology

Satisloh announces on-demand support with assisted reality technology

Satisloh Distance Step

Satisloh expanded their technical support portfolio with the new Distance Step program, providing labs real-time help and information without a tech visit.

“We’re excited about offering Distance Step – especially now with the uncertainty of travel. It gives our customers the same great level of technical assistance they’re used to, but without a personal visit. Instead, they’ll use cutting-edge assisted reality technology to work with a Satisloh tech through maintenance or repair procedures – as if he was standing right next to them,” said Andy Huthoefer, Head of Marketing and Product Management, Satisloh.

Distant Step subscribers get a complete technology kit. An assisted reality headset with head mounted mobile device allows customers to interact hands free with service experts via TeamViewer Pilot app. A tablet pre-loaded with SAP JAM app gives access to Satisloh´s knowledge base with machine and training documentation, troubleshooting guides and videos; and their MES-360 Maintenance Manager App for planning and recording maintenance for all lab equipment. The kit includes a storage and charging station to keep headsets and tablet centrally located in the lab so operators can readily access tools for remote support. Guidelines for keeping employees and customers safe, developed with cross contamination expert, Dr. Peter Papadakos from the University of Rochester round up the package.

“In addition to this complete technology package, support requests from Distance Step customers will be prioritized level one,” said Huthoefer.

More information can be found here.


MAFO – The Conference 2021 confirmed

MAFO – The Conference 2021 confirmed

MAFO-the Conference

After the inevitable cancellation of MAFO – The Conference 2020 due to the corona crisis it is now certain:
MAFO – The Conference 2021 will take place!

The motto for the annual industry meeting ties in with 2020: Smart and Sustainable – reloaded. And the date is also already fixed: February 5th 2021, as always on the day before Mido starts.

As it is currently open whether “in real life” meetings in Milan can take place in the familiar social atmosphere in February, the location will be announced later. Since the safety of the speakers and participants is the top priority, the organization team is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and is also working on a digital alternative. Even in the event that, contrary to all hopes and expectations, no physical meetings are advised next year either, the claim is to set up a great event that will be remembered by everyone involved.

While many of the lecturers have confirmed their participation, some slots have opened up and ideas for new topics are welcome, see call for papers.