Bühler gives first webinar

Bühler Leybold Optics has organized their first live webinar for the ophthalmic market.

The webinar with the title “meeting market requirements from fast coating solutions to premium processes” will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

The current ophthalmic market demands specific coating solutions to meet sustainability requirements. In this webinar, Xavier Peréz (R&D Project Manager, Process Development and Application) and Amaury Laureau (Sales Manager Ophthalmic) will present several solutions to tackle that demand in different ways.

List of topics:

  • Lens production and sustainability
  • Coatings processes: OptiFast, Robust, UMBRA
  • Energy management
  • Digital solutions

In order to give viewers from different time zones the opportunity to participate, two sessions will be offered:

  • 10:30 AM Central European Summer Time
  • 05:30 PM Central European Summer Time

Registration is open now.





SatislohLink: virtual booth

Wanting to stay connected with labs, but at their customers’ convenience, Satisloh has created their new virtual booth, SatislohLink. Responding to canceled trade shows around the world, the company built this new online tool to keep the ophthalmic market informed and supported about new technologies so when they’re ready to ramp back up to capacity, they know what’s available and how it will impact their production levels and improve their efficiency.

“As spring trade shows were being canceled, we realized we needed to think creatively about how to stay connected with our customers and keep everyone safe,” said Andy Huthoefer, Satisloh Head of Marketing and Product Management. “Our virtual booth, SatislohLink, lets us do that. Users can explore our offerings from the comfort of their homes – until we can meet in person again.”

Visitors to SatislohLink can experience virtual product launches, explore product videos, attend in-depth webinars to learn more about the company’s new technologies and processes, sign up for limited-time special pricing promotions, browse how-to maintenance documentation, and have fun with a quiz for a chance to win prizes.

Shamir announces program to support first responders

Shamir is collaborating with US optical laboratories nationwide, which produce their freeform or digital lenses, and have chosen to participate in the company’s #VisionFIRST initiative.  The program was designed to provide complimentary prescription lens designs for safety eyewear or other lens types for healthcare workers and first responders.

“We are all in this together”, said Raanan Naftalovich, CEO, “The nation will return to normal, but first we need to ensure the safety of our healthcare professionals.”  Shamir’s lens products are used in the optical industry today in the form of safety eyewear or occupational (small task) lenses, progressive or single vision lenses.

The company expects #VisionFIRST to contribute thousands of pairs of complimentary prescription eyewear, with Shamir digital designs, to first responders.   “Our hope is to collaborate with as many Shamir Optical Lab partners as possible, increasing the opportunity to provide enhanced vision for those holding the front-line”, said Raanan.  “All our digital lens products will be available to our optical laboratory customers so they and the eye care professional will have no constraints in finding a lens that will work for just about every first responder in need of eyewear”.

Over 20 partnered optical laboratories confirmed participation right from the start.  Shamir anticipates up to 100 total optical laboratories nationwide will actively work with eye care professionals across the country, offering first responders personalized safety eyewear.

Participating #VisionFIRST labs can be found at  www.shamirlens.com/visionfirst.




IOT webinars for education during confinement

IOT webinars for education during confinement

The research and development company in the field of optics says it wants to enliven the weeks of confinement with its own webinars that encourage to strengthen knowledge in a pleasant and productive way.

IOT has decided to publish weekly different webinars that seek to entertain and also teach and review various general and fundamental aspects of optics.

With the aim of offering a quality teaching adapted to as many users as possible, the webinars are being broadcast virtually and, in several languages, specifically, in Spanish, English, Italian and even Mandarin.

The call for these webinars is sent by e-mail, through which interested people can sign up with just a click. In addition, these courses are also promoted through the company’s social networks, thus offering an alternative way for all who are interested in them.

IOT recommends signing up as soon as possible for the webinar in which the user is interested because of the limited capacity.


This week the topic is Ophthalmic lenses for digital life.

April 30, webinar in Spanish / 12 PM ( GTM +5), Bogotá – 7PM  (Madrid)

April 30, webinar in English / 11 AM (GMT +2) Madrid

April 30, webinar in English / 9AM PDT- 12 PM EDT







The Vision Council announces the publication of ANSI Z87.1–2020

The Vision Council has announced the revision of the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 American National Standard for Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices. This standard sets criteria related to the general requirements, testing, permanent marking, selection, care, and use of eye and face protectors to minimize the occurrence and severity or prevention of injuries from hazards such as impact, non-ionizing radiation, and liquid splash exposures in occupational and educational environments including, but not limited to, machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations. New content has been added to address anti-fog lens assessments, relaxed optics requirements, and additional clarity to the execution of testing.

The following ANSI standards packages are also available and contain the revision of ANSI/ISEA Z87.1:

  • ANSI Z80.3 / ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 – Eyewear Requirements Set
  • ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 / ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 – Eyewash and Eye Protection Package
  • ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 / ANSI Z80.3 / ANSI Z80.1 – Eyewear Package


California Lab Committee Announces Norm Kester as 2020 Goodfellow Award Recipient

California Lab Committee Announces Norm Kester as 2020 Goodfellow Award Recipient

Norm Kester, President of Quantum Innovations, Inc.

Norm Kester, President of Quantum Innovations, Inc.

The California Lab Committee has announced Norm Kester, President of ophthalmic coatings company Quantum Innovations, Inc., as the recipient of the 2020 Goodfellow award. The annual award recognizes a lab executive or business leader who actively contributes to the advancement of the optical industry.

The award will be presented to Kester during a virtual happy hour on Thursday, April 23 at 5 p.m. PT. Hosted by the California Lab Committee, members of the optical industry are invited to attend the celebration, which will be conducted via a ZOOM video call. To register to attend, click here.

“During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges for the industry, we think it is more important than ever to find ways to bring our community together and celebrate successes, exceptional professionalism, and industry trailblazers,” said Steve Sutherlin, The Vision Council’s Lab Division Liaison. “While we are not able to gather in person this year, we are looking forward to bringing the community together virtually to present Norm with this well-deserved award and recognize his contributions.”

“I am humbled to be joining an amazing group of people that have won this award. This is a great honor,” said Norm Kester.

Prior to launching his career in the optical industry, Kester served in the United States Navy in the early 1990s. Upon leaving the Navy in 1995, he began a career at Satis Vacuum in Dallas, Texas, where he held several leadership roles, including President in Dallas and Vice President of Satis Vacuum of America in Columbus, Ohio.

In 2002, Kester moved to Oregon and launched Quantum Innovations, Inc. in his garage. Since then, Kester has grown the start-up into one of the premiere suppliers of state-of-the art vacuum coating and ophthalmic equipment and lens-cleaning products. Today, the company creates value-based, customer-centered products, and is highly regarded as a leader in UV (ultraviolet) and AR (anti-reflective) coating technology.

In 2018, Kester founded RLVNT, an outdoor experience company offering sunglasses made with durable frames and innovative technologies for use on the water or in the field, with business partner Adam Winkelman.

In his free time, Kester enjoys spending time with his wife, Tammy, and three children.