Schneider goes contact lenses and IOL

Schneider goes contact lenses and IOL

Schneider UPC 100 Vision und UPC nano

Schneider is entering the market for contact lens and IOL manufacturing technology with two new solutions for single-point diamond turning.

The fully featured UPC 100 Vision is designed for the manufacturing of mold inserts with surface roughness values in the 1-2 nm range, individualized contact lenses or hydrophilic and hydrophobic IOLs.

The machine combines hydrostatic linear guides and aerostatic spindle technology. Its perpendicular arrangement of Fast Tool axis and X-axis allows for direct coupling of dynamic forces into the super rigid hydrostatic guiding.

The device uses one single main controller to drive the entire machine, including the optional Fast Tool which can process a wide range of custom-fit freeform geometries like scleral, orthokeratology, toric, or any lens to correct high order aberration.

The UPC nano includes an integrated Fast Tool for freeform manufacturing and comes with on board spherical, non-spherical and freeform capabilities to manufacture all types of contact lenses.

The design allows for air cooling or spray mist lubricated dry machining and wet machining for contact lenses and IOLs. Thanks to the machine’s small and compact size as well as its light weight it can be operated virtually everywhere.

For high volume requirements, UPC nano can be equipped with an optional automation system for non-stop automated processing of larger batches without operator intervention. It can also be enhanced with an optional scanhead based laser engraving system.

All Schneider UPC machines comply with international safety standards.







Digital use has increased in corona times

A representative study among spectacle wearers shows how much digital use has increased in the times of corona. This also has an impact on our visual dynamics today.

Whether video conferencing, e-mail, chat or video streaming: As a result of the corona crisis with home office and social distancing, 59 percent of German spectacle wearers spend significantly more time privately and professionally with computers, smartphones, tablets and other digital devices. This was the result of a representative Innofact survey commissioned by the lens manufacturer Zeiss Vision Care.

Three hours and more with digital devices and services

Specifically, the increase in “digital time” by corona has proven to be significant: 10.8 percent of spectacle wearers have stated that they have spent between three and five hours more a day using digital devices since the onset of the corona crisis. In 13.5 percent, it was even more than five additional hours a day.

Almost 14 percent spend between two and three hours more on smartphones, tablets and computers, 16 percent between half an hour and two hours – and five percent up to half an hour more.

But even before the corona lockdown, the use per day was high: almost half of the spectacle wearers surveyed stated that they had spent more than five hours a day using digital devices.

Further increase in digital time

The survey also evaluated whether a further increase in usage time in the coming twelve months is expected from digital offerings such as digital news media, smart homes, streaming providers or video calls. This is assumed by 41.5 percent of the spectacle wearers surveyed.

Around half of all respondents were still unsure. Only nine percent think that they will use their digital devices a little less again in the next twelve months.

Demand for optimized vision solutions

“The survey shows that there has been a clearly measurable increase in the use of digital devices in both private and professional life,” says Matthias Wehrle Marketing Manager at Zeiss Vision Care Germany. In general, interest in relaxed and healthy vision in everyday digital life has increased significantly. “This is also reflected in a great interest in glasses that are optimized for digital devices and thus support the eyes and vision. More than half of the respondents indicated that they would buy such glasses.”

Changing vision: why digital life requires new glasses

But in “digital times”, not just glasses that are optimized for the use of digital devices alone are in demand. Our gaze behavior today is characterized by an unprecedented dynamic of vision. We always have the smartphone at hand and often orient ourselves out of the corner of our eyes. Our gaze constantly changes from the display into the distance, downwards, to the front and to the side. Our “smartphone” vision means that we make more eye movements than head movements and look much more through the edges of glasses than before.

Study design

As part of a so-called omnibus survey, Innofact AG asked a representative sample of 694 spectacle wearers aged between 18 and 69 years at the beginning of July 2020, including 322 men and 372 women. 64.4% of the participants stated that they were employed.

In addition, people without visual aids or contact lens wearers were also interviewed as part of the representative study. The results in this section of the population were very similar or almost identical to those of the spectacle wearers.




Silmo 2020 cancelled

Silmo 2020 cancelled

Organizers of Silmo 2020 announced today the cancellation of the event which had been scheduled at the Paris Nord Villepinte Centre, Oct, 2 to 5. In its statement, Amelie Morel, chairwoman of the Silmo Association, wrote, “Since the beginning of the worldwide health and economic crisis, we made clear commitments and established extensive measures to protect and guide the companies of our industry throughout this particularly difficult period. In particular, we promised to announce our decision as to whether the 2020 edition of Silmo Paris would go forward as of mid-July, based on various criteria relating to the trade fair fundamentals as well as developments in the international health, economic and political situation.

Morel added, “We extend great thanks to the 688 registered exhibitors who demonstrated great entrepreneurial courage by deciding to maintain their participation in Silmo Paris 2020, despite the crisis we are going through.” She noted that “Agility is key. We will therefore pursue our commitment to guide the industry’s return to business, ensure our mission to promote its products and services, and uphold our pledge to the optical and eyewear sector, which will mean:

• From October to November 2020, Silmo will set out to encounter opticians in France and throughout Europe. “Silmo Hors les Murs” (“Silmo Outside the Walls”) will propose events that honor its commitment to support the industry, in keeping with the Silmo convivial spirit!

• This unprecedented operation will begin on October 4-5, 2020 in Paris, and will be repeated every Monday in the month of October in a different city, such as Bordeaux, Lyon, Rennes and Brussels (the program is still being finalized).

• The 2020 Silmo d’Or awards will go forward, open to all the companies registered to date.

• Once again this year, Silmo Academy will issue a scholarship to support a scientific research project in vision and optics.

• Through a specialised application, Silmo Next—a laboratory of ideas, a forum for interprofessional discussions, and a showcase for creation and innovation—will present the summary of the work that began two years ago, probing into the future of the sector, product developments, and the optical profession “toward a techno-responsible optical and eyewear future.”

SILMO 2021 will welcome visitors and exhibitors back to the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre from September 24-27, 2021.

N-Tec Talks in the Rhine Valley

N-Tec Talks in the Rhine Valley

N-Tec talks stage

The high-tech congress N-Tec Talks will take place parallel to the fair W3 + Fair Rheintal on September 23 and 24, 2020 in Dornbirn, Austria. The event focuses on prospects, opportunities and ideas for the high-tech industry after the corona crisis. More than 35 speakers from companies and research will provide their assessments and recommendations. The lectures will focus on the areas of medical technology, production & quality assurance and the management topic “learnings from Corona”. The congress is included in the admission price of the fair.

The lectures will be held in German or English. The entire program is available here.

Jörg Brück, Project Director of the event, ensures that the safety of all participants is top priority and that all requirements will of course be met.








Vision Expo West 2020 cancelled

The Vision Council and Reed Exhibitions have announced the decision to cancel Vision Expo West 2020, scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from September 23–26. Over the past several months, Reed Exhibitions’ Vision Expo team and The Vision Council worked together to prepare and plan for the event while closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on members of the optical community. With the health and wellbeing of everyone in attendance at the Show as the show organizers’ primary concern, Vision Expo, along with the Venetian Resort, developed a multi-layered, in-depth plan to ensure the safety of everyone planning on attending.

Despite these efforts and a strong interest from the industry to participate, the decision has been made to cancel Vision Expo West 2020 as a result of Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s announcement on Monday, June 26 sharing that Nevada “will remain in Phase 2 of reopening plans through the end of July due to current trends of the coronavirus infection.”

With a focus on delivering greater value to the industry and further developing fresh and innovative virtual offerings, Vision Expo is launching a 365-digital platform dedicated to bringing the optical community together and allowing business to continue. The platform will include CE education, allow for direct appointment setting, virtual product showcases, service and product sourcing, and more. The announcement on Vision Expo’s new virtual platform, its specific offerings and partners will be shared in the coming months.

Attendees and exhibitors who had registered to participate in Vision Expo West 2020 will receive separate, personalized communications in the coming days from the Vision Expo team.




W3+ Fair Rhine Valley 2020 firmly scheduled for September

W3+ Fair Rhine Valley 2020 firmly scheduled for September

After the gradual easing of the corona regulations in Austria, preparations for the 2nd high-tech trade fair W3+ Fair Rhine Valley are once again picking up full speed. With its event date in September, the fair will be the start of the second half of the business year. The new accompanying high-tech congress, N-Tec Talks, will focus on the new start after the lockdown and show companies opportunities in the three thematic areas of “Product Technology”, “Procurement and Production” and “Management”.

Provided that Austria further relaxes the regulations, the W3+ Fair Rheintal will take place as planned on 23 and 24 September 2020. The fair will then open – as probably one of the first events after the corona break – the eagerly awaited autumn season. For the second time already, the high-tech platform is calling experts from the optics, photonics, electronics and mechanics sectors from the four-country region of Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to the Dornbirn exhibition center. Together, the experts are looking for new technological solutions that are used, for example, in areas such as medical technology, tools & machinery and automotive. Key exhibitors have already confirmed their participation, including Swarowski Optik from Austria, Optotech from Germany, SwissOptic from Switzerland, Universal Photonics from the USA as well as ILT Fineworks from the Netherlands.

Looking to the future will be a central theme: the new, accompanying high-tech congress N-Tec Talks will be held under the motto “The day after Corona – prospects, opportunities and measures for the high-tech industry after the crisis”. The congress on enabling technologies took place for the first time at the W3+ Fair Wetzlar in Germany in February 2020. In the Rhine Valley, everything will revolve around the three subject areas of “Product Technology”, “Procurement and Production” and “Management”. More than 20 speakers from associations and companies, including RHYSearch, ACMIT, CSEM and Optics Balzers will present their concepts for new beginnings, which are of equal interest to product managers, developers or buyers.

In order to meet the increased safety requirements in corona times, organizer Fleet Events has put together a comprehensive package of measures that can be implemented as required. These include controlled numbers of visitors in the hall as well as wider aisles and increased cleaning cycles.

“We are confident that the event will take place in September. After the corona break, we are expecting a strong response – many companies and partners are very much looking forward to resuming personal contacts. Dornbirn will thus become the hotspot of the high-tech industry in the Rhine Valley region during the two days of the trade fair,” Project Director Jörg Brück is certain.

High-tech meeting place Rhine Valley

The venue Rhine Valley has been carefully chosen: The transnational region with its focus on research & development is one of the top ten of Europe’s 1,200 high-tech locations. This is where the cross-industry concept of the W3+ Fair is particularly effective. User sectors such as aerospace, automotive, medical technology, life science, tools & machinery benefit from the cooperation just as much as the high-tech industries themselves. At the premiere in September 2019, over 100 national and international exhibitors met with more than 1000 trade visitors.