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.




Coburn Technologies introduces new express lens edger

Coburn Technologies introduces new express lens edger

Coburn Technologies has released the next generation in their lens edging technology, their fastest edger to-date, the HPE-910 Exxpert Express Lens Edger. The faster edging speed is the result of smart processing and quick mapping, completing a job in 80 seconds.

“HPE-910 is the successor to our 810 and 8000X models,” states Wayne Labrecque, Vice President of Sales for Coburn Technologies. “Processing is now up to 50% faster than the HPE-8000X Exxpert Lens Edger, whether you’re edging spectacle, sport, fashion or rimless lenses.” The new technology is equipped with 7 step bevel types and 5 edging styles, creating a sturdy fit for frames. Coburn points out that it is easy to process high curve lenses and lenses with various coatings due to a more powerful wheel and flexible adaptive chuck and that complex processing, including variable asymmetric, is fast and easy due to height adjustability. Other available grooving includes semi-U, partial grooving/beveling, hybrid grooving and dual grooving. Operators can also utilize the retouch function after processing to further refine the fitting. The new system safely processes lenses with an upgraded roughing wheel, adaptive chuck, and hydrophobic mode. Multiple configurations are available, including an optional drill, and can be paired with any of Coburn’s Exxpert and Excelon finishing products.

More information is available from Coburn online at www.coburntechnologies.com.





Safe Business Platform: opti 2021

Safe Business Platform: opti 2021

From September 1st on, trade fairs may take place again in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. The upcoming opti, which will be held in Stuttgart from 8th to 10th of January 2021, will then be the first ophthalmic optics trade show within a year, where the industry can meet again. In order to ensure the necessary hygiene measures for a safe get-together, the opti organizers are in close contact with Stuttgart Messe and the responsible authorities in the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, so that the specifications and recommendations that are required for the safe organization of trade fairs can be implemented when planning opti 2021.

The safety, health and well-being of all exhibitors, visitors, media representatives, partners and employees are first priority and form the base for a successful participation of the trade fair. The hygiene concept, which derives from the current requirements of the “Actions against the spread of the corona virus of the State of Baden-Württemberg”, valid from 1st of July, 2020, and the “Ordinance of the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Social Affairs for the containment of transmission of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) at trade fairs, exhibitions and congresses”, serves as a reliable guideline for overall planning security.

“We are pleased to be able to provide our exhibitors and all other stakeholders with concrete measures that will make opti 2021 a successful and secure business platform. In January, the industry will not have met for a whole year – which makes opti 2021 one of the most important event to date”, says Dieter Dohr, Chairman of the Management Board of Gesellschaft für Handwerksmessen (GHM). The hygiene concept is available online: www.opti.de/corona-faq




Silmo 2020 outside the walls

Silmo 2020 outside the walls

After announcing that the 2020 edition would not be held at Paris Nord Villepinte, from Oct, 2 to 5, Silmo Paris activated its plan B to address the expectation of the optical and eyewear industry and the anticipation of exhibitors and visitors hoping to reunite.

This year a nomadic version of Silmo Paris will be held in different formats adapted to the market. Showrooms will open in various locations:

  • Paris, October 3rd and 4th
  • Bordeaux, October 12th
  • Rennes, October 19th
  • Lyon, October 26th
  • Copenhagen, Denmark, October 4th
  • Brussels, Belgium : date to be confirmed

According to the organizers this unprecedented local program was devised to address essential business needs without overlooking the characteristics distinctive to Silmo: conviviality, effectiveness, performance, content, and discussion. They want to bring all the basic elements together for the success of an unusual edition that is meant to reinvent the concept while remaining focused on the objective: to remain turned to the future. Details will be announced in autumn.