MEI returns to MIDO again this year, confirming its now-traditional dual presence: once again, the institutional stand, targeting the industrial sector, will be joined by an exhibit space given over entirely to EZFit, the compact edger dedicated to retail users.
Constantly looking for innovative solutions that will allow labs and lens and frame manufacturers increased flexibility and productivity through simplified processing, at the Milan show, MEI will present a series of key systems designed to offer its clients a total quality performance in the lens edging process.
One of the biggest breakthroughs is the FlawLessFit lens mounting system. Consisting of FlawLessGauge, a new measuring device, to be paired with the existing tracer and integrated with MEI cutting machine software, the FlawLessFit system ensures perfect assembly the first time, making re-machining a thing of the past and eliminating not only the added expense but also the waste it produces.
4QC – MEI’s new automatic quality control system, developed as an upgrade that can be applied to all 4Racer machines, carries out dimensional control of the cut lens, optical center position and cylinder axis after milling, ensuring the total optical quality of the lens produced. This system allows the lab to certify that every lens delivered meets the specifications, not only in terms of optical parameters but also the shaping process. Additionally, the data acquired during the final inspection contribute to monitoring the machine’s functioning, optimizing maintenance and preventing unforeseen downtime.
Smart Loader, which can be added to the Sphera2Plus, has new, enhanced functions capable of keeping pace with the latest fashion trends. In addition to automatically orienting lens polarization and shading, the new Smart Loader is equipped with an automatic multifunctional illumination system that makes it possible to search for and align other distinctive elements on the lens itself. Thanks to the new Smart Loader, it is possible to produce shaping that is centered relative to pre-existing designs and logos. Even partially-visible decorative elements are located and perfectly aligned with the cut shape, for excellent aesthetic results.
With an eye to Industry 4.0, the JobTracking4.0 software package takes all the data supervision functions already installed on the individual MEI lens edger and combines them with applications capable of analyzing, even remotely, productivity and efficiency data for the entire lab. With this package, it is possible to maximize system usage, trace the causes of downtime, support preventive maintenance and interface the lab with company management’s global systems.
The new Eyegoal software release is another key innovation for lens edger operators. It ensures a powerful and flexible edging system, in keeping with developments in the world of eyewear, making it possible to take an intuitive approach to creating even very complex cutting designs, import cutting files from any MEI machine and share new format files between EzFit and 4Racer.
And, finally, the new Shape Finder EVO Reflector, dedicated to quality control of cut lenses. An evolution of the already well-known Shape Finder EVO, this tool is equipped with a custom illumination system and, in addition to carrying out all the functions of the previous version, can check the dimensions of cut lenses and the position of visible laser and painted logos.
“The challenge for us is to design machines with ever-greater productivity, reliability and ease of use, while maintaining the technical superiority and quality of service that have consistently set us apart”, remarks Stefano Sonzogni, MEI President and Technical Director. “With these latest innovations to be introduced at MIDO, we are taking another step ahead in this direction, offering our clients the guarantee of total quality in the lens edging process.”