Product: Modulo Center One
Top Line: Schneider is introducing Modulo Center One, a compact all-in-one surfacing center capable of processing 80 lenses/hour, in just 72 sq. ft. (7m²). The second in a series of 11 new launches from Schneider, Modulo Center One is a full-fledged production that incorporates a milling station, lathe turning station, one or two 4-spindle polishing units and a CO2 or excimer laser. It features Schneiders new Modulo ONE polishing technology.
Close Up: Modulo Center One substantially saves time, running all processes simultaneously and perfectly synchronized, even milling and lathe turning. With the chambers placed right next to one another, the smart automation transfers the lenses in virtually no time. The dedicated Control Center (MES) informs at a glance about the current status of the machine, production parameters, and efficiency. 
Labs can now run larger scale productions even in small locations and under non-industrial conditions. Little to no operator intervention is needed as the center works fully automated with all essential components on board, according to Schneider, which describes the Modulo Center One’s operation as “Blank in, surfaced lens out.”
Vital Stats:
• Tight Integration: Modulo Center One is virtually four machines in one: a generator, one or two double-spindle polishers and a laser marker. Even lens washing and drying is fully integrated.
• Milling and lathe turning: The two processes are decoupled and form autonomous stations, allowing the center to run the processes in parallel, thereby cutting down production time. Modulo Center One is equipped with the proven and powerful XS-Tec motor, exceeding any acceleration levels previously known in ophthalmics.
• Polishing: Modulo Center One is available either with one or two polishing chambers. Working with just a single pad over the full range, the Modulo One polishing technology works entirely without tool changes. Thanks to its four (resp. eight) active spindles and with former auxiliary times greatly reduced, the center guarantees highest throughputs. Significantly longer pad lifetimes allow for uninterrupted polishing all shift long.
• Laser Marking: Labs can choose between the basic industry proven CO2 laser option or the Modulo One excimer laser option that comes with an ultra-fast full lens scanning concept and provides highest-quality results. The laser unit can be integrated before or after polishing.
The surfacing center’s individual stations are placed very close to one another allowing the four high-speed handling systems to swiftly transfer the lenses from station to station. The intelligent production logic ensures time consuming complex jobs do not slow down overall production speed, as the smart automation allows for bypassing. The handling systems feed the next job to whatever polishing station is available. Variability in polishing time based on material or complexity can be balanced out.
Modulo Center One comes with an on-board global interface philosophy that allows connection to the Modulo system. Once connected to the Modulo system, the machine works as an integral part of this one-of-a-kind solution and is subject to the centralized monitoring control center. The lab manager is fully informed about the current status of the machine. Therefore, critical situations and downtime can be avoided before they arise. Higher uptimes and increased yields are assured, Schneider said.