Reengineering and Renovation

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Monday, October 25, 2021 1:00 AM The term “work in progress” accurately defines most prescription optical laboratories. No matter how smoothly a lab may be running, there’s always something that needs updating or replacing, whether it’s adding a single piece of equipment, reengineering an entire production line or even building a whole facility. It’s an endless cycle of invention and reinvention, and labs must learn to adjust to it while continuing to service customers, a challenge which can be daunting for any business.

Automating With Robotics for Faster Speed and Better Quality at the Zeiss Lab

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:58 AM Synopsis: Zeiss recently completed a multi-year, $20 million reengineering project at their flagship lab in Hebron, Kentucky. Barry Lannon, head of lab operations and supply chain for Carl Zeiss Vision, managed the Industry 4.0 process. He explained what it took to plan and execute the multi-level project, and how Zeiss customers are benefitting from the upgrade.

Incremental Upgrades Yield Big Results for LBC Optics

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:57 AM Synopsis: LBC Optics services Wisconsin Vision’s 38 stores. The regional retailer was ranked 31st in Vision Monday’s 2020 Top Retailer ranking. LBC’s reengineering project was two-fold. The first was constructing a new conveyor line that could transfer job trays automatically using existing equipment that has the capability to function in this capacity. Second was installing a new control stacker and two new auto polishers to complete a line that produced 100 lenses/hour from blocker to final wash station.

Plastic Plus Limited Expands to Accommodate Increasing Demand

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:56 AM Synopsis: Plastic Plus underwent major expansions in 2008 and 2017, and is currently adding new equipment. (Most of this report refers to the 2017 expansion.) Lab owner and president Paul Faibish offered an inside perspective on how the lab was transformed by new technologies.

Satisloh’s Checklist for Lab Reengineering

By Andrew Karp and Jeff Hopkins
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:54 AM Satisloh, a leading supplier of lens processing systems and equipment, has developed this checklist of important items for labs to consider when undertaking a reengineering project, and the key success factors for such a project.

Transitions Academy Celebrates 25 Years With In-Person Live Event in Orlando in January 2022

By Staff
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:21 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical announced Monday that it is “looking forward” to welcoming attendees to an in-person event for the 25th Transitions Academy, which is scheduled for Jan. 16-19, 2022, at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

CooperVision's SightGlass Business Reports Trial Data Indicating Vision Diffusion Optics Technology Demonstrates ‘Significant Reduction in Myopia Progression’ After Two Years

By Staff
Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:27 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—CooperVision said its SightGlass Vision business has revealed two-year clinical study data for its Diffusion Optics Technology, which is specifically designed to slow the progression of myopia in children. After two years, children who wore their Diffusion Optics Technology-enabled spectacles full time, including not removing them for near vision activities, progressed on average one-half diopter less than those wearing the control spectacles—a reduction of 59 percent, according to an announcement.

VSP Global Premier Program Now Includes Extra Lens Savings on Eligible Carl Zeiss Vision and Hoya Vision Care Products

By Staff
Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:27 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—The VSP Global Premier Program will now extend additional revenue opportunities for eligible lens partner products as part of what VSP describes as its larger commitment to support network doctors’ long-term success through expanded choice and flexibility.

Hoya Group Reports Significant Increases in Sales and Profits in First Quarter

By Staff
Friday, July 30, 2021 12:27 AM TOKYO—Boosted by strong sales in both North America and Europe, Hoya Group (7741:JP) on Thursday reported that sales for the first quarter (April 1 through June 30) of its current fiscal year totaled 158,000 million yen, an increase of 44.5 percent from the same period of the previous fiscal year. The quarterly profit before tax totaled 51,018 million yen, and quarterly profit amounted to 41,299 million yen, up 59.7 percent and 61.1 percent, respectively. The quarterly profit margin before tax was 32.3 percent, representing a year-on-year increase of 3.1 points.

EssilorLuxottica Creates Smart Eyewear Innovation Hub in France to Capture Rising Opportunities in Wearables

By Staff
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:27 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica said Monday that it has created a dedicated innovation center in France to reinforce its expertise and expand its capabilities in electrochromic and smart eyewear technologies.

Startup Kits Eyecare Achieves Record Revenue and New Customer Growth in First Quarter

By Staff
Monday, May 17, 2021 12:18 AM VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Kits Eyecare Ltd., a vertically integrated, digital eyecare platform, reported first-quarter results late last week that showed a record quarterly revenue of $20.4 million, representing organic growth of 42 percent from the year-ago period, and active customers exceeding 750,000 at quarter’s end.

Shamir and Alpine F1 Team Form New Partnership

By Staff
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:24 AM SAN DIEGO—Shamir and Alpine Formula 1 have formed a new partnership which will see Shamir become the Alpine F1 Team's optical performance partner.

Three-Year Study Shows Hoya MiyoSmart Lens Slows Myopia Progression in Children

By Staff
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:27 AM BANGKOK—The results of a new study showed that Hoya Vision Care’s MiyoSmart lens slowed myopia progression in children over a three-year period. Hoya Vision Care announced the results of the three-year follow-up clinical study on its MiyoSmart spectacle lens with patented Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments.

Apax Funds to Acquire Ophthalmic Lens Innovator Rodenstock

By Staff
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 2:31 PM MUNICH, Germany—Funds advised by Apax today announced an agreement to acquire Rodenstock Group, a leading manufacturer of premium ophthalmic lenses, from Compass Partners. Financial terms were not disclosed. However, a person familiar with the matter said that the deal values Rodenstock at about €1.5 billion ($1.77 billion), including debt, according to Reuters, which reported last month that Compass was preparing a sale at this valuation. Founded in 1877, Rodenstock has been a global leader in prescription lenses for over 140 years, with a strong track record of innovative product development and market leading technologies.

Transitions Optical’s ‘Pulse’ Meeting Provides Updates on New Products and Innovations in a Fast-Changing Global Retail Landscape

By Staff
Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Optical gathered 10,000 industry professionals from 98 countries in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia online for a first of its kind, global virtual event—Transitions The Pulse. The event was broadcast three times over two days and was translated into 13 different languages for eyecare professionals around the world to join together and feel the love for eyecare. During the virtual summit attendees connected live on screen for the general sessions with Transitions Optical leadership and industry experts; listened to a keynote presentation on the latest retail strategies and future scenarios; heard from experts and educators during breakout sessions on the heartbeat of the industry; and learned from their peers and partners through the sharing of best practices.