In June we invested £500,000 in unique lens edging technology within our Thornbury based Centre of Excellence laboratory to further our mission of improving lives by improving sight.
The laboratory, which specialises in high end, complex prescriptions with advanced service equipment, will now offer a new enhanced lens pre edging process, providing a greater level of accuracy to all pre-edged lenses and a wider service offering in frame dispensing.
Jobs such as high base sun wrap frames will be edged on site allowing a greater range of products to be offered to customers from the UK.
The new technology will produce more lenses per hour, with the faster turnaround bringing efficiencies to the lab, opticians and end users by improving promised delivery time. It will also help the lab embrace sustainability as the equipment does not require water.
The new equipment has improved frame curve bevel positioning and smart bevel for jobs with large differences between lens and frame curves letting the lab edge much more complex lenses.
Randeep Gill, Essilor Ltd commercial director, launched the technology with Thornbury mayor Cllr Helen Harrison on June 5.
Randeep Gill said, “Essilor has always strived to be the best business partner to independent opticians and provide high-quality services locally in the UK. This investment keeps our service quality high and demonstrates our commitment to local production.
“We are in the business of designing, producing and distributing high-quality products and services that every day help correct, protect and prevent risks to the visual health of our nation, and we intend to keep investing in research and innovation to improve vision for everyone.
“The equipment will bring more consistency into our edging process in terms of product finish and accuracy.
“It will also help plug the gap when it comes to purchasing second pair products, in particular sunwear and the increasingly popular sun wrap frames for skiing and cycling, with just 2 in 10 people currently opting for these.”
Thornbury mayor Cllr Helen Harrison said, “It’s a great pleasure to be part of this special occasion moving forward in what can be produced.
“Essilor is recognised as an excellent employer in the town and engaging in the community. Thank you for all you do for Thornbury.”
We started the lab in 1974 and transformed it into a centre of excellence for independents in July 2013 by investing in service equipment to specialise in high end, complex prescriptions.