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The picture above this column may be a new face for many of you – my name is Colin Richards and I am delighted to be assuming the role of Operations Director at Optimec. These are exciting times at Optimec, a company with a long and distinguished history and I am proud to become part of the next “chapter” to be written.
 
We have significant new product developments underway and a programme of improvements designed to streamline our production processes and deliver real benefits to you – our customers.
 
I’ll keep you posted on all the new developments but in the meantime why not think about any instruments you may have needing repair and refurbishment. Can’t afford to be without them? We understand – that’s why we introduced our “loan” scheme. Check out the article or call us for more details.
 
I don’t know if it is officially Summer time where you are but temperature fluctuation can be a real problem in soft lens manufacture. Find out how the TC20i can help.
 
I hope to meet and speak to many of you over the coming weeks and months but if, in the meantime you have any specific issues you would like to raise with me I can be reached on crichards@optimec.com or call me on +(44)(0)1684 892859.
 
Have a great Summer
 
Colin Richards













Summer Break? – Give Your Instruments A Break Too!

Many of our customers find that there are a few weeks during the northern hemisphere Summertime that lend themselves quite nicely to repairing and refurbishing their facilities. Of course, if you are really busy there’s never a good time to stop production and carry out maintenance. That’s why at Optimec we introduced the Loan Cell scheme. If you have JCF or Chiltern instruments that require repair or refurbishment but you can’t quite bring yourself to be without them then you need an Optimec Loan Cell. It’s easy. Just call the team here at Optimec with the type and serial number (the multi digit number on the metal plate on the rear of the instrument) of your instrument and we’ll do the rest. Pretty soon you’ll receive a Loan Cell for your instrument which you can install right away. Return your own cell to us, we’ll inspect it, report on the work that needs doing and give you a quotation. Subject to your agreement we carry out the work and return the cell to you. Upon receipt you re fit the cell to your JCF or Chiltern instrument and return the Loan Cell to us…….simple right?

Call us on +(44)(0)1684 892859 or e-mail enquiries@optimec.com to find out how you can repair your instruments without interrupting production.
 
TC20i – For When The Heat Is Really On

Soft Contact Lens manufacturers know only too well that Hydrophillic plastics change shape - it’s what they do! The key of course is to be working with a plastic that changes shape very little and where any shape change has minimal or no impact upon the lens design or functionality. One area that is guaranteed to give lens production staff a headache  is temperature fluctuation, and this is never more obvious than during final inspection and measurement. The TC20i Temperature & Filtration Controller changes all that. Whether you are using a JCF or another Optimec instrument such as a JCM or SAG  the TC20i will ensure that you always achieve consistent measurements. The fully digital TC20i controls the saline temperature within a wet cell to +/- 0.5 Deg C within the range 15-40 Deg C, and we reckon that ought to cover most eventualities. In addition the “self pumped” TC20i incorporates a filtration system to ensure that your saline is kept bright and clear so that on screen images are sharp and precise.

Call us on +(44)(0)1684 892859 or e-mail enquiries@optimec.com to find out how the TC20i can help your measurements.

Don’t Despair – Just SAG A Little!

Those newly acquainted with the Optimec range of instruments might be surprised to learn that alongside the ever popular JCF & Chiltern models we also manufacture instruments aimed at those wanting a quick but accurate measurement of the Sagittal Height of a lens. This particular dimension seems to be one that is keenly observed by volume lens manufacturers as being a good early indicator of fluctuations in moulding conditions. Optimec produces both the JCM and SAG30 or SAG34 (large diameter lenses) both of which will do a very good job of keeping track of this critical dimension. If you would like to learn more about how the JCM or SAG instruments can help you then start by calling us on +(44)(0)1684 892859 or e-mail enquiries@optimec.com
 

37th EFCLIN Congress And Next The 38th

The 37th EFCLIN Congress & Exhibition in Barcelona this year was one of the most successful in the organizations history. Optimec staff were pleased to be part of the congress and to meet up with friends old & new to take the time to share some of our plans for the future.
 
The EFCLIN Congress & Exhibition is an important part of the commercial year at Optimec so we hope that we see you at next years show…….that’s right, we’re already making plans! Put it in your diary right now -  10th -12th May 2012 in Budapest – See you there!

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