Tour Our Lab
Welcome to AccuLab of Illinois!
On this page, you will see what machines we utilize to maintain our unmatched quality & quick turn times.
We use cutting edge technology to ensure every job is done to your and your patient's exact specifications.
Hover over each for a more specific description.
HOW IT WORKS: Adhesive tape is affixed to the front of each blank to prevent the front from being scratched during the blocking process. A lens blank is placed into the blocker, which contains a heated, metal alloy that fuses the block to the front of the blank. The blocks are used to hold each lens in place during the grinding and polishing processes.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: High-resolution, optical detection guarantees precise lens alignment. The after-clamping check monitors that every blocked lens meets the tight tolerance criteria needed for premium surfacing. A computer-controlled alloy filling station enables an uninterrupted and economical flow of alloy.
The blocking station at AccuLab is specifically designed for higher precision in manual alloy blocking. It is also an optimal environment for free form and advanced Rx production.
HOW IT WORKS: A generator is a three-axis lathing machine that can be set for the precise optical prescription. The blank is placed in the generator, and it cuts the appropriate optical curves into the back of each lens.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: Five computers operate the three motors. Maximum communication speed and high data resolution are results of the sensors transmitting to the motors via gold communication lines. The result is the most precise algorithmic translation of information to process all unique freeform and Rx lens designs.
Our digital lens generator's surfacing motors get the job done by utilizing high performance controllers.
HOW IT WORKS: Both lenses are placed in the polishing machine. The back of each lens is polished in a series of operations. First, it is rubbed against an abrasive polishing pad made of soft, abrasive foam. Then, the lens is polished with a pad made of smooth plastic. As the machine rotates the pads in a circular direction, polish flows over the lenses. The final step is when the pads are rotating in a circular direction, a polishing compound of aluminum oxide, water, and polymers flow over the lenses.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: The polisher’s intelligent tool management monitors the usage of the pads and indicates to the operator when the replacement of tools is necessary. For a smooth finish every time, this is another step that ensures that AccuLab has the best quality products.
Our fully CnC controlled polisher is specifically used for AccuLab's ability to master free form and Rx polishing with ease.
HOW IT WORKS: The laser marking system etches the lens style, 180-line, material, and add power into each lens.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: Functional laser marks and product branding are the modern stamps of high-quality lenses. With the laser marking system offered at AccuLab, fine markings can be accomplished with ease and precision.
Lens laser marking has become an essential part of the modern surfacing lab, and our lab is no exception.
HOW IT WORKS: A lacquer is applied to the lens to make it scratch resistant. After ultrasonic cleaning, the anti-reflective coatings are applied in a vacuum deposition process. The individual lenses are arranged in special racks. A coating has up to 9 individual layers. The last layer makes the surface of the lens extremely smooth, making it resistant to both dirt and water.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: Reliable and proven components combined with modern process technology characterize the EBC 400. This is a compact system with no compromise in quality and components to produce the highest quality products.
As the most compact coating system provided by Schneider, our EBC 400 accommodates all requirements of an Rx lab.
Edging & Finishing
HOW IT WORKS: The frame is put in a tracer, which accurately measures the frame’s dimensions. The lenses are blocked, for ease of handling. The pattern is transmitted from the tracer and the lenses are inserted into an edger. The machine grinds each lens to its proper shape and places a bevel around the edge of the lens so it will fit the frame. Water flows over the lens through this process.
WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE: The ME-1200 delivers high-curve beveling, exclusive partial beveling, partial grooving, design cut, faceting, advanced shape editing, 3D grooving, and 3D drilling. Top of the line technology allows AccuLab products to be of best quality.
The ME-1200 boasts "first - to - market" step-beveling technology, allowing the highest quality Rx lenses for many high-wrap frames.