The Ital-Lenti production process starts with the order; the IT system generates a bar-coded label, containing all the data for the lenses and processes requested. From that moment on, the production chain is completely automated with human intervention only for the purposes of supervision and checking. Once the semi-finished blanks have been selected they are transferred to temporary storage where they remain just long enough to allow the material to stabilise.
From here, the lenses are transferred to the completely automated production lines in which the traditional polishing pads have been replaced by flexi-tools that adapt themselves to the lens in order to obtain the required power. After the initial phase in which the curves, thickness and geometry of the lenses are generated, they are transferred to the laser marker. After cleaning, each lens goes through the visual checking section in which an operator inspects it for scratches, surface defects and other faults that cannot be detected by automated checking.
Now the lenses are ready for final checking for diameter, thickness, base curve, power, axis and prisms. If the final check result shows that the values comply with the order specifications, the product is sent for dispatch or, when requested, for further treatments such as tinting, hard and anti-reflection coating. For the latter coating, Ital-Lenti uses a latest generation, super-hydrophobic process involving the application of a removable micro-film that makes high-precision glazing possible, preventing the lenses from slipping during edging. Once any extra treatments have been completed, the lenses are rechecked and then sent for packaging and dispatch. Stock lenses are also processed completely automatically with an operator retrieving the lenses ordered from the mechanised storage facility that is restocked every day.