After processing a job, your molds will normally have some monomer residue and flashing stuck to the surface. All excess debris must be removed before the mold can be used again successfully. Cleaned molds must be stored properly to guarantee mold safety while the mold is not in use. Also, proper mold storage simplifies the picking process when the mold is needed again.
Molds must be cleaned after each use. Molds should be left in the soaking bins for at least 5 minutes before cleaning. Scrub molds thoroughly with the disposable mold scrubber pads. Pay special attention to edges. Rinse molds with running water if it is available. If running water is not available, use a container of tap water. (Remember to change the rinse container water frequently.) Spray rinsed molds immediately with Q-Spray and wipe them dry. Never store a wet mold.
TIP: Thoroughly clean and dry all molds. Anything left on a mold can cause an issue the next time it is used. This includes water spots.
The Q-2100 Lens System comes with several hundred digital free form molds. It is very important that they are stored properly in order to keep them organized. Each space in the mold storage unit is labeled for one specific mold. Make sure the mold you place there is the right one.
Pick a clean and dry mold. Read the mold designation near the edge of the mold and find the proper storage location in the storage unit. Put the mold back into its wrapper and put it into the allotted space. Do not put a mold into a space that is already occupied by another mold. Be careful not to bump molds against anything while storing them.
- Take mold from soaking bin and scrub
- Rinse mold
- Spray mold with Q-Spray and dry
- Place mold in protective wrapper
- Return mold to proper storage location
“The Optical Dynamics progressive lens, produced with the Q-2100 Digital Lens System, provides consistent and strong optics for 99% of all patients.,” says Ken Usatch, who runs the optical shop at Westchester Medical in White Plains, NY. He is referring to the Optical Dynamics tabletop lens production system that he strongly recommended to the practice 15 years ago.
“It took me about 18 months to talk this medical clinic into taking on the Optical Dynamics system, but I had seen what it did in another practice in NY. I highly recommended it, and I can safely say that most opticians have no idea how great this is,” Usatch added.
“The industry has moved to expensive free-form lenses. I have seen the casting capabilities, and even in the beginning, Optical Dynamics offered lens-making that produced digital quality lenses that had strong wearability, and did what they were supposed to do,” Usatch remembered.
He indicated that he uses a height of 17 ½ “ as a guide for the progressive lens client. He also indicated an upswing in the new product categories of sunSMART and of ultraSUN – which is good for all people. “They don’t have to go into a polarized lenses, and, it can be used as a sports lens as well,” he pointed out.
For the average optical shop, there is a perception that several thousand dollars is a lot of money to invest into a small, tabletop system which is ergonomic, clean, quiet, and self-diagnostic. “I say it is the best thing that money can buy to make money and provide patient value in this business,” Usatch added.