Product: MC-380-X-2
Top Line: Satisloh, a global leader in AR (anti-reflective) coating equipment and processes for almost 60 years, unveiled its fifth generation of vacuum coaters for mid-size labs, the MC-380-X-2, in Las Vegas at Vision Expo West.
Close Up: “The MC-380-X-2 is equipped with the same sophisticated technology that our large coaters have, but in a compact footprint perfect for mid-size labs,” said Rich Hughes, president, Satisloh North America. “It includes a full dome with capacity extension options and a Meissner trap that has up to 30 percent increased pumping capability.”
The new coater runs numerous AR and mirror coating processes as well as in-chamber tinting on mineral lenses. Because different configuration levels are available—from economy to premium as well as a wide range of substrate options from full or sector domes to flip-over systems—there’s a solution for every size lab.
The MC-380-X-2 comes pre-loaded with MES-360 Lite, complimentary software that provides daily reports for batch runs, machine utilization, door open time, and top 5 errors. Upgrading to the company’s full version of MES-360 Manufacturing Execution System can be done at any time.
“Our engineers designed the sophisticated compact frame for easy positioning in a lab—even those with limited space,” said Brian Peterson, VP Technology Group. “The pumps and thermoconditioner are inside the housing while a detachable control rack with pivoting and leveling wheels make positioning quick and maintenance simpler than most coaters.”
Vital Stats:
• High capacity: up to 74 lenses Ø 70 mm (with ringless full dome) 
• Redesigned tool-reception interface enables easier maintenance
• Ultra-fast venting option combined with a new gate valve drastically reduces door-to-door processing time
• Double thermal sources allow evaporation of a second substance by releasing two positions in EBG pocket
• Rotary dry pump (optional) with 53 percent more pumping capacity allows constant pumping in time and long maintenance interval 
• Removable heating system for vacuum chamber degassing
Satisloh covers the full process chain with a wide range of proven and easy to install AR, mirror, and top-coat processes as well as matching coating consumables for all lens materials and coating quality requirements. With increased sophistication and controllability of vacuum chambers, new and unique coating designs with specific hardness, residual reflection, transmission and other performance attributes have been developed. No matter which process, Satisloh’s expansive knowledge regarding equipment, processes and consumables guarantees uniform coating quality within each batch and from batch to batch.