Innovative firm to showcase Aston collaboration at INNOVATE 2017


Optimec Limited, an innovative business that has worked closely with Aston University, has been chosen to appear at the UK’s leading innovation event, INNOVATE 2017, on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November at the NEC, Birmingham. 

Held over two days, the event brings the brightest and boldest of UK innovators together to share, excite, and inspire businesses, individuals and governments to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Optimec has 38 years of experience in the design and manufacture of soft contact lens measuring instruments, and has an understanding of customer and operator requirements with a strong presence in the market. 

The manufacturing process for contact lenses has become increasingly precise and accurate through the use of higher performance lathes and moulds. It was crucial for Optimec to offer measuring instruments capable of the same degree of precision, which existing technology was unable to deliver.

In order to overcome this problem, the company successfully completed a two and a half year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Aston University, to develop a new generation of innovative soft contact lens measuring instruments, utilising novel techniques to match improved accuracy of lens manufacturing processes. 

The KTP project was a huge success and graded “Outstanding” by Innovate UK. It resulted in an innovative piece of equipment, the is830, which has a sleek and modern design. The is830 allows users to find comprehensive contact lens data, giving measurements that previously would have only been found out by using several different pieces of metrology instrumentation. The is830 is fast, taking less than a second for each measurement, accurate, and compact. 

The is830 will be on display at INNOVATE 2017, on stand B708, in Hall 6, and attendees are encouraged to go along to meet the Optimec team and find out more about their innovative instrument and Optimec’s journey. 

If you’d like to know more about how Aston University can help your business to innovate and grow, please email or call 0121 204 4242.