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V C T CLOSEUP APRIL 2016 // 97 VISIONCAREPRODUCTS.COM VCPN 2004, robotic handling was launched with the RHU-1000. In 2010, the revo- lutionary ME-1200 Multifunction Lens Edger won the coveted SILMO d'Or award. This month, the LE-1200 was in- troduced, featuring multi-frame tracing and faster processing. After a quarter century, it's clear that the Santinelli/NIDEK relationship has been a huge success. If the next 25 years are equally successful for this duo, their impact will continue infuencing eye- care in this country. Kim Pickett, COMT, is a certifed ophthalmic medical technologist and ophthalmic writer in Minneapolis, MN. This year, Santinelli International and NIDEK Co., Ltd. are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their collabora- tion that helped revolutionize the way lenses are processed in the U.S. They did so with the introduction of high- tech equipment innovations to eyecare professionals in 1991. Santinelli International was founded by Joseph Santinelli, who apprenticed under his uncle, Ar- thur LeMay, in his lens fnishing business. Together, they introduced the frst diamond bevel edger. In 1973, Mr. Santinelli ventured out on his own and founded Santinelli International. Years later, his son, Gerard Santinelli joined the company and eventually became president and CEO, a position that he still holds. By 1990, NIDEK was already an established worldwide ophthalmic equipment manufacturer. That year, NIDEK entered the lens edger business with the development of an innova- tive patternless edger, the LE-8000. Santinelli International recognized NIDEK's technology potential for the U.S. market, made contact with the A MATCH MADE IN EDGING By Kim Pickett, COMT Santinelli and NIDEK mark the longest continuous lens fnishing equipment distributorship in the U.S. company's founder and president, Hideo Ozawa, and soon had an agree- ment for exclusive U.S. distribution. In 1991, the LE-8000, was introduced into the U.S. by Santinelli International, and a perfect alliance between the two companies began. There have been many successful in- novations since then. In 1993, the LE- 7070 was introduced and soon became the number one lens edger in the U.S. In S a n t i n e l l i I n t e r n a t i o n a l , I n c . • 8 0 0 . 6 4 4 . 3 3 4 3 • s a n t i n e l l i . c o m • s a l e s @ s a n t i n e l l i . c o m Motoki Ozawa, president/ CEO, NIDEK, and Gerard Santinelli, president/CEO, Santinelli International, commemorate the relationship of their businesses that started in 1991. In 1991, the LE-8000, was introduced into the U.S. by Santinelli International, and a perfect alliance between the two companies began.