By Sarah McGoldrick
In September it was announced that Ireland based Ocuco, the provider of Innovations Lab Management System (LMS) had acquired Canadian based CC Systems, the provider of Labzilla (LMS). The two companies had already been working closely together to provide lens manufacturers with LMS services.
The demand for freeform lenses within the marketplace continued to drive the need for LMS technology that accommodates improved technology and innovation within the industry.
Both Innovations and Labzilla integrate with all major freeform LDSs including IOT, Innovations Digital, Seiko, Shamir, Signet, Essilor, Thin Tech, Optovision, Carl Zeiss Vision, Crossbows, VSP, Scopus and Hoya.
According to Ocuco president Leo Mac Canna, the formalized partnership between the two companies will result in CC Systems doing the customer support and Ocuco continuing with the technological development.
“We already shared a help desk and integrated development team,” said Mac Canna in an interview with Optical Prism.
He added customers will see no change in day-to-day operations, but over time will continue to see a growth in technological and service offerings.
Over the past 10 years Ocuco has integrated optical software companies from the United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France and Italy.
The result has been the creation of the largest LMS development team in the world with more than 45 developers across the globe.
The company offers three base products:
Acuitas Enterprise: Head Office Enterprise-Class software and archi- tecture enabling Global Visibility. Acuitas Retail: In store software Innovations: Lab software which automates prescription lens calculations and manages the process and business of lens manufacturing.
More than 2,800 optical stores are currently running on Ocuco software.
The systems are designed to be configurable and operate in multiple business environments.
“The company is in a much better position to withstand the consolida- tions happening within the industry,” said Mac Canna. “We are in a much better position now to invest in the next generation of systems.”
He added the greater presence within the Canadian market will allow for improved innovation as CC Systems gets rolled into the ‘corporate umbrella’.
“The Canadian office continues to be a key location. We are not letting go of any staff and there is no plan to downsize.”
Mac Canna said over the next six to 12 months clients will see CC
Systems become part of the corporate identity of Ocuco and the company will become a single brand while maintaining the same customer and product support.
Within the next year, Ocuco will release new modules that will continue to help labs run accurate and effective lens manufacturing lines. Mac Canna noted that it is important that industry recognize the benefits of working with inde- pendent companies like Ocuco.
“It’s a pure software company with a pure agenda,” he said. “We make money from making customers happy.”