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WECO : soon hundred years of innovation

Since the foundation in 1914 Weco established numerous pioneering innovations in lens edging as well as set standards in the work flow of optical workshops. Weco’s merit for opticians lead to being a synonym for modern optical workshop and formed the basi

1914

Otto Wernicke, a mechanical engineer founded a company manufacturing special machinery for Eyewear Optics in Rathenow, which is located some 50 kilometers from Berlin.

1935

Weco develops the first edging wheel with groove and the equipment for edging V profile bevels.

1945

Weco moves to its long-lasting home in Düsseldorf.

1952

Weco launches the first automatic edger globally. The Weco FM9 employed use of a ceramic grinding wheel.

1953

Weco introduces the first diamond wheel for optical workshops. Weco develops the decentration suction cup.

1954

Weco launches the FMD - the first fully automatic lens edger incorporating a diamond roughing wheel.

1971

Weco offers the first fully electronically controlled edging machine.

1975

The popular Weco 12SC compact edger is released, which later grows to become one of the most widely used conventional edger available

1982

Weco launches the first CNC (patternless) automated lens edger globally - the Weco 480 CNC.

1987

Weco invents the trace-and-edge-system.

1994

Weco produces the world’s first parallax-free CNC blocking system - the CAD 2000. As sole supplier Weco products are certified according to CE

2000

The Weco 880 wins the OLA Award of Excellence, USA, in San Diego, California, USA.

2002

Weco launches the world’s first blockless robotic lens edger incorporating the Verifier Pro - the Edge 860 VI.

2003

Weco is awarded the OLA Award of Excellence for the Verifier Pro in Orlando, Florida, USA.

2006

Weco introduces the first blockless All-in-One-Finishing System: the Edge 990.

2007

Weco introduces Edge 550. Drill holes in angles can be manufactured with the Edge 550

2009

Silmo 2009: Weco presents the Edge 650, industrial standard for the optical workshop, nominated for the Silmo d’Or

2010

Trace 2 HC, the innovative Tracer for High Base Frames is nominated for the Silmo d’Or 2010.

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