The optical industry has experienced amazing technological evolution throughout its existence. In order to provide top-of-the-line products, Pech Optical has invested in an array of these advancements. The timeline below details the installation of equipment as well as other notable occurrences in the history of Pech Optical.
2012: Bob Pech retires.
2010: Zeiss AR replaced by Pech brand of coatings; Crizal Sun™ coatings produced in-house; R&D continued for new advanced edging system
2009: Essilor digital lenses produced in-house; Pech launched their own fully aspheric backside progressive lens design - Pech Pro
2008: Zeiss AR equipment and facility updated; Pech invested in a robotic transport system - "Rex"; Pech became and Essilor Partner Lab
2007: Pech launched a new line of in-house mirror coatings - Safari Mirrors; Pech awarded the first annual "Lab Innovator of the Year"; Pech partnered with Silhouette Optical Ltd.
2006: Automated Satisloh machines installed for digital surfacing; Pech established a department dedicated to wrap frames
2005: Robotic surface equipment installed; Advanced edging machines installed for custom finishing; Crizal coating center installed; Shamir Autograph® freeform lenses produced in-house
2004: Pech was 1 of 3 wholesale labs to install a digital surfacing generator; Construction project started to add 29,000 sq. ft. to facility
2002: Pech raised the roof doubling the administrative office space
2000: Zeiss Foundation/Carat coatings added
1997: First Zeiss AR system installed for Zeiss Blue/Gold AR
1995: 3,000 sq. ft. added to facility; First AR coating system installed for House EZ-C
1994: First Lektreiver "rotary file" installed to handle lens inventory
1993: 18,000 sq. ft. facility purchased and fitted for an optical lab
1989: Pech Optical Corp. was founded by Robert W. Pech and opened in downtown Sioux City, Iowa