US 9,810,815 B2
Apparatus and method for coating lenses
Andrew J. Mackinnon, Irvine, CA (US); Andrew James Garcia, Redondo Beach, CA (US); Marinko Jelic, Irvine, CA (US); and Dick Amen, Westminster, CA (US)
Assigned to JELIGHT COMPANY, INC., Irvine, CA (US)
Filed by JELIGHT COMPANY, INC., Irvine, CA (US)
Filed on Feb. 24, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/630,598.
Prior Publication US 2016/0243578 A1, Aug. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. B05B 5/00 (2006.01); B05C 13/02 (2006.01); G02B 1/14 (2015.01); B05B 12/00 (2006.01); B05B 12/04 (2006.01); G02B 1/12 (2006.01); B05D 3/06 (2006.01)
CPC G02B 1/14 (2015.01) [B05B 12/004 (2013.01); B05B 12/04 (2013.01); G02B 1/12 (2013.01); B05D 3/067 (2013.01); B05D 2258/02 (2013.01)] 21 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A coating apparatus comprising an enclosed area, the coating apparatus comprising:
a mechanical arm configured to receive and maintain a lens in a desired orientation;
a loading station comprising a loading platform configured to receive the lens and maintain the lens within the enclosed area;
a coating station configured to coat the lens while the lens is oriented in the desired orientation, wherein the coating station comprises a spraying mechanism that directs an upward spray toward a bottom surface of the lens;
a drying/curing station configured to cure the bottom surface of the lens oriented in the desired orientation using an upward transmission of radiant energy; and
a programmable controller configured to control the mechanical arm to move along a linear track between the coating station and drying/curing station and expose the lens to the coating station for a coating procedure and the drying/curing station for a curing procedure for a predetermined amount of time;
wherein the programmable controller is further configured to control the mechanical arm to move linearly and collect the lens from the loading station without operator handling of the lens.