10 Tips for Using A Frame Warmer plus and Overview of the Hilco Tempmaster Jet+
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10 Tips for Using A Frame Warmer plus and Overview of the Hilco Tempmaster Jet+

October 22, 2019


(casual whistling) (soft modern rock) – Hello, I would like to welcome you to the addition to the Laramy-K Optician
Works training center. Today I’m gonna give you a quick overview of a frame warmer that we
have on loan from Hilco. And I’m gonna give you
10 frame warmer tips If you find this video helpful please hit the like button, please subscribe to us on Youtube. And make sure that every
uncut lens in your optical life comes from Laramy-K. ’10 Frame Warmer Tips’. Tip number one. Know your Gerbil. When I was a kid this was way
before the internet arrived. If you went to the pet
store, you got a pet, you had a book that went with it. And, there’s a picture of the book. ‘Know Your Gerbil’, that’s
what I had at one point. And they had every possible book. ‘Know Your Iguana’, ‘Know Your Snake’, ‘Know Your Goldfish’, ‘Know Your Puppy’. And I would encourage you to know your frame warmer. Spend a whole lot of time with it. Really get to know it. Figure out what settings
work best for what. Your gonna save yourself
a whole lot of headaches. So, know your gerbil,
know your frame warmer. Cold water and shrinkage. What the heck do I mean by that? Not all that common anymore because edgers have come so
far, they’re so accurate. But in the old days, when
you used to cut a lens small. You could actually take
a real genuine Zyl frame, heat the living heck out of it, plunge it into ice-cold water and you will get that eye wire to shrink by almost a full millimeter
in circumference. Thus being able to be to pop in that lens that you cut a little bit small. Really old snake oil
trick from the old timers But it does work. Number 3 is learn to concentrate. In the past we had bead pans, that’s a picture of one there. And they had good points and bad points. Today almost everywhere you go has the hot air blowers instead. And one of the issues that came up between the bead pans and the blowers was that the blowers, was hard
to find a way to concentrate a very small area of heat onto the frame. So you could make minute adjustments. But, they have now overcome that and I’m going to show you
how to, in just a minute. I’m melting. There’s an I’m melting good and an I’m melting bad. The I’m melting good. A frame warmer is designed to heat a frame to the point where it softens so you can bend it, hold
it in place, remove it, let it cool and it will stay in position. So eventually you just have to take it after you know your frame warmer a just do it attitude. You’re gonna to see, you’re gonna hear about frames that are called cold insert usually it will be
written on the demo lens or maybe on the inside of the temple. It may come with a card
that says Cold Insert. Only, yes and no. Alright, I want everybody out
there to be pretty careful about cold inserts, frames in general. (blizzard) If you really lived in the North I mean, if it really gets cold you’re in Minnesota or Maine, or you know. And the UPS guy just
drops off the package. And you’re tearing into ’em and you pull that frame
out and the thing is, you know, two degrees. So it’s not unrealistic, alright. It’s been on the UPS truck
for a couple of hours. Let things warm up. Let ’em get to room temperature before you start tryin’ to pop out lenses. Even demo lenses, let things
get to normal temperature. If you have a cold insert frame and it is a really, really cold day and that frame is really, really cold it’s okay to warm it, warming is okay. But you just don’t want to heat it ’cause then it’ll shrink up on you and you’ll ruin the frame. And other thing about Winter is that hot air blowers make great hand warmers. Number 6. Asbestos Fingers. There are some materials
out there that you have got the heat up so high, so much in order to get a lens to pop into yeah, you know, sometimes it hurts. Ah, you may need, once in a while to find somebody that’s, you know, been doing it a long time. Maybe their thumbs are a
bit tougher than yours. Asbestos fingers, as we might say, yeah, some materials really
require a lot of heat. Number 7, says, “Learn How to Count”. I’ve always feeled that
this is the best method once you know your frame warmer You’ll start to learn how long you may need to hold something in it in order to have, it do
what you need it to do. If I need to pop a plastic
lens into a plastic frame and I know my frame warmer. I may need to do a count of ten, 5? Who knows? You know, depending how
long the frame warmer is. So practice that. Put it in, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, take it out. Pop that lens in. Practice. Number 8 says, “What is Done, is Done”. The bad melting… True story, I used to work lens crafters. The store had been open about
10 years before I got there. It was a super crazy busy store. All the frame warmers were
used several hours each day and they were pretty old. You could take the frame, put it in there, have a nice, long talk with someone and then take it out and
make you adjustments. Well, it was the year that we opened a whole bunch of new stores, ended up at one of the new stores, took the first pair of
glasses for dispensing, put it in the frame warmer and I’m taking to the gentleman like, “oh yeah, aha, hmmm, oh sure, aha.” Looked down and I actually had
2 different piece in my hand. Yes, you can actually melt them that bad. What’s done, is done. If you do mess something up
when you’re using a frame warmer just admit it, you can’t
put it back together. You can’t use the, cold
water and shrink method. You just gotta get a new frame. Number 9 says, “Keep it Moving”. Even on those minute, concentrated ones never stop moving the frame. Always have a little bit
of motion to it, always. Side to side, up and down, circles. Whatever it might be. You’re gonna save yourself
a lot of headaches and avoid blisters, burning
in damage to the frame. Number 10 says, “Bling and Materials”. If you have a new frame
and you are not sure about how to adjust it,
how much heat to use. If in doubt, Ask! Check online, call the frame company and simply, ask them, “What is the proper method?”. Let’s head over the the bench. Let me give you an overview
of the Hilco frame warmer. Just like the pupillometer. This is an overview, this is not a review. I would never review a product until I have used it
for at least 6 months, more likely a year and used it in every possible setting. Alright, this particular one 2 8 7 8 0 1 H is a temp master jet plus, in black. And these go for $350. Current Hilco Catalog. High quality aluminum body that does not get hot due to
intermittent airflow patterns. Vertical orientation saves bench space and allows easy access for adjustments. It’s light, quiet efficient and includes a heat concentrator. And it’s ETL listed, which I’m assuming is a European standard. Electronic heat regulation. Cold air option. Which is one of the
things I just talked about. And heat concentrator extender. I’m not sure I’m blown away by the design. I think, you know, It’s always a personal choice whether you want to use this
in front of people or not. A lot of places will have them right there at the dispensing table. So when you sit down, you’re
talking with the guys, we’re doing adjustments, using it. I think so much of that depends on how much of the stuff that you do is new versus old. If you do a lot of
adjustments on older stuff then you’re gonna want your frame warmer right there, at hand for you. If you’re working mostly with new stuff you can usually bend almost all of that without ever having to heat anything. So, this may be kept back in the lab rather than right there,
on the dispensing table. It does, in fact, have an adjustable range and you can see there. It’s kind of cool that
the light actually changes as you turn that It’s kind of neat. It goes from green, to orange, to red. That’s kind of cool. Alright, I’m gonna set
that straight up and down. Right absolutely dead center. Let’s see. It’s just startin’, I can just… That’s pretty good. Right dead center. Which of course, is a good
place to start anything, right? This has a heat focusing
device, or a flip-over. Umm, I played with this for a while and I actually got in contact with Hilco. Asked them if they had
a specific use for it. They sent me a picture, that looks… I’ll show it. There it is. Show you that, it looks like that. So, you can kind of concentrate
the heat a ltttle bit more. You get, what would be great` for popping lenses in. Could certainly use it to
concentrate the heat on temple end, that would work well. Okay, then I said, We were talking about that ability to concentrate heat in a very small area. Let’s say… umm. And we will get into this when we actually get into
how to adjust plastic frames with a frame warmer. If you only wanted to
adjust this, you know. The chassis end, for instance. This doesn’t do that very well. But, if you start adding these little gizmos and concentrators, you can, literally rest that in there and super crazy focus that amount. And this even comes with an additional piece which makes it even more concentrated. And I guess, I’m not exactly sure again. They don’t have picture
of this thing in use. I guess you could to that with it. And we’ll get into all that when you get into how to
actually adjust frames. Plastic frames using a frame warmer. But, I just wanted to
give you that overview of the Hilco TempMaster. Thank you so much for watching. I will see you again next week. (casual whistling)

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  1. And if you stop mowing and using too much heat your lens AR coating propably will go into spiderweb 😀

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