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Fifty-five percent of our State of the Industry 2015 survey respondents have recently changed their business model to increase profitability, gain new clients and be more competitive. Five of our respondents share their stories.
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Seeing the impending boom of digital technology, Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen Corp., conceived a plan to reinvent the company and its product offerings to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. The result? The Argen Digital Center.
- October 2014
Laboratory Owner Michael Suris has recently started using Strategy Milling©’s services to mill full contour gold crowns and bridges for Dental Professional Labs, Inc. in Merrillville, IN. He offers a step-by-step look at fabricating a milled gold posterior crown.
- April 2014
There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:
3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.
DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, its Freedom scanner features a Stable Scan Stage that allows the technician to place a model on the scanner without the use of a fixture or scan clay but still maintain a consistent accuracy of less than 10 microns. For more information, call +82 70-7566-0070, email email@example.com and visit www.dof-lab.com.
IMILLING, a DOF reseller, offers the IDESIGN Freedom scanner; IDESIGN exocad design software;...
- November 2013
I've been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. As I was passing through Pennsylvania, I stopped to visit Strategy Milling. ~Judy Fishman, Publisher, LMT
- February 2013
With standing ovations for the last two presentations—by Mark Murphy, DDS, FAGD and Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD—it was clear that the mood among attendees of the 2013 V21 Meeting at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas was upbeat and keenly focused on everything digital.
- May 2012
John Maguire of Maguire Refining looks at the factors behind the skyrocketing cost of gold and the four types of investors driving the demand.
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
Nearly 100 attendees participated in Star Refining's pedometer promotion at LAB DAY. When attendees stopped by the company's table, they had the opportunity to receive a pedometer and register to compete in a contest to see who walked the farthest during the two-day show. The winner is Pamela Simerman, CDT, Crown and Bridge Manager, Image Dental Arts in Fort Wayne, IN, who wins an iPod Shuffle.
- March 2012
I have always admired how self-assured he is. It's a quality we find inviting and comforting as in,"He'll know the answer, let's go ask him what we should we do."
- October 2011
Take a look inside Smile Design Dental Laboratory's new 4,500-sq-ft facility in Port Washington, NY; it's clean, bright and spacious.
- April 2011
Are you getting the most from your precious metal scrap? Or are valuable dollars literally slipping through your fingers? Refiners share their hints for maximizing your scrap returns and elaborate on their services.
Establish regular scrap collection procedures and be diligent about sticking to them.
Look at all sources that may contain precious metal scrap like bridges, crowns, inlays, clasps, grindings, casting splash, sludge, sweeps, vacuum bags, crucibles, towels, rugs and ventilation systems. Even molds and investment waste can take in small amounts of gold during casting.
Install carpeting in metal finishing areas to capture grindings and filings.
Process and store precious and non-precious metals in separate areas. Then separate precious scrap materials by type to make it easier to keep track of what and how much you sent. Always separate solids (crowns, sprues, buttons and flash), grindings and sweeps when possible. Keep filter bags, castings and investments separate as...
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John Maguire of Maguire and Strickland Refining discusses what's behind rising gold, silver, platinum and palladium prices.
With the precious metals market being uncharacteristically unpredictable, Star Refining President Tony Stern discusses market fluctuations, the global economy and when the time is right to sell your scrap.
Precious metals, like most other commodities, are priced according to supply and demand. However, given today's economic environment, this pricing methodology flies out the window, especially when applied to gold. This is primarily because there's an estimated 500 Tonnes of gold surplus in vaults around the world. Additionally, the amount of gold being refined and re-entering the marketplace is at an all-time high, not only because the price of gold is soaring but also because financially distressed consumers are selling their broken or unwanted jewelry at an unprecedented rate.
The price of gold has been rising steadily for the past five years and, at press time, it was $1,009.75 per ounce. So why is the price of gold climbing when there is a surplus in the marketplace? In my opinion,...
The Argen Corp. acquired the Jelenko dental alloy business from Heraeus Kulzer, Inc. Argen is incorporating the business into its San Diego, California facility but will maintain the Jelenko brand name for the alloys.
Given today's economic climate, laboratory owners may be looking for ways to cut costs at all levels of the business. As part of LMT's exclusive Recession Busters coverage, manufacturers share their best advice to help you save pennies and extend the life of your equipment, minimize repairs and prevent breakdowns.
Check your electrical power supply once or twice a year to be sure it's adequate to handle the amperage requirement for the equipment you're using. Unstable or inadequate amperage supply can cause permanent damage to machines. In addition, across the U.S., 220-volt power actually varies from 200 to 240 volts and equipment that runs on 220 volts can perform at sub-par levels if it's not getting enough power. A lack of power can also be the result of a boost in neighborhood consumption such as in the summer when air conditioning use is high. Low-voltage problems can be addressed by adding a "Buck-Buster"—available at local electrical supply stores—to...
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