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- November 2013
Strategy Milling is the first milling center in the U.S. to mill full contour gold crowns and bridges. Laboratory customers design the restorations and submit .stl files that are then milled from virtually porosity-free gold alloy pucks. Two alloy formulas are available: 50% Au and 2% Au. Customers pay a milling fee, shipping and only for the alloy used in the final restoration. All cases are shipped to the customer within 24 hours of the file being sent and require minimal despruing, finishing and polishing.
Because of its connection to Atlantic Precious Metal Refining (APMR), Strategy Milling...
- 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.
The three-day program focused almost exclusively on the digital realm, including scan and design performance metrics, a comparison of various systems and a discussion about digital workflow process implementation.
As Christensen introduced his topic: Dentist/Laboratory Relationship Trends including Material Trends,...
- May 2012
Ten years after the black swan event of 9/11, the gold bull market continues. The day before 9/11, gold closed at $271.50. Ten years later, it hit a record high of $1,895 on September 5, meaning the price of gold has increased almost 700% since the hijacked planes crashed in New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.
Then we had the Great Recession of 2008, which some say still hasn't ended. Since gold has always been considered a safe haven for investors in uncertain economic times, it's no surprise investor demand for gold has increased and thus the price of gold as well.
There are four...
- 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 and adapt to the swiftly changing marketplace.
From mergers and acquisitions to going digital, serving alternate markets and diversifying product offerings, attendees are on their toes, challenged and not defeated. The digital world is booming, the implant market is strong and growing, removables continue to be red hot and aging baby boomers promise to keep dentistry hopping.
Exhibitors—who also are reinventing...
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...
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- March 2012
It's December 17th, 2010, the morning after Larry King's last show on CNN. The decision to pass the torch to Piers Morgan, who was born in 1965--the first year after the end of the Baby Boomer generation--makes me very cognizant of the fact that Baby Boomers are officially becoming senior citizens. Ugh.
As if to really emphasize this passing of the torch, this day is also Pat Segnere's [VP-Sales for the Technical Products Team] last day at Ivoclar Vivadent. The announcement of his retirement initially left me feeling, selfishly, somewhat deserted. Pat is among my original, fellow-Boomer industry...
- October 2011
For almost a decade, Smile Design Dental Laboratory has been creating a comfortable family atmosphere as well as beautiful restorations. It wasn't until last fall, though, that Owners Lenny Bushkanets, Albert Yudkovich and Alex Tsinberg were able to create a laboratory that reflected their aspirations and met their need for more space and a cleaner work environment for their 24 employees.
Their new home in Port Washington, NY, is 4,500 square feet, almost double the square footage of their old location in Great Neck, NY. Large windows spanning the length of the lab offer plenty of natural light...
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- April 2011
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,...
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.
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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...
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In February, 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.
The Argen Corp. was founded in South Africa more than 45 years ago and a subsidiary company was opened in New York City in 1983. Three years later, the Woolf family immigrated to the U.S. and moved the company to San Diego. Argen is a private, family-owned business and the largest producer of dental gold alloys in the world.
LMT spoke with Anton Woolf, executive...
The price of precious metals began a sharp move up in November 2005. The metal that seems to be most talked about right now is gold, which closed on December 12 at $536.50 a troy ounce, the highest price in 22 years, and was $502.50 at press time on December 20th. Why the spike? One reason is increased demand from investors who fear rising inflation and want to diversify their portfolios; using gold has historically been seen as a hedge against inflation in uncertain geopolitical times. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks renewed this notion of gold as an investment haven during turmoil.
It's been more than a year since two of our industry's biggest suppliers - Zahn Dental and Darby Dental Lab Supply - merged into one. LMT visited Zahn's Melville, New York headquarters to hear about the newly integrated company and its plans for 2008.
When you hear of a merger or acquisition, it's often a larger company purchasing a much smaller one and folding it into its current operation and systems. That's what Zahn Dental's Richard Miranda would call a "plug-in." But last August, when Zahn's parent company, Henry Schein, purchased Darby Dental Lab Supply, the scenario was much different.
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