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DTG celebrates the sharing of knowledge and techniques among its members to enhance everyone’s skills. This philosophy was palpable at the second annual DTG Symposium in August, which included the first ever World Mixed Dental Arts Championship competition.
VITA North America displayed its new VITA YZ HT discs. Due to its high strength (approximately 1,200 MPa) and excellent light refraction properties, the highly translucent zirconia is ideal for monolithic crown and bridge restorations. It’s a cost-effective, tooth-colored alternative to non-precious metal and partially veneered metal restorations. For exact shade reproduction, VITA YZ HT Shade Liquids and the VITA Akzent Plus stains are available. The 98-mm discs are available in 1M2, 2M2, 3M2 or A1, A2, A3 shades, and 14-mm and 18-mm thicknesses.
The VITA VACUMAT 6000 M Special Edition furnace is now available in Jet Black, Pure White, Carmine Red, Turquoise Blue and Sky Blue. It features precision-controlled fast cooling, power failure protection and automatic temperature adjustment. It’s available in two feature-rich control units: the vPad Comfort LED features 500 programs and “one touch” operation, and the vPad Excellence LED has 1,000 programs and can control...
- October 2014
Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.
“The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says Scott Atkin, Owner, Creative Dental Laboratory, in Scottsdale, AZ. “We know we’re moving evermore toward automated—and more commoditized—processes so, to me, that means we need to expand our services.” That’s exactly what Atkin did; in his case, offering products not to dentist-clients but to other laboratories.
It happened in one of those “meant to be”...
- March 2014
Computer systems across the globe were at risk of failing after midnight, December 31, 1999 thanks to the “Millennium Bug.” For decades prior to 2000, computer software had been designed with a two-digit year code—“98” for 1998, for example—and the fear was that when computers’ internal clocks changed to “00” the computers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the year 2000 and the year 1900.
Like business owners everywhere, some laboratory owners were concerned by what the “mother of all computer glitches,” would mean not only for their computer systems, but also embedded systems in things like furnaces, telephones and alarm systems. Even if they were safe, would there be glitches at their banks, suppliers or clients’ offices?
In the end—on January 1—the much-hyped pandemonium never happened and no major failures were ever reported.
- February 2014
In the 1970s, a buzzer on a porcelain furnace was considered a luxury gadget. Back then, many insisted that a true ceramist should be monitoring the progress of the bake by eye, not depending on a buzzer to tell you when the case is ready.However, by the end of 1984, an LMT survey found that two-thirds of porcelain furnaces used in dental laboratories were either partially or fully automatic. LMT then observed, “modern technology has brought us computerized furnaces with features not even thought of just a few years ago, but the prices for these units are considerable.” Many small labs in particular felt these furnaces—like today’s CAD/CAM systems—were beyond their financial means.
- August 2013
York, PA--Introducing the two new premium Multimat® NTX and NTXPRESS units. Both furnaces include programs for firing porcelain. The NTXPRESS also presses all-ceramics, including lithium disilicates. These furnaces provide easy program customization, and excellent reliability for brilliant, consistent firing results. Multimat models are equipped with an even-heating coil, protected by a Quartz glass tube, to ensure homogeneous heat distribution within the chamber. A vacuum pump is complimentary with each unit's purchase.
The Multimat supplementary, real-time controller assists the main CPU in providing extra power and a highly-precise temperature curve. With NTX PC software, select from the 1,000 standard programs, or conveniently create and administer firing and pressing files and programs for subsequent transfer to one, or multiple furnaces via USB sticks. The logical folder program structure intuitively guides the operator through all menu levels, directly to the desired program....
- April 2013
Dentsply's TruRx is now available as a mobile app for the iPhone® and iPad®. The TruRx seven-step process guides the dental office through all the key information labs need to make a high quality denture. In addition to capturing detailed prescription information, a patient photo can be included in the TruRx prescription. Once the TruRx consultation is completed, the designated lab receives an Advanced Prescription Notice via email, allowing it to more efficiently manage tooth inventory and workflow.
At the show, LAB DAY attendees also got a sneak peek of the new Multimat® NTX & NTXPRESS porcelain furnaces for firing/pressing the most popular ceramic systems on the market today, including lithium disilicates. These two modern-designed and German-manufactured furnaces provide consistent firing results. The improved PC program software permits users to navigate and customize files and programs with ease. A complimentary vacuum pump is provided with each Multimat NTX furnace...
- February 2013
Furniture manufacturers and distributors offer a wealth of design and renovation strategies. Here, seven companies share how they helped their laboratory customers realize their vision, whether it was an intimate 600-sq-ft training laboratory or a bustling 83,000-sq-ft operation.
Nobilium (CMP) Installs 33 Workbenches in Louisiana Laboratory
In 2011, Custom Dental Arts in Shreveport, LA, wanted to expand from its 2,500-sq-ft space so it purchased a 6,000-sq-ft facility located across the street. Lab Owner Ben Hart wanted to renovate the space, customize its layout and purchase new benches, so he worked with Nobilium (CMP) to develop a functional, yet economical solution. Nobilium helped design the lab's layout to ensure its benches would fit the space and recommended where to place equipment in order to maximize efficient workflow.
Hart selected 33 adjustable-height Nobilium Single Benches with a stainless steel work surface. The benches also feature built-in dust collectors, compressed...
- January 2013
Proper calibration and spruing techniques are just two of the ways to ensure you're getting the most accurate results with Ivoclar VivadentÂ¹s Programat® Pressing Furnaces.
- September 2012
- April 2012
Sagemax announces a new partnership with Nabertherm to offer its high-temperature HTCT 01/16 zirconia sintering furnace. Equipped with SiC heating elements to avoid contamination or chemical interactivity often experienced between zirconia units and molybdenum disilicide heating elements, the furnace can reach 1,550°C in less than 40 minutes with cooling capability back to 200°C within 120 minutes for a reasonable overall cycle time and can sinter a variety of different zirconia materials. The furnace augments Sagemax's CAD/CAM product line which also includes its NexxZr, a high-translucency full contour zirconia, and a range of zirconia and wax discs compatible with different systems. Last summer, Sagemax partnered with Roland DGA to sell its DWX-50 milling machine and Tanaka Dental to market its pre-sintered stains and other products.
For more information, call 877-386-0389 or 253-220-5151, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sagemax.com.
Vident's VITA® Zyrcomat Can Sinter in 80 Minutes
Vident launches its new VITA Zyrcomat 6000 MS sintering furnace which is capable of sintering up to 25 units as well as nine-unit bridges in 80 minutes starting from room temperature. The furnace has been rigorously tested and proven to provide stress-free, gentle cooling to 400°C for white and industrially pre-colored VITA YZ materials. Conventional firing processes are also pre-programmed and the Zyrcomat can handle high-temperature sintering for all framework materials. For details, call 800-828-3839 or visit www.vident.com.
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Implementing a quality management system can offer a wealth of benefits to your laboratory: streamline your operations, cut costs, help train staff, increase customer satisfaction and safety, and help you comply with FDA regulations.
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In this exclusive LMT interview, Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Dental Laboratories, shares why he got involved in research and development, the challenges it presents, and what he and his staff have in the works.
Touted for its accuracy, automation and new material options, CAD/CAM technology is flourishing in the laboratory community. Dave Lesh, president of Dale Dental, offers 10 tips for choosing a CAD/CAM system.
For over three decades, two industry families--the Kelleys of Kelley Dental Laboratory and the Steinbocks of Whip Mix Corp.--have been business partners and friends.
When Pat Kelley founded his dental laboratory in 1977, he was committed to a simple plan: make quality restorations and take a personal approach with his customers. Now, more than 30 years later, he attributes his growth to the fact that he started with that simple premise. "We have always focused on our clients as individuals and stay responsive to their needs; we truly work to become part of their teams," says Kelley, owner of 32-employee Kelley Dental Laboratory, New Albany, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.
Maybe that's why Pat Kelley and Allen Steinbock, president of Louisville-based Whip Mix Corp., hit it off when they met shortly after Kelley Dental Laboratory opened. Whip Mix, a family-owned, now fourth-generation business, has always been known for its close customer relationships....
Find out how respondents to LMT's 2000 State of the Industry survey feel about the economic health of their laboratories and their workloads, how ownersâ salaries have changed in the past decade and what is in store for the future of our industry.
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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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Tom Jacobs, MobileLab Technologies, Hendersonville, NC, brings his services right to his clientsâ doorsteps via his mobile laboratoryâa completely self-contained lab in a 2007 Dodge 2500 Sprinter van.
Investing in CAD/CAM equipment and rethinking its business model gives new life to Puckettâs Dental Studio, Dawsonville, GA.
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LMT Associate Publishers Kelly Carr and Laurie Freddino traveled to Louisville, Kentucky for some Southern hospitality and to learn how third- and fourth-generation members of the Steinbock family...
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For a glimpse at the current—and future—state of ceramic technology, LMT visited Pentron Ceramics, the sole porcelain manufacturer in the continental U.S.
Although not formally established as Pentron Ceramics until 2005, Pentron's roots are firmly entrenched in the history of ceramic production. Through mergers and acquisitions, the company's past is intertwined with that of American Thermocraft, a pioneer in ceramic technology.
Today, Pentron Ceramics' Somerset, New Jersey facility is the only site in the continental U.S. where dental porcelain is manufactured. LMT recently toured the 37,000-sq.-ft. building, which houses all processing, including melting, milling, blending, ingot and paste production and packaging for Pentron Ceramics brands, including Avanté®, 3G®, OPC®, Synspar®, Avanté®Z™ and the new Avanté® Press.tige™. Here's an inside look:
The Pentron Ceramics crew who welcomed LMT to its facility include (from l. to...