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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...
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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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
- January 2013
Proper calibration and spruing techniques are just two of the ways to ensure you're getting the most accurate results with Ivoclar Vivadent¹s Programat® Pressing Furnaces.
Use a dedicated circuit for your furnace. The Programat EP 3000 and EP 5000 models are designed to perform optimally with standard voltage input. Draw from other equipment can cause fluctuations in voltage and alter the furnace's performance.
Calibrate your furnace every 50 press cycles. Both pressing furnaces have an automatic double-range calibration system—called ATK 2—that enables precise...
- September 2012
By knowing your product and standardizing your techniques—and sticking to them—you can be successful in processing titanium restorations.
A variety of factors are contributing to titanium's rising popularity: it's now classified by the ADA between a noble and high noble alloy and, as the precious metal market continues to hit record prices, titanium is an attractive alternative. In addition, CAD/CAM techniques have eliminated the problems associated with casting titanium.
Our lab has been working with titanium for almost three years and, during that time, we have studied clinical...
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- 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...
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...
- March 2012
When Dale Dental's Dave Lesh told Cal-Lab members in Chicago how much the hotel industry saves every time we don't request fresh towels delivered to our rooms daily, he jokingly suggested we go out of our way to demand them. Under the "guise" of saving the planet by saving water and energy, he said, the industry is saving $250 million a year in towel-and-sheet-reuse programs.
Here's the real point: it's no guise! The fact that hotels can save money and conserve natural resources is fantastic. Dave was pointing out that hotels aren't being "transparent"--the buzz word in Washington these days--about...
- September 2011
Part 1 Introduction
Not a month goes by where one or more dental technology publications write about the state of education or more precisely the decline or inadequacy of our educational system. Historically, dental laboratory technology education has been, for the most part, over-the-shoulder apprentice type of training. As we now know, the development of dentistry has evolved in a non-systematic path since before recorded history. Those who have been in the profession for over 30 years remember the "good old days" where education, training and development were kept secret and not readily shared...
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- April 2011
Owner's gross personal income in 2000 versus 2004
Owner's work weeks: 2000 versus 2005
Most common technical problems in laboratories
Restorative systems and tools
The dental laboratory community is a five-plus billion dollar industry and with 75 million baby boomers in the U.S.—many of whom are prime candidates for dental work—the future looks bright for innovative laboratory owners who know how to take advantage of market trends. Dental laboratory owner/manager respondents to our Trends 2005 survey agree: 32% rate the economic health...
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Seven million U.S. business owners will retire from their businesses over the next 20 years as post WWII and baby boomer generations approach retirement. Joining those millions will be many members of our community, about half of whom are now 55 years or older. Here, LMT offers advice on how to enhance the value of your laboratory in the eyes of a buyer, strategies for the solo and small laboratory owner, and real-life stories of lab owners who have strategically planned their transitions out of their labs to enhance retirement.
Click here for exit planning survey results.
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A comprehensive set of standards provides a level playing field for your laboratory. Your technicians know what you expect of them, what to expect of you and what to expect of each other; everyone operates from the same handbook. Having standards paves the way for an efficient, well-run organization and is the foundation of a quality management system (QMS).
Implementing a QMS necessitates that you take a cohesive look at your operations and define and document all of your laboratory processes, including technical, administrative and managerial procedures. It doesn't dictate what your methods...
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In this exclusive interview with LMT, Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, California, and five other labs in the U.S., Costa Rica and Mexico, shares why he got involved in research and development, the challenges it presents, and what he and his staff have in the works.
LMT: You've been working on R&D in some capacity since 1988. Why did you initially decide to get involved?
Glidewell: The average lab has between one to five people and, therefore, most equipment and materials are developed for that size market. Very large labs are not an efficient target market--for...
There is a life cycle to every product. The upside of getting in early on cutting-edge technology such as CAD/CAM is that you're part of an innovative, select group and there is less price sensitivity, which means you can maintain better margins because there is limited competition. The downside is that you've got to educate your clients and you have to have an appetite for risk.
Here are 10 tips for selecting a CAD/CAM system:
1. The rule of 10. Restoration options vary by CAD/CAM system; for instance, some systems can only produce all-ceramic crowns whereas others can mill almost any type...
With a record-breaking 115,000 attendees and almost 2,000 exhibitors, the IDS show in Cologne in March was upbeat and chock full of new products, materials, manufacturing solutions and systems. LMT's Kelly Carr and Jessica Fila attended the five-day show to give you a sneak peek at what's coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
Digital Manufacturing Equipment
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the show, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions being introduced, including printing and laser sintering. Another trend: milling units that can...
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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,...
Coping with inadequate work from dentists and finding competent staff are top problems in the laboratory
Overall, 63% of respondents had gross sales under $200,000 in 1999. Here's how different size laboratories fared last year
Problems with dentist-clients' work coming into the lab
Given that the nation is experiencing its strongest economy in 30 years, it's no surprise that laboratory owners and managers responding to LMT's 2000 State of the Industry survey are upbeat about their economic situation and optimistic about 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.
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When Tom Jacobs says he offers personal service, he means it. In addition to his home-based laboratory in Hendersonville, NC, Jacobs brings his services right to his clients' doorsteps via his mobile laboratory—a completely self-contained lab in a 2007 Dodge 2500 Sprinter van.
Through MobileLab Technologies, Jacobs offers one-hour porcelain veneers and full-contour crowns fabricated using the Sirona inLab® CAD/CAM system. "I can take the van anywhere and within one hour of handing me the impression, my dentist-client and his patient have a finished, stained and glazed restoration,"...
In 2008, owner Rory Puckett was at a crossroads: business was so slow, he thought he might have to close the doors of his three-person laboratory, Puckett's Dental Studio, Inc. in Dawsonville, Georgia (www.puckettsdental.com). In addition to servicing dentist-clients, he had dabbled in subcontracting alumina restorations to other laboratories but what those labs really wanted was milled zirconia, a service he didn't offer.
He began researching the option of buying a complete CAD/CAM system. The $100,000-plus price tags were daunting at first but after several months of in-depth research...
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The recent acquisition of WaterPik's laboratory- and occlusion-product lines and the launch of a milling center are just two of the many strategic changes made by Whip Mix Corp. in the past decade. 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—including siblings Anne, David, Andy and Allen plus his son, Stuart—are fulfilling their family legacy.
Whip Mix was born in 1919 with a modified egg beater and a metal bowl: a mechanical spatulator...
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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,...