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Jerry Ragle, CDT, owner of Ragle Dental Laboratory, Champaign, Illinois, has the unique distinction of being the first laboratory in the U.S. to become a regional production center for milling Cadent models based on data from the Cadent iTero digital impression-taking system. LMT talks to Ragle--a long-time advocate of digital technology--about his latest foray into the digital world and the future of milling.
LMT: How did it come about that you're the first laboratory to become a Cadent model milling center?
Ragle: I'd been using the Cadent iTero Digital System since its launch in early...
Open last April, Ragle Dental Laboratory\'s Cadent model milling center is milling about 5,000 polyurethane modelsâand recycling 2,500 to 2,800 pounds of polyurethane wasteâeach month.
Frank Munzenmayer, CDT, explains how to fabricate an overdenture implant bar without soldering, casting, laser welding or milling using the pre-fabricated SFI Bar from Cendres+MÃ©taux.
The buzz at the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California’s CAD/CAM Symposium in November 2005: rapid prototyping technology. First developed in the 1980s and used in the automotive and aerospace industries, the technology had laboratory owners enthusiastic about what was called the “next generation of CAD/CAM.” Advocates said the additive technology would result in increased efficiency and less material waste.
Those forecasts were spot on. The technology continues to revolutionize the way laboratories fabricate waxups and metal restorations. And, like CAD/CAM, it’s...
Owners: Randy & Daxton Grubb
When Daxton Grubb joined his father Randy’s laboratory in 2002 after working at a Fortune 500 company, he had already learned a thing or two about employee motivation. “The company set unrealistic goals and only managers were rewarded for good performance. I was determined not to make the same mistake here,” says Grubb.
While 20 to 30% of R-Dent’s managers’ compensation is based on their department’s net profit, Daxton also has sales and incentive programs for all employees. First, there are monthly incentives:...
These last nine years have witnessed many losses within our small laboratory community, and I'm grateful to have this page in LMT on which I can express my gratitude for those who've touched our lives
Like many young artists, Rebecca Wade found joy in expressing herself on canvas. Now that canvas is a crown.
An aspiring painter and sculptor who was working toward a degree in computer graphics in 1997, Wade responded to an ad for a part-time position at a dental laboratory only because it mentioned 'artistic ability.' She was hired as an opaquer and—due to her obvious potential and ability to learn quickly—was moved into the ceramic department within just two months. It wasn't long after that she opted to leave school and focus her energy on her newly discovered career.
Confronted with daily reports of a declining economy and mired in the unpredictability of what it means for their businesses, itâs not surprising that some laboratory owners are postponing plans
Reed Nunnally spent five years building his own highly successful construction and real estate business buying, renovating and flipping properties in Louisville, Kentucky's historic Highlands area. But after a couple of years nursing a bad back, he knew he needed to switch gears.
His father, David Nunnally—interested in finding an operations manager to help run the business—jumped at the chance to get his savvy son on board at his lab, Derby Dental Laboratory, also in Louisville. While Reed had never planned to join the family business, he saw an opportunity to use his marketing degree...
If you don't charge for remakes or at least have some acceptable guidelines in place, your laboratoryâs bottom line could suffer. Monitoring, prevention and communication are key to minimizing remakes.
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China has implemented new labor laws and environmental regulations and is changing tax incentives in an effort to pacify citizens and encourage an exodus of factories.
At the Cal-Lab Meeting in Chicago, Safelink's Gary Morgan, CDT, offered an update on various regulatory issues, including OSHA, the FDA and the Medical Device Tax. Here's an overview:
OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard. "This is a major change you need to be aware of and address right now," said Morgan, noting that OSHA is making enforcement a priority and laboratory inspections and penalties are on the rise. As part of the new standard:
Laboratories must update their hazard communication plan which details how staff should safely work with chemicals. "You need to figure out...
Six ways proactive laboratory owners are keeping their customer relationships strong and the cases flowing in.
Are digital dentures coming our way? Also, to meet the growing demand for removable restorations, several manufacturers introduced new teeth and other accompanying products to enhance function, esthetics and efficiency.
Forget what you've heard about a bleak future for the removables market. Laboratory owners say the market is thriving and the future is bright...
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The removables market continues to thrive thanks to a growing demand from an aging population, increasing consumer awareness of esthetic dentistry, and product and technological developments. Two of the marketâs key growth areas are implant-retained
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In June 2006, Steve and Greg Killian, brothers and co-owners of Killian Dental Ceramics, Irvine, California, realized a long-time dream. After over 20 years of renting space for their laboratory, they purchased a new building that would be their new
Hindsight is 20/20: Laboratory owners who have designed new facilities share the things they would do differently if they were building again.
In the fall, Congress extended the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Program through 2011. In addition, there are other key changes to the program that may make it more advantageous for labs.
The R&E Tax Credit rewards companies investing resources in the development or improvement of its products, processes and techniques. If you qualify, you could receive a credit of $25,000 to $50,000 per year depending on your situation.
Experimenting with new products? Adding new equipment? Learn how to turn your research and experimentation efforts into dollars for your laboratory; this is especially good news for million-dollar-plus labs.
If youâre like most small business owners, you probably think the chance of your laboratory being the site of a violent act is pretty slim.
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Owner: Mike Robertson, CDT
At Robertson Dental Lab, aspiring CDTs don’t need to take the journey alone. Eight months ago, inspired by technician Karlena Schutz, General Manager Tom Love created a CDT Study Club that meets once a week after the lab closes to help the eight technician-members learn from one another. The lab provides the study materials—including a visual dictionary from PTC and chapters from the Air Force manual—and each week the members take turns choosing a topic, leading the discussion and quizzing others on their grasp of the information....