• November
  • NADL Issues FDA Alert Regarding In-Lab Milling of Abutments

    The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.

    From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments

    When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.

    That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.

    Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    Tuesday at 12:06 pm

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  • October
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces Executive Team Promotions

    Robert Ganley, Chief Executive Officer for Ivoclar Vivadent, announced the promotions of several members of the organization’s North American executive team earlier this week. They include Sarah Anders to Chief Operating Officer, Dr. George Tysowsky to Senior Vice President Technology & Professional Relations, Dr. Michael Gaglio to Senior Vice President Marketing and Digital Communication, and Pierre Lamoure to Senior Vice President Clinical Sales. 

    "This is an exciting time for dentistry, with so much potential for growth," said Ganley. "Our success will depend upon clear vision, industry-leading innovation, and forward-based thinking.  Under their leadership, we will continue to set new standards in providing outstanding service and support our customers and partners.”

    Sarah Anders, MBA, Chief Operating OfficerSarah Anders has been promoted to the newly established position of Chief Operating Officer. In addition to her leadership role of Senior Vice President...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 9 at 3:10 pm

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  • August
  • NFL Great Emmitt Smith Joins Exciting Lineup of Keynote Speakers At Sirona's CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration

    Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneers of digital dentistry, recently signed Emmitt Smith, former NFL great and current President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration. Smith replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., who had to withdraw from C30 due to personal reasons.

    Emmitt Smith rose to prominence in the 1990s as the superstar running back of the Dallas Cowboys, and was an integral part of the team’s phenomenal success in winning three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Smith culminated his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the proud distinction as having the most rushing yards in NFL history, a record he still holds.

    Since his retirement from football in 2005, Smith has successfully transitioned his talents from the gridiron to the business world, founding Emmitt Smith Enterprises (ESE)—an umbrella company of several organizations focusing...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 12 at 4:45 pm

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  • Vaniman Manufacturing Company Offers New Service

    Vaniman Manufacturing Company has announced that it will begin to offer a new 3D rendering service titled Design Center beginning Monday, August 3.

    The 3D rendering service will assist with the plumbing needs of your laboratory and accompanying dust collectors. You can choose between the 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 station standard templates, or contact Vaniman for any further modifications you would like to make.

    “The process is simple, pick a template that meets your basic needs then we will customize it to your specific lab,” Kyle Galenza, Sales and Marketing Manager, said.

    The Vaniman team understands just how busy dental professionals are, and how much time it can take to build a dental laboratory from the ground up. That is why the Design Center provides you with a fast service that is completely customizable.

    “This service takes less than 2 business days to complete and can be modified to meet the customer’s needs. Afterwards, we supply labeled instructions for easy...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    August 5 at 12:09 pm

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  • July
  • Amann Girrbach Announces Distribution Partnership with Benco Dental

    Amann Girrbach proudly announces the distribution partnership agreement with Benco Dental, one of the fastest growing privately owned dental distribution companies in the U.S. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

    “I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

    “In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that...

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  • June
  • Noel Laboratories Purchases Atascadero Dental Laboratory

    Noel Laboratories, an Atascadero-based full-service dental laboratory, has bought Atascadero Dental Laboratory for an undisclosed amount.

    The purchase became final June 8.

    Noel Laboratories manufactures crowns, dentures, bridges, implants and other dental prosthetics for dentists and other dental laboratories.

    Atascadero Dental Laboratory seller William (Butch) Houghton will join Noel Laboratories’ dental technician team, marketing director Estella Webb said. Noel Laboratories now has 23 employees and anticipates more growth, she said.

    “We are continuing to grow and add employees,” she said. “We’re already talking about hiring more technicians.”

    Webb declined to disclose the company’s annual revenues. In 2013, when the company purchased Arroyo Grande Dental Lab and moved its operations to Atascadero, a company spokeswoman said annual revenues were more than $1 million.

    Founded in 1974 in San Luis Obispo by John C. Noel, a certified dental technician,...

    Noel Laboratories Inc.
    June 25 at 11:29 am

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  • Early Bird Registration for Sirona's CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Extended Through June 15th

    In preparation for its upcoming CEREC© 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration, Sirona Dental Inc. announced today that in addition to an informative preshow program now posted on www.CEREC30th.com, the event’s Early Bird Registration specials have been extended until June 15th, 2015.

    Originally set to expire on May 30th, the company that pioneered digital dentistry has decided to prolong Early Bird Registration until June 15th in order to provide dental professionals an extended window of time to purchase tickets at a lower price and take advantage of the many special promotions offered by registering early.

    In addition, a detailed preshow program is now available on www.CEREC30th.com, the company’s dedicated website to all things CEREC 30. The preshow program details each day of the celebration’s jam-packed, three-day schedule and includes: an overview of CEREC 30; dates, times, and topics for each general and breakout educational session; keynote and featured...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    June 5 at 3:42 pm

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  • May
  • MicroDental Laboratories Announces Leadership Changes

    MicroDental Laboratories’ Kim Bradshaw Passes the Reigns to Bill Johnson as Next Chief Executive Officer.

    MicroDental Laboratories announced the promotion of Bill Johnson to CEO and Len Liptak to President. Earlier this year Kimberly Bradshaw identified that an organizational and leadership change was prudent based on the new needs of the organization and emerging industry trends. After carefully considering her recommendations along with other alternatives, the Board of Directors agreed with Bradshaw’s suggestions and fully supports her passing the reigns to Bill Johnson as Chief Executive and to Len Liptak as President. Both gentlemen served as members of her Executive Team and have been integral to the success of the company.

    “We brought Kim in as CEO because of her track record for designing and executing strategy, implementing systemic approaches to customer service, and her reputation for building strong teams, all of which MicroDental needed in the rapidly changing...

    May 11 at 10:34 am

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  • Early Bird Registration for Sirona's CEREC 30th Anniversary Celebration Quickly Coming to an End on May 31st

    Sirona’s Early Bird Registration for its upcoming CEREC© 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration is quickly coming to an end. The company that pioneered digital dentistry is advising dental professionals to purchase tickets now for the three-day digital dentistry extravaganza before special Early Bird Registration offers expire on May 31st.

    Following a full review of ticket sales momentum and current registration numbers for the event, the Company quickly realized that event tickets are selling at an extremely rapid pace and are urging dental professionals to take advantage of the special pricing before the CEREC 30 Early Bird Registration special comes to an end on May 31st.  

    “A number of very attractive incentives are offered for early registrants including lower ticket prices, VIP Packages offered at a reduced price, and more,” remarked Sirona Dental, Inc. President, Michael Augins. “We are extremely pleased with the outstanding level of interest...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    May 11 at 9:25 am

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  • Master Ceramist, Inc. Offers Special 25th Anniversary Pricing

    In celebration of its 25th year in business, Master Ceramist, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on current retail prices for its line of ceramic products, including firing pegs, liquids, mediums and accessories until September 25, 2015. The company has also launched a new website, mc-direct.com, making it easy to purchase products directly; for instance, the Express Page features the company’s most popular products with a brief description and pricing so you can order them quickly.

    “An advantage to ordering direct is that we have all of our products in stock and we offer technical support and service on our entire line,” says Rick Tobey, Master Ceramist Founder. “You can also order our products from your favorite dealer, some of which may also offer the discounted pricing.” The Inventive Technician In the 1980s, Tobey had his own laboratory, Tobey Ceramics, in Asheville, NC. At that time, silver palladium alloys were becoming increasingly popular but also posed...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    May 5 at 11:15 am

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  • 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Now Available in Disc Format for Open Milling

    In its 13 years of clinical use, the pioneering Lava™ Zirconia brand from 3M ESPE Dental has become trusted by dentists and labs around the world. Now, 3M ESPE Dental is giving more labs access to the quality, esthetics and clinical performance the Lava™ brand is known for, making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.

    The new Lava Plus portfolio, which is available to labs milling 98-mm discs, includes both Lava Plus zirconia as well as its unique shading system. The 98mm-diameter zirconia discs are available in thicknesses of 14mm, 18mm and 25mm, and in formats with and without a step. Based on the same material technology as the Mill Blank formats for Lava Milling Systems, Lava Plus Discs and Lava Plus Mill Blanks offer the reliability and high performance that the Lava brand is known for.

    “This introduction gives labs access to one of the most trusted zirconia materials on the market, as...

    3M Oral Care
    May 4 at 2:26 pm

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  • January
  • Harvest Names Donald Park Senior VP of Global Business Development

    Harvest Dental Products has named Donald D. Park, as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Donald will lead strategic growth initiatives for Harvest as well as being part of the executive management team.

    “Donald brings a dynamic background to this role that will help impact industry and channel development” said Sasha der Avanessian, Managing Director of Harvest Dental Products. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic initiatives we have as an growing organization to align the Harvest brand with innovation, product development and growth.”

    Donald’s background in the dental industry spans from implants; materials; new technologies, manufacturing and general lab operations.  He worked on strategic partnerships while at Biomet Inc.; Biomet 3i,LLC and DenMat Holdings LLC with global organizations, including Align Technology, 3M ESPE; Sirona GmbH; 3Shape and many others.

    “This position is a unique opportunity for me to help...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 13, 2015

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  • December 2014
  • Amann Girrbach, CAP Announce Partnership

    Amann Girrbach and CAP have announced a North American partnership for distribution, sales and customer support. Beginning January 5, 2015, customers will have access to the full line of AG products and future innovations as well as current offerings from CAP. AG will retain their Charlotte, NC, office as their corporate marketing and product service center while sales, service and support will be based at CAP. 

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    December 11, 2014

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  • October 2014
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    Ivoclar Vivadent Announces a New Partnership with BEGO USA

    With Selective Laser melting, BEGO USA produces high quality metal copings and bridges

    Amherst, NY…Ivoclar Vivadent announces its new partnership with BEGO USA through its association with Wieland Precision Technology to provide digital alloy options with Selective Laser Melting and CAD/Casting. This new partnership solidifies Wieland Precision Technology as a comprehensive outsourcing production center and solution for laboratories to help increase their efficiency for producing quality metal-based restorations.

    The Selective Laser Melting offered by BEGO USA and Wieland is a form of rapid prototyping or sterolithography completed using laser technology to melt alloy powder into thin layers. These thin layers are then melted together to create homogenous copings and bridges. Compared to restorations cast in the same alloy, restorations featuring alloys processed with Selective Laser Melting offer higher tensile strength,...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 30, 2014

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  • Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction to Benefit Thousands of Vulnerable Children

    National Children’s Oral Health Foundation: America’s ToothFairy (NCOHF) will hold a Virtual ToothFairy Ball and Online Auction November 1-24 to engage caring companies and individuals across the dental industry in saving the smiles of vulnerable children.

    Corporations and individuals participate by purchasing virtual "tables" for $5,000 and/or by donating items for the silent auction. Each table sponsor will have a $5,000 ToothFairy Grant awarded in their name to an NCOHF Affiliate community clinic or program serving at-risk children. Thanks to generous underwriters, 100% of event proceeds will be allocated to help children in need.

    Table sponsors include the following generous individuals and corporations: 3M ESPE, 3M ESPE Retired Execs, A. Titan, Align Technology, Inc., BAE Systems, Benco Dental, Dr. Gordon Christensen, Darby Dental, Dentsply, DMG America, Dudnyk, Mr. Henk van Duijnhoven, Hanley Wood Marketing, Henry Schein, IQ Dental, Mr. Thomas and JoAnn Prescott, SciCan,...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    October 21, 2014

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  • June 2014
  • Sirona Dental Inc. Announces Keurig™ Coffee Maker Give-Away

    Sirona Dental, Inc. is pleased to announce a special incentive for all commercial dental laboratories that complete an in-house demonstration of Sirona’s full line of inLab® CAD/CAM solutions.

    Specifically, Sirona will reward all dental laboratories that complete a full Sirona inLab system demonstration between June 1, 2014 and August 31, 2014 with a Keurig® K145 OfficePRO® Brewing System.  Participants will also receive a bonus 12 Count K-Cup® variety box that includes 12 different delicious blends of coffee. 

    Dental laboratories can register for inLab CAD/CAM demonstrations two ways:

    Visit www.inLabdemo.com and click on the “Register Now” button.  After completing the registration form, participants will have the option to choose a preferred demonstration date and time. 

    Contact your local Sirona inLab sales representative to schedule a convenient time and date by calling (855) InLab4U 

    The Keurig K145 OfficePRO Brewing...

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  • April 2014
  • Who's Hot 2014

    Whether you're still celebrating a Super Bowl victory or turned your attention back to college basketball, you're involved with your team. I've thrown an extra Ezine at you this month because I wanted to brag about two of my current teammates...


    The Journal of Dental Technology has just recognized our VP of Sales and Marketing, Anne Steinbock, as someone "Who's Hot" in 2014. I hope you pick up the publication to read the article which highlights how Anne grew up in the Whip Mix business (her grandfather is our founder), but chose architecture to study. Because Anne likes faster results and personal contact with her customers, she came back to her family business, where she's been for over 25 years.


    If you know Anne, you know that she's family-oriented, customer driven and passionate about making the dental industry better. As a proud Louisville native, she loves giving back to her community through programs such as the Give Kids a Smile event.

    Whip Mix Corp.
    February 14, 2014

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  • February 2014
  • 3M ESPE Announces New President and General Manager

    3M ESPE Dental announces the appointment of James Ingebrand as its new President and General Manager, responsible for the strategic direction and overall operations of 3M ESPE.  Ingebrand has a 30-year career at 3M, much of it in healthcare including dental, which will allow him to very quickly transition into the new role.

    "Jim has a proven track record of business leadership," said Joaquin Delgado, Executive Vice President, 3M Health Care Business Group. "Prior to successfully leading 3M Drug Delivery Systems Division, Jim led our core dental business in 3M ESPE. Jim is very familiar with key players in the dental industry and will be a great leader for this business.”

    Ingebrand’s previous positions within 3M include roles as President and General Manager of 3M Drug Delivery Systems, Global Business Director for 3M ESPE Dental and as the Marketing Director for the 3M Infection Prevention Division.

    “When I left the dental group the first time around, it was a bittersweet...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    February 13, 2014

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  • January 2014
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Promotes Sarah Anders to Sr. VP of North America Sales

    Ivoclar Vivadent announces that effective immediately, Sarah Anders has been promoted to the new position of Sr. Vice President of North America Sales. In this role, Ms. Anders will be responsible for all sales operations in the US and Canada, working with and being supported by Pierre Lamoure, VP of Clinical Sales US, Wayne Ledford, VP of Technical Sales US, and Craig Garner, Director of Inside Sales. Ms. Anders also will retain her title as General Manager of Ivoclar Vivadent Canada.

    “Our clinical and technical sales have grown extremely well, but as companies grow rapidly and expand their base, it becomes necessary to create a structure which provides a more effective level of communication and coordination,” said Robert Ganley CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. “This management change and Ms. Anders’ new position will strengthen Ivoclar Vivadent and its ready ability to maintain Operational Excellence that supports growth and success in 2014 and beyond.”

    Since joining...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 22, 2014

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  • November 2013
  • Sterngold Announces Appointment of Ryan Mansfield As Vice President of Sales and Marketing

    Sterngold Dental, LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Mansfield as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Ryan will work out of Sterngold's corporate office in Attleboro, MA. In this position, Ryan's main priority will be the day-to-day management of the Company's Sales, Marketing and Educational activities. Ryan brings several years of Sales and Marketing experience in partnership development, direct and channel sales, brand strategy and marketing communications both within and outside the dental industry. Ryan will report directly to President and CEO, Gordon Craig.

    "I am very pleased that Ryan Mansfield will play a key role in Sterngold's growth initiatives," commented Gordon Craig, President and CEO. "The addition of Ryan further enhances the strategic focus of Sterngold and he will provide valuable leadership in achieving our long term vision and goals."

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 27, 2013

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  • Sterngold Announces Promotion of Gordon Craig to President & CEO

    Sterngold Dental, LLC is pleased to announce that Gordon Craig has been appointed President and CEO of the company. In his new capacity, Gordon will lead the strategic vision of the company and oversee day-to-day business operations. "Sterngold has a strong history within the industry and I look forward to continuing growth and further development of Sterngold. We will be implementing changes with respect to how we market and our strategic vision in providing additional value to our customers. Over the next year, I will focus on aligning the various aspects of the organization around a renewed mission with focus on sales and revamped educational programs and initiatives," stated Mr. Craig.

    Gordon has over nineteen years of business development and management experience. He has been with Sterngold since 1997, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager where he demonstrated strong executive and leadership skills. Prior to this he was Director of Marketing & E-Business...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 5, 2013

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  • October 2013
  • Ivoclar Vivadent Now Has a Subsidiary in Russia

    Ivoclar Vivadent has founded a subsidiary in Russia, enhancing its presence in growing markets.

    The Moscow-based subsidiary was formally inaugurated on September 19, 2013. The new subsidiary will be instrumental in scaling up the company's activities in the Russian market. Managing Director Stephan Uhlmann explains: "We have restructured our marketing and sales office into a subsidiary. This means that we now have our own warehouse logistics in Russia and are able to respond to the demands of our customers with considerably more flexibility."

    Additionally, an ICDE (International Center for Dental Education) has been established simultaneously with the subsidiary and will enable the company to attend customers in the market more thoroughly and effectively with product training courses and high-profile presentations.

    For further information, please visit www.ivoclarvivadent.com or send an email to info@ivoclarvivadent.com.

    In the above photo: Opening of the new Ivoclar Vivadent subsidiary...

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 10, 2013

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Introduces "Smile to the Max Resource Center"

    Marketing Material Portal Makes Customizing IPS e.max Literature Easy and Effective

    Ivoclar Vivadent is pleased to introduce the "Smile to the Max Resource Center," an online portal of customizable marketing materials for laboratories that provide IPS e.max restorations. Created in response to the overwhelming demand for customized marketing and education literature about IPS e.max, the "Smile to the Max Resource Center" makes it easy for laboratories to select and create the specific marketing materials they need.

    From IPS e.max logos to website copy, and from patient photos and testimonials to statement stuffers, brochures, and postcards, the "Smile to the Max Resource Center" features different marketing materials, all of which can be customized in a few simple steps. More materials will be added as the site progresses, including literature from other product categories.

    The "Smile to the Max Resource Center" is accessed by registering a username and password at www.theworldspeaksemax.com....

    Ivoclar Vivadent Inc.
    October 3, 2013

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  • August 2013
  • Stratasys Reports Record Financial Results For the Second Quarter of 2013

    Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) announced record financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

    Q2 Financial Results Summary:

    • Non-GAAP revenue of $106.7 million for the second quarter of 2013 represents a 20% organic increase over the $88.7 million pro forma revenue recorded for the same period last year after giving effect to the Stratasys-Objet merger as though it closed on January 1, 2011.

    • GAAP revenue for the second quarter was $106.5 million.

    • Non-GAAP net income of $18.6 million for the second quarter, or $0.45 per diluted share, represents a 32% increase over pro forma non-GAAP net income of $14.1 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, reported for the same period last year.

    • GAAP net income for the second quarter was a loss of $2.8 million, or ($0.07) per share, versus a pro forma loss of $6.9 million, or ($0.19) per share, for the same period last year.

    • Non-GAAP gross margins improved to 59.2% for the second quarter from...

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  • July 2013
  • Roland DGA Announces Key Promotions, Appointment of New Marketing Director

    Roland DGA Corp. has announced several key promotions within its marketing, product management and sales organizations, as well as the appointment of a new marketing director. These staffing changes reflect the company's continued growth and success as a leading manufacturer of digital printing equipment, as well as dental, engraving and 3D modeling technologies.

    "At Roland DGA, we are constantly innovating and improving with the goal of providing our customers with the finest products available, and world-class service and support," said Rick Scrimger, president of Irvine, Calif.-based Roland DGA Corp. "Promoting from within whenever we can and adding talented individuals to our team are essential to our delivering this kind of quality and performance. We congratulate the accomplished individuals taking on expanded roles at Roland, as well as those just joining the company."

    Recent Roland DGA promotions and appointments within product management, sales and marketing are as follows:



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