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...See more 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. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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...See more 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. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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....See more 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. The small footprint delivers a contemporary, premium furnace, well-suited for the lab environment. NTX and NTXPRESS models are equipped with a robust, three-year manufacturer warranty. For more information, visit prosthetics.dentsply.com or call 1.800.243.1942.
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...See more 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 purchase. The units will be available in the U.S. by the end of the year. For more information on the TruRx app, call 800-786-0085 or visit prosthetics.dentsply.com. For details on the furnaces, call 800-243-1942 or visit prosthetics.dentsply.com.
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...See more 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 air hoses, overhead lighting, arm supports, a shelf for case pans and electrical outlets. To create a more interesting look, he chose blue benches for one half of the lab and red benches for the other. The Nobilium field technical rep installed all 33 benches on-site in two days. Two months after the renovation began, Hart and his 27-person staff moved into the new facility. 800-833-2343, 518-434-3147, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nobilium.com NevinLabs Creates Functional, Esthetic Lab at Ivoclar Vivadent Training Center Ivoclar Vivadent purchased a new training facility in Toronto, and asked NevinLabs to design the workstations and layout for the 600-sq-ft laboratory. From initial design to installation, the project took eight months. During that time, Nevin prepared various layout options for Ivoclar to choose from--highlighting the pros and cons of each design--and worked closely with the architect to ensure the workstations fit within the space and the appropriate utilities were provided at the proper locations. Once the design was selected, Nevin manufactured the workstations and shipped them to Canada for installation; assembly took about 10 days. Nevin's ergonomic ErgoEZ benches--set up in a classroom style to maximize space--provide a functional area for training and offer a sleek and modern look consistent with Ivoclar Vivadent's image. The benches and stainless steel-topped cabinetry are crisp white and blue in keeping with its logo. The nine technician benches and one instructor bench feature variable-speed dust collectors with automatic or manual settings; removable dust hood with shield; motor-control panel with lighted power switch and indicator lights; stainless steel scrap drawer; and a gas valve and retractable air blowgun with regulator. 773-624-4330, email@example.com, www.dentalez.com Dental Arte Inc. Helps Design Bonadent's New 83,000-sq-ft Facility Bonadent Dental Laboratory, a 42,000-sq-ft lab in Seneca Falls, NY, needed more space for production, equipment and other technical areas, so it purchased an 83,000-sq-ft facility. During the 12-month renovation project, Dental Arte worked closely with Owner Bruce Bonafiglia to help design the laboratory and made several recommendations, including switching from linear to corner benches to maximize space and to create short, T-shaped walls between workstations to help contain dust. The company furnished the laboratory with 220 of its top-of-the-line, fully equipped Penta workstations with bagless vacuum, color-corrected lamps and spacious shelving on wheels. It also installed 270 Lab line cabinets and 80 Penta line cabinets including specially sized chemical hoods in the denture department, fume hoods for sintering furnaces, enclosed sandblasting cabinets with vacuum systems and a casting ring rack with a cooling fan. Both the cabinets and workstations offer all-metal construction and a powder-coated and liquid paint finish. Dental Arte also customized the benches in the lab's CAD/CAM department. For instance, the benches were made wider to accommodate a computer monitor and keyboard and allow technicians to easily adjust the height of the monitor. The workstations also include wider drawers and built-in air nozzles. 866-998-0807, 858-486-5484, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dentalarteinc.com Freuding Labors GmbH, Germany Offers Variety of CAD-Designed Layouts In 2011, Dental Laboratory WOLF in Mainz, Germany moved into a 2,475-sq-ft facility and renovated it to fit its production needs, choosing Freuding Labors GmbH, Germany as its design partner. Based on floor plans and feedback from the lab, Freuding interior designers used 3D-CAD drawings and detailed views to provide the lab with a variety of layout and furniture options. Owners Juergen Wolf and Hussein Beydoun chose Freuding's two- and four-seater F20 and F40 workbenches with air and gas connections, suction units and funnels, workplace mats, lighting, instrument cabinets, bench pegs, shelves for worktrays, handpiece holders and arm rests and had them customized to fit the lab's requirements and layout. Special features include integrated PCs, a stainless steel suction hood and special work preparation area, backsplashes to contain messes, and cut-outs for gas hoses and soldering guns. Some cabinets in the lab are illuminated for easy visibility and others are equipped with wheels, making them movable for flexibility. To create a hygienic, clutter-free space in the treatment/shade-taking area, Freuding also incorporated a wall-mounted cabinet with dispensers for gloves, masks, disinfectant, towels and cups. From planning until completion, the project took about four months. 0049 8261 7676-0, email@example.com, www.freuding.com Handler Mfg. Co. Furnishes Laboratory for Growing Technician Training Program As the dental laboratory program at Georgian College in Ontario, Canada grows, the school wanted to create an improved area that could accommodate a larger number of students. Over six months, it renovated a 1,700-sq-ft space, including a main student lab and two processing rooms. Handler was given the space requirements and worked closely with Sinclair Dental, a Canadian dental supply dealer, to create a training laboratory suitable for 35 technicians and a variety of procedures. Handler and Sinclair worked with the college to select the proper pieces of furniture for maximum efficiency, workflow and comfort of the students and instructors. In the main student lab, 18 new Handler Model 215WS double-pedestal workstations were installed for the students. For the instructor, a Model 311 Master Technician bench was customized to be 4" taller at his request, a back panel was added for esthetics, and a false safety bottom was incorporated to conceal gas and air lines. In the processing rooms, Handler installed its plaster and casting benches and, since it also manufactures its own equipment, it incorporated its high-volume denture processing units, fume hoods and high-volume complete polishing units. All of the school's benches include lighting; storage; air, gas and electric hookups; and dust collection, water and waste systems. 800-274-2635, 909-233-7796, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.handlermfg.com Lista International Offers Modular Bench and Cabinet Solution Peebles Prosthetics, Inc. was located in a 4,500-sq-ft space spread over three levels and it wanted to better streamline production and workflow. During a 14-month project, it redesigned and renovated a new, 20,000-sq-ft building to better meet its needs. Completed in December 2012, the new Lakewood, CO, facility features an 11,000-sq-ft production area on the main level, with a training room, break room and offices on the second level. Lista worked with Owner Richard Peebles, AAS, CDT, and his architect to select and lay out the furniture. The goal was to increase the number of technician workstations, allow the lab to easily adjust and move furniture, increase efficiencies, and allow room for growth in the lab's technology and education areas. Lista's modular Technician Workstations and cabinets in light gray with burgundy accents were used throughout the lab. The workstations allow easy reconfiguration and tool-less repositioning of accessories. They also include high-output, color-corrected lighting; multiple case pan shelves; and Lista's unique downdraft system for dust collection that integrates seamlessly with the lab's central suction system. The cabinets feature stainless steel work surfaces and multiple drawer, door, shelf and sink cabinet configurations. 800-722-3020, 508-429-1350, email@example.com, www.lista-dentallab.com Fusa Dental LLC Designs Bright, Ergonomic Laboratory Seeking additional space, Nova Oral Design moved from an 800-sq-ft facility to a new, 1,200-sq-ft building with a lot of natural light. Owner Ken Shapiro's goal was to create a laboratory in which technicians felt comfortable and enjoyed working. He also wanted an open space that wasn't cluttered with benches and utility cabinets, an ergonomic workflow, and an area for shade taking and working closely with dentist-clients. Fusa Dental supplied a turn-key solution for the Calgary, Alberta, Canada laboratory, from planning drawings to plumbing and electrical support. Shapiro chose a design that features six rooms: two production rooms, a contemporary reception area, a shade-taking room with a dental chair, an office and a small kitchenette. The main production area is furnished with six blue and gray FUSA Bench 1 workbenches that feature maple butcher-block tabletops, retractable armrests, built-in suction units, 55-W daylight-corrected tabletop lamps, Werksitz ergonomic swivel chairs and several utility cabinets. The plaster/casting room features FUSA Bench 2 workbenches, stainless steel countertops with a marine edge to contain spills, high-heat-resistant cement tabletops and a welded-in double sink. Fusa technicians installed the furniture in three days, working over a weekend to minimize disruption to the lab. 310-922-8102, Lothar@fusadental.com, www.fusadental.com
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Advanced Dental Products, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Jelrus porcelain furnace spare parts sales and repairs of the VIP Universal X-Press. They will also supply muffles and thermocouples...See more for all Jelrus porcelain furnaces. The acquisition became effective on September 1, 2013. Jelrus, the dental laboratory division of Air Techniques, has a proven record of providing well-belt, dependable laboratory equipment. The acquisition by Advanced Dental Products, Inc. further enhances their own product line of high quality muffles, both quartz and non-quarts, for most porcelain furnaces. Please direct all Jelrus inquires to Advanced Dental Products, Inc. customer service at 800 645-7237.
Jensen Dental Announces Launch of the Preciso Education Connection; Contains Suite of Online Tools For CAD/CAM Users
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. - Jensen Dental today announced the launch of the Preciso Education Connection, a suite of online tools and information for users of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution. The Preciso...See more Education Connection makes it easy to access a variety of useful information for Jensen's CAD/CAM system. Assets available on the website include a variety of videos on each step of the digital restoration process including equipment set-up, scanning, designing, milling, restoration characterization, and sintering as well as a Frequently Asked Questions section containing additional helpful information. Also available on the site are a variety of recorded educational webinars providing additional instruction and education for each aspect of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution. "Jensen has built its reputation with dental laboratories over the last 35 years in large part due to our commitment to education. As Jensen continues to evolve and help our customers grow, the Preciso Education Connection is a natural extension of our educational offering. This resource is intended to make it easy to access the instructional information our digital customers need to integrate digital into their workflow, and consistently create beautiful results while increasing efficiencies in their lab," said Joseph Carofano, General Manager of Jensen Dental. Current users of the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution can visit www.PrecisoEducation.com to begin accessing these new tools immediately. Dental laboratories looking to learn more about the Preciso Digital Dentistry Solution and how materials such as Lava Plus High Translucency Zirconia and Lava Ultimate Restorative can help differentiate their lab are encouraged to visit www.PrecisoDental.com. Visitors to this site can learn more about the various components of Preciso through a variety of resources including, white papers, webinars, and ROI calculators. They can also call 800-243-2000 and ask to speak to a Jensen Sales Consultant for a one-on-one consultation on how to create beautiful results through digital dentistry. About Jensen Dental Jensen Dental helps dental laboratories and dentists create beautiful restorations more efficiently by offering a full suite of innovative solutions backed by world-class education and support. An international ISO 13485 certified dental product manufacturer and distributor, Jensen provides quality products and services including digital CAD/CAM systems and digital materials, alloys, refining, porcelain, investment, articulators, occlusal molds, furnaces, and removables. Jensen has been a trusted partner to dental lab technicians and dentists for more than 35 years. Media Contact Jensen Dental Joseph Carofano, General Manager (203) 239-2090 x 2238 firstname.lastname@example.org
BROADWAY DENTAL LABORATORY AND DISTRIBUTION is a representative of imes-icore, the German company that manufactures CORiTEC milling machines. Broadway also offers 3Shape Dental Scanner systems; i3Dscan...See more scanning system; exocad software; iCAM V5 CAM System as well as the other iCAM V CAM systems; and Dental Shaper software that allows for the import of different CAD systems. Also available: upgrades to the milling machines and CAD/CAM software that allow for milling options, including implant and abutment design and production; vacuum systems; sintering furnaces; and consumables, including its private-label zirconia and milling tools. 801-955-4878 email@example.com www.broadwaydentallab.com