LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we...See more moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday! Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales. “I have been coming to LAB DAY since 2008. It’s an exciting place to meet lab technicians from all over the world,” said Mark Urlaub, Owner, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE. “You get to see the latest and greatest technology, meet sales reps, network and earn CE credits. I always learn new tips and tricks at LAB DAY; it’s a great place to perfect your technique!” In addition to education, LMT LAB DAY Chicago is the place for product launches and breaking news and on the following pages, LMT Editors bring you the inside scoop. LMT is also sharing some breaking news of its own: LAB DAY 2015 is moving to the Hyatt Regency Chicago, across the river from the Sheraton. The Exhibit Hall is 70,000 square feet—almost double the size of the Hall at the Sheraton. This will enable us to have larger booth sizes, wider walking aisles, more room to learn and network, and a concession stand with a lounge area for attendees on the Exhibit Hall floor. Watch upcoming issues of LMT and LMTmag.com for details!
For me, one of the greatest highs of our LAB DAY shows is returning home afterwards, brim-full of new ideas, juiced with the energy and creative strategies I pick up from you—our participants and...See more clinicians—when I hear your presentations or we meet on the show floor. One thing I noticed this year in particular is that the level of competitiveness among vendors at the show has ratcheted up several notches. It was Show- and-Tell in all its glory. For example, all of the vendors on the Ballroom Level had elaborate displays, fantastic videos, excellent presentations and mouthwatering spreads. For sure, no one went hungry at this LAB DAY. Sirona doubled its impact—its 27-1/2-year Cerec Anniversary event in Las Vegas is this August—by featuring dressed-to-the-hilt Las Vegas showgirls complete with peacock-like feather headdresses (if you were there, you couldn't miss them)! Core3D brought us the ever-so-sleek-and-sexy Women in Black. Banners hung from walls and jockeyed for positions in corridors and every now and then we had to remind other various company representatives that handing out literature apart from an exhibit space was not permitted. And, throughout the day, on the Exhibit Hall Level, one or another attendee mentioned that we should hold a competition for the best display because this year they were really wonderful. I could say the tight economy has something to do with vying for your attention but I also think displays are more elaborate because LMT loosened its exhibitor guidelines a couple of years ago and now exhibitors are spreading their wings. I must admit I love it. Actually, I would be disappointed if it was anything less. Thinking ahead to 2013, numerous vendors asked Laurie, Jessica and me to meet with them onsite. They asked for more prominent locations, larger space, help with additional options for capturing your attention and ways in which spaces could be reconfigured, maximized, made more dominating. It was amazing. Our community is hot, hot, hot! How does it feel to know that so much energy, consideration and investment dollars are being spent on YOU? Everybody's clamoring for your vote of approval. Though this issue is your LAB DAY WEST pre-show issue, you saw from our front cover that it is ALSO your Chicago Post-Show issue, packed with show news, product launches, announcements, key-opinion-leader forecasts and more. I thank you for making this show season one of the strongest turnouts ever and for giving us the opportunity to bring you face-to-face with our advertisers—those who supply your laboratory with the products you need to create your restorations. It is a wonderful partnership we have with one another. Think about it: you don't just read about industry news in print, in LMT; you get to create and experience it first-hand at LAB DAY, in person! Now you can also meet your peers on The BRIDGE. Join in! In addition to some great conversation threads, there's also a great new photo competition from Heraeus (http://www.lmtmag.com/articles/774)!
The Harvest Dental Laboratory Products' exhibit table was hopping all weekend thanks to an impressive lineup of master ceramists. Jungo Endo, RDT; Thomas Singh, MDT; Peter Pizzi, MDT; Nondas Vlachopoulos,...See more CDT; Joshua Polansky, MDT; and Richard Pavlak, MDT, gave hands-on demonstrations of the company's newest products, including two launched at LAB DAY: • The Signature Brush Line, manufactured by ceramic brush and accessory company M.P.F., features four brushes developed by and named after Endo, Singh, Pizzi and Vlachopoulos. Each ceramist used his signature brush during his demonstration. • Inspired by Peter Pizzi, MDT, the Evolution Ceramic Palette features a new, sleek design and comes equipped with a slide-in, retractable, 18-well stain tray and an integrated utility sponge. The ceramic powders stay in optimal working condition thanks to the powder-wetting technology, a combination of a polished glass slab and an absorbent material that pulls water from the reservoir underneath. For more information, call 800-706-7599 or visit www.harvestdental.com.
"For the next 20 years, 10,000 people will reach the age of 65 on a daily basis," said Max Sturm, President of Candulor, during a press conference at LAB DAY. "In addition, 12% of all dentures are now...See more implant supported and we expect to see 6.5% growth in this area next year." To meet this increasing demand and help laboratories fabricate esthetic and functional dentures, the company announced several new removable products, including: • Bite Fork--an instrument for checking the correct position of the occlusal plane--has been reworked and is now available in a set with four removable vertical pins. • Tooth Sieve is a time-saving aid for sorting, boiling out and cleaning single teeth. • Strong, elastic and transparent Silicone Mixing Bowls for acrylic feature a suction cup on the bottom to prevent sliding and come in three sizes. • New products for dentists, including the Clinical Instrument Set that helps dentists provide the laboratory with necessary denture measurements, and two new intraoral registration sets: the CRS Set 10 for full dentures and the CRS Set 15 for dentate, partially edentulous as well as fully edentulous jaws. For more information, call 323-254-1430, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.candulor.us. To order products online, visit Candulor's eshop at www.candulor.de/catalogus/index.php.
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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...See more 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: PROMOTIONS Andrew Oransky, Senior Director of Marketing and Product Management Andrew Oransky has been promoted from director to senior director of marketing and product management, and has been added to Roland's senior management team. In addition to overseeing the Roland DGA marketing and product management teams, he will also help coordinate product planning and global marketing with parent company Roland DG. Oransky joined Roland DGA in 2008 as director of product management. His background includes more than 15 years of digital printing industry product management, sales and marketing experience. Joe Dawson, Senior Director of Sales Joe Dawson, Roland DGA's senior director of sales, has been promoted to a position on the senior management team. A digital printing industry veteran with more than 20 years of senior-level sales experience, Dawson has played a major role in the growth of Roland's customer base and its achievement of sales goals since joining the company in 2005. In his new position, he will continue to be responsible for key sales functions across all Roland inkjet devices, vinyl cutters, engravers and all related supplies and accessories for North and South America. Grant Davis, National Accounts Manager Grant Davis has been promoted to the position of national accounts manager for Roland DGA. He previously served as the company's business development manager for UV products. Davis brings to his new position over 20 years of digital printing industry sales and management experience. In his new role, Davis will focus on the management, growth and support of Roland's key accounts throughout the U.S. Steven Tu, Product Manager - UV Printers Previously Roland DGA's color workflow specialist, Steven Tu has been promoted to the position of product manager - UV printers. Over his nine-year career with Roland, Tu has played important roles within technical support, customer support and product management. In his new position, Tu will be responsible for the coordination of new product launches and furthering the success of Roland's UV products in vertical markets such as packaging, label printing, and promotional and industrial printing. Daniel Valade, Product Manager - VersaStudio® and Cutters Daniel Valade is Roland DGA's new product manager for the VersaStudio BN-20 desktop printer/cutter and GX series line of cutters. Since joining Roland five years ago, Valade has held various positions within the company's inside sales and customer service departments. In addition to being an expert in Roland inkjet and cutter technologies, he is an accomplished trainer and speaker. NEW APPOINTMENTS Lori Babigian, Marketing Director As Roland DGA's newly appointed marketing director, Lori Babigian is responsible for the day-to-day management of all Roland DGA marketing activities, including supervision of the company's marketing communications and creative teams, and coordination between marketing, sales and product management. Prior to joining Roland, Babigian was director, global marketing communications for Irvine, Calif.-based Printronix. She has spent the majority of her career in the photo imaging industry, serving as vice president, marketing for the North American subsidiary of Noritsu America and also in various positions with Kodak.
Laboratory participants and Straumann employees gather at the company's Laboratory Customer Conference, held in Dallas in October. The program featured two days of strategic business-building activities,...See more best practice sharing, networking and a preview of 2013 product launches. Speakers included Andy Molnar, Straumann's EVP, Head of North America, on Straumann's Vision 2020 which outlined the company's commitment to digital dentistry for the laboratory; Dr. Brody Hildebrand on case presentations and photography tips for documenting cases; Dr. Russell Giordano on material science; and Chris May, CDT, on Straumann's materials and applications at work in the laboratory.