LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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Nearly three quarters of respondents to LMT’s exclusive 2014 Wage Survey have taken cost-cutting measures related to personnel in the last two years, citing unpredictable workflows, pricing pressure from dentists and other low-cost labs, and an increase in business costs.
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Are you ready to take the plunge and invest in your own digital equipment? Going digital was the name of the game at NADL Vision 21 in Las Vegas in January where speakers offered tips on how to incorporate new technology into the laboratory.
- November 2013
It's a perfect storm heading straight for your bottom line: the economic crisis, new technology, profit erosion, offshore competition and the changing demographics among your dentist-clients...
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- August 2013
DTI has 20 laboratories around the U.S., with the flagship laboratory—and centralized milling center for all its labs—located in Dublin, CA. During the past two years, the Dublin facility has transitioned to 80% digital, downsized and increased the productivity of the remaining technicians by 89%.
And now, DTI has taken its commitment to digital dentistry one step further: Under the direction of DTI Chief Technology Officer Lee Culp, MicroDental North Carolina opened in March with the goal of being a completely digital laboratory. In addition to establishing a DTI presence in the...
- November 2012
In 2004, New Image/Laboratory Solutions became the first 3M ESPE Lava Milling Center on the East Coast. Victor Harp, an up-and-coming waxer/finisher, learned the system and wowed everyone with how quickly he picked up the digital process. "He was like a kid in a candy store playing with the machine and got great results right from the start," says Fay Ashley, Customer Relations Manager.
The laboratory immediately began accepting outsourcing cases and Harp was chosen to head the department which has since grown to seven staff members and produces up to 600 units a week.
The success of the department...
- September 2012
Uncertainty prevails among the respondents to LMTâs 2012 Wage Survey and theyâre being cautious about rehiring or raising wages. On a positive note, more than half saw an uptick in
- August 2012
In 2008, Mike Mellon, CDT, was laid off. Today, he owns M&J Partials, LLC, in Leesburg, FL; has five employees; 32 active dentist- and laboratory-clients; and is on the way to owning his own building.
- April 2012
The prizes were flowing fast and furious at the GC/Renfert exhibit. The two companies awarded over $25,000 worth of products and equipment throughout the weekend, allowing the attendees of their Friday and Saturday clinics to spin a prize wheel.
Everyone was a winner and the big-ticket items given away included two GC Initial™ porcelain system kits valued at over $7,000 each; two Renfert Twister vacuum mixers worth $1,400 each; and GC's Lustre paste system kits. Other prizes included 12 Renfert Waxlectric I electric waxers, eight Bose headphones, two iPod Touches, two Kindles and an array...
- April 2011
Things have happened fast for Keating Dental Arts. Just six years ago, Shaun Keating, CDT, opened the laboratory in a small space with a staff of six. Now, the laboratory employs 125 people...
Brian Greer, a waxer at East Tennessee Dental Restorations in Kingsport, TN, is also making a name for himself as a singer/songwriter. Heâs been performing at Hi-Tec Dentalâs Annual Rally & Conferenc
From reinvigorating marketing to enhancing employees' skills, laboratory owners share strategies for staying productive when workloads slow down.
If business is slow, don't make the mistake of thinking you're without work. In fact, you've got a big job on your hands. "During slow production times, we're busier than ever: we're thinking, planning, creating, doing all we can to keep the business healthy," says Steve Killian, CDT, owner, Killian Dental Ceramics, Irvine, California. Whether they're projects you've had on the back burner or brand-new ideas that will help you operate more efficiently...
Technicians who think CAD/CAM technology means theyâll be replaced by machines can rest easy. The majority of respondents to LMTâs 2008 Wage surveyâ78%âsay technicians who operate their CAD/CAM systems also still work at the bench.
Are your technicians stressed, having difficultly concentrating or withdrawing? They may be on the verge of job burnout. Learn how to spot the warning signs and help your technicians survive and thrive when caseloads and overtime are high.
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We dreamed about it in the 70s. Talked about it in the 80s. Got a taste of it in the 90s. And, in the new millennium, weâre transitioning to digital technologies at breakneck speed.
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Piecework, once a dirty word in our industry, gets a second look from laboratory owners now convinced that pay-by-the-unit compensation offers them greater control...
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Once you've selected a CAD/CAM scanner or milling system, phase two is implementing the equipment into production and training your technicians.
âRapid prototyping is the future,â says Dennis Lanier, co-owner, Lab2000, a 30-person operation in Columbus, Georgia.
Bernard Baseri was a technician for four years before enrolling in the class of 2013 at the University of Southern California School of Dentistry.
In response to the economic situation, more than three-quarters of respondents to LMTâs 2010 Wage Survey have implemented cost-cutting strategies that impact their personnel.
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