Turkey, stuffing and pie, oh my! Today, Thanksgiving is a day that we spend with our families, eating way too much turkey, stuffing and pie. It’s a day for watching football and planning our shopping strategy for Black Friday. As we spend the morning preparing our feast and give thanks, lets take a look back at what the first Thanksgiving celebration looked like in 1621 – it might even surprise you!Read More
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The list of milling materials available for the dental laboratory industry has expanded rapidly over the last few years. Joining the standard zirconia materials are wax, chromium cobalt, titanium and PMMA. The last addition, PMMA, has been growing and can now be separated into two different categories, including burnout patterns and full-contour long-term temporary restorations.Read More
To print or not to print? That is the question that many dental labs are asking themselves as 3D printing takes center stage in the dental industry. The ProJet 1200 is an affordable desktop printer that allows dental labs of any size to incorporate 3D printing. While the benefits of 3D printing in the dental lab include savings on labor and time, increased productivity and accuracy there are still lingering questions on the capabilities.Read More
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Open any of the dental technical periodicals and you will see ad upon ad for Zirconia materials. With many choices available it can be hard to make good decisions on materials for production.Read More
A Dental Lab can really help sales and profits by learning and applying the philosophies and tools of Lean Manufacturing. The term “Lean” is used because a Lean business uses less labor to perform tasks. It also uses less manufacturing space, requires less capital investment, reduces materials, and shrinks the time between receipt of the case and the shipment of the finished case.
Lean is a philosophical approach to developing flexible, responsive processes capable of providing your dentist customers with what they want, at the quality levels they expect, exactly when they want it. It is a hands-on business improvement approach that provides industry-leading performance in quality, delivery, price and service to your customers at the lowest possible cost. The Lean approach involves all employees to continuously pursue the elimination (and prevention) of waste from every business process. Traditional approaches in the Dental lab have tended to focus on the individual technicians’ ability to produce.Read More
Whip Mix was started by the Steinbock brothers and some money that they convinced others in the family to invest. But more importantly, Ed Steinbock Sr. showed uncommon skill in attracting individuals and multiple family members, providing the company with panoply of talent and diverse skills that continue to this day.Read More
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There are many reasons why I would advocate the use of the Mark 300 Series articulators in a dental practice and none of those reasons include 'because I said so'. To begin, it's important to know the difference between the Mark 310, Mark 320, Mark 330 and LabRelator. Why would you use one versus the other depends on what you want to accomplish...Read More
For the past 3 years Whip Mix has hosted an event that has helped a number of laboratories move forward into digital technology territory – some for the first time, others continuing their journey and moving further into the space.
This year’s Forum success is due in great part to our excellent group of presenters who generously shared not only their knowledge with us, but their personal experiences as well. They covered the challenges a lab new to these technologies faces when taking its first steps to the other end of the spectrum, which included designing complex cases.Read More
The decision to invest in new digital equipment can be a difficult one. With cost and ROI as some of the main purchase decision factors, what many dental lab owners fail to consider is any tax incentives or deductions that might come with purchasing new equipment. Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code does just that. It allows for the deduction of the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year, making those kinds of purchases financially attractive.
Most historians say that Prohibition would never have been enacted in this country had not so many young American men been in Europe in 1918 fighting in the trenches of WW I… and absentee ballots were not yet in existence. Regardless, the U.S. Congress then passed the Volstead Act in 1919 which was promptly vetoed by President Wilson, but his veto was then overturned by a 2/3 majority of Congress. The great social experiment that followed finally ended 13 years later in 1933.
This chain of events greatly affected Edmund Steinbock, son of an emigrant tailor from Salmuenster, Germany whose name was also Edmund. Why? Because young Edmund was soon to be a former employee of Isaac Bernheim Distilling Company, he was engaged to be married and he needed to find a different line of work … quickly.
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