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2006/10/24 Planmeca visit, dental equipment

Posted on October 24, 2006 by daviding

Some people are interested in business primarily to make money. I’m really most interested in how people work. Since the work day is such a big part of our lives, I’m curious as to what people actually do.

As part of the NJIT study tour in Finland, we were privileged to have a visit at Planmeca. This is the smallest company sponsoring the Rendez project. It’s speciality is dental equipment: a high-quality, high-precision assembly niche. Here’s an NJIT executive management student playing at being a dental student.
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As an alternative to having dental students learning in the mouths of each other, they can train on an artificial substitute, with the instructor monitoring at a central workstation. Planmeca also has some totally virtual e-training programs.

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In more traditional dental equipment, Minna tried out the patient’s chair, and remarked at how comfortable it was. In reality, red doesn’t seem to be a popular colour, although it shows up well in this white environment.

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If you’ve wonder how the frame of a dental chair is shaped, here’s the computer-driven machine that shapes the aluminum.

For those of us who work in offices staring at computers all day, it’s refreshing to see where real work happens!

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