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2006/10/24 Planmeca visit, dental equipment

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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