Are you thinking of buying a new sinter furnace? We will explain what really matters when choosing a furnace. Not all sinter furnaces are the same. Here as everywhere else, there are considerable differences in quality, performance and reliability. For this reason, you should bear in mind some important points in order to select a sinter furnace that is appropriate for your needs. Below is a list of 7 points to be aware of:
1. Open program structure: Remain flexible
If possible, make sure that your sinter furnace offers an open program structure. Even if the furnace is optimally coordinated with the materials of a specific manufacturer, it should also be capable of processing commonly used materials of other suppliers. In this way, you will remain flexible and not restrict your choice unnecessarily.
2. Independent of access to computers and water supply
If possible, select a stand-alone sinter furnace. This means that operating the furnace is not dependent on any another device, CAD/CAM software, network or water supply (for possible cooling water). The only connection required should be access to the mains power supply. In this way, your sinter furnace remains as flexible and independent as possible.
3. Ready to start at any time
You should also be able to start the required sinter program at any given time without any preliminary operations. Your sinter furnace should be ready for immediate start-up and you should be able to commence with the sintering of your restorations at any time you want.
4. Removable furnace head
It is an advantage if you have a sinter furnace with a removable furnace head that is not permanently mounted. You will find it much easier and more comfortable to manipulate your furnace if you can remove its head - for instance if you need to transport or repair it or to exchange the furnace head. In this case, you can additionally save costs because you do not have to ship the entire unit.
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5. Metal housing is more durable than plastic
Another aspect to consider is the material of the housing. Is the housing of your sinter furnace made of metal or plastic? Generally, metal housings are more robust and durable and therefore tend to last longer than casings made of plastic.
6. Small but useful details can make all the difference
There are many additional details that can considerably facilitate your work, even if you do not find them particularly striking or remarkable at first. Yet, it is well worth looking out for the small extras when you decide on a sinter furnace. For instance:
- Does the furnace come with a membrane-sealed keypad or only with a touch screen? Keys that you can actually press give you a sense of tactility and provide you with a feeling of security when operating the device.
- In addition, a clearly visible operating status indicator with colour signals that light up or blink allow you to check the current operating status of your sinter furnace from a distance of several meters - you can easily see if the furnace is heating up, cooling down, ready for sintering or if a problem has occurred.
- A large cooling tray is another really useful feature.
7. Rely on expertise
Does the manufacturer of your sinter furnace have long-standing expertise in manufacturing dental furnaces? Long-term experience is also a point that can help you decide on the correct choice of furnace. If you buy from an experienced manufacturer you know that you are getting a technology that has been tested and matured over many years.
Tip: The Programat CS4 sinter furnace from Ivoclar Vivadent meets all of the above requirements.
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