Five criteria for the perfect furnace
So you need a new furnace? But you’re uncertain about the model? What should you take into consideration when buying a new furnace? The point of departure is set. The selection is great. Making a decision is difficult. This does not have to be. The following five considerations will make your selection much easier – and they will save you time, worries and work to boot:
1. Firing behaviour and firing quality
The most important aspect to consider in a furnace is the way in which it will influence the firing behaviour and quality of ceramics. The temperature within the furnace should be evenly distributed. A furnace should therefore be equipped with high-tech muffle technology and a reflecting floor to help spread the heat evenly throughout the firing chamber. In addition, automatic temperature calibration at various levels will ensure accurate firing of high and low-fusing ceramics. These are ideal prerequisites for achieving the best possible ceramic firing results.
2. Infrared – a sensor for successful results
Are you, like many of your peers, afraid that a lack of process reliablity in firing procedures could harm the consistency of the quality you aim to offer? In that case, a furnace with built-in infrared technology offers peace of mind in this respect. It heightens process reliability and accelerates the firing process, thereby increasing efficiency. This type of technology will allow you to achieve better and faster firing results than with conventional furnaces. And best of all, you can expect consistently high quality firing results.
3. Handling – as easy as possible
Is the furnace you have been using fiddly and difficult to handle? Perhaps you should be looking for an easy-to-use and intuitively operated furnace. We recommend looking for a furnace with a large, movable colour touchscreen, which will allow you to operate the furnace without any fuss.
4. Helpful extras – simplify the working process
Are you looking for a furnace that does more than make your work easier? There are furnaces on the market that offer you great flexibility and freedom. You may want to look at a furnace that has an energy-saving function. Certain furnaces automatically switch over to a stand-by mode to save up to 40% energy. All you have to do is press a button and you are on your way to saving electricity and using other valuable resources efficently and responsibly. What is more you will protect the environment and reduce your electricity bill at the same time.
A built-in hands-free phone system is another helpful feature. This allows you to discuss the case you are working on directly with your dentist without having to move away from the workbench. Your hands remain free, allowing you to continue layering the ceramics without interruption and without the material drying out.
5. Shade determination – leave nothing to chance
Has shade determination ever caused you a headache? Do you sometimes have the feeling that shade determination with a conventional shade guide is not always 100% accurate? There is a way around this problem. Some furnace models can actually help with the shade selection process. How does it work? It’s quite simple: Your dentist takes a picture of the selected shades and the natural teeth with a smartphone and sends it to you in the laboratory. This is particularly useful when the dental practice and the laboratory are quite far apart and the patient may not be able to go to the laboratory to have the tooth shade determined. The furnace software subsequently determines the final tooth colour, which is then reproduced in ceramic. The digital shade analysis system does the work for you and minimizes the risk of your having to redo the job.
Conclusion: The perfect furnace for you is the one that fulfills all your needs
Now you may ask, how will I finance the perfect furnace? But there‘s no need to worry about that! You don’t have to choose the most sophisticated model. Excellent furnaces are available in a variety of categories. Try to establish the features that are indispensible to you, the price you can afford and are willing to pay. Find out what you really need. Most importantly, make sure that you get good firing results. Other than that, let good judgement guide you.
Have we left out anything important? What does the perfect furnace look like in your opinion? We look forward to receiving your suggestions and any other information you would like to share on this topic.
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