3-D Laminates in Dental Operatories

Easy-Care Dental Office Fixtures Set Midmark Apart

You think you hate being in a dentist’s office? How do you think the casework feels?

Few environments are more demanding on their surfaces than dental offices. Frequent traffic, medical tools and constant cleaning with harsh compounds take their toll on both vertical and horizontal surfaces. That’s why Midmark Corporation has embraced 3-D laminates for not only its dental office furniture, but its medical and veterinary fixtures as well.

“In healthcare environments, they need a surface that’s easily cleaned to keep bacteria and viruses from getting a foothold on the surfaces,” says Scott Strait, engineering manager for Midmark’s Dental Casework Products. “So when we look at a material one of our biggest prerequisites is that it will last in the environment and is easily cleaned.

“We’ve been using 3-D laminated components from R&R Fabrications for 20-plus years because it allows us to eliminate the front seam from the edge of the cabinets. You don’t want any fluid leaking into the core of the board through those seams – one, to prevent contamination, and two, so you don’t have to worry about the core swelling from moisture involved in the extensive cleaning in these environments.”

The durability of 3-D laminated components has been impressive, Strait says. “We have an excellent service history; the replacement rate for doors with 3-D laminates is very, very low. I’ve been in installations where our product has been in use for many years, and it’s still holding up well. You don’t see the chipping and scratching of HPL like you see on some of our competitors’ products. Material-wise, for the environments we’re working in, this and excellent material.”

R&R Fabrications supplies 100 percent of Midmark’s 3-D laminated components, and has helped develop new door designs that have given the company a significant competitive advantage.

“In dental offices, cleaning of the operatory is always a challenge, particularly cleaning traditional handles and pulls. R&R machined an integrated handle into the MDF board and applied the 3-D laminate over the panel and into the handle cavity. We did this in 1998 and no one else has yet used that concept, which gives us a great selling point with our customers.

“And now that suppliers are coming out with more and more realistic woodgrains – we work with Renolit, Cova and Omnova – we’re refreshing our line to keep up with the latest trends in design,” Strait says.

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Surface & Panel magazine