Great Lakes Orthodontics, Tonawanda, NY, recently installed new computer and drilling technology to create individualized splints.

The company avoided following competitors in outsourcing production to low-cost manufacturers by developing the automated process, which allows the same number of technicians to create more splints.

In the past, the devices were made by hand or machine, but the technological enhancement of the company’s splint production line has allowed Great Lakes faster production and more accurate fit to consumer’s mouths.

James R. Kunkemoeller, president and CEO of Great Lakes, told The Buffalo News that clients are impressed by the quality of the new splints.

The company invested more than $500,000 on software and hardware for the new computer-aided design and anticipates further expansion.

[The Buffalo News, June 10, 2007]