Volume 10, Issue 5
Published by AEGIS Communications
Raising the Bar on Power
NSK’s Ti-Max Z Series air-driven handpieces
NSK Dental recently launched the dental industry’s most powerful air-driven handpieces ever—the Ti-Max Z series. The standard head Ti-Max Z900L provides 26 watts of power, and the miniature head Ti-Max Z800L gives 23 watts of power. These specifications represent a 20% or more increase in power over NSK’s previous air-driven models as well as other air-driven handpieces on the market. When comparing the offerings available today, the Ti-Max Z800L miniature head exceeds the power delivered by nearly all standard head handpieces on the market. This provides benefits for both the clinician and patient. Treatment time is reduced and the handpiece provides remarkably smooth handling due to the high power output and a unique new turbine design.
The secret to this power increase is a proprietary turbine that was designed using CAD technology over a period of more than 3 years. The trial-and-error design method produced many different options that were tested for efficacy. The resulting three-dimensional, curved rotor design was determined to be the one that dramatically increased power. To minimize handpiece downtime when repairs are needed, the cartridge was designed to be replaceable chairside in just a few minutes.
In addition to the increased power, Ti-Max Z900L and Z800L are very durable with newly designed, longer-lasting bearings. The handpieces feature ergonomic, solid titanium bodies and NSK’s new DURAGRIP® coating, which is made of metal and embedded into the surface of the handpiece. It will last much longer than plasma or resin coatings, which are made of plastic and applied to the surface of the handpiece and can be lost after repeated autoclaving. For the clinician, DURAGRIP® makes grasping and maneuvering the handpiece easier even when wet.
As with NSK’s other more recent air-driven and electric handpiece launches, visibility and accessibility were key features considered during the design process. The neck is slimmer and the handpiece features a 94˚ angle instead of the more commonly used 90˚ angle, making posterior access even easier.
A Quattro (four-port) water spray, water filter, and NSK’s patented clean head system—a special mechanism designed to automatically prevent the entry of oral fluids and other contaminants into the handpiece head—complete the offering. Multiple back-end types are available to fit most competitive couplers, including KaVo, W&H, and Midwest. Finally, NSK is backing Z900L and Z800L with a 2½-year warranty, currently the industry’s longest.
As with NSK’s other air-driven and electric handpieces, 100% of the Ti-Max Z900L and Z800L series’ components are engineered, manufactured, and assembled in-house to ensure unsurpassed quality and reliability. Additional information can be found at www.nskdental.us.
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