LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-- Lab owners, technicians and industry leaders gathered Oct. 7-8, 2011, in Louisville, Ky., for the Lean Symposium of Dental Technology presented by the Whip Mix Corporation.During the two-day symposium, attendees learned the impact of how LEAN concepts and principles transformed dental labs to help create higher efficiency while improving quality. Attendees also took part in a panel discussion with lab owners and managers who have made a lean transformation in their laboratories.Whip Mix holds Dental Advisory Council meetingWhip Mix also recognized labs that have implemented successful LEAN transformations, and are committed to continuous improvement. Tim Tyndall, owner Creative Expression in Winterville, N.C., was awarded the John Ness Award for his assistance with other laboratories toward making LEAN transformations, and the LEAN Lab of the Year was awarded to Rich Lhota of Expertec Dental in Westland, Mich. Recipients of the awards have demonstrated excellence in implementing LEAN management and LEAN manufacturing principles into their laboratory practices. For more information, contact Whip Mix at (800) 626-5651 or visit www.whipmix.com.To comment on this topic, go to community.pennwelldentalgroup.com/.