Red Dot Design Awards Honor Two 3M ESPE Solutions

3M™ ESPE™ Intra-oral Syringe and 3M™ ESPE™ Retraction Capsule are recognized

ST. PAUL, Minn. – (June 4, 2013) – 3M ESPE has again received honors at the prestigious Red Dot Design Awards, with recognition in 2013 for the 3M™ ESPE™ Intra-oral Syringe and the 3M™ ESPE™ Retraction Capsule. The Red Dot Design Awards are considered one of the world’s most distinguished design competitions, and this year more than 4,662 products were entered for consideration.
In the competition, international design experts rated nominees based on criteria including degree of innovation, functionality, self-explanatory quality and ecological soundness. 3M ESPE’s winning products exemplify the company’s technical strength and commitment to solving problems for customers through innovative design:
·      The single-use intra-oral syringes for VPS and polyether impression materials are designed for precise application of wash materials in the patient’s mouth. The syringes were recognized for a high degree of innovation, functional and ergonomic design, ease of use and longevity.
·      The retraction capsule is an ergonomic dispenser for astringent retraction paste that allows for effective mechanical retraction of the gingiva prior to impression-taking or direct restorative procedures. The retraction capsule is compatible with common composite dispensers, and enables easy application directly into the sulcus due to its very fine tip.

Both products will receive the Red Dot Quality Seal during the awards ceremony in Essen, Germany on July 1.
“3M ESPE has a long history of design innovations that improve the delivery of products,” said Mark Farmer, president, 3M ESPE. “We are honored to be recognized once again for creating highly functional solutions that make dentistry easier for our customers and their patients.”
3M ESPE has previously received Red Dot honors for its Scotchbond™ Universal Adhesive, Elipar™ S10 LED Curing Light and Pentamix™ 3 Automatic Mixing Unit.
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