"Our strong commitment to building customer relationships and a passion for innovation guide everything we do. They give us the focus to consistently develop revolutionary technology and gain a deep understanding of the needs of dental and healthcare professionals. I believe these values have led us to where we are today – at the forefront of our industry.
As a privately owned company, we are in control of our own destiny and able to make the long-term R&D commitments that are the driving force behind our innovations. I firmly believe that this dedication to continuous development will enable us to make your work easier and more efficient for many years to come".
Innovative R&D and successful industrial design have been the leading values for Planmeca Group for decades. We work closely with leading universities as well as a number of end-users in order to stay at the forefront of development. Dedicated scientific knowledge and in-depth understanding of clinical workflows are vital and integrated parts of our product development and design.
Approximately 10% of the annual turnover is dedicated to R&D.
In the era of digital imaging, our imaging software and digital solutions have been leading the way. Superior image quality and ease-of-use are the most important guidelines of our R&D.
One general trademark in our products is the well considered and distinguished design, which contributes both to ergonomics and safety. The key factors guiding industrial design at Planmeca Group are patient and user safety, as well as hygiene. Several of Planmeca’s and Planmed’s well-designed, stylish devices have won rewards at design contests.
Hygiene features are demonstrated in our products through material selection, design and technical details. The product features are also designed to meet future infection control requirements.
Planmeca Oy was founded in Helsinki, Finland, by Mr. Heikki Kyöstilä in 1971. Mr Kyöstilä is the President and owner of the company. Planmeca started as a small-scale business, manufacturing dental stools and instrument cabinets. Very early on, however, the company adopted a global sales approach and expanded its product range into patient chairs and dental units – and later on to 2D and 3D X-rays, CAD/CAM products and software solutions.
The 1970’s was the era of settling in at the dental markets and establishing the core product range. In 1971, the company started with dental stool and cabinetry production.
The first patient chair was developed in 1975, and the first dental unit in 1979.
During the 1980s, the international expansion was rapid, as subsidiaries were established in the U.S., Italy and Sweden. Product-wise, the decade yielded several breakthroughs, all based on microprocessor technology. In 1983, Planmeca pioneered in microprocessor technology introducing the first microprocessor-controlled dental chair.
In 1986, the product range was expanded to X-ray units with the launch of a microprocessor-controlled panoramic X-ray device, a revolutionary innovation in dental radiology at the time. Additionally, the microprocessor technology was incorporated in dental units starting from 1986.
In 1990s, the most revolutionary development was digital imaging system, first introduced at International Dental Show (IDS) in 1995. Planmeca’s digital imaging system was a significant step towards integrated information concept of the dental practices.
In 1999 Planmeca introduced an integrated information technology system for a digital dental practice – all in one concept –allowing instant access to all digital clinical patient information at chairside from a flat panel display mounted on the dental unit.
The 2000s was a decade of great expansion in digitalisation for both dental imaging equipment and software. In 2005, Planmeca introduced a Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography (CBTV) system for 3D dental imaging. The decade was also successful within technology innovations. An innovative SCARA technology was introduced in Planmeca X-ray units.
The latest high-tech solutions were also employed in dental unit design from 2007 onwards, as Planmeca introduced dental unit with symmetrical motorised movements enabling fully adaptable unit suitable for all users and every environment.
Planmeca also gained considerable market shares in the 2000’s within dental education and training.
In 2011, the concept of Digital perfection was launched. Taking digital imaging even further, Planmeca now enables the combination of three different 3D datasets (photo, X-ray data and digital impression) into one complete 3D model.
Unique 3D combination – Planmeca is the first company to combine three different types of 3D data with one X-ray unit. The Planmeca ProMax® 3D family brings together a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) image, 3D face photo and 3D model scan into one 3D image – using the same advanced software. This 3D combination creates a virtual patient in 3D, helping you with all your clinical needs.
In 2014, Planmeca Digital Academy, an umbrella concept covering all education and training by Planmeca, was launched. Planmeca is committed to increasing the quality and availability of dental education worldwide. Planmeca, together with our partners, offers high-quality digital dentistry courses for dental professionals and enhances dental technology training and scientific research in the field of dentistry and oral health.
Cooperation with universities – Nordic Institute of Dental Education (NIDE) is a joint-venture founded by Planmeca together with University of Turku in 2014. NIDE offers continuing education in the latest topics and technologies in dentistry to international dentists and dental technicians.
In 2015 Planmeca is the forerunner in building a rich ecosystem of devices, software and services – Planmeca Ecosystem. The company’s unrivaled product portfolio covers everything needed in a high tech dental clinic: all 2D and 3D imaging modalities together with digital treatment centers, CAD/CAM systems and software.
In 2015 Planmeca Romexis 4.0 software was also launched. Romexis 4.0 is the first dental software in the world to combine 2D and 3D imaging and the complete CAD/CAM workflow.