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Old 10-26-2004, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Doc shook up the spray booth market again. There's goinmg to be two types of Mist-On booths. There's the original kind, like I have, that makes a true mist. Now there's a cheaper kind, one that just squirts it on you. I haven't heard anything about the tan form his new booth, but since the original kind is still twice the price, it must give a better tan. Here's the post from his website.

Introducing the Mist-On Tan Express
Technology by Dr. Laughlin
$19,900

The originator of the sunless spray booth, Dr. Tom Laughlin, introduces another breakthrough in automated sunless tanning: A booth under $20,000 that gives you a tan approaching the quality you expect from a Mist-On Tan booth.

What’s the difference between the Express booth and the original Mist-On Tan booth? According to Dr. Laughlin, “The main difference is that the Express is only the second best booth on the market. But it’s a lot more than just a stripped-down Mist-On Tan booth. We take our motto, Driven by Technology, Proven by Quality, very seriously. We used our seven years of experience as the technology leader in the sunless spray booth arena to identify special conditions that would allow the booth to be operated in a unique mode. A mode which would drastically reduces the booth cost, yet produce a tan comparable in quality to the Mist-On Tan.”

While the two booths are very similar in appearance, the Express booth is a much simpler design. The key to its simplicity is the identification of conditions which allow the use of four nozzles using hydraulic atomization instead of eight nozzles using air atomization. “Combining recent advances in nozzle manufacturing along with critical adjustments in our sunless tanning solution and use of our misting column concept, we were able to produce an incredibly uniform spray profile,” explained Dr. Laughlin.

The successful application of hydraulic atomization affords several other benefits:

The Express booth completes the tanning process in just 30 seconds.
The hydraulic atomization process greatly reduces potential inhalation and ingestion of tanning solution .
Power requirements have been reduced to 110 volts, 20 amps.
The simpler design makes do-it-yourself installation possible.
Shipment of Mist-On Tan Express will begin in December. The $19,900 list price is being offered as an introductory special good through the end of the year. The #1 rated Mist-On Tan booth will continue to be offered for $39,900. Both the Mist-On Tan booth and the Express booth will be operated at the ITA Tanning Show in Orlando in mid-November.


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Old 10-26-2004, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Whats he a Dr of?

I know a Dr Pepper - is he that kind of doctor?
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What kind of Dr. is Dr. Pepper?
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If it squirts on you, you get sticky. YUK!!!!!

In the Celebrity Tan booth you are surrounded in a fine mist that is warmed before being sprayed. No shock factor.
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Sounds like the quality of ""tan"" will be the same then...........
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Whats he squirting?
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Why would he be selling a "CHEAPER" booth? Doesn't it make sense that a cheaper booth means cheaper materials? If so, then cheaper materials means more break downs and less profit. No thanks... I prefer the booths that are made of better materials that will last longer.
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You really want to know what kind of doctor he is! OK, this is from the
About Us page of mist-on.com. What his bio doesn't say is that he's not
a Dr. Pepper type, he's a diet coke addict.

Dr. Tom Laughlin
Dr. Laughlin is the president of both Laughlin Products, Inc. and Mist-On
Systems, Inc. He holds the dominant patent in the spray booth industry
along with 15 related patents.
His long-time dream of building an “automated human paint booth” became
reality in 1997 when Dr. Laughlin began a high-tech product-development
venture with a Dallas based tanning-superstore chain. The goal of that
venture was the market introduction of the first automated sunless
spray-booth. The venture was very successful. In 1999, Dr. Laughlin
licensed this chain to make and market their own specific design, which
they trademarked as Mystic Tan. Dr. Laughlin formed and licensed his own
company to make and market his preferred design, the Mist-On Tan booth.
He recently licensed one of his European distributors, Jean Paul’s
Tanning, to make and market its own design to the European market.
Dr. Laughlin graduated from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, in 1974
with a BS in Physics. He received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Florida
State University in 1979. He served as a research associate at The Oak
Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee until 1983, when he
became the Senior Biophysicist at the Southern Research Institute in
Birmingham, Alabama. In 1988, Dr. Laughlin was hired by Schering/Plough
in Memphis, Tennessee as Principal Scientist and Project Manager,
overseeing new product development and product improvement projects,
concentrating on footcare and skincare products with emphasis in topical
delivery in consumer products. Dr. Laughlin also worked to develop both
over-the-counter and Rx products, including wart-removers, antifungal
products, odor controllers and in-grown toenail relievers. In 1995 he
moved to Texas to join Johnson & Johnson to manage project teams in
development and 510k filing of new chemical disinfectants/sterilants for
medical applications. These were global projects with interactions with
sales, marketing production, R&D, regulatory and legal groups from
Europe, Japan, Australia, South Africa, and Canada.
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AHA - that explains it....He's a Nole...
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