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Adding to its already impressive collection of equipment, World Wide Stone Corp. recently invested in a new state-of-the-art robotic tile line. The line was installed in at the company's factories in Durango, Mexico, in November of last year and began full production at the start of the year.
All of the new equipment was manufactured in Italy, and represents the latest generation of stoneworking machinery. During the production process for honed and filled tiles, blocks are cut into strips, which are then filled using automated machinery from Officine Meccaniche Spalanzani. During this part of the process, quality control personnel carefully monitor the operation to ensure that the filler is properly and evenly applied, and that the finished products will adhere to strict quality standards.
The finishing line is comprised of calibrating and polishing machinery from Pedrini, and this includes the newest equipment on the market today. After being honed, the strips are cut into tiles using a Pedrini seven-head crosscutting saw, and an automated beveling machine bevels the edges of the tiles as needed.
Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the new tile plant is the level of automation. Material is automatically loaded and unloaded from the production line by means of robotic machinery with vacuum lifters, and the factory runs as a virtual â€œassembly plant,â€ where stone is moved through the space with optimum efficiency and automation.
â€œWe are right on schedule to triple our capacity to produce and deliver our exclusive filled and honed authentic Durango Stone products to our U.S. distributor network,â€ said Spencer Cunningham, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of World Wide Stone Corp. The installation and start-up of the line was completed by Frank Cunningham, President and Chief Executive Officer of World Wide Stone Corp.