Stone World

Machine of the Month:<br>The 'V' Grooving process

August 4, 2004


The 'V' Grooving process is engineered to save stone fabricators two-thirds of trad-itional labor costs. Auto 'V' Grooving of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has always been a leader and innovator, and the machines produced by the company have been used in the wood industry for over 35 years with considerable savings. In recent years, it has created a revolution in the solid surface industry with the introduction of their machine. Auto 'V' Grooving is now pleased to present their patent-pending dry process Stone 'V' Groover. Now natural and engineered stone fabricators can reap the same savings and benefits as the wood and solid surface industries, the company reports.

Auto V Grooving stone 'V' groovers use a dry process, which eliminates the mess of a wet process and saves valuable drying time. The product is removed from the 'V' groover; no sludge or dirt clean-up is required, and the workpiece is dry, immediately ready for glue-up. The need for the traditional number of multiple clamps is eliminated. By creating a 'V' cut, a fabricator can make any sized front edge, thus allowing the fabricator to achieve huge material savings by using thinner stone sheets, yet still maintaining the “thick material look” that the customers want. Because 'V' Grooving eliminates the need for creating strips to be applied onto an edge, the material pattern and design continues as it folds over the edge. This creates a strong, beautiful and matching product that customers demand and replaces the lamination process, according to Auto 'V' Grooving.

The machine cuts stone at speeds of approximately 8 linear feet per minute for 12-mm sheets or less and 3 lineal feet per minute for 2-cm and 3-cm sheets. The SVG 30 comes complete with specially designed diamond cutters, a new “dry” cooling system and a high-volume, extra-fine vacuum system with “hepa” filter that makes for a dustless cutting environment.