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Stone of the Month

Calypso quartzite

Country of origin: Brazil

Specific mass (dry): 2,736 kg/cu.m
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Machine of the Month

A year and a half ago, VIC International, with its engineering and manufacturing joint venture associate, Schubert Environmental Equipment, sought to address the problem of adequate water treatment for stone fabricators without “over costing the problem” with ultra high efficiency water cleaners.
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Stone Column: Fabricator outlook: “Cautious optimism”

Each year, the parent company of Stone World Magazine polls stone fabricators around the U.S. to get their outlook for the coming year and beyond. And over the past few years, the results have been overwhelmingly positive - for the short term as well as the long term. However, in this year’s report (beginning on page 58), the overall feeling was optimistic - but a bit more tempered than in the recent past.
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Stone of the Month

Green Iron
Country of origin:  Brazil
Bulk density:  2.83 g/
Absorption:  maximum 0.1% per hour
Compressive strength:  32.7 Mpa
Flexural strength:  7.2 Mpa
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Machine of the Month

Designed specifically for the stone countertop fabricator, the Express 3200 from Regent Stone Products comes standard with many features that are generally sold as extras, the company reports. These features include: a heavy-duty cast iron bridge; a cast iron, fully synchronized and oil-filled rack-and-pinion gantry system that is sealed from the elements; and a direct-drive 20-hp motor with hand-held remote control.
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Machine of the Month

The AIM MasterJetSaw, available from AGM, is a combination 20-hp saw and 50-hp waterjet. Engineered to be compact and efficient - open from the front and both sides - the MasterJetSaw systems offer easy loading with work areas that are free of obstructions. The MasterJetSaw is ruggedly designed for full-time production operation, with oversized bearings, full bellows way protection and optimized low-stress electronic servo drives.
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Learning from your peers

Earlier this year, Stone World began conducting and publishing Online Forums with veteran stone fabricators at Our topics have ranged from templating to countertop and sink installation, and our latest forum on sawing techniques can be found on page 100 of this issue. We have been getting responses from stone experts around the country - from smaller shops with basic equipment to larger facilities with the latest stoneworking technology, and it seems that every response we get has a different, useful perspective on the matter.
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Stone of the Month

Nordic Black granite
Absorption 0.04%
Density 168 lbs./cubic foot (2,691 kg/cu.m)
Compressive strength 25,567 psi (176 Mpa)
Modulus of rupture 1,649 psi (11.4 Mpa)
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Stone Column: Getting off to a good start

In order to separate themselves from the competition - which seems to be increasing on a daily basis - many stone fabricators in North America are researching and investing in new stoneworking technology. They are bringing in new equipment and tooling that allows them to increase their efficiency and quality in the shop, and we are seeing these advances in every market we visit. Examples of these developments can be seen in virtually every single issue of Stone World, including the five fabricators we profile in this issue.
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Stone of the Month: Ouro Brasil granite

Country of origin: Brazil
Compression breaking: 1,514 kg/
Compression breaking load after freezing: 1.450 kg/
Ultimate tensile strength: 93 kg/
Water absorption: 0.18%
Bulk density: 2,566 kg/cu.m
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