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Machine of the Month

The Contour from Matrix Stone Products is a powerful CNC workcenter designed to automate the process of cutting and polishing sink holes.
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Stone Column: An Appreciation of Stone Architecture

WITH THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH OF GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS IN THE U.S., IT IS NATURAL THAT MUCH OF OUR ATTENTION - AND STONE WORLD'S EDITORIAL COVERAGE - IS DEDICATED TO THIS SEGMENT OF THE INDUSTRY. IN THIS ISSUE ALONE, WE LOOK AT THE OPERATIONS OF SEVERAL FABRICATION SHOPS AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND WE ALSO CONDUCTED AN ONLINE FORUM TO GAIN SOME INSIGHT ON THE STONE FABRICATORS ALLIANCE.
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Machine of the Month

For years, Ghines has been offering a range of Manual Multifunctional Centers, which are stationary machines engineered to combine the precision work and productivity of a CNC with the flexibility and handwork of portable shape milling machines.
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Technology Update

Pearl Abrasive's new VX10.2XLPRO Tile Saw is made for the professional. It is designed to cut tile, porcelain, granite tiles, marble tiles and more. The machine is engineered to rip cut a 24-inch tile and diagonal cut an 18-inch tile.
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STONE COLUMN: It's not you; it's the granite

Over the past decade, I have visited many fabrication shops around the country, and I would like to share my thoughts on an interesting trend I have noticed recently.
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Stone of the Month

Gold Fields

Country of origin: Brazil

Absorption: 0.06%

Density: 124.85 pounds/cubic foot

Porosity: 0.17%
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Statistics

Stone Import and Export Statistics
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Machine of the Month

This is the newest and most up-to-date machine in the Master series from Marmoelettromeccanica, the company reports.
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STONE COLUMN: Silicosis: Dangerous from Many Angles

Last year, Judge Janis Graham Jack of the Federal District Court in Corpus Christi, TX, questioned the validity of several thousand silica claims that were before her. And in the wake of this questioning, it was found that about 65% of the plaintiffs had also filed claims for asbestos in the past. In a harshly worded decision, Judge Jack, a former nurse, declared that many of the medical findings in the silicosis lawsuit before her were worthless and that they had been “manufactured for money.” She remanded the lawsuit to state courts, and since then, more than half of those 10,000 silica claims have been dismissed - most of them voluntarily by the law firms that filed them.
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Stone of the Month

Piano onyx/travertine
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2015 January

Check out the January 2015 issue of Stone World, which features its annual Stone World Fabricator Market Forecast

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CSTD Winter 2015 cover

2015 Winter

This issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design features the Tile of Spain design awards. Also highlighted in this edition is the Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition — sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission

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How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

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2014 Stone World Stone Guide

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