Stone Column

Stone Column: Natural Stone Council maps out its three-year plan

February 1, 2007
I have been on many boards and committees during my years at Stone World, and while they have all been important, and I feel like we achieved some worthwhile goals, no group has the potential to do as much good for the stone industry as the Natural Stone Council (NSC).
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Stone of the Month

January 1, 2007
Calypso quartzite

Country of origin: Brazil

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

January 1, 2007
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”

January 1, 2007
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

December 1, 2006
Green Iron
Country of origin:  Brazil
Bulk density:  2.83 g/cu.cm
Absorption:  maximum 0.1% per hour
Compressive strength:  32.7 Mpa
Flexural strength:  7.2 Mpa
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Machine of the Month

December 1, 2006
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

November 18, 2006
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

November 18, 2006
Earlier this year, Stone World began conducting and publishing Online Forums with veteran stone fabricators at www.StoneAdvice.com. 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

November 18, 2006
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

October 12, 2006
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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In this month's issue of Stone World, check out an extensive preview of Coverings 2014, which will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April. Also learn more about various types of limestone that were used to build private residences.

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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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The Italian Trade Commission is presenting a large group of the most innovative and internationally renowned Italian suppliers of dimensional natural stones. We hope your busy schedule will allow you to join us for a “genuine” espresso in booth N. 4045 and explore the exciting Italian natural stone resources offered by our exhibitors. Check out Italian stone producers exhibiting at Coverings 2014 here!

  

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