As one of the first large-scale production shops in the U.S., Marble Crafters of Trainer, PA, has maintained its success despite increased competition in the marketplace over the past decade. Located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, it has upgraded its fabrication shop with new equipment and technology, and it also opened a new showroom earlier this year.
Technology investmentsRecently, the company has upgraded its machinery options, and its equipment now includes a Destiny CNC stoneworking center from Park Industries, a 20-horsepower machine that can hold 25 tools. The unit operates with Siemens CNC control technology, and it also features dial-up remote diagnostics and service connectivity.
The shop is carefully laid out so that the workpieces move smoothly from the layout area to the saws to the CNC machine. Material is handled with an overhead crane as well as jib cranes, which are equipped with vacuum lifters.
Sidebar: Electronic templating methodsWith work that spans from the Philadelphia metropolitan area to sites around the country, Marble Crafters has invested in digital templating technology from ETemplate System. This unique system helps avoid possible errors and also ensures that customer expectations are met.
After templating the kitchen with ETemplate, ETemplate's BackPlot technology integrates the profile of the countertop back into the photo, so that the fabricators can ensure that it is a proper fit and design. The customer can also visualize it to approve the fit and features before any material is cut. This enables them to check aspects such as whether the overhang is too wide, too narrow or inaccurately designed in the case of a special radial or serpentine design.
Any errors in design are detected in the template-integrated photographs. Design flaws are detected on the spot and corrected for final customer approval. The visualization of the finished top design profile on the cabinets is viewed in every photo that is used to process the template no matter the type or number of angles. New or additional measurements can be taken from the photos and avoids returns to the jobsite, which is particularly useful when Marble Crafters is working on projects at remote locations.
The ETemplate program at Marble Crafters also includes an Integrator module that extracts the processed data points and automatically draws the base CAD template. The base CAD includes identification of the flatness of the installed cabinets, the linear and square footage and adds specified overhang. All the company must do is add special features that cannot be pre-programmed.