To ensure a successful and efficient stone fabrication on a CNC machine, the proper tooling and accessories are necessary to complete the job right
September 5, 2017
In recent years, CNC stoneworking centers have proven instrumental in taking a fabrication shop to the next level. The fully automated equipment benefits fabricators by creating more efficiency in the production process. Beyond the machines themselves, equally important are the tooling and accessories used on the CNCs.
With a history dating back to 1928, the family-run business of Chester A. Smith, Inc. is steeped in history. The company, along with eight others, was a founding member of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) when it was formed in 1944 and today is listed as “Member #7” in the MIA Directory.
In 1988, Stone World presented its first Fabricator of the Year Award to Jim Stengel of Dakota Granite Co. Since then, there's been one worthy fabricator after another honored each year with the award. Most recently, Scott Hanes of Majestic Marble & Granite in Orlando, FL was the recipient.
The Pinnacle Awards, presented annually by MIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute during The International Surface Event (TISE) in Las Vegas, NV, recognize excellence in commercial, residential and renovation/restoration of natural stone projects worldwide.
Whether in sports, marriage, at work or other areas of life, teamwork is often crucial to achieving an end result. More often than not, it is rewarding when hard work between two individuals or a group accomplishes a set goal.
Taking some time to examine your fabrication operation to ensure the most effective procedures and equipment is being utilized to move stone products around the shop can result in a safer work environment and more efficient production process
As consumers continue to evolve with their wants and needs, so does the material handling industry. From larger countertops to more custom and innovative designs, it is a constant challenge for stone fabricators to keep their products and tools relevant and useful.
Since starting his own company in 2004, Polishchuk wanted to build a business that reflected his passion for granite. A shop that would use the best technology, have a great crew and would allow him to be creative with his projects.
Once again a contingency of fabricators came together during The International Surface Event, which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from January 18 to 20, 2017, to participate in a Fabricator Forum.