Robotic integration is changing the way stone fabricators are looking at production. No longer are robotics limited to only cutting or moving materials. A fully automated production system, suitable for all machining processes in the stone workshop, is now a reality.
The Beastrs72, a 72-inch rail saw, is the newest addition to the fleet of rail saws offered by Lackmond Products, Inc. under the Beast/B+BTec brand. The Beastrs72 rail saw weighs 170 pounds and can execute a 72-inch cut and a diagonal cut on a 51- x 51-inch tile.
In the beginning, Alpha Granite and Tile’s original intent wasn’t to become a countertop fabrication business. Originally, Denis Phocas, the president of the company, wanted to be a slab distributor in a partnership with a quarry owner in South Africa.
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology has made its mark on stone design and fabrication. With computers controlling the machines, stone fabricators produce intricate inspiring creations with exact precision once thought impossible or too costly to achieve.
Determined to construct their new monastery on a picturesque mountaintop property in Meeteetse, WY, despite budget constraints, the Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel dedicated their time and skills to learning to work a CNC machine and fabricate the stone pieces themselves
April 3, 2018
Faced with cost provisions, the monks took on the impressive challenge of learning to operate a CNC stoneworking center and fabricate all of the stone needed for the project themselves.
Over the years, there has been a great transformation in stone fabrication and many shops have evolved into a fully digital fabrication shop. There are steps that need to happen along the path to digital fabrication, and these steps are less daunting than one may think.
StoneExpo, which is part of The International Surface Event (TISE), provides an arena for fabricators from various regions of North America to gather together to share ideas and experiences, learn about new products on the market and to meet new people.
Prussiani introduces the new Champion 5 NT+CA version — a revolutionary high-production full CNC-controlled bridge saw designed for the maximum speed in cutting and eliminating all down times for loading slabs, programming jobs and unloading pieces.
Quartzite is a unique natural rock made up of interlocking quartz crystals resulting in a remarkably dense and hard rock. To quickly and cleanly cut a material of this quality requires a specialized blade.