Located in the heart of the business district in downtown Houston, TX, 609 Main is a 50-story Class A office building that is a 1,150,785-square-foot pre-registered LEED Platinum space, connected to a 633,782-square-foot parking garage.
For Hard Rock Stone Works, robotic technology has led to a formula for success. Owned by partners Randy Frantz, CEO, and Steve Amodeo, COO, the fabrication business has rapidly expanded in recent years and continues to invest in its operation through technology.
Alpha has re-designed and improved the already popular Alpha Guide Rail and Carriage System designed for the AWS-125 stone cutter, which made the precise cutting application easier. Now, the new Guide Rails have a track for the new Carriage System wheels to ride along to ensure a smoother, more precision motion. Due to this, the Guide Rails are not only used for cutting applications but also for beveling and polishing. It is an ideal system for the preparation of seamless countertop installations.
Steve Martin from Martin’s Pool and Spa, and part of the Tributary Revelation Group, was selected by Jeremy Collis, RLA of Outer Elements by NWGP, Inc. to install the tile for a pool restoration, as well as lending his swimming pool design and construction expertise.
Highlighting some popular tile tools and accessories, including The Alpha® ECC-Kit, Raimondi Bulldog Machines & Profile Wheels from Braxton-Bragg, Apollo Ring Saw from Gemini Saw Co., MK Diamond’s TX-4 Tile Saw, DC-250 from Rubi Tools, and the WaleTale Dust Containment System from Russo Trading Co.
Recognized for their high-quality, pre-colored, cartridge-based adhesives — that offer a perfect color match when laminating, mitering and seaming quartz, natural stone, ceramic and solid surface — Integra Adhesives has launched a unique Silicone line color matched for the surfacing industry.
The international stone and tile show filled the expansive exhibition hall offering numerous displays of new stone and tile collections, innovations in product lines for stone and tile care, maintenance and installation, as well as fabrication machinery and tooling and accessories for stone fabrication.
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.
Color Match SeamLockTM Adhesive is the newest product in the Rockstar Diamond line-up. Created by stone specialists working closely with adhesive formulators, the product was created to fix a common problem — color matching adhesives to stones.
For this issue of Stone World magazine we talk to Maria Byworth about running a fabrication shop in Australia, we also discuss waterjet technology with Flow International and quarrying operations with several of a leading quarries.
For this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design decorative porcelain and marble tile modernize an outdated living space in New York. We also see how Italian Porcelain tile contributes to a multi-purpose residential building. Finally we feature our Mosaic and decorative tile roundup.