Blick Industries has announced that 2020 will mark its 25th year anniversary. Currently, the focus is on high-speed tooling and increased fabrication rates. Not only is holding power important, but accuracy is a pivotal deciding factor when choosing workholding devices.
For 15 years, Paul Getz was a tile installer. On one of his projects, Getz subbed out the fabrication work for a countertop and installed it himself. This trend of installing countertops continued for a while before Getz decided to open up his own countertop fabrication business.
Alpha Granite & Tile in Austin, TX, has grown steadily since its opening in 2003, adding and diversifying machinery, materials and service offerings along the way, eventually earning the title “Accredited Natural Stone Company” from the Natural Stone Institute.
Nicolai Diamant now offers sets with fewer tools needed. Even with less tools, this sequence provides quick results and high-quality edges. These sets consist of 4 diamonds + 1 polisher. First, the 4 diamond tools run at a higher speed to create a beautiful edge in a timely manner.
Safety should always be at the forefront – whether in the fabrication shop or on the jobsite. Manufacturers continue to develop products that not only make handling slabs and other large stone pieces safer, but also help to increase production and installation efficiency.
The New Wilson Heavy Duty Plunge Cut Saw is becoming a favorite among Wilson Industrial’s limestone customers. It has double the horsepower of the company’s regular heavy-duty saw and a new drive system that is proving to be a beast at cutting stone.
Ultra-compact surfaces have been gradually making their way into the market and now are becoming a popular choice for a range of residential and commercial designs. Whether it is being used for cladding or outdoor kitchens, these products have carved a niche out for themselves.
During a demonstration, Ron Hannah of Cadenza Granite and Marble shared his experiences with cutting porcelain slabs and discussed points of consideration that should be taken before fabricators take that next step
Each year, it seems design trends for both residential and commercial projects continue to evolve. While the beauty of natural stone is always an allure, over time, competitive materials continue to surface – providing more options for architects, designers and homeowners.
Each year, manufacturers of tooling and accessories used during the stone production process introduce new product lines that continually increase efficiency and accuracy. The products in the roundup below are just a handful of the many technological advances in this arena that are now available.
In this issue of Stone World magazine, we discuss different digital solutions available for fabricators, as well as talking to a fabricator about his experience to a fully digital shop. We also learn about the process used to restore the stone exterior for two historic buildings, as well as learning about the history of Women in Stone!