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.
Made with a 25-horsepower Italian-made, Saccardo spindle, the Viking III can perform complete automatic cutting cycles, fabrication cycles and hybrid cycles for both. The Viking III comes complete with an advanced, user-friendly 15-inch color touch-screen design, fiber glass carriage covers and all X & Y & Z mechanical components are protected with heavy-duty bellow covers.
Manufacturers of fabrication machinery continue to research and develop new equipment to satisfy the needs of their customers. Technology continues to become more sophisticated, which leads to innovative stoneworking machinery that results in better efficiency and less labor in the shop. The following are some of the latest fabrication machinery that is available today.
Venkon is a saw cutting machine built with the needs of fabrication shops in mind, combining simplicity with maximum versatility for a minimum investment budget. It is popularly used for cutting slabs of both natural and synthetic stone, as well as ceramic. This machine performs straight, vertical and inclined cutting, and drilling operations.
Every January, Stone World reports the statistics found in a purchasing plan survey conducted by the Clear Seas Research Department at BNP Media (Stone World’s parent company), and the results for 2019 are encouraging. The survey polled fabricators from diverse-sized shops based throughout the U.S..
Bonstone’s new Ultimate adhesive is the strongest bonding glue available specifically for travertine. It is a Modified Polyurethane Hybrid (MPH) that is ideal for fabrication shops, onsite installation, restoration and repair, and it is suitable for structural and cosmetic applications.
Built in 1986, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts is a cultural landmark in Costa Mesa, CA. Most recently, a stunning fountain constructed of black basalt from China was designed to create a focal attraction at the main entrance to the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.
In the 1990s, Val Blasius created a reputation as a ceramic tile and Corian countertop installer in the Vassar, MI area. The business continued to prosper until he was bringing in more work than he could handle. His son, Jon, was in the remodeling industry at the time, doing tile and Corian countertops out of the same shop.
Groves Incorporated has introduce its new Stacking Box. Designed to safely store cutoffs and remnants, the Stacking Box is constructed of heavy gauge square tubular steel with a hot dip galvanized finish for years of service. Up to three units can be stacked to store more items in a small footprint.