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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

You may also be interested in this article on Wood Powr Grip Vacuum LIfters.

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

Posted on 23 December 2016 by cradmin

This video, produced and offered by Neolith by TheSize, takes a relatively deep look at fabricating ultra-compact/compact surfaces. It discusses the types of equipment that can be used, as well as the blades and tooling required. This information includes CNC machining, waterjet cutting and even the use of hand tools, addressing both wet and dry cutting. It also touches on adhesive qualities needed for installation (including interior versus exterior applications).

It also explains the cutting speeds (both feed speeds and RPM for blades) allowed for different types of cuts and equipment. It discusses making relief cuts when necessary. Support systems for use when cutting or performing other tasks are also touched upon, as well as material handling methods.

Other areas examined are finishing, polishing, edging, sink cut-outs and mounting, among other things.

Of course, the video is specifically referencing the Neolith compact surface product, but the information should be in the ball park for other materials, although manufacturer recommendations should certainly be followed in all cases.

You may also be interested in this video on performance testing for Dekton Compact Surfacing.

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Improved Metabo Grinders Available from GranQuartz

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Improved Metabo Grinders Available from GranQuartz

Posted on 12 October 2016 by CRadmin3

granquartz-metabo-grindersGrandQuartz is now offering the recently re-engineered Metabo grinders. The improved grinders reportedly provide more torque and power with less vibration, allowing you to get the work done faster. According to the company the grinders now provide up to 50 percent more torque than the previous generation, up to 20 percent more power than previous models and up to 20 percent more overload capacity in extreme applications. The grinders are also equipped with a patented mechanical safety slip clutch that reduces the risk of grinder kickback. The anti-vibration systems can reduce hand/arm vibrations by 60 percent and extend wheel and tool life up to 100 percent (not standard on WEV-10-125).

You may also be interested in this article about polishing wheels from GranQuartz.

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Water Treatment Solutions Introduces Recycled Water Coolant Additive

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Water Treatment Solutions Introduces Recycled Water Coolant Additive

Posted on 09 May 2016 by cradmin

Water Treatment Solutions

This shows the potential improvement in water that can be made by using coolant

Water Cool from Water Treatment Solutions is a specially formulated coolant  that is added to the water in water recycling system for stone and quartz fabrication. It is designed to help stabilize pH levels, improve lubricity to extend tool life, keep water treatment equipment free of rust and manage biological contamination. It contains high levels of corrosion inhibitors to keep  equipment rust-free, even at dilution rates of 40:1. It also helps control septic odors in water and prevents filter cloths from needing to be changed prematurely.

You may also be interested in this article on Park Industries HydroClear systems for water treatment.

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Lackmond Products, Inc. Acquires Diamond Tooling Solutions

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Lackmond Products, Inc. Acquires Diamond Tooling Solutions

Posted on 11 November 2015 by cradmin

Lackmond DTS logosMarietta, Georgia-based Lackmond Products, Inc., a supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, and parent company of Lackmond Stone, acquired Diamond Tooling Solutions (DTS), of Royalton, Minn. DTS was founded in 2010 and its product lines consist of Tyrolit CNC Tooling, Nemi Vacuum Pods and many other tools and supplies for the stone fabricator. The company’s ability to offer support and application solutions to automated fabrication shops has made it a valuable resource to the stone fabricator. Whether it’s calibrating a CNC machines, setting up a new tooling or helping provide other solutions in the shop, DTS provides the support and knowledge to help the stone fabrication shop become more efficient and profitable.

“Troy Gertken and his team created significant value through their experience and expertise with operating CNC Machines, not only providing the best CNC tooling in the industry, Tyrolit, but also giving solutions and support to their many customers,” said Cliff Sallis, president and owner of Lackmond Products, Inc. “We intend to commit all our resources to continuing Troy’s and DTS’s legacy and extending their vast coverage, as well as expanding Lackmond Stone’s footprint in the stone industry. Mr. Sallis emphasized that Lackmond’s acquisition will allow the company to pursue its growth strategy in the stone market.

“Our team has done an outstanding job positioning DTS as a leader with extensive knowledge in the CNC tooling and stone business,” said Troy Gertken, president and owner of DTS. “Lackmond Products, through their Lackmond Stone division, has a keen understanding of our industry and we are fortunate to have them as a partner as we continue to expand our business.”

More information is available at www.Lackmond.com.

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StoneTalk Episode 15: Joe Alva of Poseidon Stone Equipment

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StoneTalk Episode 15: Joe Alva of Poseidon Stone Equipment

Posted on 09 October 2015 by cradmin

In this episode of StoneTalk, produced by Moraware, host Patrick Foley speaks with Joe Alva, chief design engineer of the Poseidon Stone Equipment. Poseidon is a manufacturer and supplier of stone working equipment including CNC machinery, bridge saws, wire saws, and other equipment that can be used in the fabrication of counterops.

Listen to this episode to learn:

  • What questions you should ask when purchasing machinery
  • The features that make high-end saws high-end
  • How/why to trade in your old equipment
  • History of stone extraction around the world
  • Difference between country of origin for steel vs servo motors

Read the transcript of this StoneTalk podcast here.

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Diarex Super-Duty Fabrication Table Now Available from GranQuartz

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Diarex Super-Duty Fabrication Table Now Available from GranQuartz

Posted on 15 September 2015 by cradmin

diarex_super_duty_fabrication_tableThe Diarex Super-Duty Fabrication Table is now exclusively available through GranQuartz. The table is constructed of 2-in. steel tubing and has four double-locking swivel casters, making its design rugged, yet simple, reports the company. The surface of the table is made of a non-marking white rubber, but it can be replaced with other materials by using industrial adhesives or silicone to hold the alternate surface in place.

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Fabricating Thin Porcelain Panel Countertops

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Fabricating Thin Porcelain Panel Countertops

Posted on 30 October 2014 by cradmin

This video depicts countertop fabrication of thin porcelain panels (the “PLANE” product by StonePeak Ceramic.) The tile-thin panel is mitered to form drop edges, and glued up manually using hand clamps and tape. The video does not show any substrate being used under the material, but because it is so thin, it stands to reason some sort of backing material or underlay will be used when it is installed. However, the video only shows the fabrication and does not touch on the installation process.

If you have worked with this material, we would love to hear about your experiences, so please post a reply here.

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Tooling and Fabrication of Crystallized Glass

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Tooling and Fabrication of Crystallized Glass

Posted on 25 June 2014 by cradmin

With the continued interest we are seeing in the crystallized glass category, and considering there isn’t a lot of good information out there on the subject, we decided to share this video with you by Alpha Professional Tools, which shows the processing of crystallized glass using their suggested tooling and methods. While, obviously the company’s tools/tooling are being used in this video, there are likely other brands that would work, but this can provide a starting point for the types of equipment and tooling you would likely want to use if fabricating crystallized glass materials.

You may also be interested in our research on nano-crystallized glass that was posted previously.

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Making a Concrete Countertop

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Making a Concrete Countertop

Posted on 02 May 2014 by cradmin

This video, put forth by Expressions LTD, is a condensed (11-minute) look at the creation of a concrete countertop, pretty much from start to finish. While the video runs at an accelerated pace, it does show all of the steps involved in making a wet cast concrete countertop using rebar for reinforcement. A few countertop pieces are made in the video, some with foam knockouts for the sinks (drop in or undermount style), as well as using a Fiberglass DuraBlu Sink Mold to make the integral bathroom sink. While the company does sell concrete countertop related molds and other products for concrete countertop creation, the video still provides plenty of insight into the process. While the seasoned veteran concrete countertop fabricator might not get a lot from the video (other than some idea of the company’s products), those investigating the process or just curious can find some real value here.

And, if you have videos or know of videos that you think we should share, send us a link at info@countertopresource.com for consideration.

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